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  • Dean College Hosts 2018 Commencement Exercises

    Commencement 2018

    Dean College held its 152nd Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Close to 350 students received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance. Dean College continued with tradition holding the 2018 Commencement ceremony outside along Awpie Way, considered by many as the most beautiful and iconic part of campus.

    The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who encouraged students to “Trust in your deepest self. Shun the impulse to devalue your own self-faith.” She added, “I urge you to accept the role of change – and chance – in your life ahead, trusting in yourself to embrace them with confidence gained at Dean.” 

    Additional remarks were provided by Mark D. Boyce, Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with graduating student, Nabeel Barqawi.  

    Nabeel began his speech by describing his admiration for his two older brothers, who both earned class rings. To Nabeel, these rings symbolized the hard work and effort that was put into their education. He too had hopes to earn a class ring, but was unsure of his academic future. 

    “Arriving at Dean was the turning point of my life.” As Nabeel prepared this speech, his ring arrived. 

    “This ring was once a block of metal that served as the foundation for its creation. Just like Dean served as the foundation from which our paths would be carved.”

    Nabeel reminded his classmates to “enjoy the adventures ahead by going on this journey armed with enthusiasm and curiosity. In times of struggle, find something that reminds you of how far you have come. For me, this ring serves as a reminder to never tell myself ‘I can’t’.” 

    Congratulations 2018 Graduates!

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