Commencement-Ben Diggan

Ben Diggan

Elizabethtown College had their 114th commencement on Saturday May 20, 2017. The class of 2017 gathered for commencement around the Dell at 11 a.m. to officially complete their undergraduate studies at Elizabethtown College.

Over 250 students received diplomas for their undergraduate studies proving their arduous work paid off. To lead this ceremony the college invited Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Following the college’s motto, “Educate for Service”, the class gift from the Elizabethtown College was a donation to a small community in Africa to construct a well for clean water. The class has worked alongside the Water Project to make this dream a reality to provide clean drinking water for many. As a reminder, a small fountain will be placed in the BSC to represent the well built from their donation.Many families arrived early to get the best seats possible. Seating was arranged in the shape of a horseshoe with seats for the graduating students in the middle of all the parents. Many groups of relatives also brought their own chairs. Parking was also scarce as many people began to arrive around the campus. All the convenient spots were taken early forcing people to park at the far end of campus near the chapel and Brown parking lot. Campus Security directed people as best as they could and tried their best to aid request taken by many of the guest on campus that day.

Many families arrived early to get the best seats possible. Seating was arranged in the shape of a horseshoe with seats for the graduating students in the middle of all the parents. Many groups of relatives also brought their own chairs. Parking was also scarce as many people began to arrive around the campus. All the convenient spots were taken early forcing people to park at the far end of campus near the chapel and Brown parking lot. Campus Security directed people as best as they could and tried their best to aid request taken by many of the guest on campus that day. As the students moved their tassels from one side to the other, they all cheered in joy as they spent their last moments as students.

When Beth Andrews was asked what she was most happy about at the moment she replied, “We are excited to see what is next in the chapter of our son’s life. We are so proud of him and have looked forward to this day for a very long time so to be here and see it, it finally is becoming surreal.” Another parent replied saying, “Our whole family is here to see this. Our son is the first in our family to attend and graduate college. We have all helped him in any way we can, we’re all excited and could not be any prouder.” When Sean Phillips was asked what was next in life after graduating with a degree in social work he replied, “Well, it sucks to think about but I guess I’ll be living in the real world. I have a job lined up in a social work office where I’ll be working with young teens and I’m looking forward to that.”

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