Graduating class of 2013 largest in Centre's history
By Amy Clark Wise
May 19, 2013
Centre College’s 190th Commencement saw the largest graduating class in Centre’s history cross the Newlin Hall stage at Centre’s Norton Centre for the Arts on Sunday, May 19.
The 293-member class presented an impressive lineup, graduating four Fulbright Fellowship recipients and 78 students with honors: ten summa cum laude, 31 magna cum laude, and 37 cum laude. In addition, 86 percent of the class studied abroad at least once during their four years at the College.
Members of the Class of 2013 also included Centre’s first graduating class of Brown Fellows: ten students selected to participate in the College’s premier scholarship and enrichment program and one of the nation’s elite fellowship programs offered through a partnership with the James Graham Brown Foundation. The program is in its fourth year at Centre.
Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and moderator of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate, was this year’s featured commencement speaker. Her exceptional moderating earned her a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. She received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Centre during the ceremony.
“You must be warriors in your own way. Warriors for creativity, for change, for hope. Warriors for your family and for your country. Warriors for kindness and respect. Warriors to fight ignorance, and to wake every day and try to push yourself to the edge of your competence,” Raddatz told the class, advising them to remember how precious their lives and freedom are in a time when much of the rest of the world is in turmoil.
“Looking back at the sacrifice of those who have served this nation, over this decade and so many before it, is something we should all think about. It should give you pause, it should make you proud, it should give you hope. It should wipe out the notion that you are somehow entitled. None of us should ever take our precious lives and our precious gifts for granted.”
Award-winning sculptor Edward Norton Hamilton, Jr., also received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the College during the ceremony. Hamilton’s renowned work often commemorates American historical figures, including his sculpture of a young Abraham Lincoln displayed outside Crounse Hall on Centre’s campus. His list of distinctions includes, among many, the Kentucky Governor’s Artist Award in the Arts and an induction into the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians.
Benjamin Boone and Cara Monical were recognized as this year’s valedictorians.
Boone, of Nicholasville, Ky., received the George Winston Welsh Valedictorian Prize for the top male graduate. A biochemistry and molecular biology major who graduated summa cum laude, Boone also received the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Prize, awarded to the most accomplished senior major.
Monical, of Houston, Texas, received the Gavin Easton Wiseman Valedictorian Prize for the top female graduate. A computer science and mathematics major, Monical graduated summa cum laude. She also received the Computer Science Prize, awarded to an outstanding senior computer science major, and the Sallie Warfield Memorial Prize, awarded to the student with the highest standing in mathematics.
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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.