Dean Jack Richman and Alumni Council President Jennifer Baddour, MSW ’99, each welcomed the audience. Author and historian Timothy Tyson gave the commencement address.
In a special presentation by Nick Lemmon and Casey Rubenstein, the masters’ students recognized Lisa de Saxe Zerden as Most Outstanding Overall Faculty Member; Mat Despard, Most Innovative Teacher; Laurie Selz Campbell, Most Supportive Faculty Member; and Beth Sauer, Most Supportive Staff Member.
The doctoral students recognized Shenyang Guo as Most Outstanding Doctoral Professor; Natasha Bowen, Most Outstanding Doctoral Mentor; and Brenda Vawter, Most Supportive Administrative Staff. They also honored Kathleen Rounds, doctoral program chair, who is stepping down from that role this summer. Jenna Tucker presented the awards.