Go Forth, Good LuckAug 26th, 2009 | By admin | Category: Highlights
Wesley College Awards Nearly 400 Diplomas During the 2008-09 Academic Year
By Mark Gregorio
Through the end of the spring 2009 semester, Delaware’s oldest private college conferred a total of 397 degrees. During the most recent Commencement exercises, 237 students who collectively completed 24 associate, 142 baccalaureate, 49 nursing and 22 master’s degrees were recognized for their academic achievements and awarded their Wesley diplomas.
Special guests at Commencement included United States Senate members Thomas R. Carper and Edward E. Kaufman. Both were invited by the College to deliver greetings and address the Wesley students. Senator Carper acknowledged the graduates’ hard work and noted the future possibilities that await them. “You’ll have the opportunity to provide leadership in businesses, schools and government. Go forth, good luck, serve us well and congratulations,” he said.
Senator Kaufman delivered the Commencement address and joked with the graduating class. “I’ve always felt that the best line on Commencement brevity was Adlai Stevenson’s: ‘For the next 15 minutes I am supposed to talk and you are supposed to listen. I only hope we both begin and end at the same time’,” he said. “Find time to serve your community, to serve your country. That way, as you look back on your life, no matter how little or how much money you made, you can look back with satisfaction at having helped others and answered your country’s call to duty and the recognition that your life served a meaningful purpose,” Kaufman added.
Upon conferring the degrees and awarding the diplomas, Wesley President Dr. William Johnston concluded by saying, “It’s my duty to remind each of you that this achievement we celebrate today did not happen in a vacuum. It happened with the love, guidance, support and inspiration of others along the journey.”
Also during the ceremony, details of a special endowed scholarship fund were released to graduates and guests. Johnston announced that Wesley’s Student Government Association pledged a gift of $2,000 towards a $10,000 scholarship fund in honor of Andrew Geyer — a Wesley College senior who was killed by a suspected drunk driver in February. “Through the help of many people and the Student Government Association, the Andrew Joseph Geyer Endowed Scholarship Fund has been established in perpetuity,” he said. The scholarship fund will be used to support future Wesley students.
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