Butler University presented diplomas to 102 graduates during its 2011 Winter Commencement on Dec. 18. A total 154 students completed degree requirements during fall semester; some have chosen to participate in Butler’s May 2011 commencement.
Those receiving diplomas included 20 graduates in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 29 in the College of Education, 41 in the College of Business, 8 in the College of Communication, 4 in the Jordan College of Fine Arts. A total 45 graduate degrees and 57 undergraduate degrees were conferred.
Graduating seniors selected Roger Boop, professor of education, as main commencement speaker. A 1962 Butler graduate, Boop has served on the College of Education faculty since 1968, focusing on middle/secondary teacher preparation. He will conclude his Butler career in May 2012.
Boop shared three “life lessons” with graduates, urging them to count the blessings of unexpected turns in their future; to seek out mentors and collaborators; and to us their time to make a difference for others.
“Always work toward becoming a dedicated professional and not just doing ‘a job.’ ” Boop said. Graduates will see workplaces and society transformed in coming decades, he said. “True professionals labor to keep current and embrace change.”
Boop concluded with a promise to look for the graduates “at Homecoming 2061.”
Board of Trustees Vice Chair Keith Burks and Butler Alumni Association President Gary Butkus congratulated graduates, as did University President James Danko and Provost Jamie Comstock.
Comstock recognized Caitlyn Jackson of Franklin, Ind., as the first graduate to receive a degree in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies from Butler. The major was previously offered as a minor in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. (Jackson also received a second bachelor’s degree in political science.)
The provost thanked faculty members who developed the new major at the request of students.
“Your enthusiastic involvement in this process reminds me of the saying, ‘A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations,’ ” Comstock said.
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