Marian University held its spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13.
At the commencement ceremony held on the outdoor quad on Saturday, student speaker Scott Milnthorp, marketing and sport & recreation management double major and information technology minor from Calgary Alberta, Canada, spoke to his fellow graduates about the welcoming, supportive Marian community.
“I don’t think I could have chosen a better university to meet my educational needs. After taking three years off to play junior hockey, I was worried how I would perform in the classroom. However, the small class sizes made it very easy for myself and others to approach professors should there be any need for one-on-one time, which was crucial to students’ success,” said Milnthorp. “Marian is like a big family, and is filled with some of the nicest and kindest people….I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else – Marian has become a part of my identity, and of who I am. I look at this group of students and I see the next CEO’s, nurses, police officers, and genuine people who are going to make a positive impact in the world. Marian University, you have taught us a lot and now it’s time for us to move on.”
“The seas you have navigated at Marian University have not always been calm. You have been tested intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Your presence here today is evidence that you have not only passed those tests, but that you have been strengthened by them. You complete your degree not only smarter, but, more importantly, wiser than when you began,” said Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D., president of Marian University during his commencement address. “Some of you complete your program having acquired knowledge and skills that will help you in a particular job. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are done. Those facts you know and those things you know how to do could well be obsolete in a few short years. The most valuable things you have developed at Marian are not a particular set of job related skills, but an appreciation for the value of the other person, a love of learning, a capacity to discern quality, a need to be part of a community, an intolerance of injustice, and a desire to make the world a better place.”
The ceremony featured the graduation of 217 undergraduate and 48 graduate recipients. Six students received Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
The weekend’s activities also included a graduation liturgy, radiologic technology and nursing pinning ceremonies and an education commissioning ceremony.