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Over 1,040 Students Earn Degrees at 161th Commencement

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Celebrating their success in earning their respective degrees, 803 undergraduates and 243 graduate business and education students were recognized as part of the 161st Baldwin Wallace University commencement ceremonies on May 7 and 8.  

For the 12 graduates of the College's MAEd–Leadership in Higher Education program, it was especially meaningful. It was the inaugural class.

It also was a jubilant day for Calvin Hulittle and Marlin Broner, the first graduates of the BW Scholars program, an initiative aimed at providing at-risk students with educational opportunities.

The speakers included Willis N. Holcombe '67, Chancellor for The Florida College System, and Frank C. Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of RPM International Inc. At the ceremonies they received the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters. The Baccalaureate address was given by Paul "Sparky" Adams.

Holcombe Delivered Engaging Undergraduate Address
This year over 200 students graduated with honors: 53 had the distinction of summa cum laude, 74 were magna cum laude and 81 were cum laude.

The Milton T. Baldwin Prize, recognizing the student with the highest grade point average, was awarded to Mark Cudnik, who graduated with a perfect 4.0.

An articulate speaker, Holcombe included humor, anecdotes and thoughtful reflection in his presentation on May 8.

Among the highlights of his student tenure at BW, Holcombe was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership honorary). In addition, he was a class officer and lettered in football and track. He was inducted into the BW Hall of Fame in 1981.

Now a successful educator, he has over 30 years of experience in educational leadership and collegiate administration. He resides in Tavernier, Fla. (Key Largo).

Sullivan Empowered Students at Graduate Commencement
Seventy-three education and 170 business students received a master's degree at the graduate ceremony on May 7.

In his remarks, Sullivan focused on the importance of being value-centered in setting organizational goals. Explaining that value can be found in meeting customer needs, he encouraged the students to be people of purpose and instruments of positive change.

A business leader devoted to charitable and civic organizations, Sullivan is a strong advocate of charities and organizations that focus on the educational development and support of Northeast Ohio children. He resides in Bay Village.

Adams '69 Shared Reflective Baccalaureate Address 
A well-know campus alumnus who recently retired as Director of Annual Giving, Adams gave an heartwarming presentation on May 8. In his talk, he reflected on "crystal moments" that inspire, encourage and affect one in ways that bring priorities and emotions into focus.

In addition to his director position at the College, he served as president of the National Alumni Association, a class representative and AlumNet volunteer. His family was honored with the BW Family Heritage Award in 2002.

View video of 2011 Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies

 Posted 5/11


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