Spring Commencement 2018

(“Crown Imperial” by William Walton) (audience applauds) – Please be seated. Good afternoon and welcome
to the 160th commencement of the University of Evansville. Today’s invocation will be
given by Reverend Todd Gile, senior pastor at Trinity
United Methodist Church in Evansville. – Let us pray. God of many names, grant us grace, grace that we will need
at this very moment and throughout this very day. Fill us with a spirit of
gratitude and thankfulness, thankful for our families and friends who have helped sustain us during our time here at the
University of Evansville. Thankful for the relationships that have emboldened us,
not merely to survive, but have poked and prodded and… (calm instrumental music) – You may be seated. Welcome to the 160th commencement of the University of Evansville. We are honored by your
presence, graduates, faculty, staff and administration, moms, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers,
aunts, uncles, friends, and others who are here to
celebrate the graduation of the class of 2018. This is our seventh
commencement in the Ford Center, as we continue to build
a wonderful tradition of UE graduations in this beautiful arena. In my remarks last year,
I said the following. Quote, “This venue also has
important additional meaning “to UE, for almost literally
within a stone’s throw “of this building, one can see
the new Health Science Center “rising from the ground
in downtown Evansville.” I laughed the other day when I read that, for that phrasing seems in retrospect to have been eerily predictive
of what was to come. If you’ve not heard the news, yesterday we announced
that the new facility has been officially named
the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences. In a press conference yesterday afternoon, we were able to announce
that the three schools collaborating to create
the Health Science Center, the University of Evansville,
Indiana University, and the University of Southern Indiana, had received a $15,000,000
gift from Bill and Mary Stone to name the new center. Bill and Mary are Evansville natives who’ve never forgotten their hometown and their terrific generosity has fueled a continuing revitalization
of downtown Evansville. A revitalization that, in many ways, began with the Ford Center in which we now celebrate
the UE class of 2018. This is also the seventh commencement in which our principal
speaker will be a student, a member of the graduating class elected to deliver today’s senior keynote address. At UE, we recognize that
commencement is about and for our students, and
thus think it appropriate that the keynote remarks be
made by one of their own. So though you won’t hear
a traditional speech from an invited speaker, allow me to share with our graduates a few
words about the nature of their UE experience. At yesterday’s press conference
announcing the naming of the Health Science Center, Bill Stone’s remarks
were simple and profound. “Evansville is a great place,” he said, “with residents of admirable values “and a commitment to community.” He went on, however, to say
that living those values, that realizing our dreams depends in part on how confident we are. He said that we can do
almost anything we want to do if we have confidence in
our own capacity and talent. The creation of the Stone
Center is concrete evidence, literally brick and mortar evidence that this confidence is justified. Bill’s words ought to resonate with you, the graduates of the class of 2018. You should go forward with confidence that you have built an
educational foundation that supports your ambitions. Your graduating class
is composed of people who have taken many different paths, who have chosen many
different fields of study, who have wildly different
dreams for the future. But what you all have in
common is a learning experience that has equipped you to
ask the hard questions, to work together to identify
problems and solutions, and to become more than
you likely thought possible four years ago. Perhaps this is best expressed
by a statement you just sang. “You should face the future unafraid.” This isn’t a platitude or
something that sounds good in an alma mater or mission statement but has little relevance for your lives. To say you face the future unafraid, is to say that you have a
fundamental level of confidence that you can overcome
the obstacles life throws in your paths, that you
have honed the skills that will enable you
to overcome your fears and achieve your goals. Confidence is a characteristic of those who are change
makers in the world. They risk failure and often fail, they take risks, they push the envelope to achieve important things. You are now leaving our
classrooms and our internships and our study abroad programs
and our team projects, ready to make a difference
in your neighborhoods and cities and countries,
indeed, in the world. In sum, if there’s one
thing you should take from your UE experience, it’s confidence. and that confidence is not misplaced. Be sure you appreciate what it has taken for you to be here today,
ready to cross this stage and receive your UE diploma. You have been challenged, you have sometimes taken one step backward for every two steps
forward, but you’ve made it. You’ve passed the test. You’re ready. This is a very special
day for all of those who love the University of Evansville, but I want to offer a
particular word of support to those graduates from countries
outside the United States who don’t have moms or dads or
other loved ones here today. These families face unusual
challenges in traveling to the United States,
difficulties in securing visas, limitations on entering the
US from certain countries, concerns about their ability
to return to their home country if they come here, and so on. This means that for some here today, the wonderful accomplishment
of earning a diploma is tempered by the absence of loved ones. To those students, let me say this. We love you and celebrate
your remarkable accomplishment of earning your degree. And perhaps our support for you can fill at least part of the breach. So to you, and to your loved ones at home, congratulations on this wonderful day and on the successful
conclusion of your journey. Before I conclude, I
might note that I feel a special connection with
this year’s graduating class. Sharon and I are retiring this year, so like today’s graduates
we’re moving to the next stage in our lives. And like you, this is a somewhat
bittersweet moment for us. We depart excited about the future but sad about leaving a
community that has supported us and inspired us. And much like you, we’ve been changed, in wondrous and often unexpected ways, by the experience. We thus join you in the ranks of alumni whose lives have been
enriched by our experience at this university. We can say with tremendous pride that we and you will always be Purple Aces. Of course, I can’t end
my remarks without a word of appreciation to those who are here in support of our graduates. I’ve offered similar words
every year for eight years, so I apologize to those who
have heard me say this before, but even if it’s redundant, it might be the most
important thing for you, the graduates, to remember about today. Never forget to say thank you. We know you’re smart and accomplished and have great potential,
but let’s be honest. Talent matters, work ethic
matters, focus matters, but you’re not here solely
because of those characteristics. The plain truth is that
you’ve made it to this point due in no small measure to the support of those in your life, parents,
grandparents, relatives, friends of the family who cared for you, made the tough decisions for you when you weren’t ready
to make them yourself, so that you’d stay on course. But most of all, they loved you. Someday if you have your own children, you’ll appreciate how
profound that love is, what a blessing it is. Be sure to thank them now and often for their great gifts to you. Give Mom and Dad and anyone
else who’s played a role central to your success a
hug, tell them you love them, and tell them thank you. Now let’s enjoy a wonderful
day of celebration in recognition. Congratulations on this
distinctive achievement, one that not only affirms your ability but also your promise and potential. Use well what you’ve learned here and commence the rest of your
lives with great confidence. Confidence that whatever
life has in store for you, you’re ready to do great things. Thank you. (audience applauds) (peaceful music) ♪ Tell me where is the
road I can call my own ♪ ♪ That I left, that I lost so long ago ♪ ♪ All these years, I have wandered ♪ ♪ Oh, when will I know? ♪ ♪ There’s a way, there’s a
road that will lead me home ♪ ♪ After wind, after rain,
when the dark is done ♪ ♪ As I wake from my dream
in the gold of day ♪ ♪ Through the air there’s
a calling from far away ♪ ♪ There’s a voice I can hear
that will lead me home ♪ ♪ Rise up, follow me,
come away, is the call ♪ ♪ With the love in your
heart as the only song ♪ ♪ There is no such beauty
as where you belong ♪ ♪ Rise up, follow me,
I will lead you home ♪ (audience applauds) – Thank you, that was beautiful. Jacob Lutz, president of the Student
Government Association, will deliver a message to
the graduating class of 2018. Jacob is from Madisonville, Kentucky and graduates today with
a Bachelor of Science in Communication and
Multimedia Production. Jacob was vice president
of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, executive
producer of Aces Media Group, and digital content director at 91.5 WUVE, the university’s radio station. In his role as SGA president, Jacob has worked to improve
the campus community through various initiatives. Jacob was highly involved
in the production for the Missouri Valley
Conference on ESPN3, where he served in various
student leadership roles. He completed an internship
with UE’s Center for Student Engagement, where
he focused on the creation of programs to help streamline
and boost student involvement in campus organizations. And most recently, Jacob served
as a student representative on the Presidential Search Committee, offering a student
perspective to that process. Now I’d like to invite Jacob to the podium to share his message with
the graduating class. (audience applauds) – Thank you all for being here today. Wow. (laughs) You know, this is a moment that on some days I never
thought I’d experience. Heck, even last week while
I was studying for finals, there were times I did not think that I would be here right now. Appreciate it, Dr. Shifflet. (laughs) But here we are, in one of my
favorite places in Evansville. For those of you that know me, you know that from
about middle of November until late March, this
building has almost been like a second home for me. Working in televised sports production, there are weeks that
I’ve spent more time here than I have in my own room. Probably should have been studying. But what you might not
know is when it comes to figuring out my future, this building just kind of
served as my wing man as well. It’s here that two major
life-changing moments happened for me. Freshman year, this is where
I discovered my calling and decided to change my major. And recently, this building
helped me figure out my next steps for after today. It is so fitting that
commencement is held here. It’s almost like I’ve came full circle. But like many others, this is just an incredibly
small part of my UE story. And how incredible every
single one of our stories are. You know, like most, my UE story starts in those first few
absolutely terrifying hours of Welcome Week. To many of our dismays, Dean Clayton and the orientation leaders pulled a couple of hundred
students out of their shells with (laughs) fun
icebreakers and activities. But guess what? It worked. It’s almost like Dean
had done that before. By the end of that first month, friendships started to
form that were stronger and much different than
those that any of us had ever seen before. By the end of that first
semester, so much had happened, from joining more organizations than we possibly could have imagined to getting through first year seminar and starting to understand just what a liberal
arts education entails. We were starting to get
the hang of this place. By the start of our second semester, something amazing happened. Our campus stayed the same size but every time we walked across it, it would take twice as long. Guys, it took me four years, but just this last week
I think I figured out why that walk gets longer. Between my village residence and the Schroeder School of
Business Administration Building which, for you folks who aren’t familiar with our gorgeous campus,
is just about a block, on average I run into five to 10 people who want to stop and say
hello and ask me about my day. And the best part about
this is they truly mean it. These are students, faculty,
staff, and even administrators. This is a place where people
actually care about you and truly want you to succeed. You know, this is also a place where it’s casual conversation to talk about your second
home over in England which is a giant castle and you’re given the opportunity to go to school in it as well. In fact, we guarantee it. Other than UE, who does that? Conversation about
Harlaxton is so normal here that we often discount the
transformation that takes place while you’re over there. But if you thought you grew up when you started your first semester, imagine going 4,064 miles
away in a foreign country and being told to explore. That’ll grow you up. This experience is a
two way street though. For our international students,
this is an everyday thing and it’s part of what makes UE great. UE is a community of truly
international leaders and scholars. It is a place where all ideas are welcome. Global citizenship and
diversity is what makes us tick here at UE. To note some of the
most significant events that happened in our four
years happened just this year, one of which was welcoming
home Coach Walter McCarty. Now I don’t know about you but anybody who ends
their press conference with “We’re not here to create a buzz, “we’re here to kick ass and have fun” is somebody that I can get on board with. This building better be rockin’ next year. All you better come back as alums. I think it’ll be a great time for all. I am thrilled for the future UE, not only because of our basketball coach but because this is a campus community that is forward thinking and
wants to impact the world. This is a campus that truly
wants to make a change maker and we prove that every day. I can’t wait to see the
great things that are going to happen to this already
incredible institution under our newly announced
president Pietruszkiewicz. In fact, I am especially looking forward to seeing the Hyde Hall renovations when I come back to visit. But actually, I’m not sure
what I’m more thrilled about, the fact that Hyde Hall is well on its way to becoming a world class facility or that my advisor and
many more of my professors, Joe Atkinson, is gonna have his office in the old Hughes residence hall while Hyde renovations are taking place. You know, we talk a lot
about being an institution where faculty is well
connected with students and they certainly are. But I don’t know what is a
better connecting experience than for your faculty
to experience the pain of an old un-air-conditioned
residence hall. (audience laughs) But you know, Hughes Hall was
not the only significant part of UE we’re saying goodbye to. As we as students are leaving today, someone who is pretty important
is leaving with us soon. Dr. Kazee, thank you for
all your years of service and dedication to making
our UE stories incredible. You know, there are so
many accomplishments that I could point out from this year but there’s one that really matters. Thank you, Dr. Kazee,
for enabling those of us who choose to do so to
live off of a balanced diet of Chick-fil-A and Starbucks. (audience laughs) Although we like to have
a lot of fun around here, we are getting a diploma today from a liberal arts institution. I think by definition
every single one us knows what hard work is now. All the late nights, early mornings, projects that we thought we couldn’t do, and tests we thought would be
impossible to pass but we did. But we must not forget the
hardships we have gone through and we must also not forget the classmates who were taken away from us way too soon. However, just being here today
proves that we can overcome, count on one another,
grow, and do great things. With every success, there is a great amount
of people to thank. Personally, I’d like to thank my parents. Without them allowing me to go
to this liberal arts school, none of this would have been possible. The constant support from my grandparents, aunts, uncles as well has
made getting here today even sweeter. But to note, this is a place
where our faculty, staff, administrators, and even
trustees all individually care about us as students. Thank you to every single one of you who have helped me and
all of us along the way. There are too many of you to mention, but that’s just the UE way. Everybody is there for you and everybody wants you to succeed. So you know, I promised ’em that I would, so I gotta give a shoutout to the Ford Center AV production crew for making me look and sound so good on this jumbotron today. I think is the first time I’ve
ever been in this building where I wasn’t working. I also want to thank
the Valley on ESPN3 crew for helping me find my
passion and find my future. Thank you to the brothers
of Sigma Phi Epsilon for always being there for
me during this past year. And finally, thank you to God
for putting me and all of us in just the right place
at just the right time. They say God works in mysterious ways and my UE story is living proof of that. So that’s my UE story so far but this is not the end of our UE stories. This is just the end of this chapter. Now it’s time for us
to start our tradition of philanthropy and our
tradition of being change makers in our community. It’s time for all of us to
go out into our UE stories. Let’s face the future unafraid. Thank you for allowing me to speak today and thank you for a great
year as your SGA president. God bless. (audience applauds) – Thank you, Jacob. It’s heartwarming to know
that after eight years, my legacy is Chick-fil-A and Starbucks. (audience laughs) Several years ago, the
university began a tradition of selecting a graduating student to deliver the keynote address
at spring commencement. This year, I’m delighted to introduce this year’s senior keynote
speaker, Cesar Guitunga Jr., who came to UE from Maputo, Mozambique. Cesar graduates today
with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in
Health Services Administration. During his time at UE, Cesar
has been actively involved in the campus community, serving on various university
and student committees. As a member of the men’s soccer team, Cesar was able to balance
the demands on the field as well as the demands in the classroom. In addition, Cesar is an avid volunteer and was among the top 10 student athletes who have spent time engaged
in community service. I’d like to invite him to podium. Cesar? (audience applauds) – Thank you, President
Kazee, for the introduction. I would like to take this moment to pause and acknowledge what you’ve
done for this university. Freshman year, I saw you
on Connections with Kazee and I thought you were
very chilled and relaxed. But a couple of years later,
I got to work with you on Dining Service Committee
and I saw how good of a leader you are and how assertive you can be with your decision making. On behalf of the entire student body, I would like to say
thank you for your vision for our school. Looking at all the progress UE has made during your time here, it is
evident how much you cared not only about the students but also about the campus community. And for that, we thank you. (audience applauds) And now, for the real reason we’re here. Greetings to you, class of 2018, faculty, staff, family, and friends. A very special greeting to my family who flew 9,000 miles to be here today. (audience applauds) I know it’s a long trip. I have also done it. (audience laughs) I would also like to
give a special thank you to my host family who drove
nine miles to be here today. (audience laughs) (audience applauds) Your presence is as equally appreciated. Thank you to the selection committee for giving me the opportunity to be this year’s keynote
commencement speaker. Before I officially begin my address, I have two small requests
for everyone here today. My first request is that
you laugh at my jokes, even if you don’t find them funny. (audience laughs) My mom came a long way to be here today and at the very least, I
would like her to think that I’m funny. (audience laughs) You know, make her trip
somewhat worthwhile. My second request is that
if you take anything away from what I say here today, it’s this. People matter. I know that may sound
like a cliche at first but I hope that after you
hear what I am sharing today, you will understand why this
message is so important. My name is Cesar Guitunga. Guitunga, you know, strong African name. I come from Mozambique,
a beautiful country on the east coast of southern Africa. Like most African countries,
we have a lot to offer but we face a lot of challenges. When I left home, my country was in the
midst of a civil war. A small war in comparison
to the tragedies happening around the world, but a war nonetheless. Lives were, are being lost. And every life is important. Every life matters. Anyways, I left home and my father said (speaking
in foreign language). Which means “Don’t party too hard.” (audience laughs) Jokes. It means “Go and learn
everything the Americans have “to teach you.” And so I did. I flew to Evansville and my journey began. When I arrived here on January 9, 2014, like most freshmans,
life was just about me. Keeping my father’s message in mind, because in my culture
your father’s word is law, I took every opportunity that
was presented to me to learn. I joined the International Club, became an international
orientation leader, a resident assistant,
joined the soccer team, helped kickstart UNICEF Campus Initiative, became Head Resident,
worked on various committees and councils with Dean
Clayton and President Kazee. You know, your typical
college student life. (audience laughs) What I mean to say is that
I got to experience college from multiple perspectives,
which made me learn a lot. Every experience is unique to the individual experiencing it. Or as C.S. Lewis put it, “What you see and hear depends a good deal “on where you are standing.” It also depends on what
sort of person you are. As a freshman, some of us were terrified of transitioning into a new country and many of us were excited
to step away from home and were ready for new experiences. We were all ready to
become our own person. It’s May 5, 2018, a date that
most of us have either A, been waiting for, B, dreading,
or if you’re like me, C, all of the above. Nonetheless, today is a very special day. It is a day of reflection,
a day of celebration. At the very least, today is a testament to all we’ve gone through,
all that we have endured, and all that we have
sacrificed to get here. Today is our day. I am honored and humbled to
stand on this special occasion, to be one of the voices of
a class and an institution that has done so much for me. It is with great privilege
to be moments away from receiving a degree from
a well-respected university in the most powerful country in the world. I believe, however, with that
privilege comes responsibility because privilege is power. I believe success and making
an impact is a combination of hard work, talent, and opportunity. It doesn’t matter how
much hard work you put in if we’re not presented
with the opportunity to prove ourselves. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how
many opportunities we get if we’re not prepared to seize the moment. Personally, while I’m graduating today, my story could have been
completely different. I could have easily been
one of the babies who died because of poor conditions back home, which is common, for those
of you who don’t know. Or I could have been one
of the black kids shot during my four years here in the States, just for being in the wrong
place at the wrong time. What I mean to say is
circumstances impact our path. Circumstances are a reality, but we also have some
autonomy over what happens with our lives. It is a combination of
hard work and circumstance that ultimately gets
us where we are today. We need to thank those
who help us get here. We are privileged and we need to recognize that we’ve had special opportunities that other people have not had. We can all think back at a time where someone invested in us, helped us, whether it be a parent,
a friend, a sponsor, a professor, or a mentor, or
even someone like Russell, the (mumbles) every single day. Because these people
gave us an opportunity, we were able to move forward and achieve our biggest dreams
or even just daily tasks. Therefore, we need to focus on
the idea that people matter, individuals matter. We are now in the
position to impact others and if we’re being honest,
we always have been. I know we’ve been told all our lives that success is what matters and that we need to do big things in order to be of
significance in this world. We need money, we need
resources, a big title, a certain reputation
to be considered great. Let’s change that. It’s not true. The truth is, there will always be someone who we think is more
successful than we are, someone we think is better,
smarter, or more talented. But we are capable, we are smart, we are hungry to learn
and to make a difference. We have everything we
need to make an impact because everything we need is ourselves. The influences we have
on other people’s lives are forever lasting, memorable, just like the people that
have impacted our lives up until this day and
those who will continue to impact us forever. We don’t have to change the world but we can change the world of one person. Therefore, class of 2018, when you find yourself needing a push to get out of bed in the morning, when you feel stranded
and without direction, if you ever feel overworked
and wonder why keep on trying, remember that you matter. Because what you have done to this point, what you’re doing today, and what you will do tomorrow, matters. Thank you. (audience applauds) – Thank you, Cesar. Each year, a committee of students and faculty selects award recipients for the most outstanding
senior man and woman. The selection is based on
high academic performance, a commitment to service,
outstanding leadership, and involvement in
diverse campus activities. The awards are named for two of the university’s most respected alumni, Mabel Dillingham Nenneker and Guthrie May. This year’s winner of the
Mabel Dillingham Nenneker Award is exceptional. Since she arrived at UE, she has fully embraced opportunities to be involved on campus. She attended Harlaxton College, was a Phone-athon caller, a member of the Kai Omega sorority, Honors Activity Board,
UE Leadership Academy, and was vice president
of Scholars for Syria. Kristen M. Fowler graduates today with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Ethics. She has a genuine passion to serve others and she credits her UE
professors for pushing her to be interdisciplinary in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. In the summer of of 2017, Kristen was a clinical
optimization services intern at Yale University, Child Studies Center in New Haven, Connecticut. And in the summer of 2016, she was a Child and Adolescent
Behavioral Health Division intern at the Egyptian Public and
Mental Health Department in El Dorado, Illinois. Kristen’s research includes an
educational outreach program for Scholars for Syria through
the university’s gap program, a neuropsychology research
study of the effects of exercise on concentration ability, and a psychology research
study related to the effects of information format on belief change regarding corporal punishment. This month, Kristen
will present a post-jury at the Association for
Psychological Science Conference. Kristen aspires to be
a school psychologist so she can, in her own words, quote, “impact children in great ways,” unquote. In the fall, Kristen will
begin working toward her PhD at the University of Tennessee. Kristen M. Fowler is the
most deserving recipient of the 2018 Mabel
Dillingham Nenneker Award for the most outstanding senior woman. Congratulations, Kristen. Come up to receive your award. (audience applauds) (laughs) This year’s winner of
the Guthrie May Award for the most outstanding senior
man is exceptional as well. He’s been a member of the
university’s soccer team and worked in the Office
of Residence Life. He was involved on campus as a member of the Academic Honor Council, the Dining Services Committee, Smoke Free Campus Community Task Force, and recently he was a finalist for the Mr. UE contest and he was selected to be the student
commencement speaker today. (audience applauds) Cesar Guitunga Jr. came to Evansville from Maputo, Mozambique. I think you knew that. And graduates today with a
Bachelor and Master of Science in Health Sciences Administration. During his four years at UE, Cesar was a member of the soccer team and worked in the Office of Residence Life as a volunteer assistant
and head resident. He was a volunteer soccer
coach at Kays Elementary School and last summer he was
a Human Resource intern at Deaconess Health System. Cesar was highly involved on campus as an international orientation leader, a member of the
International Student Club, and co-host of the International Bazaar. He was appointed as a
student representative on the University Academic Honor Council, and he was president
co-chair of recruitment for UNICEF Campus Initiatives. Cesar aspires to be an elementary educator and in the fall, he’ll
attend graduate school at Loyola University Maryland. Cesar H. Guitunga Jr. is
a most deserving recipient of the 2018 Guthrie May Award for the most outstanding senior man. Congratulations, Cesar, I think you know the way to the stage. (audience applauds) Through the generosity
of the Eykamp family, an award for members of
the faculty was created to recognize faculty
members who have displayed extraordinary service to the
University of Evansville. Faculty with a proven track
record of student recruitment and commitment to student success. Faculty who inspire students
and provide a platform upon which they can explore
and develop innovative ideas. Faculty who go above and beyond their regular classroom duties to interact with budding,
talented young adults. Faculty who are passionate
about teaching, advising, and mentoring students’ success. It gives me great pleasure to
introduce Mrs. Rita Eykamp, a 1959 graduate of the
University of Evansville and member of its board
of trustees since 1989, to present the award. (audience applauds) – Good afternoon. Thank you, Dr. Kazee. The faculty member receiving
the Eykamp Prize exemplifies the president’s description
of the goals of this award and has displayed extraordinary service to the University of Evansville. Through his many years at UE, he has received the Dean’s Teaching Award, the Alumni Association
Outstanding Teacher Award, the Burger Award for Scholarship. His colleagues describe
him as a phenomenal teacher who confirms an immense amount
of service to the U of E, contributes that to UE
to the whole community as an individual who has
done an excellent job coalescing faculty around the
goal of increasing enrollment and is a professor whose
commitment to scholarship has been exemplary. Together with a colleague,
Dr. David Dwyer secured two National Science Foundation grants, totaling over $700,000,
which funded the development of a textbook, Resequencing Calculus, which is currently used in the
university calculus sequence. Dr. Dwyer was instrumental in
the maths department decision to create a statistics
and data science program and has sought grants to
fund its construction. Indeed, his interest in pursuing internal and external funding has
been a motivating factor to faculty across the campus. Dr. Dwyer has been a
member, chair, and co-chair of numerous campus committees. Most recently, he was elected
as a faculty representative on the Presidential Search Committee. Most notably, Dr. Dwyer
spearheaded the, quote, moonshot, unquote, group of
Arts and Sciences faculty who have put together additional effort into assisting the Office of Admission. He brought together
more than 25 professors to discuss recruitment and
ways to enhance the process. But make no mistake about it, the group is not an idea
group, it’s a doing group who are engaging with
prospective students, encouraging them to attend
the University of Evansville. Congratulations, Dave. You are a very deserving
recipient of the Eykamp Prize. (audience applauds) The most important. (mumbles) (audience applauds) – Good afternoon. What a grand and glorious day this is and I’m sure you’ll agree with me. And Cesar, after you finish
your degree at Loyola, if you need a job in Health
Services Administration, you look me up and I’ll get
you a position at Deaconess. (audience applauds) It’s a deal and I keep my promises. The University Honorary
Degree Committee receives and reviews lots of nominations made on the basis of
individual achievement with the university and also
individual achievements. The honorary degree recipients just embellish the university’s mission. As with all degrees,
honorary degrees are approved by the faculty and also
by the board of trustees. It’s very, very proud to tell you that Sharon Kazee is one
of our honorees today. And on this special occasion, Sharon, the University of Evansville celebrates your many contributions
to the life of the campus and to the life of the entire community. Prior to joining University
of Evansville family, you served as a leader in arts education, encouraging the young and also the old. Your continued commitment to
the arts and its education have been throughout the
University of Evansville and it’s enhanced not only our campus, but again the entire community. Sharon has done this with
grace, with good humor, with warmth, with wit, standing alongside our
wonderful president, Dr. Thomas Kazee. Sharon, you’ve welcomed
everyone to the university and embellished our family
with you as our first lady. It gives me, actually it
gives all of us great pleasure to award you the honorary
degree Doctor of Humane Letters, with all of the privileges
that that degree embraces. Sharon Kazee. (audience applauds) Sharon, we want you to feel very special because you are very special. Thomas A. Kazee, on this
very, very special occasion, the University of Evansville pays tribute to your many accomplishments
during the eight years that you have been with us. You have served as a distinguished leader of the University of Evansville. You are thoughtful, you’re
a compassionate educator, and you also have good
measures of good humor and seriousness of focus. You’ve led conversations
with the campus life. You’ve resulted in many,
many positive changes and they are going to be long lasting. You’ve worked tirelessly
to educate all of us and the rest of the world about the value of the transformative education that the University of Evansville offers. You have elevated the
University of Evansville throughout the entire country. You have a passion for excellence, you have a commitment to excellence, and you’ve gained the respect
of the board of directors, the faculty, the staff, the alumni, as well as members of
the entire Evansville and Tri-state communities. It gives all of us great pleasure to award you, Thomas A. Kazee, the honorary degree
Doctor of Humane Letters, with all of the privileges
that that degree embraces. Dr. Kazee. (audience applauds) I think it’s only fitting that
we have both Dr. Sharon Kazee and Dr. Thomas Kazee stand in front of all of us together, please. (audience applauds) What a day. Due to the ambitious travel
schedule of the Miami Marlins, Coach Don Mattingly is
unable to be with us today. But President Kazee and a former trustee and
UE alumnus Bill Rasmussen traveled to videotape his hooding and the receipt of his honorary degree. So I’m gonna direct you to the jumbotron as we watch this video. – Thank you, Linda. We’re here at Miller Park
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a special presentation
of an honorary doctorate. I am joined by Bill Rasmussen,
who is a former member of our board of trustees
and a proud UE alumnus. It’s my honor to recognize
Mr. Don Mattingly as a Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Evansville. Congratulations, Don. (audience applauds) – I’m sure he can hear us. (laughs) Donald A. Mattingly,
on this very special occasion, the University of Evansville acknowledges your many professional and
personal accomplishments. You’ve enjoyed a long and esteemed career in professional baseball
and received numerous awards in recognition of all
of those achievements but you have never, ever
forgotten your hometown roots here in Evansville. You’ve personally given
wisdom, time, and treasure, especially to support the
underprivileged youth. You have promoted sports
through your Mattingly charities for many underprivileged children. It gives all of us great pleasure today to award you the honorary
degree Doctor of Humane Letters with all of the privileges
with that degree embraces. And just one other note. Coach Mattingly, it’s
just a real honor to know that you will be joining your
brothers, Randy and Michael, as proud alumnus of the
University of Evansville. Thank you. (audience applauds) – Thank you, Linda. And I have to say as a
baseball fan, that was a thrill to be there with Don
Mattingly in Milwaukee. Starla West, president of
the Alumni Association Board of Directors, will now present
the Outstanding Teacher Award and welcome today’s
graduates into the ranks of the alumni. Starla graduated from
the university in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree
in Business Administration. She’s currently the founder and president of Starla West International, an executive presence and
business leadership coaching and training firm. Starla? – Good afternoon. As President Kazee said,
my name is Starla West and I’m a 1995 graduate of
the University of Evansville, as well as the current president
of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. I’m honored to present the
2018 Outstanding Teacher Award. This award, sponsored by
the Alumni Association, acknowledges and celebrates
continued excellence in the classroom. This year’s recipient
received a record number of nominations, not only from students but from alumni and faculty as well. Here’s what some had to say. “Has a means of forcing you
out of your comfort zone “when it comes to your
typical thought process. “This in turn forces you to expand how “and what you comprehend. “Is an innovator in classroom methods “and takes a direct
interest in every student “that is willing to learn. “Class seminars on special
topics allow students “to interact with each
other and the subject matter “in new and different ways. “We learn facts, figures,
and formulas in most classes, “but in his class we learn how to learn, “how to observe the world,
and how to apply our learning. “I am so grateful I took
his class as electives. “His mentoring of students is exceptional. “He takes an invested interest
in their overall wellbeing “and is genuine when
suggesting academic decisions.” It’s impossible for me to tell you more about this year’s recipient
without revealing his identity, so at this time I’d like to
invite Dr. Anthony Beavers to come forward. (audience applauds) Dr. Beavers arrived at U of E in 1991 and is currently the university’s
Professor of Philosophy. He earned both his
Bachelor and Master of Arts in Philosophy from Trinity College and his PhD in Philosophy
from Marquette University. Since he began his career at UE, Dr. Beavers has been
published over 30 times and invited speaker over 40 times, and a campus advisor to three
out of our six fraternities. On behalf of the University of Evansville Alumni Association, I proudly present the
Outstanding Teacher Award to Dr. Anthony Beavers. (audience applauds) Now, on behalf of the Alumni Association and our 32,000 plus members, I have the honor of
welcoming you to our ranks. Upon your graduation today,
you become our newest members. Your connection as an
alum will be lifelong and I encourage you to stay connected. I promise that if you continue
to nurture the relationships you’ve already developed with
both classmates and faculty, these relationships will
powerfully impact you in ways that you can’t
even imagine right now. But don’t let it end there. Your network is 32,000 strong and there are many new
relationships to be built. We are going to ask you to
give back to the university that has already given so much to you. We’re going to ask you to share your time, your talent, your expertise,
and of course your dollars. But in doing so, you will
have access to 32,000 alum with whom you can cultivate powerful, powerful relationships. Once you walk across that stage, you will be presented with a special gift to welcome you to the Alumni Association. It’s a key and it will serve as a reminder that your education and
your alumni connection are vital to your success. Both can unlock a world of opportunities. You just have to step
up to the right doors, use the key to unlock them, and boldly walk through
with courage, positivity, perseverance, and resilience. And I want to pause there
because I want to build on something that Cesar
shared with us earlier. He said, if I’m quoting
you correctly, Cesar, I hope I get this right, that you have everything
already that you need to make an impact, because everything you
need is within yourselves. And I can tell you that
he is absolutely correct. As an executive coach for executives all throughout this country, I can tell you that the two
things you’re going to need to survive in this world
will be perseverance and resilience. That’s what this world rewards. You’re gonna get knocked down. You’re gonna make mistakes. Some things are gonna happen that are totally without your control. That’s okay. If you boldly walk into
this world with this key, with perseverance and resilience, you’re gonna be just fine and you’re going to
have the kind of impact that this university has set
you up to go out and have. So with that, I want to congratulate you on this accomplishment and I welcome you to the University of
Evansville Alumni Association and I wish you all the best that this university
has to offer, and world. Thank you. (audience applauds) – We shall now proceed to
the conferring of degrees. President Kazee, I have the
pleasure of presenting to you candidates for degrees. Will all degree candidates please stand? (audience applauds) On behalf of the faculty, I certify that these
persons have completed the required courses of study at the University of Evansville or will do so by the end of the summer. (audience laughs) Or will do so by the end of the summer. (audience laughs) And they are presented to you
for conferring of degrees. – Thank you, Dr. Austin. By virtue of the authority vested in me by the board of trustees
and on the recommendation of the faculty, I confer
upon you the degree to which you are entitled, with all the rights and
responsibilities pertaining thereto. – Will the candidates please be seated? Dean Ray Lutgring will
call forward the candidates for degrees in the William
L. Ridgeway College of Arts and Sciences. Will the faculty marshals
please direct the candidates for degrees to the rostrum? – [Ray] For the degree Bachelor of Arts, Anna S. Aarons, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Dominic Michael Bolt, cum laude. (audience applauds) Mason Nathaniel Lee Bryan. (audience applauds) Alexander W. Emry. (audience applauds) Andrew J. Harper. (audience applauds) Emily A. Johnson. (audience applauds) Hunter Joseph King, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) (audience laughs) Rebecca Ann Nelson, cum laude. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Dixon Nibola, cum laude. (audience applauds) Maria Marcela Pinota Docks. (audience applauds) Stewart Benjamin Piesli, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Isaac D. Raney. (audience applauds) Isaiah A. Stevenson. (audience applauds) Roxanne Lee Wagner. (audience applauds) Chelsea Lynn Walker. (audience applauds) Alexis Lee Carlson
Whitaker, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chieko Yamada. (audience applauds) Also earning the degree Bachelor of Arts, Amanda Jo Alexander, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Leah Rene Arnold, cum laude. (audience applauds) Sari Ann Bon, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Davis Charles Brinker. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Joy Brunmeyer, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Davis B. Coert. (audience applauds) Trevor Samuel Gaitin, cum laude. (audience applauds) Margaret Louise Ellich. (audience applauds) Krista N. Lecker. (audience applauds) Samantha J. Petejean, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Sarah Lene Flyderer, cum laude. (audience applauds) Victoria J. Philips. (audience applauds) Baxter Pitt, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Trevor Richardson. (audience applauds) Hilary Rubio. (audience applauds) Miranda Nicole Sheaving. (audience applauds) Joe Schwab, cum laude. (audience applauds) Jade Sade Shelby. (audience applauds) Kira Naomi Volo. (audience applauds) Braydon Caroline Wilkerson, cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor of Music, Ivy Sarah Benson. (audience applauds) Anna M. Cloud. (audience applauds) Samantha H. Wadell, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor
of Music in Music Therapy, Taylor K. Farland. (audience applauds) Abby Ray Jasper Brown. (audience applauds) Michael P. Kamichek. (audience applauds) Also earning the degree Bachelor of Music, Rebecca Hadley Laskey. (audience applauds) Caitlin Noel Lowe. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Diane Lung, cum laude. (audience applauds) Amanda Michelle Mackey. (audience applauds) Emily T. McGray, cum laude. (audience applauds) Diamond Sharee Suggs. (audience applauds) Karina Walstrom, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor of Science, Kayla Francis Aiken. (audience applauds) Maram Sayed Amagdel. (audience applauds) Nicole Marie Bayem. (audience applauds) Joshua Jacob Beatty, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Kennedy N. Bevin. (audience applauds) Jessica Beckman. (audience applauds) Shane Michael Benston, cum laude. (audience applauds) – [Woman] Go Shane! – [Ray] Ned Patrick Benston, cum laude. (audience applauds) – [Woman] Way to go, Ned! – [Ray] Nicholas E.
Bingeman, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Emelyn Rene Blevins. (audience applauds) Jordan L. Buckler, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Payton E. Carlton, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Caleb H. Chestnut. (audience applauds) Hannah Elizabeth Clark, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Madeline Elizabeth Cleeland. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Darty, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Alice M. Dom, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Austin J. Dick. (audience applauds) Jamie Jean Durban, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Brianna Michael Engle. (audience applauds) Julian Roth Ericson. (audience applauds) Marlena G. Epsuch. (audience applauds) Bailey Madison Euan. (audience applauds) Kristen M. Fowler, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Courtney E. Goddard. (audience applauds) Aaron Timothy Vitus
Gonner, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Also earning an additional
Bachelor of Science degree, Kierstan Marie Hassenaeur,
summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Kelsey Lynn Henson. (audience applauds) Jessica L. Hildebrand, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Tommy J. Hausman. (audience applauds) Tess M. Hoopy, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) – [Woman] Go Tess. – [Ray] Deja A. Johnson. (audience applauds) Hannah L. Kean. (audience applauds) Humsa Mohammed Khan, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Amir Kayat Kahale. (audience applauds) Maggie I. Kitt, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Kendra Carol Kline. (audience applauds) Kayla Marie Kenise. (audience applauds) McKenzie Katherine Kochell. (audience applauds) Nicholas Q. Kruger. (audience applauds) Micah J. Lane. (audience applauds) Kaylie Lynn Liduke. (audience applauds) Zachary C. Lighton. (audience applauds) Gisela E. Laputio. (audience applauds) Jacob Allen Lutz. (audience applauds) Also completing ROTC,
commissioning as second lieutenant in the US Army, branded
active duty infantry, Sabrina Nicole Lux. (audience applauds) Alison N. Lithgo. (audience applauds) Michael Derek Mansion. (audience applauds) Catherine R. Marcuson. (audience applauds) Keaton Janie Mays. (audience applauds) Rachel Holly McCall, cum laude. (audience applauds) Also earning an additional
Bachelor of Science degree, Ryan A. Meyer. (audience applauds) Magna cum laude. Gilena Merselli. (audience applauds) Michelle Mikoscuva, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Daniel Eric Meyer. (audience applauds) Brendan S. Nineman. (audience applauds) Rupa Pundit. (audience applauds) Logan R. Redman. (audience applauds) Matthew Joseph Reed. (audience applauds) Sarah Beth Richie. (audience applauds) Jennifer M. Reedford, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Lauren Emily Roberts, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Jessie Alana Robkin, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Andrew R. Rogers. (audience applauds) Emily Ruth Roar. (audience applauds) Andrew G. Ramish. (audience applauds) Hannah Ellen Ro. (audience applauds) Morgan E. Siko, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Melea Elizabeth Schnefki, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Bailey Grace Schner, cum laude. (audience applauds) Jacob Sellers, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Brooke Lynn Small, cum laude. (audience applauds) Mary Claire Smally, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Annie Elizabeth Stephanago,
summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Amanda A. Strafer. (audience applauds) Matthew D. Studaville, cum laude. (audience applauds) Chusela Sutanya Wibun, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Ryan Joshua Taylor. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Marie Treinic, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Anita Ugen. (audience applauds) Rene Voto. (audience applauds) Zachary Taylor Ward. (audience applauds) Paige Alexa Ward. (audience applauds) Bailey Elizabeth Wildman, cum laude. (audience applauds) Kendra N. Wilson, cum laude. (audience applauds) Emma E. Winnegar. (audience applauds) Briggs E. Yuly. (audience applauds) Alexandra Molly Zuruicki, cum laude. (audience applauds) – [Thomas] Schroeder
Family Dean Greg Rawski will call forward the
candidates for degrees in the Schroeder Family School
of Business Administration. – [Greg] For the degree
of Bachelor of Arts, William Malman. (audience applauds) Monica Moralez Maza, magna cum laude, also earning the degree
of Bachelor of Science. (audience applauds) Calvin Forest Daly, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree of Bachelor
of Science in Accounting, Maria Sulemon Elharthy. (audience applauds) Also earning the degree
of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Abdurumon Al-Muegel. (audience applauds) Fasil Muhammad Al-Subai. (audience applauds) Ferris Abdullah Al-Taile. (audience applauds) Julia Lauren Billharts, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Patrick R. Bradford. (audience applauds) Caitlin Lee Gilmore, cum laude. (audience applauds) Keefer W. Goldman, also earning a degree of Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration. (audience applauds) Nolan Wayne Hudson. (audience applauds) Matthew W. Keller, summa cum laude. Also earning the degree
of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. (audience applauds) Nathan Matthew Lawson. (audience applauds) McKenzie Elizabeth Lee. (audience applauds) Aldo Malki. (audience applauds) Prescott L. Marcie. (audience applauds) Amy Nicole Parker. (audience applauds) Montana Marie Schafer, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Justine Danielle
Swanness, summa cum laude, also earning the degree
of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. (audience applauds) Amad Nafi Sukar, also earning the degree of Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration. (audience applauds) Andrew Steven Wall, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration,
Blake E. Adams. (audience applauds) Hossan Mustafa Al-Blemi. (audience applauds) Kalid Nassir Al-Hadri. (audience applauds) Majid Nasir Al-Mundari. (audience applauds) Ali Ben Ahmed Al-Muslin. (audience applauds) Mohammed Abdullah Al-Okfari. (audience applauds) Christine A. Bechdel. (audience applauds) Patrick Sloane Barry, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Jacob B. Brenton. (audience applauds) Dylan R. Brooks. (audience applauds) Marks Everett Cannon Jr., cum laude. (audience applauds) Hadi Ahmed Dahas. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Ann Freck. (audience applauds) Brittany Leann Fresky. (audience applauds) Cameron Scott Gilwreath, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Solomon Abimbola Hina Jr. (audience applauds) Christopher D. Hartsol, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Corbin G. Hendershot. (audience applauds) Gabriel M. James. (audience applauds) Morgan S. Jennings. (audience applauds) Emma R. Kakowski. (audience applauds) Ga Li. (audience applauds) Tauren D. Madden. (audience applauds) Keystone M. Marcie. (audience applauds) Daniel R. O’Brian. (audience applauds) Shelby J. Osukowski. (audience applauds) Christopher A. Shuck. (audience applauds) Hilary Evadine Ward. (audience applauds) Carlene Elaine Widmer. (audience applauds) Caleb F. Williams. (audience applauds) Catherine Lorraine Williams. (audience applauds) Terra Beth Yaeger. (audience applauds) Honway Young. (audience applauds) – [Thomas] Dean Mary
Kessler will call forward the candidates for degrees in the College of Education
and Health Sciences. Those candidates receiving
a graduate degree will receive the hood
appropriate to the masters or doctoral degree earned. – [Mary] For the degree
Associate of Science and Physical Therapist Assistant, Kenzie J. Corneer. (audience applauds) Aubrey E. Cohen, also earning the degree of Bachelor of Science. (audience applauds) Kaylie M. Hanson, also earning the degree of Bachelor of Science. (audience applauds) Sarah J. Hodges. (audience applauds) Ashley J. Noblok, also earning the degree of Bachelor of Science. (audience applauds) Brooke Rene Merkle. (audience applauds) Amber L. Miller. (audience applauds) Mikayla R. O’Leary Cook,
also earning the degree of Bachelor of Science. (audience applauds) Thane Logan Pearce. (audience applauds) Luke Benjamin Roshar. (audience applauds) Payton Schultz. (audience applauds) Nicole Elaine Tombers. (audience applauds) Morgan Ray Wedding. (audience applauds) Kiersten Faith Westner. (audience applauds) For the degree of Bachelor of Science, Theyez Abdullah Al-Buhakam. (audience applauds) Shadi Muhammad Sala Al-Bukare. (audience applauds) Fasim Sayed Al-Baday. (audience applauds) Cory E. Barnes, also earning the degree of Associate of Science in
Physical Therapists Assistance. (audience applauds) Emily Cecilia Bradley, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Shannon M. Bryant, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Breann R. Beerster, cum laude. (audience applauds) Jacob C. Bury, cum laude. (audience applauds) Antonia Marie Calderero. (audience applauds) Caitlin Shay Cannon. (audience applauds) Julia Chavez Malman, cum laude. (audience applauds) Curtis R. Chumley. (audience applauds) Tara M. Dawson, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Omar M. Al-Kudare. (audience applauds) Danielle L. Freeman. (audience applauds) Emmy S. French. (audience applauds) Christian M. Gemaperez. (audience applauds) Noah W. Gingerich, cum laude. (audience applauds) Micah L. Good. – [Woman] That’s my kid! (audience applauds) – [Mary] William A. Gray. (audience applauds) Erlicia Y. Griffin. (audience applauds) Leah Jo Helpingstein. (audience applauds) Rachel N. Hendrickson, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Gabrielle M. Hicky. (audience applauds) Haley N. Hanoose. (audience applauds) Samantha R. Mackie. (audience applauds) McKenzie R. Manning, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) McKenzie Pearl McClarney, cum laude. (audience applauds) Brett C. McCullough. (audience applauds) Matthew G. McDermott. (audience applauds) Kendra R. Mailing, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Tristan E. Metal. (audience applauds) Connor Jacob Micolo. (audience applauds) Megan M. Morris. (audience applauds) Erin Casey Munoz. (audience applauds) Betsy E. Murphy. (audience applauds) Andrea D. Nelson. (audience applauds) Kelsey D. Owen, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Hannah Michelle Owens. (audience applauds) Erin Marie Para. (audience applauds) Joseph M. Paulin. (audience applauds) Jessica Pemberton. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Lauren Perkins. (audience applauds) David W. Poindexter. (audience applauds) Chandler R. Reem, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Alexander Raymond Rod, cum laude. (audience applauds) Taylor N. Rogers, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Patrick Jude Roch. (audience applauds) Lilian M. Rosacruz. (audience applauds) J. Bess Ruby. (audience applauds) Julianne Saucerman, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Katherine A. Schriber. (audience applauds) Mikayla Jean Schulti. (audience applauds) Benjamin P. Simmons. (audience applauds) Bailey E. Smith, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Matthew W. Smith, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Matthew C. Stetum, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Nathaniel Dale Sterling. (audience applauds) Madeline P. Stone, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Amanda Stratman, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Abraham Daylin Traylor. (audience applauds) Mikayla Ray Troxler, also earning an additional
Bachelor of Science degree. (audience applauds) Casiah Marie Summer Tucker. (audience applauds) Kendall E. Turner. (audience applauds) Alexander Christian Vest. (audience applauds) Morgan L. Walker, cum laude. (audience applauds) Daniel M. Waskowitz, cum laude. (audience applauds) Brody Reed Wilson. (audience applauds) Julie I. Wilson. (audience applauds) Lloyd Edward Winebarger. (audience applauds) Lauren A. Winely. (audience applauds) Sydney Francis Winstead, cum laude. (audience applauds) Gabriel H. Whyrick, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree of Bachelor
of Science in Nursing, Dina Abraham (mumbles). (audience applauds) Michael David Armstrong. (audience applauds) Tyler Jean Booker. (audience applauds) Hunter A. Brittingham. (audience applauds) Bailey N. Buttren. (audience applauds) Kendra K. Chastain. (audience applauds) Hannah L. Condor. (audience applauds) Courtney R. Coverdell, cum laude. (audience applauds) Caitlin Elizabeth Day. (audience applauds) Megan N. Don, cum laude. (audience applauds) Haley Michelle English. (audience applauds) Susanna Joy Fraley. (audience applauds) Rebecca Anne Lee. (audience applauds) Mark A. Morillo. (audience applauds) Rachel L. Patch. (audience applauds) Casey O. Rine, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Chelsea A. Roy. (audience applauds) Danielle Nicolette Tink Lopicolo. (audience applauds) Joshua D. Sellers. (audience applauds) Olivia Anne Shafer. (audience applauds) Olivia Rose Williams, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) For the combined degrees
of Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in
Health Services Administration, Emily R. Bagget, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Cesar Herculano Guitunga. (audience applauds) John Robert Hannon. (audience applauds) Christopher M. Haynes. (audience applauds) (audience laughs) Dali Noeria Mecoco Muzini, cum laude. (audience applauds) Colton A. Smith. (audience applauds) For the combined degree
of Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health, Sarah Frances Harness. (audience applauds) (audience laughs) For the degree of Master of Public Health, Saddaf Jowood. (audience applauds) For the degree of Master of Science, Joshua P. Burke. (audience applauds) Declan Dorty. (audience applauds) Emma Jane Forbes Milne. (audience applauds) Kimberly K. Higgins. (audience applauds) Joshua Matthew Oldbroyd. (audience applauds) John Peter Papadopolis. (audience applauds) Scott W. Pierce. (audience applauds) Kiersten Saltwick. (audience applauds) Catherine Coriel Taylor. (audience applauds) Franklin Matthew Tyler White. (audience applauds) Sheila A. White. (audience applauds) Emily K. Wilderman. (audience applauds) For the degree of Master of
Science in Athletic Training, Rogan J. Logsten. (audience applauds) Morgan Elizabeth Perry. (audience applauds) For the degree of Master of Science and Health Services Administration, Hassan Arikomoshe. (audience applauds) Nachel Betty. (audience applauds) Alexander W. Elger. (audience applauds) Kayla Guyelmo. (audience applauds) Dana Michelle Owen. (audience applauds) For the degree of Doctor
of Physical Therapy, Caitlin D. Adler. (audience applauds) Paige Nicole Anderson. (audience applauds) Caitlin L. Baker. (audience applauds) Amanda N. Bannett. (audience applauds) Joseph R. Bell. (audience applauds) Mikayla M. Bortol. (audience applauds) Rachel Anna Brightweiser. (audience applauds) Madison Breann Berklow. (audience applauds) Fabiola Caldorone. (audience applauds) Kristen N. Carter. (audience applauds) Joel Frederick Craig. (audience applauds) Taylor Lee Donaldson. (audience applauds) Kelsey L. Emric. (audience applauds) Laura G. Finch. (audience applauds) Nicolette E. Fonseca. (audience applauds) Alyssa Louise Galhousen. (audience applauds) Rachel Jo Harder. (audience applauds) Andrew Joseph Herman. (audience applauds) Jason S. Hockemeyer. (audience applauds) Dylan J. Hegan. (audience applauds) Caylin N. Jacob. (audience applauds) Benjamin Kyle Johnson. (audience applauds) Maryann Elizabeth Johnson. (audience applauds) Nathan David Kampworth. (audience applauds) Margaret Jane Limmer. (audience applauds) Haley Lynn Link. (audience applauds) Morgan Daly Longnicker. (audience applauds) Kayla Marie Martin. (audience applauds) Gregory Ross McCullough. (audience applauds) Alexandria E. Moore. (audience applauds) Christoper D. Winn. (audience applauds) Sarah E. Nungester. (audience applauds) Danielle Elizabeth Sage. (audience applauds) Emma Elizabeth Simonson. (audience applauds) Sage Joshua Toole. (audience applauds) Jessica L. Volz. (audience applauds) Kendra L. Weber. (audience applauds) Elise Marie Whettle. (audience applauds) – [Thomas] Dean Brian
Swente will now call forward the candidates for degrees
in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. – [Brian] For the degree
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Rayid Ahmed Al-He. (audience applauds) Shannon Marie Gates. (audience applauds) Eric M. Hoff. (audience applauds) Manuel Alejandro Hara
Perez, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Uching Ji. (audience applauds) Levi Allen Lefort. (audience applauds) Elise M. Massey, cum laude. (audience applauds) Gunner B. Pickens. (audience applauds) Joseph Mitchell Shapkirk, cum laude. (audience applauds) Meredith May Seacrest. (audience applauds) Samantha Ray Schuler. (audience applauds) Alexis Catherine Sorrell, cum laude. (audience applauds) Casey B. Thompson. (audience applauds) Trent Ann Vaul. (audience applauds) Jacob R. Wolfington. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor of
Science in Computer Engineering, Clayton Richard Brutus, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor of
Science in Computer Science, Jacob T. Ball. (audience applauds) Keenan M. Kates, also earning the degree
Bachelor of Science. (audience applauds) Kudzi Mandingwa. (audience applauds) Yuka Morata, cum laude. (audience applauds) Ryan Lee Pastelack. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Ali Mustafa Al-Haji. (audience applauds) Ahmed Hussan Al-Katan. (audience applauds) Devon T. Augustin. (audience applauds) Brooks Allen Brown, cum laude. (audience applauds) Muhammad Ahmed Bukari. (audience applauds) Axel Daniela Campera Vega. (audience applauds) Brittany Lauren Carol, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Elizabeth Marie Collier. (audience applauds) Isaiah M. Fry, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Tyler J. Groves. (audience applauds) Aman Abdullah Umade, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Hojun Kim, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Matthew Wallace McKinney, cum laude. (audience applauds) Daniel R. Qua. (audience applauds) Jordan W. Spillman, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Jacob T. Stratman, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Aaron Daniel Wagmeister. (audience applauds) For the degree Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Jafar Al-Almri. (audience applauds) Rockan Al-Ud. (audience applauds) Abdullah Al-Arafat. (audience applauds) Ferris Akeel Al-Haji. (audience applauds) Abdul Hasib Al-Jandali, cum laude. (audience applauds) Hatham Al-Matawa. (audience applauds) Mohammed Ali Al-Soba. (audience applauds) Francis M. Bonencamper, cum laude. (audience applauds) Trevor L. Calvert. (audience applauds) Ryan Bradley Dehoff, cum laude. (audience applauds) Matthew Tyler Diddling. (audience applauds) Donald Clayton Dodie. (audience applauds) Matthew T. Harbenow. (audience applauds) Brandon J. Hillby. (audience applauds) Trevor R. Hodson, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Jordan S. Jackman. (audience applauds) Justin Tray Kolly, cum laude. (audience applauds) Joshua David King, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Kyle P. Kikendoll. (audience applauds) Philip Andrew Lax, summa cum laude. (audience applauds) Nolan A. Luky. (audience applauds) Lucas Thomas Pietrig. (audience applauds) Evan Joel Sirfas. (audience applauds) Matthew Sites, magna cum laude. (audience applauds) Jared Anthony Sparks, cum laude. (audience applauds) Ian Gregory Stanhoe. (audience applauds) Matthew R. Wagner. (audience applauds) Christopher Wygen. (audience applauds) – I’m now gonna shake hands
with everyone in the audience. (audience laughs) Will the graduates please stand? (audience applauds) Graduates. Graduates, the moving of the
tassel on the mortar board from the right to the left symbolizes that you have been granted your degree. Please move your tassel at this time. (audience applauds) Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the 2018 graduating class of
the University of Evansville. (audience applauds) Now my script says to ask
the families and friends of the graduates to please stand. Well, I clearly don’t have to do that. Graduates, please show your
appreciation for their support. (graduates applaud) And now if, as you are able, if all of you would
stand as we sing together the sesquicentennial class anthem, which is printed on the inside front cover of your commencement program. (grand instrumental music) (audience applauds) The Reverend Dr. Tammy Gieselman, our university chaplain,
will close today’s ceremonies with a benediction. – Hear these words from the founder of the Methodist movement
in England, John Wesley. “Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can, “in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can, “at all the times you can,
to all the people you can, “as long as you ever can,
and go in peace, amen.” (upbeat instrumental music)

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