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The Commencement of the Class of 2024


Sunday, May 19, 2024, 8 a.m. ET
South Beach Field

Commencement took place right on campus alongside our beautiful South Beach. With the stunning Boca Ciega Bay as the backdrop, families gathered beneath an open-air tent to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

Speeches and remarks

Baccalaureate Address

James J. Annarelli

Land Acknowledgment

Ash Murphy
Class of 2024


Douglas H. McMahon Jr.
Director of Religious Life and College Chaplain


James J. Annarelli

Congratulations from the Board

Ian P. Johnson ’89

Greetings from the Graduating Class

Bradley Steven Case
Class of 2024

Commencement Address

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, LCSW
Class of 2007


James J. Annarelli

Aerial view of fireworks over Fox Pond at Eckerd College


The Philip Lee Honor Award

The Philip Lee Honor Award is presented to the senior student whose scholarly achievements at Eckerd College have demonstrated both exceptional present accomplishment and superior future promise. Through the Philip Lee Honor Award, the College honors the first Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
The 2023 recipient is Aarushi Gandhi.

The James H. Robinson Award

The James H. Robinson Award is presented to the senior student who has by leadership and example contributed significantly to the experience of underrepresented students at Eckerd College and to a fuller appreciation of cross-cultural values throughout the whole Eckerd community. Through the Robinson Award the College recognizes the pioneering contributions of the Reverend James Robinson to the field of African-American relations.
This year’s recipient is Ava Marie McLeod.

The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award

The Ronald Wilson Award is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the total College community. Through the Ronald Wilson Award, the College honors the late Ronald Wilson, a valuable member of the Board of Trustees.
This year’s recipient is Madalyn Ryan.

The Miller Award

The Miller Award is presented to the senior student whose life activities best exemplify the ideal of unselfish and public-spirited service to the community, off campus as well as on campus. Through the Miller Award, the College honors two of its distinguished friends, Francis Pickens Miller, who was the first president of the Board of Visitors, and his wife, Helen Hill Miller.
This year’s recipient is Andrew Thomas Kennedy.

Helmar E. Nielsen Medal

This medal, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by Eckerd College, recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional devotion to the College and to its mission of undergraduate liberal arts education through extraordinary service, advocacy and generosity.
It is named in honor of Trustee Emeritus Helmar Nielsen, who is the inaugural recipient of this distinguished medal.

The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award

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 the mentor has had in the areas of academic programming, career planning, and personal growth.
This year’s recipient is Professor of Environmental Science and Biology Amy N. S. Suida.

Honorary Degree

Ashley Rhodes-Courter ’07
Doctor of Humane Letters
Honoris Causa

In the media

Student wearing a big smile in cap and gown with both arms raised

Photo Luis Santana

Previous ceremonies

Looking for previous Commencement materials?

Visit our Library Archives and our YouTube playlist for digital copies of programs, transcripts of speeches and remarks and a list of special awards for students from previous ceremonies; a list of faculty awards from previous years is stored by the Dean of Faculty.