Class of 2017 receives diplomas during 184th commencement

Approximately 250 members of the Class of 2017 received diplomas during Hanover College's 184th Commencement. The event was held Saturday, May 27, at the Point.

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Hanover President Lake Lambert delivered the commencement address and Naren Agarwal, an economics major from Kolkata, India, served as the senior class speaker.

senior speaker Naren Agarwal

Lambert, referencing Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 book, "Where Do We Go From Here?," related, "As an individual, you — our graduates — have before you the choice to make a positive difference in the world, the choice to fashion a life of meaning and purpose in service to others, the choice to nurture bonds of community in multiple settings or the choice to pursue self-interest at all costs, the choice to leave the concerns of community and the world to others, and the choice to deny the entire idea of meaning and purpose in life apart from the acquisition of personal wealth, power, satisfaction and privilege. As a people, our choice may be community or chaos, but as individuals it seems that our choice is between community or nihilism.

Agarwal, using a Rubik's Cube for symbolism, stated "This [cube] represents us, and the six different colors represent six different aspects of our life – physical, personal, social, educational, professional, spiritual. Throughout Hanover’s educational experience, we have gained a deeper understanding of ourselves and have developed an understanding of who we are physically, personally, socially, educationally, professionally, spiritually." He continued, "Now, it is time to go out into the world, enriched by what we have received from this great institution, carrying our own unique patterns and building a beautiful tapestry to share with others."

Steven Jobe, vice president and dean of academic affairs, recognized retiring faculty members Walter Bruyninckx (biology), Steve Ellis (Business Scholars Program) and Margot Tomsen (English).

Mark Levett ’71, chair, offered greetings from the College's Board of Trustees. Dawn Doup-Pandit, a member of Hanover's Class of 1998, welcomed the graduates into the College's alumni association. The Rev. Catherine Y.E. Knott, Hanover’s chaplain, performed the benediction and invocation.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation, members of the College's Class of 1967 led the processional.

The ceremony also featured selections by the Hanover College Choir and the Hanover College Instrumental Ensemble.

During the College's morning baccalaureate service, the Rev. Michael Jinkins, president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary since 2010, delivered the baccalaureate sermon.

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