was sunny and pleasantly cool as nearly a thousand graduates, 216
of them in Journalism and/or Communications, received degrees at
Elon's 115th Commencement exercises, which began at 9:30 a.m., Saturday,
May 21, before a crowd of 10,000 people Under the Oaks in the historic
area in front of West Residence Hall.
of the class of 2005 took a line of march that led them from Jordan
Gym, across Young Commons, through a tunnel of Elon faculty members
on the east side of Fonville Fountain and through West Dormitory
to their chairs on the lawn Under the Oaks adjacent to the School
a native of nearby Graham, member of Elon's Board of Trustees and
nationally known public speaker, delivered the commencement address.
Robertson and her husband donated funds to help build Elon's track
and field complex, and their son, Beaver, is a 1989 Elon graduate.
A number of
other special events were held in conjunction with graduation. Members
of the class of 2005 donated more than $5,000 to the senior class
scholarship fund, which will provide financial help to a deserving
Elon freshman in the fall. The presentation was made during the
graduation celebration picnic May 19.
Fellows graduates were honored in a pre-graduation ceremony May
20 titled "Leaders for the 21st Century."
was given to students who are graduating as Journalism and Communications
Fellows as well as Elon's 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.
this second-ever graduating group of Journalism and Communications
Josh Daniel, Lauren Durr, Erin Flynn, Dan Hanson, Kim Hayes, Caitlin
Jacobs, Amy Jo Jenkins, Brandi Little, Kirsten MacMonegle, Jessica
Patchett, Nick Rust, Kristen Simonetti, Jennifer Sposato, Jay Voelker,
Meghan Walsh and Jennie Witt.
Since its first
graduating class in 1891, Elon University has issued nearly 25,500
just three graduates in that first year of 1891. By 1945, there
were 27 graduates; in 1965, 159 graduates; in 1985, 468 graduates;
and in 1995 there were 698 graduates. The 2005 School of Communications
class included 202 students who earned Communications degrees (with
a Broadcast, Corporate Communications and/or Film concentration)
and 22 who earned Journalism degrees (eight of these were double
had a total of 100 graduates in Journalism and Communications in
1997; 107 in 1998; 113 in 1999; 151 in 2000; 149 in 2001; 174 in
both 2002 and 2003; 195 in 2004; and 224 in 2005.
here to see a gallery with more Commencement photos.