Sunday was a bittersweet moment for Terrance Wallace ’13 (Westerville, Ohio) and many of his peers on campus.
“Marietta really is my second home,” says Wallace, who earned his degree in Political Science during the College's 176th Commencement ceremony. “I will always have a place here and I am so glad I chose to come to Marietta College.”
Commencement, which was conducted in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center, began at 1 p.m. and lasted about two hours. Award-winning journalist Carl Bernstein providing the Commencement address, urging this class of graduates to push boundaries, work outside of their expected roles and not be afraid to fail.
More than 300 students earned degrees on Sunday. Like the mixed feelings of the graduates, many of whom donning customized mortarboards thanking their mothers and others for their support, the afternoon’s weather provided beautiful blue skies but featured plenty of darkened clouds that threated a downpour at any given moment. Though the afternoon remained rain-free for the receptions that followed the ceremony, the same could not be said for many of the newest crop of alumni as they tearfully greeted professors, staff and classmates.
Sherrill Wallace, Terrance’s mother, expressed pride in her son’s accomplishments and was excited for her son’s future.
“My advice? Just take in everything and enjoy it all,” she says. “This is a great accomplishment so it’s important to cherish this moment in your life. But also know this is just a drop in the bucket of what you’ll achieve in your life. I am so proud.”
Chelsey Scott ’13 (Medina, Ohio), who earned degree in English with a Creative Writing concentration, greeted classmates and introduced them to her mother, Brenda, in the Kremer Amphitheatre after the ceremony.
“This is a pretty big milestone for her, for us,” Brenda Scott says.
With numerous academic honor cords around her neck, Chelsey Scott reflected on the work that went into her four years as an undergraduate student at Marietta.
“I have had a great time here,” she says. “I’m really excited for the next chapter of my life, but leaving here is bittersweet. It’s hard to leave what I’ve found here.”