graduates received degrees at Elon's 113th Commencement exercises
which began at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, Under the Oaks in the
historic area in front of West Residence Hall.
a native of Gibsonville (just two miles from the Elon campus), and
the director of athletics at the University of Maryland, delivered
the commencement address. A 1974 Elon graduate, Yow-Bowden is in
her ninth year at Maryland. She oversees a 25-sport athletics program.
number of other special events were held in conjunction with graduation.
Members of the senior class presented a gift to Elon of $8,321 at
the annual Graduation Celebration Picnic May 22. Senior class president
(and communications major) Christian Brescia made the announcement
to graduating seniors and their families, as well as faculty and
staff, during the annual senior class picnic. A record 35 percent
of the class contributed to the gift, which will provide scholarship
support to a deserving freshman enrolling this fall.
graduates were honored in a May 23 pre-graduation ceremony titled
"Leaders for the 21st Century." Recognition was given to students
who are graduating as Journalism and Communications Fellows, North
Carolina Teaching Fellows, Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows, Elon
Science Fellows, Social Science Scholars, Arts and Humanities Scholars,
Jefferson-Pilot Business Fellows and Elon Honors Fellows. The only
Journalism and Communications Fellow to graduate this year is Katie
Beaver. A member of the inaugural fellows class, Beaver completed
her Elon University coursework in just three years. Professor Ray
Johnson introduced her at the event.
May 23 highlighted the work of a select few Elon standouts, including
journalism major Jennifer Guarino, chosen for her newspaper research,
and broadcast major Michelle Niland, chosen for her creation and
production of the award-winning television program "Win Stuff."