May 19, 2012
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — A weekend that included a graduation mass, a School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony and a School of Education Commissioning Ceremony culminated in Marian University’s 72nd spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Warm weather allowed for the ceremony to be held outdoors on the campus quad, and President Dr. Steven DiSalvo welcomed guests and reminded graduates to appreciate their accomplishments and that they will always be welcome at their alma mater.
“This is truly a time for celebration,” Dr. DiSalvo said. “Each of you is about to embark on the next leg of your adventure. With greater knowledge and newly minted credentials, some of you will enter the workforce, some will continue their calling of service for others and some will embark on further academic studies in graduate school. Wherever you are led, please remember that Marian will always be your home.”
Keynote speaker George Koonce, a former Green Bay Packer and current Director of Development for Marquette University’s Urban Scholar Program, spoke to graduates about the importance of purpose, passion and perseverance.
“When you enrolled at Marian University, you had a vision, a purpose,” Koonce said. “Continue feeding the passion that drove you to higher learning. You will persevere and survive any transitions if you rely on your support system and keep believing in goodness.”
Koonce’s advice came from a place of understanding the transition facing his audience, as he will receive his Ph.D. in Sports Administration from Marquette University the day after Marian’s graduation ceremony. He stressed the importance of education and urged the ceremony’s guests to continue to support the day’s graduates.
“We cannot allow these graduates to make peace with mediocrity,” Koonce said. “We must continue to encourage them to embrace and pursue excellence.”
In addition to 420 undergraduate and 230 graduate candidates, the ceremony also featured nine Ph.D. students who earned degrees in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership, Leadership Studies, Education Administration and Leadership, and Education Administration.