December Commencement Ceremony


[MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC – “POMP AND
CIRCUMSTANCE”] GARY R. ROBERTS: Good
morning, everybody. Welcome [AUDIO OUT]
ceremony on this lovely day. To begin the ceremony, I
ask that you remain standing and join in the singing
of [AUDIO OUT], followed by an invocation. Leading us in the
National Anthem will be Dr. Kerry Walters,
Associate Professor of Music, accompanied by Dr. Chee Hyeon
Choi, Instructor of Music. Mr. Doug Stewart, Chair
of the Bradley University Board of Trustees, will
deliver the invocation. [MUSIC – KERRY WALTERS
AND CHEE HYEON CHOI, “THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER”] Oh, say can you see by
the dawn’s early light what so proudly we hailed at
the twilight’s last gleaming? Who’s broad stripes
and bright stars through the perilous fight
o’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare,
the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that
star-spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave? [APPLAUSE] DOUG STEWART: Let us pray. We’re together to celebrate
the achievements of this latest class of Bradley graduates. We give thanks for the
strength and perseverance given to them during
their time on the Hilltop. [AUDIO OUT] our
creator, our God, our Father to receive the
thankfulness of our graduates for all that has [AUDIO OUT]. For their friends,
for their instructors, and [AUDIO OUT] so that they
may achieve their goals. We are thankful for
Bradley University, whose dedicated
faculty and staff taught and mentored these
graduates [AUDIO OUT] given successful lives. For these and the many blessings
which we have received, we give thanks, and
in gratitude we pray. Amen. GARY R. ROBERTS:
Please be seated. Guests, family, and
friends, on behalf of Bradley University, our
Board of Trustees, [AUDIO OUT], and on behalf of
the class of 2016, it is my great
pleasure to welcome you to Bradley University’s
Winter Commencement Ceremony. I’ve been the president of
Bradley now for almost a year, and I’m a very proud and
happy Bradley alumnus from the class of 1970. This is a great day for everyone
here, but especially for me. Graduation– and I
say this every time, because it really is true. It’s about the only time
that a [AUDIO OUT] huge room full of people where virtually
everyone is happy and smiling. At this time, I am
pleased to introduce those members of the
[AUDIO OUT] have been or will not be introduced
in the program, and I ask them to stand
as I call their names and remain standing. Please hold your applause until
everyone has been recognized. First from the
[AUDIO OUT] David Bozeman. Our honorary marshal
for today’s ceremony is Dr. Jobie Skaggs Associate
Professor [AUDIO OUT] Mental Health Counseling. Members of the Senior University
Administration are with us. Mr. Gary Anna, Senior Vice
President for Business Affairs, Mr. Jacob Heuser, Vice
President for [AUDIO OUT]. Mr. Nathan Thomas, Vice
[AUDIO OUT] Management. And Dr. Chris Reynolds,
Director of Athletics. Please [AUDIO OUT] participation
in today’s ceremony and for their continuing
efforts on behalf of Bradley University. [APPLAUSE] It is traditional at our
commencement ceremonies for a member of the
graduating class and a member of the
Alumni Association to speak on behalf of Bradley’s
current and former students. First, it is my honor to
introduce today’s representive [AUDIO OUT]. Our student speaker this
morning is Hallie Nissen Hallie is receiving her bachelor
of science [AUDIO OUT] Asian and special education with
a concentration in fine art. [AUDIO OUT] native has
been very [AUDIO OUT]. She’s been involved
in STRETCH, which is an acronym for Students
Ready To Make a Change, is a member of Sigma
Kappa sorority, served as a mentor for [AUDIO OUT]
and emotional disabilities, and she has [AUDIO OUT]
sister’s Lunch Buddy program. She’s also a member Of phi Kappa
Phi Honor Society, Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor
Society, and National Society of Leadership and Success. Overall, Hallie says [AUDIO OUT]
whether with students or faculty or organizations
like her sorority, they all taught her how to
be independent [AUDIO OUT] the life skills
that she believes will serve her
well as a teacher. Hallie said she chose
Bradley after visiting many schools because ultimately,
she felt at home here. The opportunities for
student engagement, she says, are head and shoulders
above the rest. And I like to hear that. It’s obvious when you
see her resume that she took [AUDIO OUT] opportunities. So it is my pleasure to
introduce this year’s student speaker, Hallie Nissen. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] HALLIE NISSEN: President
Roberts, Provost Zakahi, Chairman Stewart, members
of the Board of Trustees, faculty, family, friends,
and fellow [AUDIO OUT], 2016, it is an honor to be
standing before you today. From a very early age, all of
us try to comprehend the world and make sense of
our place in it. When I was five years old, my
family and I went on a trip to Mexico. During our [AUDIO OUT] be able
to swim with the dolphins. As we were leaving
the dolphin adventure, I turned to my family and
said in complete sincerity, [AUDIO OUT] where do the
dolphins go to the bathroom? Our paths from youthful
innocence to fully contributing members of society [AUDIO OUT]. Our academic careers and
continue until we become [AUDIO OUT] higher lives. If we are fortunate, we
encounter educators and mentors [AUDIO OUT] of self-discovery. Our journeys certainly do
not end with graduation. Commence means to begin. Therefore, today, our
commencement ceremony symbolizes that we are beginning
a new chapter in our lives. Our generation, the
[AUDIO OUT] of needing instant gratification. At the same time,
though, our road to self-fulfillment
and adulthood is somewhat longer than
those of our ancestors. This is not necessarily
a bad thing, however. [AUDIO OUT]
contemporary psychologists and sociologists [AUDIO OUT]
to the life stage from ages 18 through the late 20s
as emerging adulthood. Emerging adults explore a
variety of possible directions in life, work, and attitudes. This is one little
[AUDIO OUT] and when the opportunities for
independent exploration of life’s possibilities
are greater for most of us then they will be at any
other period in our lives. [AUDIO OUT]. My academic career, I have
been fortunate to have teachers and role models
that provided support in my educational journey and
helped me to navigate around obstacles. [AUDIO OUT]
I embark on my teaching career [AUDIO OUT] understand
the world [AUDIO OUT]. According to the recent Wall
Street Journa/Times Higher Education College
[AUDIO OUT], University has been recognized as one of
the top 10 schools [AUDIO OUT] engagement. [AUDIO OUT] small class sizes
and approachable faculty and staff certainly engaged
me and fostered [AUDIO OUT] become a professional educator. The need to feel
engaged and connected is particularly important
to our generation. Millennials are often
unfairly characterized by Boomers and Gen Xers as
lazy, [AUDIO OUT] self-absorbed. However, many
generational researchers note that millennials are highly
[AUDIO OUT] and inclusive. We embrace both
technology and diversity. We see work and life
as an integrated whole rather than merely striving
to balance different [AUDIO OUT] and family. We try to blend all aspects
together harmoniously. As we hopefully
find jobs, we will be joining other
millennials in what is now a majority of the workforce. During our time at Bradley,
we learned first-hand that we have far more in
common with each other than we have
differences amongst us. We also learned that success is
about maximizing productivity and building long-term
relationships. At Bradley, we learned how
to be a part of something bigger than ourselves,
a community. Finding our places also requires
us to adopt a growth mindset. This is something I stress to
my students when I [AUDIO OUT] can’t do this, it’s,
I can’t do this yet. It’s not, I give up. It’s, I will try a
different strategy. It’s not, I can’t do
[AUDIO OUT] can always improve. It comes as no surprise
that Bradley University excels in student engagement. 2016 marks the 200th anniversary
of the birth of our founder, Lydia Moss Bradley. 2016 also marks [AUDIO OUT]. Fans of a certain
Chicago baseball team know that historical events
happen, coincidentally, in 108-year increments. Mrs. Bradley, as a
memorial to her children, wanted to create a school
where young people could learn practical skills to prepare them
for living in the modern world. In 1897, those practical
skills involved watchmaking. Today, the practical
skills needed for living in the
modern world continue to be the mastery of new
technology and ideas. In my youthful
innocence, I thought the dolphins existed
solely for my amusement. I couldn’t comprehend
that I was in their world. I’d like to think I
have, and we have, come a long way in understanding
our places in the world. As a [AUDIO OUT] community
that spans [AUDIO OUT], we are well-prepared
as emerging adults to proceed to the next
chapter of our lives. Whether we find jobs,
go to graduate school, explore the world, innovate,
start families of our own, or pursue paths we can’t
even conceive of yet, we know that we will always
be proud alums of Bradley University. Congratulations to the
Bradley University December 2016 graduating class. Go Braves. [APPLAUSE] GARY R. ROBERTS: Thank
you very much, Hallie. Our alumni speaker
today is Gary Peplow. He graduated from Bradley
with a BA in 1962. Gary was the Alumni Association
President from 1996 to ’97. He’s a member of the
prestigious Bradley Centurion Society since 2008, and
is one of our new members on the Bradley
Board of Trustees. If his name sounds
familiar, it should, because thanks to
his generosity, the third-floor ballroom of
the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center is named the Gary and Judy
Peplow Pavilion and Terrace. He resides in Peoria, is an
attorney and retired managing partner with Heyl,
Royster, Voelker, & Allen, a law firm
here in Peoria. Please welcome our alumni
speaker today, Gary Peplow. [APPLAUSE] GARY PEPLOW: Good morning. Today we gather to
celebrate your achievement of earning a Bradley University
degree and the beginning of the next chapter
in your lives. [AUDIO OUT] and
70,000 before you, your having earned the
distinction of being a Bradley grad is something that I am
sure fills you with great pride. It’s my honor to welcome you
into our Bradley University family. Bradley alumni are
a diverse group. We can be found on
every continent, in practically every profession,
and spanning generations across the decades. We share the experience of
having been Bradley students. You can continue to increase the
value of your Bradley education with perhaps the
following three steps. One, keep in touch with Bradley. Share your successes with us,
both personal and professional. Your achievements inspire other
students to attend Bradley. Second, stay informed. Read Hilltopics, Bradley’s
quarterly magazine. Its articles will keep
you updated on university activities, as well as help you
keep track of fellow alumni. Join the Bradley
online community. This offers great
networking opportunities. Third, come back to campus. Bradley is constantly evolving,
and as alumni, we can proudly contribute to the [AUDIO OUT]
grow over the years, I hope you consider
making a contribution back to your university. You will not just
be helping others, but it’s a way of
saying thank you and staying involved
with your alma mater. So welcome to the Bradley
University Alumni Association. We are proud of
you, and you deserve to be proud of yourself. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] GARY R. ROBERTS:
Thanks very much, Gary. You may have heard that
we decided last spring to try an experiment,
which is not to have an outside celebrity
speaker at our commencement ceremonies. I was worried at the
time that perhaps many would be disappointed. So I began my remarks
last May by explaining that I had had a bad experience
with a long-winded, boring commencement speaker at
my high school graduation that had colored my view of
commencement speakers ever since, and that I
was hoping people wouldn’t be too disappointed. I also noted that not
having such a speaker would probably shorten the
ceremony by about half an hour [AUDIO OUT] graduates,
at which point the entire audience erupted
with a rousing ovation. So I was relieved to discover
that most folks view graduation speakers the same way I do. So today, we’re going to
continue that tradition of not having an outside
graduation speaker, trying to keep this ceremony
at a more reasonable length, and putting all of our attention
on our graduates, whose efforts and achievements are
what today is all about. Today belongs to the graduates
and their loved ones who’ve supported them along the way. [APPLAUSE] That said, graduation
speakers of which you won’t hear one today,
traditionally impart words of wisdom that you
will take to heart and that will become the
secrets to your success. Words like work hard, be
persistent, be confident, be ethical, give
back to society, help those less fortunate,
et cetera, et cetera. And while these are all truly
good principles and rules to live by, I suspect
that they’ve all been impressed on you
by now many times over, and I suspect you’ve
heard them all so often before that the
marginal benefit of me or anyone else telling them
to you again, especially in this long
ceremony while you’re sitting in these uncomfortable
medieval robes, is near zero. So I won’t belabor them. Just do them, OK? What I do want to
say to you today, however, is that
the one thing I hope that you take with you from
your years on the Hilltop is a great deal of pride
in your alma mater. Bradley University is a
truly great institution of higher learning. You may have noticed that
our new provost, who you’ll meet in a few minutes, Dr.
Walter Zakahi, who started here last July, is a Bradley
alumnus, as is our Senior Vice President for Business
Affairs, Gary Anna. They join me as I too graduated
from Bradley almost half a century ago, and we
joined tens of thousands of Bradley graduates all across
the nation and even the world who have parlayed their Bradley
education into positions of great responsibility
and leadership in the business, nonprofit,
and public sectors. As Hallie’s already talked about
and mentioned a few months ago, the Wall Street Journal
ranked Bradley number six in the country out of over
2,600 four-year colleges and universities for student
engagement in their educations. Number six in the country. That’s the top 2/10 of 1%. And this is a great tribute
to this institution, and it reflects our
remarkably low 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio that leads
to small, interactive classes and strong mentoring
relationships with faculty, leads to our innumerable
internships, seminars, independent projects, and to
study abroad opportunities. And just last week,
PayScale, Incorporated, an organization that
promotes and tracks human capital in
our labor force, ranked Bradley among the
very top four-year colleges in the country for providing
education that increases lifetime earning potential. And this was based on the
success of our graduates. So all the evidence is
that you are leaving here with a great education
and a great future. I’ve read recently
from multiple sources that success in life and
careers turns so much more on what are called
soft skills rather than on the hard skills that most
associate with a college education. Raw information and
pure technical acuity can be drilled into students
everywhere, and usually are. And in fact, today,
information can be accessed in almost infinite
amounts simply on the internet. But what makes someone
successful in life and distinguishes leaders from
those who struggle to achieve are these soft skills, or what
many people call people skills. Skills like the ability
to maintain focus, to listen, to
compromise, empathy, the ability to keep
perspective, to manage stress. In short, those things
that enable a person to have good judgment in dealing
with people and situations. And these are the skills that
distinguish a Bradley education and empowers its graduates,
you, to be successful. And this is why even as higher
education today generally is going through a difficult
transitional period, Bradley will always thrive,
because it offers students a well-rounded education
that provides them with a complete repertoire
of both hard and soft skills, enabling them to live
successful, productive, and happy lives. So this education you
have received here, and the credibility respect and
prestige that comes with it, empowers you to
succeed at whatever you choose to do, and to become
a leader in whatever endeavors you choose to pursue, whether
it be in politics, government, private business, education, the
nonprofit sector, the military, religious organizations,
even sports. Whatever your life
journey takes you on, your Bradley education
will serve you well. So all I will say
to you today is that whatever you do with your
Bradley education and degree, have confidence that
it has given you the ability and the power to
be whatever you want to be. This is a great university
with a great faculty, great programs,
great traditions, and a great [AUDIO OUT]. As successful and
great as Bradley has been for the past 119
years, when I look at all we have going for us
here, I’m convinced that despite the challenges
that higher education is facing these days
that Bradley’s greatest days are still ahead of us. So be proud of Bradley and what
you have accomplished here. And as you pursue your
lives and careers, wherever you go,
please tell everyone the story about this
wonderful university. Sing its praises, and then
stay in touch with us. And then as Gary
Peplow mentioned, give back to Bradley
in whatever ways you can so that it
can continue to be as great or greater
in this next century as it has been in the past. And that is the end of my
or anyone else’s preaching for today. So now let us begin honoring our
graduates with their degrees. [APPLAUSE] To be courteous to
members of the audience and to keep the
program moving, please hold your applause until all
the graduates are recognized. Thanks. The candidates for
undergraduate degrees will now be presented
in the order that they appear
in your program. Dr. Walter Zakahi, Provost
and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, will
introduce the candidates. Dr. Zakahi. [APPLAUSE] WALTER ZAKAHI: Will
all the candidates from the five undergraduate
colleges please rise. President Roberts,
these candidates majoring in programs of the
Foster College of Business, the Henry Pindell Slane College
of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Education
and Health Sciences, the Caterpillar College of
Engineering and Technology, and the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences have completed the work
prescribed by the faculty, and are presented for
their appropriate degrees. GARY R. ROBERTS: On
the recommendation of the deans of the
respective colleges, in accordance with the
requirements established by the faculty, and by authority
of the Board of Trustees of Bradley University,
I hereby confer upon you the degree for which you
have been recommended by your faculty with all the
earned rights, privileges, and responsibilities
pertaining thereto. WALTER ZAKAHI: The graduates
will now come forward to receive their diplomas and
be congratulated by President Roberts and your college dean. First, from the Foster
College of Business, Dean Darrell Radson. All other graduates may
be seated at this time. SPEAKER 6: Gabriel Elderzi. Matthew R. Campbell. Bianca Lauren Duna. Ryan Olsen. Kristie Elliott. Kourtney Passarella. Samuel Kleinman. Maryellen McCarthy. Melissa Cobb. Skyler Hayunga. Brandon J. McClendon. Matthew Anderson. Aaron Small. Derek Bryan Shenberg. Nicholas Smith Frost. Joshua Haywood. Joseph A. Weiss. Jacob Tyler Sinning. Shannon McGuire. Nicholas Charles Jones. Aren Alexis Alleyne. Jennifer Simmons. SPEAKER 7: Micah Statler. Anthony Smith. Brendan Lindwall. [INAUDIBLE] Haroon Zahid. Erik Munoz. Peter David Werning. Kevin Clemment. Sarah Heaney. Etana Womack. Lester Johnson. Wenting Xu. Ning Yang. Nicolas Matysik. Kailey Alisha Rucker. Morgen Elizabeth Gain. Alexander Doty. Taryn [INAUDIBLE] Gille. Alicia Scalf. Ashley Scalf. Amanda Sadler. Jessica Calicotte. Thomas Razo, Jr. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. Please be seated. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Next, graduates from the
Henry Pindell Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts. Please stand and come forward
to receive your diploma and be congratulated by
President Roberts and Dean Jeffrey Huberman. SPEAKER 6: Zachary Roth. Joshua McGehee. Joshua Charles McGehee. Thomas Mantia. Ethan McConkey. Joseph Heins. Trent Cornwell. Jasmine Malaysia Willis. Rachel Hibser. Elice Garcia. Madeline Koenig-Schappe. Ryan Nicholas Southwood. Nicole Leeper. Andrew Kroenke. SPEAKER 7: Connor A. Parkhurst. Caroline Hartmann. Rebekah Williams. Kristin Hill. Danielle [INAUDIBLE]. Angela Paulick. Emily Yuill Emily Ann Yuill. Stephen Cully. Aaron Morden. Katy Young. Katelyn Isdonas. Jennifer Rose Walker. Kathryn Ruth Spenn. Bradley Swanson. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Please be seated. Next, graduates from the
College of Education and Health Sciences, please stand and come
forward to receive your diploma and be congratulated by
President Roberts and Dean Joan Sattler. I would call your
attention to the fact that the graduates who will
receive teaching certificates in secondary education
received their degrees from the college offering
their major’s subject fields. SPEAKER 6: Hallie Nissen. Natasha Anna Stancin. Rebecca Schwartz. Stephanie D’Anza. Jessica Renee Weichbrodt. Kelly Furbur. [? Haley Colleta. ?]
Raven Shanice Williams. Keva Coates. Alexander Robert Estes. Dylan Cantu. Brandon Hartman. Kora Johnson. Mariah Christian Harris. Joan Ann Riggins. Dakota Bullard. Samantha Krasinski. Allison Thompson. Brittany Raye Bennington. Nimira Nasir Hussain. Janessa Danae George. SPEAKER 7: Annie Drummond. Jordyn Elizabeth Barnett. Patricia Wojcik. Lauren Klomes. Joshua Friedenberg. Destiny Taylor Jackson. Celine Coleman. Nicole [INAUDIBLE]. Margaret Thon. Joseph Timothy Fritzsche. Darren Holzkopf. Lauren Lemanski. Sydney Grubb. Erin Underwood. Lauren Bourret. Megan Fasig. Maya Salazar. Addie Cline. Marryanne Bartello. Kayla Elizabeth Rymer. Megan Elizabeth Flynn. Amanda Kathleen Stephens. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Please be seated. Next, graduates from
the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology,
please stand and come forward to receive your diploma and
be congratulated by President Roberts and Dean Lex Akers. SPEAKER 6: Mitchel
LeRoy Duane Griffis. Benjamin Jones. Cody Ryan Brown. Ryan Baker. Jacob Lawniczak. Daniel Caplice. John Goodrich. Jason Lesch. Bradley Zehr. David Sanderson. Brandon J. Mennie. William Detten. Brandon Boggs. Nathan Lash. Connor Andrew Wilson. Jordan Christopher Bill. Matthew Lawson. Drew Peters. Elizabeth Dutcher. Matthew Dunlap. David Myk. Robert Andrew Pegg. David Feldman. William P. Shoemaker. Michael Francis Kouri. Alexander Weck. SPEAKER 7: Kristofer Manhart. Shane Bonn. William Miller. Travis Reents. Anthony Slaski. Kevin Black. Brandon T. Nelson. Crystal Herrera-Widdis. Nicholas Peplow. Kathryn Curtis. Richard Henning. Caleb Atticus Tackes. Michael Azcarate. Sky Chou. Hannah Shapiro. Kaitlin Herkert. Nathan Adlington. Zach Finn. Taylor Hall. Christopher Spadafora. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Please be seated. Finally, graduates
from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
please stand and come forward to receive your diploma
and be congratulated by President Roberts and
Dean Christopher Jones. SPEAKER 6: Danielle
Marie Tolvstad. Angela Morrison. Emily Winkle. Michael Dakessian. Alaina White. Gregory Adler. Jack Heinz. Matthew Gama. Taras Didenko. Karly Marcella Wagner. Hannah Renee Smith. Amy Elisabeth Grogan. Connor W. Fitch. James C. Fennell. Kyle Englebrecht. Matthew [INAUDIBLE]. Bradley Roberts. Kayla Leighlan Tidd. Taylor D. Gulley. Marcus Dyson. [LAUGHTER] SPEAKER 7: Meagan Coffey. Stormy Luna. Kelsey Mull. Allison Clarke. Emma Troth. Elizabeth Ann Janet. Bryan Lehmann. Cortnie Riordon. Haley Shropshire. Alexandra Shuman. [? Ann Basco. ?]
Madeline Conley. Chase Nitz. Claudia Fryer. Charlene Figueroa. Illiriana Ballazhi. Jacob Thompson. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Please be seated. GARY R. ROBERTS: Let’s
give all our graduates one more round of applause. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] And graduate students,
we haven’t forgotten you. It’s now time to confer
our graduate degrees. The candidates for masters
degrees will now be presented, and Dr. Zakahi again will
introduce the candidates. Dr. Zakahi. WALTER ZAKAHI: Will
all of the candidates from the graduate
school please rise? President Roberts,
these candidates, already holding
bachelor’s degrees, having met the
requirements established by the faculty and the
executive committee of the graduate faculty,
and having achieved notable progress in
their special fields of advanced learning
are presented for their appropriate
graduate degrees. GARY R. ROBERTS: On
the recommendation of the dean of the
graduate school and in accordance with the
requirements established by the faculty, and by
the authority of the Board of Trustees of
Bradley University, I hereby confer
upon you the degree for which you have been
recommended by your faculty with all of the earned
rights, privileges, and responsibilities
pertaining thereto. WALTER ZAKAHI: The graduates
will now come forward to receive their master’s
hoods and diplomas and be congratulated by
President Roberts and Dr. Jeffrey Bakken, Dean
of the Graduate School. First, from the Foster
College of Business. First from the Foster
College of Business. All other graduates may
be seated at this time. SPEAKER 6: Taryn
[INAUDIBLE] Gille. Ashley Scalf. Amanda Sadler. Jessica Calicotte. Thomas Razo, Jr. Yi Feng. Jennie Cruz. Rajalakshmi Chandrasekaran. Ryan Jacob Cushing. Runal Jhamvar. Andrea Nemcova. William Ulrich. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Next, graduates from the
College of Education and Health Sciences, please
stand and come forward to receive your master’s
hoods and diplomas, and be congratulated by
President Roberts and Dr. Bakken. SPEAKER 6: Sue Pawula
Ericka Renee Bush. Andrea Koerber. Kat Yelle. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Next, graduates from the College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please stand and come forward
to receive your master’s hoods and diplomas and be
congratulated by President Roberts and Dr. Bakken. SPEAKER 6: Sunil Prabhakar. Chandan Ambati. Chaitanya Mannam. Vasu Gudavalli. Sarath Chand Gudikandula. Tanooj Chowdary Kothuru. Dhanunjay Kumar Reddy Seelam. Sreekanth Reddy Male. Krishna Kanth Puvvula. Sai Sashank Ravi. Kushwanth Mandadapu. Radhakrishna Arvapalli. Ravi Teja Koganti. Sushmita Danduboyina. Pravallika Yarlagadda. Affreen Shahanaz Mohammad. Jyothsna Palakur. Sowjanya Venum. Janardhanan Mythili. Akhila Saladi. Jyothi Linga. Sophia Alice Gazula. Brammeshwari Divi. Niharika Rama. Akshay Sagaram. Jiajun Lu. Mageshwaran Mohan. Vishnu Viswanath. Mani Kanta Mylavarapu. Nandini Pavuluri. Cherishma Perikala. Sadhana Gona. WALTER ZAKAHI: Congratulations. [APPLAUSE] Please be seated. Finally, graduate from
the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology
please stand and come forward to receive your master’s
hoods and diplomas and be congratulated by
President Roberts and Dr. Bakken. SPEAKER 6: Abdul Muqeem Ahbed. Aditya Basina. Bhanu Kireeti Chanda. Taraka Ramu Chekka. Raja Manisha Reddy Cholleti. Haji Ali Darvish. [? Monica Gorti. ?]
Monish Vijaay Jayselan. Arun Koduri. Meenakshi Mounica Kondaveti. Sai Satya Goutham Maddali. Mohammed Wasiuzzama Khan. Luqman Sheeraz Mohammed. Shoaib Mohammed. Narahari. Shaik Shahnawaz. Naresh Surigala. Ahan Ullah Hussaini Syed. Ashok Kumar Bitra. Avinash Kumar Chintala. Harish Reddy Kandula. Taskia A Khan. Taskia A. Khan. Sai Sandeep Mamidala. Samad Mohammed. Sri Teja Musunuru. Najma Sultana. Filmon Sebhatu. Farhana Shaik. Mohammed Ahmed Siddiqui. Mounika Suryadevara. Vinod Koralla. Ryan Filley. Shivane Rakesh– Rakesh
Shivane Krishnamurthy. Danielle Murphy. Naveen Reddy Malgari. Rakesh Ramasamy. Sivakumar Sagala. Lavon Kumar Surisetty. Joel Aralikatti. Joel Aralikatti. Jayanth Reddy Dodla. Girish Kumar Gutti. Badarish Karumuri. Madhu Maddineni. Navjot Kaur. Saba Maroof. Vivekananda Sakilam. Vivekananda Sakilam. Hasan Mostafa Syed. Saketh Tummala. Nazeer Uddin. Chandra Sekhar Velivolu. Yuva Venkata Sai
Harsha Yalakala. GARY R. ROBERTS:
Congratulations. [APPLAUSE] Please be seated. So let’s give all of
our graduate student graduates a round
of applause again. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] We have an additional
honor to bestow upon two of our graduates
today, and to do so, I invite to the podium
Lieutenant Colonel John Cross, Cadet Christopher
Spadafora, and Cadet Maryanne Bartello. Lieutenant Colonel Cross. JOHN CROSS: Ladies
and gentlemen, today is a day of great
celebration for Bradley University’s ROTC
program, and of course the family and friends
of our esteemed cadets. After a four-and-a-half-year
journey at this university, and with the loving support
of their friends and family, cadets Christopher Spadafora
and Maryanne Bartello will commission as second lieutenants
in the United States Army. In addition to graduating
with his bachelor’s of science degree in industrial
engineering, Cadet Spadafora has also been
designated by the United States Army Cadet Command as a
distinguished military graduate, an honor
and distinction that is reserved for the top 20%
of all cadets nationwide. He will serve as a
quartermaster officer in the state of Florida. And then Maryanne
Bartello’s bachelor of science degree in
community health and wellness will serve her
well as she embarks on her military service as a
Medical Service Corps officer. Both cadets will now
be taking the oath to become a commissioned officer
in the United States Army. This oath of office for
commissioned officers is steeped in
tradition, dating back to the establishment of our
nation and the Continental Army. This oath that
they’re about to take is very similar
to the same oath– or very similar to the
oath that George Washington and his officers
took as they lead our nation to its independence. This oath holds the
officers accountable for sound moral
judgment and leadership. Officers are given a
very special trust, a moral obligation
to lead the young men and women of our armed forces,
our nation’s greatest treasure, to preserve the
very independence and freedom of our country. In the army of
the United States, they do solemnly
swear– as you were. Sorry about that. At this time, before
we do the oath, I would like to have the parents
of Christopher and Maryanne come forward as we pin on
the rank of second lieutenant onto their uniforms. Pinning the rank
on Cadet Bartello, making her a second
lieutenant, will be her father, Dean Bartello and Roseanne
Bartello, and her mother, Judy [? Zura ?] and Ronald
[? Zura. ?] For Cadet Spadafora, his parents,
Tom and Debbie Spadafora, will be pinning on his rank. You ready? At this time, we’ll
administer the oath of office. Raise your right hand. Repeat after me. I, state your name,
having been appointed an officer in the Army
of the United States in the grade of
second lieutenant do solemnly swear that I
will support and defend the Constitution of
the United States against all enemies,
foreign and domestic. That I will bear true faith
and allegiance to the same, that I take this
obligation freely, without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion, and that I will well
and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon
which I’m about to enter, so help me God. Congratulations. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] Thank you. Please take your seats. At this time, we will now
conduct the first salute ceremony for Lieutenant
Spadafora and Lieutenant Bartello. During this
significant tradition, the new lieutenants will
receive their first salute from a noncommissioned
officer of choice, an NCO who has had significant
influence on the officer’s life and development. In return for this honor, the
newly commissioned lieutenant will present the noncommissioned
officer with a silver dollar, indicating their buying
of their first salute. After this, these
officers are expected to earn each and
every salute that follows from their
noncommissioned officers and the soldiers
that they will lead. Officers about face. Presenting Cadet Bartello
with her first salute is Sergeant First Class
Retired Nathan Haynes. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] And presenting Lieutenant
Spadafora with his first salute is Sergeant First
Class Thomas Keller. [APPLAUSE] Today, Second Lieutenant
Spadafora and Bartello stand before us not
only as graduates of Bradley University, but also
as new officers of the United States Army. Lieutenant Spadafora will
serve in the United States Army Reserve as a
quartermaster officer, and Second Lieutenant Bartello
will serve as a medical service officer, as well as in the
United States Army Reserve. Ladies and gentlemen, thank
you for your time and attention during this portion
of the ceremony. Have a wonderful day. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] GARY R. ROBERTS: Thank you
for serving our country. We are deeply appreciative
of our armed forces in preserving the
very independence and freedom of our nation. So ladies and gentlemen,
please join me in congratulating
Second Lieutenants Christopher Spadafora
and Maryanne Bartello. [APPLAUSE AND CHEERING] To conclude these exercises, let
me now invite everyone to stand and join in the singing of
the university’s alma mater, “Hail Red and White,”
the words to which are printed on the last
page of your program. When we are done,
please remain standing until completion
of the recessional by the platform party
and the faculty. Congratulations
again, graduates. I wish you the best of luck
in all that comes next. [MUSIC PLAYING] Lift up your hearts and sing. Lift up thy light. Let all your voices ring. Hail Red and White. Red for courage,
strength and might. White for purity. Shining as a beacon
light for the university. Go onward, ever onward, let
courage and truth prevail. For Bradley University
all hail, hail, hail. [APPLAUSE] [MUSIC PLAYING]

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