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Commencement 2011

Commencement

Honorary Degree Recipients

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Bill NelsonFor your service to our country as a captain in the U.S. Army and extraordinary career in public service of nearly 40 years to the people of the State of Florida and this Nation, making you an inspiring role model for all who work to make this world a better place;

As evidenced by your own excursion into outer space orbiting Earth as an astronaut aboard the space shuttle Columbia, for the value you place on education and experience as the foundation for informed decision making;

For your courageous stands to protect the Gulf of Mexico and the coasts of Florida, the needs of the elderly, the privacy and identity of consumers, and the voting rights of our citizens; and

Through word, deed and legislative action, for your support of Eckerd College, thereby contributing to its rise in national recognition and stature; now therefore, Eckerd College confers on Senator Bill Nelson the Degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.

Naomi Farr Block

Naomi Farr BlockFor your devoted and longstanding professional contributions to the world of learning as a professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Purchase;

For your contributions to the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College from 1995 to the present, offering academic interest groups in philosophical topics and theories, and coordinating and serving as a discussant colleague for Eckerd's faculty - in general education, student writing initiatives, and the Honors Program;

For your decade of service on steering committees of the regional and national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, and founding and directing the award-winning Eckerd College Ethics Bowl Team, a labor of love that brings to the learning experience of our undergraduates your impressive intellectual expertise, your organizational savvy, and your commitment to the singular importance of ethical reasoning in the lives of our students and their futures;

For placing Eckerd College in regional and national spotlights as a result of the successes of the College's Ethics Bowl Team, winner of the regional championship for seven consecutive years, the same number of years the regional competition has been held;

And for your being a quintessential model of the kind of lifelong learning and service to which Eckerd College and its Academy of Senior Professionals mutually aspire, now therefore Eckerd College confers on Naomi Farr Block the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.

Leonard Block

Leonard BlockFor your distinguished contributions to the world of healing in your career as a Doctor of Dental Surgery, in private practice and for twenty-two years at Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School, and as an educator in dentistry for the community of Greater New York;

For your contributions to the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), from 1995 to the present, including leadership as senator and president of ASPEC, as well as a progenitor of interest groups - from theatre play-reading to the study of world literary masterpieces;

For serving as a superb discussant colleague for Eckerd's faculty, assisting students in some thirty-five courses in the sciences and the humanities, all the while mastering new fields of learning, especially Literature and Drama;

For your decade of service in fostering and coaching Eckerd College's award-winning Ethics Bowl Team in helping them craft and present their persuasive arguments in competitions against teams from the best institutions in the country;

For placing Eckerd College in regional and national spotlights as a result of the successes of the College's Ethics Bowl Team, winner of the regional championship for seven consecutive years, the same number of years the regional competition has been held;

And for your being a quintessential model of the kind of lifelong learning and service to which Eckerd College and its Academy of Senior Professionals mutually aspire, now therefore Eckerd College confers on Leonard Block the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.

Commencement 2011 Coverage

Commencement 2011 Coverage

Check out photos, remarks, honorary degree and award recipient information from Commencement 2011.

Commencement 2011

The Commencement of the Class of 2011 of Eckerd College

Sunday, May 22, 2011
8:00 a.m.

South Beach Field Eckerd College