Commencement speaker, Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME magazine, urged the graduates to be cautious in this media-frenzied time: Be careful what you take as gospel; question ideas that cannot be proven; and beware of certitude. It was quite alarming to hear him report a statistic that 85% of 2011 college graduates would not have jobs upon graduation and most would be heading home to live.
In addition to Stengel, there were three honorary degree recipients and one of them was our very own Hope Hamilton Pettegrew. Here she is receiving her hood from Provost Linda Eisenmann.
We encourage you to read Hope's citation and her speech by clicking on the sidebar after you finish this summary. Hope, congratulations and thank you. We are so proud of you!
The sun shone (at least it seemed to) when President Ronald A. Crutcher, Provost Linda Eisenmann and Dean of Students Lee Burdette Williams conferred Bachelor of Arts degrees on 382 jubilant new Wheaton graduates. A very proud moment for all!