Jacksonville University Class of 2018 Bachelor’s Degree Commencement Ceremony

Jacksonville University Class of 2018 Bachelor’s Degree Commencement Ceremony


good morning welcome to our spring 2018
baccalaureate commencement celebration at this time the presentation of the
colors will be conducted by the Jacksonville University Naval Reserve
Officer Training Corps we ask those who are standing to remain standing please
stand if you’re sitting and join us in the national anthem please parade the
colors please join the Jacksonville University
River tones in the singing of our national anthem Singing of The National Anthem Please post the colors everyone please be seated well that’s how to start the morning
Good M Morning everyone I’m Tim cost JU class of 1981 on behalf of the entire
Jacksonville University family it’s my distinct honor to welcome all of you to
campus today what an exciting day what a beautiful morning to make history here
thank you to the river tones the Jacksonville University River tones all
students here our newest ensemble and the division of music headed up by
Professor Deena Barone we give them a hand for that beautiful rendition of our
National Anthem we’d also like to thank our Jacksonville
University brass quintet for the beautiful Prelude and the opening music
today you can find each of our student musicians their names the year of
graduation in your program on page 2 so please look them up tremendous talent
here in the College of Fine Arts thank you to our veteran bagpiper who led us
in today Mr. Michael Thomas Jacksonville University class of 1996 and a special
appreciation to our senior mace carrier who led us in this morning dr. s Walker
Blanton who arrived here in 1968 . congratulations 50 years to offer our
invocation now we invite to the podium our outstanding young alumnus of 2010 MS
Audrey Moran Audrey is a great friend of the University having spent time here in
leadership of Alpha Delta Pi sorority as well as as a student athlete she’s also
helped energize our young Ju alums through the Alumni Board of Governors
and the graduates of the last decade our Gold Society Audrey Thank You president cost it is an honor
to be back at my alma mater to celebrate with our graduates faculty and esteemed
guests please join me in prayer dear Heavenly Father thank you for gathering
so many family and friends together in joy and gratitude on this beautiful
morning to honor the many accomplishments of the class of
in 18 as their names are called to receive their degrees and honors may our
graduates also remember those who have supported them along this wonderful
journey may this celebration remind our graduates faculty staff and guests that
hard work creativity and sacrifice can make a positive impact far beyond one
individual in your name we pray amen thank you Audrey ladies and gentlemen on
this special day and on these special grounds where we’ve been graduating for
decades allow me to draw your attention to the flags directly behind us here
these represent the eighteen countries of our graduating class today including
the United States and everything from Brazil to Venezuela over the course of
our 84 years as an institution we’ve graduated students from all 50 states
and more than 100 foreign countries around the world and just as important
as the places that these students have come from we believe it’s more important
to the places they’re going to go at this very minute ju alums are living and
thriving and creating and succeeding in hundreds of locations thousands of
places all around the world so it’s a testament to the depth in the caliber of
our graduate and undergraduate classes that for the first time this year we
hold both a baccalaureate undergraduate ceremony this morning and a graduate
ceremony just two nights ago we had a spirited event here two nights ago and
we’re looking forward to a wonderful two hours with you this morning
today we award bachelor’s degrees to six hundred and fifty-one students who are
talented hardworking and prepared to succeed in life we also have three
exemplary students who are being awarded both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree
today this is the twelfth commencement ceremony I’ve had the pleasure to
preside over as an alum of this University and each year it’s one of the
proudest days in this University’s life and in mind personally every single
student walking across this stage today is going to join the group of more than
32,000 Jacksonville University who graduated from this university
dating all the way back to the 1930s so we welcome all of you class of 2018 to
the family and we also welcome today our distinguished keynote speaker dr. Arthur
C Brooks in town from Washington DC he’s president of the American Enterprise
Institute and a visionary leader in economic policy social and cultural
trends analysis applied scholarship and you’re gonna hear quite a bit more from
him in just a moment we’re fortunate to have a beautiful morning here but the
temperatures will climb so I will keep my remarks brief here they come two
minutes to our graduates I offer my warmest congratulations you are a
tenacious passionate and fearless group I’m pleased to count many of you as
friends and colleagues we have each other’s cell phone numbers you have
demonstrated remarkable work ethic creativity and energy we challenged you
to do better and you’ve answered that at every turn
you’re the reason many of us believe our global future is so bright and I will
pay you the highest compliment one alum can to another you’ve come here and
you’ve made your university better than it was when you arrived several years
ago to the thousands of family and friends that are gathered here this
morning thank you for all you’ve done to make this day possible we know you’ve
sacrificed a great deal to help your student get here where they are today
and we’re grateful to you this celebration is your celebration as well
to our dedicated faculty who’ve shown up in such large numbers this morning my
thanks for your scholarship for your leadership and for your partnership and
building a truly great University and to our staff at all levels thank you for
the work you do to continue to move us forward it is a great time to be a
Jacksonville University dolphin we’re glad to have you all as members of the
family in particular I’d like to welcome the alums who are here from all around
the world who’ve come in days ago and are staying through the weekend thanks
to all of you I’d like to say hello and a great thank you to the members of the
president’s parents council up here to your left
who’ve been great supporters of this university and all the time their sons
and daughters have been here congratulations to our spires
answers to our donors to those who’ve helped create scholarships for these
students thank you for being here and thank you to our faculty marshals now
I’d like to recognize those on the platform briefly before we hear our
commencement speaker I’d like to recognize members of our Board of
Trustees celebrating commencement with us today if they would stand briefly as
they’re announced their trustee and Ju alumna Cynthia Cho MEAC trustee Rae
driver trustee Roseanne Duran trustee Ju alum and Judge Gary flower trustee and
alum Matt Cain trustee Lee Nym nicked trustee George Scanlon trustee Jamie
Shelton and trustee Chuck Woodhouse I thank all of them for their leadership
and service ladies and gentlemen this is an outstanding board your university is
in very good hands please join me in thanking them for attending today now
it’s my privilege to introduce you to your senior management and leadership
team of this University if they would please stand as they’re announced
Provost dr. Donnie Horner associate provost dr. bill Crosby associate
provost dr. Lee Ann Clements Dean of Students dr. Christie Gover senior vice
president and for communications and enrollment and proud Ju alum Class of 86
Ms Margaret DS chief financial officer Randy Freeborn Dean of the Brooks
Rehabilitation College of Health Care Sciences who will become acting provost
of this university next week dr. christine sapienza Dean of the Davis
College of Business dr. Don Capener Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences dr.
Sandra Coyle Dean of the College of Fine Arts dr. Henry Rennie director of
athletics mr. Alex Ricker Gilbert executive director of a Marine Science
Research Institute dr. Quinton white director of our Public Policy Institute
mr. Rick Mulaney commanding officer of our n ROTC program and proud Ju alum
class of 1996 captain Glenn Leverett chief admissions
officer Tom Taggart professor and chair of English division of humanities and
our 2018-19 professor of the year dr. Julie Brannon
faculty-in-residence dr. ramesh Hikari Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer voted
one of the top 50 players in the history of basketball a proud 1971 Ju alum
mister artis Gilmore chair of the faculty assembly dr. Mary Gibson
directing our ceremonies out on the grounds today director of the Office of
the President ju alum class of 2011 diana donovan
handling operations out there today as well two recent grads our presidential
fellows mr. Jack burns and Luke Murray and finally congratulations to our newly
announced 2018-19 presidential fellows both graduating this morning ms
mackenzie Boland and mr. Mitch gallo thank you all for being with us today now it’s my great pleasure to introduce
a friend today’s keynote speaker a true visionary in the economic and public
policy arena for the past decade a man with an extraordinary global reach in a
really unique personal story a few words of introduction before we bring him
forward he’s the Beth and Ravenel Curie scholar
in free enterprise at American Enterprise Institute he’s the president
of the American Enterprise Institute the oldest think-tank in the world
before joining AEI he was the Lewis a Bansal professor of business and
government at Syracuse University where he taught economics and social
entrepreneurship before pursuing his work in academia and public policy he
was a musician classically trained French horn in Barcelona Spain he’s a
contributing opinion writer for the New York Times for The Wall Street Journal
he’s the best-selling author of 11 books and a textbook on the role of government
economic opportunity happiness and the morality of free enterprise his latest
book is a New York Times best seller talking about a happier and more
prosperous America ladies and gentlemen please join me in welcoming to the
podium a dynamic leader in visionary dr. Arthur Brooks dr. Brooks in recognition of your
substantial contributions in civic and business life we have a resolution we
would like to share in part it reads whereas Arthur Sze Brooks
renowned professor author speaker columnist and policy expert established
his career as a classical musician whereas while earning his PhD in public
policy at the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica California
dr. Brooks also worked for the RAND Corporation on combat models for the US
Air Force and then spent 10 years as a professor of public administration and
whereas dr. Brooks delivers more than 150 speeches each year in US Europe and
Asia and also appears regularly on radio television and across all media and
whereas dr. Brooks frequently contributes to the New York Times The
Wall Street Journal commentary magazine and other in publications and is an
influential world voice in the areas of social science policy the fine arts and
higher education and whereas Jacksonville University is honored to
host dr. Brooks today be it resolved that this resolution be presented to
Arthur C Brooks on the 28th day of April 2018 as part of the permanent record of
the University and as a lasting tribute to the contributions of Arthur C Brooks
now therefore finally be it resolved that the Board of Trustees of
Jacksonville University does hereby confer upon Arthur C Brooks the honorary
degree of Doctor of Humane Letters presented this 28th day of April 2018 to
the class of 2018 to our gathered visitors and guests today please join me
in congratulating a gentleman who two days ago was meeting with Parliament in
London yesterday was in Washington our nation’s capital and today is here with
you your keynote commencement speaker dr. Arthur zebra I feel short the short guy putting that
hood on me was six foot six by the way what an honor it is to be with you thank
you to these gentlemen for this thank you for this honor to the president
cauce to the trustees of this fine universities to the faculty to the staff
to the parents to the guests and most of all to you the graduates what an honor
it is for me to join you today tied to this great University the question that
you’ll get today and going forward is what are you gonna do now you just
finished college you’re ready to go out in the world what do you want to do now
I remember this question my father asked me that question when I was 22 years old
what do you want to do now and I said I remember I want to be happy and he
looked at me and he said what makes you so special you know the truth is that’s
what you want that’s what we all want the point of coming to this great
University to prepare yourself for the world isn’t just to make money
it isn’t just to be successful material work terms is to build your life in a
way that serves others and can make you happy today I write books about
happiness and I want to take my 15 minutes in your life to give you a
couple of ideas on how to find it and tell you what I wish I had known when I
was 22 years old I’m gonna give you two pieces of advice the truth is you get
two pieces of advice every day right now number one is to make prudent choices
and don’t take crazy risks the second piece of advice is to find your
strengths and to rely on them what I’m gonna tell you right now is that that’s
bad advice I’m gonna tell you to do just the opposite lesson number one for you
to use the rest of your life to be the happiest person possible take
or risk you know that that’s not what you typically hear that sounds wrong
here’s what I want you to understand now as a researcher as a social scientist
there’s a study that I recently saw that captured my imagination it was by a a
great economist who teaches at the University of Chicago I his his name was
Steven Levitt if you’ve ever heard the name is because he wrote a big
best-selling book called freakonomics and his new study asks this question how
do people make the hardest decisions in their lives how do they they fix it when
they don’t know what to do now if I look at my data right
a third of you are struggling with a major decision it’s not bad maybe it’s
two good possibilities do I do this or this where yes is scary and no is to do
what you’ve always been doing now seventy-five percent of the time people
say no to hard decisions why because usually they don’t make the
decisions and time runs out should you say yes more or no more when you have a
major decision maybe it’s about going to graduate school maybe it’s about a
relationship maybe it’s about something having to do with a job do we say yes
too much or no too much this is what this economist was trying to figure out
so he put together a major research study and he asked people all over the
country to let him make the biggest decisions in their lives with the flip
of a coin now this is crazy isn’t it 22,000 people signed up for his they
were in such pain about making a decision that 22,000 people said I’m
gonna let an economics professor make the biggest decision in my life with a
flip of a coin well here’s the twist in this half the people got yes do whatever
it is that’s on your mind the scary thing half said no you got tails stay
with what you’ve got and then he went back a year later to see who was happier
the yeses are the nose now the way that you measure happiness is that one is
misery and ten is bliss what’s your number
everybody’s got a number it’s pretty constant throughout your life as a
matter of fact and so he asked before the experiment and then a year after
they assigned the yeses and noes he asked again and what he find the
yeses were one entire digit happier than the nose this is a big finding 75% of
the time people say no to the big scary decisions in their life but you should
say yes now this is news that you can use because this is you this is you
going forward and I’m not by the way thinking I’m urging you to take a lot of
risk to start a business to reach for the stars professionally that’s good do
that here’s what I’m really talking about I’m asking you to take a risk with
your with your heart and the relationships that you have with other
people see here’s the world tells you in 2018 hold yourself apart don’t get
married too young don’t tie yourself down keep your
options open that my friends is not good advice what you need to do is to take
the risk with the love that is the most important thing in your life you know I
work in Washington DC I have an institution that’s full of hundreds of
young people people under 30 and I get to know them really well and and I have
to tell you that Washington DC is the world’s most dysfunctional dating market
it’s terrible and so I’ll meet these young guys 28 29 years old and and and
they’ll be telling I’ll say how things going and they’ll say fine
I say you’re still dating that girl they’ll say yeah I’ll say how long
you’ve been going out and say you know eight years and then they’ll ask me what
do you think I ought to do and I got the data I say I think you should go back to
your apartment and put on the music for a little while get your courage up then
I think you should go over her place say yes to your heart and get down on one
knee and hope she says yes to you now there’s something like that in your life
and if it’s not right now it’s gonna come soon when it comes to love when it
comes to your heart say yes even if it’s scary take more risk that’s lesson
number one lesson number two you always hear that
that you should play to your strengths that’s what you’ve been doing in college
by the way you’ve been majoring in something that is that you’re good at
that you like that you’re passionate about thank you my my hood was errant do
what you’re good at play to your strengths your mother taught you that
your professors taught you that I want to give you a different advice each of
you has a weakness each of you is embarrassed about something each of you
is really bad at something you need that why because the greatest strength that
you have is connecting to other people and you can’t connect to other people
with your strengths you can only connect to other people with your weaknesses I
want you to think about it and I want you to use it going forward see you’re
privileged because of today your college graduates from this great institution
you can’t relate to other people when you say about your wonderful college
degree in your high-paying job you can only relate to other people with your
weaknesses let me tell you about how a happy life requires weaknesses a happy
life requires connections with other people friends neighbors people who will
lead you every major religion understands that you connect to other
people with the things about which you’re embarrassed second Corinthians
chapter 12 verse 10 when I’m weak then I’m strong that’s what st. Paul said is
that just rhetoric I never quite believed this but then I learned so it’s
not good enough for me to tell you to use your weakness let me tell you how I
use mine it is incredible to me that I stand up in at this great university and
give a commencement address I do not have a strong academic background you
know when I was 19 years old I dropped out of college
dropped out kicked out splitting hairs and I had to make a living so when I
went on the road doing the one thing I knew how to do I was a musician I played
classical music barely making my rent traveling around I played jazz with a
guitar player named Charlie Byrd for a couple of years then I wound up in the
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra I went there because not because of the job I
went there because I met a girl who lived in Barcelona I was chasing her
there and I wanted to try to convince her to marry hmm that was less than one
if you remember hmm when I was in Barcelona I was 28 years old you know
what was bugging me was not that I didn’t have a college degree but then I
had dropped out and failed that bothered me I got nothing against not going to
college nothing wrong we’re not going to college
but for me the fact that I had failed just not at me so I said maybe I can try
again problem I didn’t have any money and I didn’t really live anyplace so I
asked one of my friends who said you should go to Correspondence School
what’s that you get your degree through the mail you can fax your assignments
and this is the 90s you can fax your assignment end and so I did a little bit
of research and I found a wonderful institution in Trenton New Jersey called
Thomas Edison State College which was a an institution of higher learning
dedicated to two adults who needed a second chance
correspondence was just one of the ways that you could do your degree but I was
living in Spain so I signed up for correspondence courses I gotta tell you
I loved it I killed it and course bought into school I got straight A’s I became
an economics student and I gotta tell you it completely captured my
imagination I had never had a better experience so I was graduating I
graduated a month before my 30th birthday you know what my commencement
was it was putting on my slippers and walking out to my mailbox and getting my
degree and I got back in and I was I was married already and talked to my wife
Esther and I said what should I do next because I want to learn more this has
been a great experience she said I don’t know because my wife graduated from high
school when she was 29 so I wrote to one of my correspondence school professors a
guy in Colorado he’s retired and I said what do we do next and he
wrote back to me and he said I think you should get your PhD and now that was
crazy PhD so I wrote back to him said where
should I do it here Rebecca he said you should do it at Harvard University that
filled me with confidence that I’d never had in my life that filled me with a
sense of of possibility that somebody had that kind of belief that I could do
it so you know what I did I wrote an application to Harvard University to do
my PhD and I did it with with a sense of love and affection and I wrote my essays
and I sent in my transcripts and I got rejected in one week it was just one
word no turns out that a 30 year old college dropout French horn player is
not Harvard’s core demographic and I didn’t know what to do and so I said to
my wife I’m gonna call him up and see how close I came and my wife said you’re
an idiot but I did it I called him up and because
I needed know I needed more information I got this nice lady in the admissions
office and I said I just got rejected from your from your ph.d program and
economics she said I’m sorry and I said no no it’s fine I just need to know how
close did I come she puts down the phone and and I can hear rustling of papers
and and and cabinets closing and opening and and she comes back two minutes later
she says on not close and now I’m in a panic I’m bargaining I’m like was I in
the top half and she says no and it was terrible so I made a plan to try
someplace else and I got rejected and I tried someplace else and I got rejected
and I finally found a graduate school that wasn’t paying close attention and I
got in and I never told anybody hmm and through grad under my graduate school
experience people say where’d you do your undergraduate and I wish I could
have said Jacksonville University instead I said her home Hong Kong
University and then I finished my doctorate and I went and I took a
teaching job in the night I traded up to a better University and I was at
Syracuse which in public policy is a very good school and all of my friends
all of my colleagues they went to Harvard
and they would ask me and I would never change the subject I didn’t lie it was
on my CD and it sounds legit and nobody ever checked and I kept it a secret I
was mortified I was embarrassed by that I know I shouldn’t have been and then in
2008 my life changed because I went to the Washington DC to be the president of
this think tank that I run now the American Enterprise Institute which is
an academic think tank it’s full of professors is full of Harvard men and
women and I was embarrassed you know what I was afraid of at the Washington
Post was gonna figure out that I was a fraud and a patsy and a loser and they
were gonna write a big expose and it was gonna be embarrassing and so I kept it a
secret here’s what happened I hired a guy to go do research for us on higher
education and higher education is in a big crisis today I don’t have to tell
you you’re so lucky to be at this university where you don’t have to spend
a billion dollars to get your college degree I know it’s expensive but it’s
not as expensive where you don’t have to worry more fewer people are in debt and
they welcome all different points of view look college in general in America
isn’t a big crisis so I hired this guy this guy was great he got his PhD at
Berkeley yeah he went to Dartmouth he was a an elite guy and I said I want you
to write an expose about higher ed and he said great I said what are getting
write it on he said I’ve always run it to write an expose on fly-by-night
correspondent schools so I’m thinking the jig is up but I don’t say anything
I’m being cool because maybe nothing happens and a month later he writes an
email to me at night he says hey Arthur I’m on the Wikipedia site for something
called Thomas Edison State College and they’re claiming you’re an alum so you
better get that cleared up dude and I figured had to figure out what to do so
I wrote an article about it for the New York Times I mean I figured go big or go
home and I called up my cheap valuable college degree and in that article I
mentioned that I got my entire college degree including the books for ten
thousand dollars in today’s dollars and it included a sticker for my car
which I didn’t put on my car because I was embarrassed and if it hadn’t been
for that degree I would not have gone to college and I wouldn’t have gone to
graduate school and I wouldn’t have had the life that I have and I’m so grateful
for it because that’s what we need more of in America we need more opportunity
in this country for people with the margins of society and I and I braced
myself for people to say AHA loser and that’s not what I heard I started
getting email from people who said I went there to thank you for writing that
and and one lady wrote me an email saying my son is 31 and ten years ago he
dropped out of college he’s really struggling and I showed him your article
and I think he’s gonna sign up and thank you for giving my son a second chance
and here’s what I learned look I’ve dedicated my life to equal
opportunity I believe in the radical equality of human dignity and I believe
that each one of us should serve people at the periphery of our society we
should look for people at the margins and find a way to lift them up that is
my belief but there was one thing that truly connects me to people with the
margins of society and I spent 20 years running away from it that’s terrible
that is practically unforgivable and today I would probably still be hiding
it we’re not the fact that one of my own scholars of my institution outed me
that’s not courage that’s cowardice don’t be me there is something that you
have that will remind you of that something that embarrasses you something
that connects you to other people who have a weakness you need to lift them up
as leaders they can relate to you if they know what your weakness is as well
I didn’t finish the story one of the people who called me after that article
came out was the president of Thomas Edison State College he asked me if I
would give the commencement address at Thomas Edison and when I was there it
was a group just like you except older we were the Trenton Ice Arena and there
were 700 people crossing the stage and their families were cheering at this
arena and every single one of them was the first generation to go to college by
the way how many of you are the first generation in your family to go to
college congratulations to you and they got was they were at Thomas Edison as
they were crossing the stage each one of them got to do one thing say their name
and one short thing and then off because it didn’t want it to take all day and
there’s one lady that I remember I was sitting up sort of where I’m sitting
here I was wearing this very rub and there’s one lady she stops and she says
her name and then she says for this moment I want to thank my five children
and the Living God and I thought that’s my hero that’s a start of life that’s a
person who had weakness and turned it into strength and that’s somebody I want
to be able to connect to for the rest of my life my friends your assignment is
you leave today a graduate of this great university is to ask yourself two
questions number one is my heart open to risk
am I ready to be a life entrepreneur second what’s my weakness what have I
been hiding and running away from how can I use it to connect to others to
help them and to help make me a full and happy person take your education answer
the questions of these it answer to answer these questions and let me tell
you you’ll be happy and nothing can stop you
good luck god bless you thank your isolations ladies and gentlemen dr. Arthur Brooks now in addition to all of his other
degrees a degree holder from Jacksonville University very pleased I’m
pleased now to introduce dr. Christy go over your dean of students many of you
know her as sort of the chief culture officer of the university and she’s
going to bring forward some student recognitions please welcome the Dean of
Students dr. Christy Gover Thank You president cost this is one of our most
esteemed commencement traditions we will now recognize those graduating seniors
selected as student of the year these individuals have excelled academically
and distinguished themselves as leaders within their college to school or
Institute please join me in honoring these bright and accomplished men and
women students please stand briefly to be recognized as your name is called in
the College of Arts and Sciences the division of humanities student of the
year is ashlynn sparks Division of Social Sciences students of
the year are McKenzie cast Bolin and Anthony Lewin par delle division of
science and mathematics students of the year are Nolan Aaron Kearney and Misha
nee Shockley school of education student of the year is Rebecca and sickly the
Davis College of Business student of the year is Maria Julianna
pueyo the College of Fine Arts Student of the Year is Mamie Liu Catalina plays
small in the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Health Care Sciences for the
Keigwin School of Nursing the 2018 recipient of the Richard H Malone award
as student of the year is Julie Lauren Kimbrough and for the department of
kinesiology the student of the year is Emily K Barton congratulations to each
of you your dedication and achievements inspire us all please note that several
other highly accomplished students graduating today were formally
recognized by their respective divisions and departments and separate award
ceremonies and their names are listed in your program on pages 6 and 7 at this
time we are excited to recognize some extraordinary graduates receiving our
most prestigious university awards the President’s Award for outstanding
leadership the university award for outstanding service and co-curricular
involvement and the Fred be noble gold medal for scholarship when each each
recipient is announced we ask that you stand and be recognized and at the
conclusion of today’s ceremony we invite the recipients of these distinguished
awards to join president cost at the podium to take a commemorative photo the
President’s Award for outstanding is President annually in recognition of
student leadership character academic performance and service our 2018
recipient is receiving her Bachelor of Science and communication sciences and
disorders and has achieved both the presidents and Dean’s List recognition
multiple times for her academic achievements please join me in
congratulating a young woman of exemplary character who has contributed
to many student organizations and university departments with her
leadership and is a future graduate of the speech pathology program Bailey
Flynn congratulations Bailey the University
Award for outstanding service and co-curricular involvement is given
annually to a graduating senior whose service and participation at the
University has been of the highest order today graduating with a Bachelor of
Science in English we congratulate our resident expert on all things student
life aquatic admissions Panhellenic and fanatics miss Ashley and SPARC congratulations Ashley finally we
recognize true academic excellence and memory of the late Fred B noble one of
the founders of Jacksonville University and a true lifelong learner he walked in
this very ceremony earning his bachelor’s degree from J u at age 84 and
his Master of Arts in teaching in 1974 at the age of 91 the Fred be noble gold
medal for scholarship first awarded in 1957 goes to the students who have
earned the highest GPA and their graduating class this year we honor four
seniors all graduating summa Kawada each with a 4.0 grade point average a
remarkable achievement again please stand to be recognized our 2018 gold
medal honorees Noland Erin Kearney Daniel P feral Mamie Liu Catalina pol as
small an in Andrew Vargas congratulations to all of today’s
honorees you truly personify the best attributes of Jacksonville University at
this time please welcome my esteemed colleague play ghost and senior vice
president for university and academic affairs dr. Donnie Horner to recognize
our faculty thank you dr. Gover well members of the faculty please stand ladies and gentlemen there they are the
best faculty in America class of 2018 stand up turn around and show your
faculty members how much you love them give it up for your faculty thank you
please be seated each year a member of the Jacksonville University faculty who
embodies the ideals of this university as a stellar teacher and scholar is
selected by her peers this faculty member is given the honorary title
professor of the year the faculty member chosen to receive professor of the year
for the 2018-2019 academic year she goes beyond her classroom endeavors and
serves as the chair in the Department of English and accomplished active the
mission she has been published multiple times regularly making research
presentations at regional and national conferences her greatest joy lies in
helping our students achieve their potential
she’s accessible to her students she puts them first she’s a fixture on
campus this hard-working and humble individual has made two unique
contributions to the University the founding of the certificate and
editing program and the Women’s and Gender Studies minor ladies and
gentlemen it’s my honor to join me and join you in congratulating and
recognizing our jeopardy champion our professor of the year ladies and
gentlemen who is dr. Julie Brannon congratulations dr. brand thank you dr.
Horner thank you dr. Gover if it’s agreeable to the gathered group here it
is time to confer degrees are we ready it is my pleasure to initiate the
conferring of degrees to our bachelors candidates and to our three dual degree
candidates who are receiving both the bachelors and a master’s degree this
morning would all degree candidates please stand dr. Horner will you join me
please mr. president it’s my privilege and pleasure on behalf of the university
faculties to certify that these bachelor’s degree candidates and dual
degree candidates have met or are scheduled to meet all requirements for
their respective degrees and to present them to you for the conferring of their
degrees thank you by the authority granted to Jacksonville University by
virtue of its Charter and Articles of Incorporation according to the laws of
the state of Florida I’ve received the recommendations of your faculty who in
solemn session have declared each one of you worthy of your respective degrees
and have recommended to me the granting of such degrees so by virtue of my
authority delegated to me by the Board of Trustees I hereby confer upon each
one of you the bachelors degree or the dual master’s degree from Jacksonville
University with all rights and privileges pertaining thereto
Jacksonville University class of 2018 it is time
to turn your tassels to the left and allow me along with others to say
congratulations you are a graduate of machinery and you may be seated please
with the marshals now escort our graduates by rows to the platform
continuing along Ju tradition we invite all family members to also stand as
their graduate is announced I also invite each respective college dean to
assist in congratulating these students Thank You Luke it is my pleasure to
present the College of Arts and Sciences bachelors graduates Victoria Louise
Culverhouse Rebecca and shik Lee benedito Marlon Agostino so pay Akeem
Joe James M an all Rachel Carol house Taylor Elizabeth Bailey a cheetah
renowned barber noir Bocchetti Alfred G battled the third abri Benjamin Marissa and biggie Jenna dawn blyer cum
laude a university honors Andrew Lawrence bodkin Brittany Alyssa Baugus Mackenzie cast Bolin summa cum laude a
university honors fly Kappa Phi sin Abbas Nick Jake Anthony britto Brandi Nicole Bowie Brian Keith Burnett jr. Natalie Brooke
Butler Danielle Lynn butter more Jasmine Jeannine by yard Jacob major Kappa strong Nolan Aaron
Carney summa cum laude a Phi Kappa Phi Meecham a chocolate summa cum laude a
departmental honors in mathematics Phi Kappa Phi Antoine Torres Clayton Karla
horn Kolbert Maria and Nicole cooler cum laude Vanessa Marie Cordova magna cum laude Nathan M Dalton Joshua Davis magna cum laude Keesha rashon Davis Joshua Allender Bob
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oeis please join me in celebrating their accomplishments it is my pleasure to
present the Davis College of Business bachelors graduates Jared Thomas Walsh Abdul Rahman Ahmed alga Harvey Zachary Alligood magna cum laude Jessica
Lauren Armstrong Andrew grant air Ryan C bevel Fred Anthony blasts jr.
magna cum laude Kathleen Isabella bolt Benjamin Matthew butan Dorp magna cum
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my pleasure to present the College of Fine Arts bachelors graduates Jameel abdulrahim Charlotte Alicia Adams
summa cum laude a university honors Melinda aussi cum laude brooke Alexandra
Austin summa cum laude Xena Janine Bennett cum laude jessica lee
Cartwright Danny Samir shall whoo Sawyer Ross Cuban Sean a ray Crosby magna cum
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laude a Phi Kappa Phi Melanie Nicole Valero magna cum laude in Andrew Vargas summa cum laude a
university honors Phi Kappa Phi Devon Alexis very on Oh magna cum laude Cassius McClay Wallace Victoria Don West Emily Nicole wykel Lillian Michaela
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join me in celebrating their accomplishments it is my pleasure to
present the Brooks rehabilitation college of health care sciences
bachelors who lie Abernathy naina a fuuuck wah Elizabeth Jean Adams Jamal Armando Jamaa Jacqueline see a
gyro Timothy William Altizer Cory are Anglin Emily and Archer Nicole Kathleen
Atkinson Brianna Audet Danielle Aaron augustiniak Kaylee
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University Honors,Deborah M. Cullin cum laude Joelle Don Tramon magna cum laude Savannah Rose Distan Aaron N. Ferrell, Christina Maureen
Finan magna cum laude University Honors Daniel Alberto Montoya Bailey P.Flynn cum laude Alysha Foster Kathleen Francois tennis
Sean Oliver Jennifer Astri Geraldo cum laude, Cory Lee
Goldsboro Magnum cum laude, Ana Maria Gomez Kayl Tanice Gordon, Rebecca Lynn Gray Aaron Kate Gresham cum laude, Davis Brent Heart April Lynn Houser Shannon M. Hein cum laude, Corey Michael
helgeland magna cum laude Cambria Deveny Hernandez, Daniel Sean
Hill magna cum laude Michaela Liana Hill Kelsey Elizabeth Hoffman Kimberly Inge,Amber Lee Ingham, Natalie
Nina Jaggernot, Agnes Renee Jake’s Magna cum laude Caroline Elizabeth Jimenez cum
laude, Benjy Jose, Sean Paul carp cum laude Tiffany Jade Temple, Julia L. Kimbrough
magna cum laude a Phi Kappa Phi Katherine Elizabeth Cole, Camille Nicole
Larrabee Jordan Lee Anne Laura Moore, Angela
Monique Laya Sherry Kendrick Laroy magna cum laude Lacy Elizabeth Long magna cum laude Departmental honors in nursing Brianne
Denise Leborgne ,Courtney Lynn Low magna cum laude Matthew Stefan Linden Leiden Ariel Salomon Mandal Bloom Kendra Fabian Marion, Sharan Anisha
MacPhail June V Marrero Ebony L. Merriweather Bryant Jessica Renee McCoy, Karen Arlene
McKenzie, Elizabeth Murray Miller cum laude university honors departmental
honors in nursing Courtney Lee Minich magna cum laude a departmental honors in
nursing Wyatt Mitchum cum laude a university
honors Janelle Ruth Montgomery magna cum laude Shana lakiya
Moorman, IGiromoagaina mayboo ray Taylor Alyssa Mulligan cum laude Michelle Murdock, Jade Lee Ann Nelson
Donegal, Carolyn grace nemecheck magna cum laude University Honors Shakeela Lavet Nevin Stacy Lynn Newsome, Joshua Charles
Nichols Janu O dong No ring, Jessica Ann
Parish, Tristan Abigail Prospero Pernell Orlando Ratray Jr., Alexandria
Ray Rosalie Olivia Rossmann, Christopher Roland, Fetsoman Sakano Fete Lynette’s Annette sin’,Jeri Ryan
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departmental honors in nursing Jessica Brooke ship Kowski cum laude Anastasia price cum laude, Bonita Bernice
Sims, Adam Andrew Stenson cum laude Carson Alexander Stefan’s, Sherry Lynn
Stott Nicole Francis story Latasha L. Thompson William Christian
tirado the third cum laude Kevin M.Turner cum laude Ursula D. Urboss Geffrey Jay Burgess, Savannah Catherine
Vereen magna cum laude Esther Monique Walker Kelsey LeAnn watts Katherine Ann Williamson, Sarah Marie
Witt Kimberley C. Wooden, Jill Zimmerman Please join me in celebrating their
accomplishments this completes the awarding of all bachelor’s degrees thank you now we invite back up three
dual degree candidates for hooding to receive their master’s degree Dr. Horner
our Provost would you please join me here at the podium for the hooding
ceremony it is now my pleasure to present the dual degree College of Arts
and Sciences masters graduates Victoria Lewis Culverhouse, Rebecca Ann
SchickLee, please join me in celebrating their accomplishments it is now my
pleasure to present the dual degree Brooks Rehabilitation College of
healthcare sciences masters graduate Ebony L. Meriwether Bryant, please join
me in celebrating their accomplishments This completes the awarding of all
Masters Degrees ladies and gentlemen I present to you the class of 2018 of
Jacksonville University Congratulations Welcome one of our Jacksonville
University commencement traditions is to honor the graduates who will later today
also be commissioned as officers in the United States Navy and in the United
States Marine Corps the Naval Reserve Officer Officer Training Core is a
long-standing program here at this University one that we’re quite proud of
since 1971 we forged a strong bond between this university and
Jacksonville’s military community making our unit one of the finest in the nation
we’re also proud to note that since our inception dating back to 1971
this unit has provided more than 1,700 outstanding superb ensign and second
lieutenants for duty as officers in the US military
now having already been bestowed their bachelor’s degree earlier we’re pleased
to now recognize their pending Commission doing the honors this morning
is a special friend captain Glenn s Leverett commanding officer of our unit
here and Naval Surface Warfare Officer with
numerous command tours to his name he led in combat as a riverine while
deployed in Iraq he led a multibillion-dollar global enterprise
for logistics while stationed in the Middle East he recently completed a tour
as deputy commander of U.S. naval forces Korea and I’m proud to say the captain
Leverett is one of our own JU class of 1996 please join me in
welcoming forward commanding officer Captain Glenn Leverett to provide the
processor candidates present the candidates hand salute already – As a commanding
Officer of Jacksonville University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit it
is my honor to present these officers later this afternoon they will take the
oath of office and swear their allegiance to our nation and to our
Constitution at that time they would be presented their commission from the
President of the United States as commissioned officers have been
presented since 1775 their Commission reads as follows from the president of
the United States of America to all who so see these presidents reading know ye
that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism valor
fidelity and abilities of so named officers I do appoint them as an ensign
in the United States Navy to rank as such from the 28th day of April 2018
these officers were therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of
the office to which appointed by doing and performing all manners of things
thereunto belonging and I do strictly charge and require those officers and
other personnel of lesser rank to render such obedience as is doing officer of
this grade and position and these also to observe and follow such orders and
direction from time to time as may be given by the President of the United
States of America or other superior officers acting in accordance with the
laws of the United States of America this commission is to continue in force
during the pleasure of the President of the United States of America under the
provisions of those public laws relating to officers of the Armed Forces of the
United States of America and the component thereof in which this
appointment is made done at the city of Washington this 20th day of April of the
year of our Lord 2018 and of the Independence of the United States of
America 240 second by Donald J. Trump. Hand salute
ready to about-face congratulations and Godspeed post forward march Thank-You captain Leverett and warmest
congratulations to those outstanding and ROTC graduates one of whom you’re gonna
see up here in just another moment we’d like to thank all the past and future
service members to this University as they’ve served our nation we’d also like
to recognize Jacksonville University’s extended military family including these
fine graduates along with 48 active duty US military and reservists 279 veterans
and 114 military dependents and spouses enrolled at our University right now
they represent the embodiment of Jacksonville University’s commitment to
excellence and service so if we could I now ask anyone in the audience today who
has ever served in any branch of the United States military to please stand
and let us recognize you thank you so much for your service to our country and
your sacrifices for our freedom that we enjoy today it’s now my privilege to
introduce our alumni speaker who’s gonna Welcome the Class of 2018 Matt Dobbins
is a double dolphin who bleeds the green and white and gold here he was an
outstanding student athlete during his time a captain on the baseball team
later an all-american pitcher here he received his bachelor’s degree on this
stage in 2008 and is met in his MBA in 2010 he now leads what’s called the gold
fin Society for graduates of the last decade and he’s also volunteering for
the Jacksonville Sports Council Big Brothers Big Sisters and the JU Alumni
Board of Governors he’s a rising star in the financial services IT space with
APEC systems so please join me in welcoming one of your own to welcome you
Mr. Matt Dobbins Thank-You Mr. president we are family
maybe not by blood I may not know you and you may not know me but we’re family
we’re family because we all graduated from Jacksonville University class of
2018 on behalf of JU Alumni everywhere congratulations and welcome to the
family ten years ago I sent underneath these same oak trees and wanted some of
the same things you might be wondering about today who would I turn out to be
what will I do with my life why is it so hot am I sweating through
my thing here I was nervous and optimistic at the same time I had a
sweet flip phone in my pocket and I was still on the family plan I felt like a
conquer the world and even though I said farewell to campus life over a decade
ago the JU family our JU family keeps turning up in my life today
I have two quick stories to tell you about the way JU has changed my
perspective on the world story number one it was my first week of freshman
year it happened just off to your left here at the Howard administration
building I don’t remember why I was walking out of Howard but I do remember
the two cute girls who were walking about just at the same time being the
gentleman my mother raised me to be I rushed ahead to open the door for them I
put my hand on the door handle smiled at the ladies and I pulled and then I
pulled again my face turned red I was so embarrassed and then one of the girls
said something to me that I’ll never ever forget come on freshmen you just
have to push and then she walked right past me into
the building hashtag embarrassing what did I learn our JU you family in a moment of
sheer humility had taught me something really important if at first you don’t
succeed definitely try again but perhaps try with the new solution
try with a different approach be creative the world we live in today has
some massive issues sustainability, data privacy, global trade, education it will
be up to you and to me to solve some of these issues to innovate to collaborate
and figure them out together so if you’re working on something and pulling
really hard in one direction remember sometimes you just have to push. Story
number two I was backpacking through Europe with a couple of my buddies who
also graduated from JU naturally we were in Dublin Ireland at the Guinness
Factory after a few tastings we were walking out
when out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of the green and gold
shirt I thought no way what are the chances I darted towards it I just
yelled out JU I don’t know why I yelled that but it worked and a member of the
men’s JU tennis team turned around I was so excited I went straight in for the
hug I don’t know why and I would just say I know I’ve been talking a lot about
family here I’m just saying read the situation I mean I was cool with it but
he was a little bit uncomfortable so I’m just saying you know don’t make it weird through this experience I realized that
we truly have a global network of JU alumni all over the world
since then I’ve met up with alumni in London Amsterdam Croatia and countless
other cities in the United States technology makes it so easy for us to
keep in touch it’s up to you and to me to stay connected use the network you’ve
gained from your time here at JU use it to your advantage use it to get a
job use it to gain a mentor use it to be a mentor use it to get involved in your
community use it to meet your wife that’s what I did I listened to your
speech lesson number one write check use this
talented network that you’ve gained this family that you’ve gained to propel
yourself and others forward class of 2018 I will conclude with this ten years
ago I sign underneath these oak trees with the flip phone in my pocket and I
was ready to take on the world today I stand before you with an iPhone in my
pocket I upgraded and I’m still on the family plan it’s the JU family plan
and I’m looking forward to taking on the world with each and every one of you
congratulations class of 2018 go get them Thank-You very much Matt it’s one
additional tradition we’d like to note today here at the University for the
senior class to give back to the University we’re very grateful for that
acknowledging that investment today from the class of 2018 is Misha Shockley
she’s the immediate past president of our University’s Green Tea Honor
Leadership Society he’s one of our JU students of the year and she’s worth
noting please the first female Jacksonville University and ROTC
Midshipmen to ever earn an elite Submarine Warfare Officer assignment
through this highly selective nuclear submarine program ladies and gentlemen
nice touch chocolate Thank-You President Cost Green Key JU’s oldest active student organization was established in 1949 as an honorary
leadership Society and its members founded the JU Alumni Association in
this spirit green Keith is also the organization that historically sponsors
the senior class gift each year if you will take a moment and cast your mind
back to October of 2016 and the City of Jacksonville in the wake of Hurricane
Matthew that year JU students responded to the needs of their fellow dolphins in
unprecedented ways including the creation of the Nelly Student Support
Fund the fund is designed to address urgent student needs whether that’s an
unexpected medical expense death of a family member a housing need or any
situation that causes a student to exhaust all other resources and seek
help this year for the first time in JU commencement tradition each graduating
student who personally invested back into this University whether through the
Nelly fund the JU Scholarship Fund the annual diaper – and other designated
gifts is wearing a tricolor cord representing their philanthropy most
importantly these cords represent our commitment to making a difference on
this campus both now and in the future these investments are all about dolphins
helping dolphins and this is truly a gift from the entire class of 2018 on
behalf of Green Key I would like to say Congratulations again To the Class of
2018 and wish you all the best for the future Thank-You Misha it says a great deal
about this class and their families that their decision was to invest in future
students who are deeply grateful to all of you graduates it is time for us to
conclude today’s ceremony we and I’ll get to it we’d like to invite all the
graduates and their families and their friends to please stay this campus is
yours so please come up here and have pictures taken go on to the statues
we’re very pleased to have you here and at this time to sing our alma mater
please welcome back the terrific group the river tones you can find the lyrics
on page three in your program we invite you all to please stand and to remain
standing for the benediction following our alma mater here are the river tones Singing of the Alma Mater Singing of the Alma Mater and now we welcome back Audrey Moran to
conclude our ceremony by offering the benediction Audrey friends as we go
forth from the celebration may the joy and hope we feel today serve and guide
you as you follow your dreams and find your place in the world may you remember
the power of positive intention in action and the value of our human spirit
in a world full of opportunity may you use your gifts and talents to make
meaningful relationships build communities and spread compassion and
may you always come safely home to your JU family with pride and peace in your
hearts amen Thank-You Audrey to all our graduates ascend to your rightful place
as graduates of this great University aspire to be great achieve your
potential ladies and gentlemen a Good Morning to you all
We Are Concluded Congratulations!

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