The Commencement of the Class of 2017

#Eckerd17

Sunday, May 21, 2017
8 a.m.
South Beach Field Eckerd College
Speaker: Frank Sesno, Emmy–award-winning journalist

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.

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 20, 2017

Senior Academic Awards for Residential*
Fox Hall
2-3:30 p.m.
*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
Cobb Gallery
2:30-3:45 p.m.
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.

Baccalaureate
Wireman Chapel
4 p.m.
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
Hough Quad
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
7 a.m.

Robing for Graduates, Faculty and Platform Party 
Hough Quad
7 a.m.

Commencement
South Beach Field
8 a.m.

Graduation Reception (light refreshments)
South Beach Field
Immediately following ceremony

Speeches and Remarks

Invocation
The Reverend Douglas McMahon, Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and 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 Residential Class
Claire Bernadette Russell ’17

Greetings from the Graduating PEL Class
Teresa A. Stewart ’17

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

Commencement Address
Frank Sesno, Journalist; Director GWU School of Media and Public Affairs

Farewell
Donald R. Eastman III, President

Award Recipients

The Philip J. Lee Honor Award

Claire Bernadette Russell receives 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

Jennifer Chavez receives 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

Claire Bernadette Russell receives 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.

Miller Award

Sarah E. Raney receives her award

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

Lora Danielle Vineberg receives 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

Gladys Ann Hall receives award

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.

Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award

Cynthia Totten receives her 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.

John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award

Frank Hamilton receives his 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.