A celebration of degrees at the
146th Commencement in May
CBS Evening News Anchor Scott
Pelley and Pulitzer Prize-winning
historian Taylor Branch spoke to
graduates of the College of Fine Arts
and Communication and the College
of Liberal Arts respectively at two of
Towson University’s six graduation
ceremonies in May. (Links to videos
of their speeches are available at
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During three days, Towson
University awarded 2,568 baccalaureate
degrees, 735 master’s degrees
and certificates, and seven doctoral
degrees at its 146th Commencement
ceremonies on May 25 through
May 27 at the Towson Center.
The College of Education and College of Fine Arts and Communication
graduated May 25. The Fisher College
of Science and Mathematics and
College of Liberal Arts graduated
May 26. The College of Health Professions and the College of Business and
Economics graduated May 27.
The College of Graduate Studies and
Research participated in all ceremonies.
Each graduate program had its
graduation with its home college.
The Honors College graduated
Lisa Herbst was
the graduate student
speaker for the College
of Education at the 10
Each of us here today should be
proud as we have accomplished
something huge. Many of us work all
day with children and families, eat a
peanut butter and jelly sandwich in
the car while fighting traffic and arrive
at evening classes sweaty and panting
because we ran all the way from the
garage to Hawkins Hall. We wonder
how many times we can say “No, I
have to write a paper, or, do a power
point” to our children, spouses and
friends before they lose their patience
with us. And, most of us have done
this for two years or more.
Yet, here we are. My fellow graduates represent courage and dedication
to children that is unparalleled. It has
been my privilege to learn and grow
side-by-side with all of you.
Coming to Towson for the master’s
program in early childhood education
has transformed me. I had no idea
the magnitude of change that I would
undergo when I began two years ago.
I have been deeply inspired by this
experience and am so grateful for this
chance to grow.