Congratulations to the Eckerd College Class of 2017! Students from our residential program and Program for Experienced Learners received their degrees Sunday, May 21 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.
Commencement takes place right on campus at beautiful South Beach. With the stunning bay as the backdrop, families gather beneath an impressive tent to celebrate this wonderful occasion.
Save the Date!
Commencement for the Eckerd College Class of 2018 will be Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Senior Academic Awards for Residential*
*Due to space constraints in Fox Hall, this event is only for the award recipients and two members of their family. Award recipients have been notified via email.
PEL Graduation Celebration
Reception in honor of the graduates of the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL). PEL graduates, their families, and friends are invited to this event celebrating and recognizing the outstanding achievements of PEL seniors.
President Eastman will offer his major address to the Class of 2017 during this ecumenical service. All graduates and their families are encouraged to attend.
Dean of Students Celebration
8 p.m. (Fireworks display over Chapel pond at 9:15 p.m.)
Graduates and their guests are invited to this dessert reception hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students. Reservations not needed.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Doughnuts and Coffee for Families Hosted by President Eastman & Executive Staff
South Beach Field
Robing for Graduates, Faculty and Platform Party
South Beach Field
Graduation Reception (light refreshments)
South Beach Field
Immediately following ceremony
Speeches and Remarks
The Reverend Douglas McMahon, Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain
Donald R. Eastman III, President
John G. Finneran Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Greetings from the Graduating Residential Class
Claire Bernadette Russell ’17
Greetings from the Graduating PEL Class
Teresa A. Stewart ’17
The Philip J. Lee Honor Award
This award is presented to the senior student whose scholarly achievements have demonstrated both exceptional accomplishment and superior promise. This year’s recipient is from Ellsworth, Maine, and will graduate with a major in International Relations and Global Affairs. The 2017 Phillip J. Lee Honor Award recipient is Claire Bernadette Russell.
James H. Robinson Award
This 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 year’s recipient is from Porter, Texas, and will graduate with a major in biology. The 2017 James A. Robinson Award recipient is Jennifer Chavez.
Ronald Wilson Memorial Award
This 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. The 2017 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is a student we have already met, Claire Bernadette Russell. The 2017 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is Claire Bernadette Russell.
This 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 Chesterfield, Missouri and is graduating with a double major in marine science and environmental studies. The 2017 Miller Award recipient is Sarah E. Raney.
Irving G. Foster Award
This award recognizes a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who demonstrates excellence in overall academic achievement. This year’s recipient is from Dunedin, Florida and is graduating with High Honors with a major in Business Management. The 2017 Irving G. Foster Award Recipient is Lora Danielle Vineberg.
David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize
This award is awarded to a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who has demonstrated extraordinary determination and perseverance in achieving a solid academic record and who exemplifies the spirit of life-long learning. This year’s recipient is from Brandon, Florida, and is graduating with a major in Business Management. The recipient of the 2017 David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is Gladys Ann Hall.
John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award
This award honors the special and vital role of the mentor in a student’s life at Eckerd, one of the distinguishing marks of our institution. The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is presented this year to Professor Frank Hamilton.
Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
This 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 Cynthia Totten.