Congratulations to the Eckerd College Class of 2019! 408 students received their degrees Sunday, May 19 at 8 a.m. on the beautifully located Eckerd College South Beach Field, surrounded by Florida palms and gorgeous waterfront views.
Thank you to families, friends, and all members of our college community who joined us to recognize and honor the achievements of our graduating students at the 56th Commencement of Eckerd College.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
President Eastman offered his major address to the Class of 2019 during this ecumenical service.
Dean of Students Celebration
8 p.m. (Fireworks display over Chapel pond at 9:15 p.m.)
Graduates and their guests were invited to this dessert reception hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Doughnuts and Coffee for Families
South Beach Field
Robing for Graduates
South Beach Field
Speeches and Remarks
The Reverend Douglas McMahon, Chaplain
Donald R. Eastman III, President
John G. Finneran Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Greetings from the Graduating Class
Carlyn Haas ’19
The Philip J. Lee Honor Award
The Philip J. Lee Honor Award is awarded to the senior student whose scholarly achievements have demonstrated both exceptional accomplishment and superior promise. This year’s recipient is from Renton, Washington, and will graduate with a major in International Relations & Global Affairs. The two-thousand-nineteen Phillip J. Lee Honor Award recipient is Aidan A. Browne.
James H. Robinson Award
The James H. Robinson Award is presented to a senior student who has contributed significantly to the minority experience and to a fuller appreciation of cross-cultural values on campus. This years recipient is from Valencia, Venezuela and is graduating with a major in International Business. The two-thousand nineteen James A. Robinson Award recipient is Scarlet Ferrer Martin.
Ronald Wilson Memorial Award
The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the College community through academics, student government, and other campus organizations. This year’s recipient is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduates with a major in Political Science. The two-thousand nineteen Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is August R. Dichter.
The Miller Award is presented to the senior student whose life activities exemplify the ideal of unselfish and public-spirited service to the community, off campus as well as on campus. This year’s recipient comes from Stuart, Florida and is graduating with a double major in environmental studies and Spanish. The two-thousand nineteen Miller Award recipient is Marissa M. Bradley.
Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award emphasizes the primary importance of teaching in the College, recognizes teaching excellence in an individual faculty member, and encourages the pursuit of teaching excellence by the faculty as a whole. The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award is presented this year to Professor Eduardo Fernandez.
John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award
The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is named in honor of a beloved member of the founding faculty. This award honors the special and vital role of the mentor in a student’s life at Eckerd. The selection of the recipient is based on the impact on students the mentor has had in the areas of academic programming, career planning, and personal growth. The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is presented this year to Professor Shannon Gowans.