Commencement 2008: Students Celebrate a Shared Experience
For thousands of MICUA students, years of hard work, good times, intellectual intensity, and personal growth reached their culmination at commencement 2008. Although official counts aren’t yet tallied, about 14,000 MICUA students earned degrees this year. Graduates were inspired, challenged, and entertained by commencement speakers including a congressman and a delegate, a surgeon and a singer, an archbishop and an actor, a public radio host and a news correspondent. A few of the diverse experiences of MICUA graduates are highlighted below.
While most college seniors will look back on their graduation ceremony as a day of pomp and circumstance culminating in a handshake and a diploma, for Washington College senior Emma Sovich, 22, an English major from Baltimore, the ceremony brought another reward: a check for $67,481. Sovich's prizewinning portfolio—a collection of poems, critical essays and essays from her blog—earned her the largest literary award in the country exclusively for undergraduates, the Sophie Kerr Prize at the College’s 225th commencement.
Navon Ferrell, a Capitol College graduate, commented that the College has given him a sense of pride in his accomplishments. “A Capitol education has brought me far, from being a lifeguard to a position at Lockheed Martin. The least we can do as new graduates is to give back to the campus.”
With nearly 900 students, the class of 2008 marks College of Notre Dame of Maryland’s largest number of graduates ever. This year’s class included five students who received the first doctoral degrees from the College, which launched the Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations Ph.D. program in 2004. In addition, Ron Wooden—Harford County’s 2008 teacher of the year—completed his studies in December and walked in graduation ceremonies.
At Sojourner-Douglass College, 160 bachelor’s degree candidates and 23 master’s degree candidates crossed the stage as they were presented with their degrees, cheered on by families and loved ones. The theme of commencement was “Today we are fighting for the dream—tomorrow we will live the dream.”