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t’s hard to impress a four-star general when it comes to event
planning. But Gen. Krulak himself was overwhelmed by
his first Commencement ceremony on the Hilltop. On that sunny
Saturday, May 19, Birmingham-Southern conferred 339 bachelor’s
degrees to the overjoyed Class of 2012.
In her Commencement address, Library Director and Associate
Professor of Library Science Dr. Charlotte Ford told graduates that their
time on campus had prepared them for anything.
You’ve learned how to ask questions, how to analyze, and how to take
action,” she said. “It doesn’t mean you get to stop learning—none of
us ever does. But it means you’re well prepared to move forward in a
chaotic, ever-changing, wonderful, terrible, exciting world.”
Also at Commencement, Provost Dr. Mark Schantz gave Dr. Barbara
Domcekova, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the college’s
Latin American Studies Program, the college’s annual Outstanding
Educator Award. Each year, the award recognizes a faculty member
who exemplifies excellence in teaching, scholarship, classroom
performance, and student advising; the recipient is asked to speak at
the next year’s Commencement.
A Year in the Life …