Commencement Ceremony


Organ Selections for a Ceremonial Occasion


“Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1,” Edward Elgar


Imam Shane Atkinson, Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life


Ann Bullock, Dean of the School of Education

Student Address

Christopher Edward Horack

Introduction of the Speaker

Smith Jackson, Assistant to the President, Associate Professor of Education, and Vice President Emeritus for Student Life and Dean of Students


Darris R. Means ’05, Associate Professor in Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy, University of Pittsburgh

Presentation of Candidates for Degrees

Aswani Volety, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Conferring of Degrees

Connie Ledoux Book, President

Hooding Ceremony and Awarding of Diplomas

Dean Bullock
Rozana Carducci, Associate Professor of Education and Graduate Director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education
Rodney L. Parks, University Registrar
President Book

Charge to the Graduating Class

President Book


Music performed by W. Thomas Jones, University Organist

Faculty Marshals

Leo M. Lambert, President Emeritus and Professor of Education
Randy Williams, Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor of Education

Student Marshals

Chanece Bigelow
Norma Rodriguez
Nelson Ysabel

Class of 2021

Name Previous Institution(s)
Shawn David Thompson B.A., Curry College
Joseph Michael Strid B.S., Western New England University
Zoe Paulina Palomaki B.S., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Torii Ann Masinsin B.S., Christopher Newport University
Maria Jose Larrazabal B.A., Florida International University
Marjae M. Jackson B.S., Southern Connecticut State University
Christopher Edward Horack B.S., Endicott College
Natalie M. Hawkes B.A., University of Scranton
Mackenzie Elaine Hall B.S., Ohio University
Nicole Lee Galante A.B., Elon University
Ashton Elizabeth Croft B.A., Texas Christian University
Dominique Nicole Battle B.A., Salem College