The Commencement of the Class of 2019

#Eckerd19

Sunday, May 19, 2019
8 a.m.
South Beach Field Eckerd College
Speaker: Jack E. Davis

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.

The Venue

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.

Schedule

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Baccalaureate Service
Wireman Chapel
4 p.m.
President Eastman offered his major address to the Class of 2019 during this ecumenical service.

Dean of Students Celebration
Hough Quad
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
7 a.m.

Robing for Graduates 
Hough Quad
7 a.m.

Commencement
South Beach Field
8 a.m.

Speeches and Remarks

Invocation
The Reverend Douglas McMahon, Chaplain

President’s Welcome
Donald R. Eastman III, President

Chairman’s Welcome
John G. Finneran Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Greetings from the Graduating Class
Carlyn Haas ’19

Introduction of the Commencement Speaker
Donald R. Eastman III, President

Commencement Address
Jack E. Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

Farewell
Donald R. Eastman III, President

Award Recipients

Aidan Browne with Dr. Eastman

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.

Scarlet Ferrer with Dr. Eastman

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.

August Dichter with Dr. Eastman

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.

Marissa Bradley with Dr. Eastman

Miller Award

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.

Eduardo Fernandez with Dr. Eastman

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.

Shannon Gowans with Dr. Eastman

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.