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Ferrum College Celebrates 97th Annual Commencement


Ferrum, Va. (May 4, 2013) – Ferrum College held its 97th annual commencement ceremonies for the class of 2013 this morning.  220 graduates received their diplomas during the ceremony in Hart International Plaza that included the presentation of student, faculty and alumni awards, as well as an address by Columbus State University President Dr. Timothy S. Mescon. A picnic lunch on the lawn for graduates and their guests followed the ceremony.

“I can think of no better way to mark our Centennial year than by celebrating the accomplishments of these wonderful young men and women,” said Ferrum College president Jennifer Braaten, speaking about the class of 2013, one of Ferrum’s largest graduating classes in recent years. “They worked so hard to reach this momentous day in their lives and that of their families and friends. I am not only proud of them, but also of our faculty and staff who  taught, nurtured, mentored and supported them in myriad ways through their undergraduate years.” 

During his commencement address, Dr. Mescon spoke to graduates about perseverance, positivism, and activism. He advised students to learn to think, to concentrate on managing their own destiny, to enjoy the journey, to use their time efficiently, and to recognize that positivism depends upon their own sense of well-being. Dr. Mescon also stressed the importance of expressing gratitude whenever possible. He told students, "Thank you are two of the most powerful words."

Among the day’s award recipients was Allen DeHart '54, who received the Ferrum College Beckham Medallion. Named after the College's first president Dr. Benjamin M. Beckham, the Beckham Medallion is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus. DeHart, who exemplifies the College motto “Not Self, But Others”, gifted the 172-acre DeHart Botanical Gardens in Patrick County to the College and was honored for his loyalty to the College.

Graduates participated in a traditional Baccalaureate service on Friday evening in Vaughn Chapel. The service concluded with a candlelight ceremony at Hart International Plaza to symbolize the light of knowledge that the new graduates will carry forth into the world.

See photographs from the Friday evening Baccalaureate service here.

See photographs from the morning's senior class photo shoot here.

See photographs taken during the graduation ceremony here. 

Watch the archived video of the graduation ceremony here by clicking the "On Demand" tab.

Photo Specialties was the Graduation Photographer this year. Each student will receive a photo taken as they were handed their diploma. A free color proof will be sent to their current mailing address, which includes a password for online viewing. There is no obligation to purchase prints. To receive an email notification that the photos are online, visitwww.photospecialties.com to pre-register. If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, contactinfo@photospecialties.com or call 1-800-722-7033. 

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