Published: Dec 20, 2010 View photos from commencement.
more than 400 graduates in black robes and tassels dodged the raindrops
on the way to the Bob Martinez Sports Center on Dec. 18, their friends
and family could barely contain their excitement. The University of
Tampa’s 129th commencement was a milestone for many that day.
sure you’ve dreamed about this moment for months, maybe years,” said
Britt Shirley, professor of information and technology management and
recipient of the Louise Loy Hunter Award. The award is given annually by
its previous recipients to a UT professor for excellence in teaching
and cumulative contributions in service and scholarship.
who was introduced by Michael Seitzler ’10, told the Class of 2010 to
keep their expectations high and search for their cultural match – a
place where they can truly be themselves.
"If you get to do what
you like, if you get to do it with people you enjoy working with, and
if you are challenged on a continuous basis to improve yourself and
those around you, you have found your cultural match,” Shirley said.
“Make sure you always have the opportunity to be yourself.”
that their diplomas signal entry into one of life’s stages, President
Ronald L. Vaughn told the graduates he hoped their time at UT had
instilled a sense of selflessness that links them to all of humanity. He
also said he was proud of their choice to make education a priority.
is our fundamental resource. We hope to ignite in you a hunger for
constant learning,” Vaughn said. “Live to learn for the richness of life
it will continue to bring.”
Ronald McClarin ’87, president of
the National Alumni Association, presented Tampa Police Chief Jane
Castor ’81 with the association’s Achievement Award and Elvira Pinto
with the 2010 Service and Recognition Award.
chairman of the Board of Trustees, encouraged the graduates to keep
planning and dreaming. Commencement was just the starting line for their
“All of us expect great things of you because you have proven your ability to persevere,” McNichols said.
Bahl, an advertising and public relations major, gave the challenge to
the graduating class. Bahl has been involved with Diversity Fellowship,
the Indian Cultural Association and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight,
Transsexual, Bisexual Alliance (GLTSBA). Last fall she became a member
of the Resource Team for Faith, Values and Spirituality, which was
formed to provide programming for the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith
“Today is the stepping stone for our greatness,” Bahl
said. “Embrace who you are, all your quirks and weirdness, because
that’s what makes you great. Good luck, and stay fabulous, Class of
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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