The Dean Blog

May 16, 2009

Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009 was quite a success.  The weather threatened and wavered and graduate commencement had to be moved inside, but the undergraduate ceremonies were held on the green, and in the end, Mother Nature cooperated and we had no rain and reasonable temperatures.  Being able to have the ceremony outside was quite a bonus, because the university had its largest graduating class ever, meaning an immense crowd of family, friends, and loved ones.

Speakers for the day included President Donald Farish; founder, David Girgenti; Armand corporation president, Barbara Armand; senior class president, Brittany Meyer; and SGA president, Phillip Castro.  An honorary degree was awarded to mezzo-soprano Barbara Dever, who also addressed the crowd. Their speeches were touching, humourous, and inspirational by turns.

The audience for the main ceremony, students included, was truly impressive to me.  Not only did everyone look lovely and happy, but they were incredibly courtous and respectful.  Students stood when asked, cheered at appropriate moments, and listened attentively.  Not once did I hear a rude yell or see a beach ball get batted at someone’s head.  Watching them made me feel even more proud of Rowan students than I usually do (which is a lot).

The College of Communication ceremony also went well.  Though the recreational center was a little warm, our administrative staff, lead by Assistant Dean Lin Sweeten, had organized a well-orchestrated event that resulted in very few little hitches along the way.  As with the university ceremony, students and their loved ones were extraordinarily pleasant and responsive.  Getting the opportunity to congratulate each student who crossed the podium was the highlight of my (admittedly brief) tenure as Interim Dean, and something I look forward to doing again next year.

So, all in all, it was a great day.  Congratulations, Class of 2009, and thank you for letting us share in your success.



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