Centre College’s 13th annual Honor Walk took place on May 23, when a record 294 senior students gathered to pay tribute to the people who have been most influential on their path to graduation.
At the beginning of the academic year, President John A. Roush presented graduates with “talents,” gold coins bearing the Centre seal on one side and a representation of the Old Centre Quad on the other.
Fast forward to the end of the spring semester, and after remarks by the president, Centre’s seniors filed one by one through Old Centre to the Centre Seal, where they presented their talents to parents, friends, mentors, and faculty and staff members.
Tyhgita Cespedes, a psychology major from Boston, chose to honor her Posse mentor, Matthew Hallock, professor and chair of the dramatic arts program at Centre.
“He has been there for me like a second father,” Cespedes said. “My biological father is always so happy to hear me talk about Matthew and how he’s filled in for him while I’ve been so far from home. He has gone above and beyond for me, even when I don’t ask. He is like family.”
Cespedes was heavily involved with Centre’s dance club, Moments in Motion; the fashion club, Fashion Forward Activism; and the Diversity Student Union (DSU).
“I’m grateful for all of the amazing people at Centre, like Matthew, who have supported me through ups and downs during these last four formative years of my life,” Cespedes continued. “And, I’m grateful for my Posse!”
Cespedes is moving back to Boston after graduation and is hoping to find work performing and teaching dance in the greater Boston area before she attends graduate school at Antioch University in Keene, N.H.
Alex Seither, an economics and finance major from Elizabethtown, Ky., presented his talent to Professor of Economics Mike Fabritius.
“I chose Dr. Fabritius as my honoree, because he is a major reason I was able to become a well-rounded student during my time here,” Seither said. “Being able to connect with a professor like him is one of the aspects of the Centre experience that sets it apart from its peers.”
Seither was on the men’s soccer team, served as a campus tour guide, was a senior interviewer and he co-founded Centre’s composting program. He was also a member of Greek Life and was a part of the Investment Society.
“Dr. Fabritius is always pushing me to be my best, while also offering incredibly insightful advice in relation to my academic and professional careers as well as my personal life,” Seither continued. “Although he has made a significant impact on my career here at Centre, I’m optimistic that this is just the beginning of a life-long friendship.”
Seither will be working for Lockheed Martin in Lexington, Ky., after graduation.
Vestine Muhoza, a biology major originally from Gitaram, Rwanda, but who now calls Louisville, Ky., home, honored her mom, Teri Ashley.
“I am honoring her, because she adopted me into her family without knowing me, without speaking my language, and yet since then, she has loved me like her own blood,” Muhoza said. “When I try to think of why or how she can love me, I don’t find an answer, but it simply reminds me of God’s love for us.
“She has been the most influential person in my Centre experience because she has always had more faith in me than I do in myself,” Muhoza continued. “She has been a nurturer and friend through it all. She has helped me to get the best education, form long-lasting friendships with people from all over the world and make life-lasting memories here at Centre.”
Muhoza also emphasized her mom’s unending support and her constant encouragement for Muhoza to pursue her passion.
After Centre, Muhoza plans to travel to Rwanda and prepare for advanced study as a nurse or physician’s assistant.
“Thank you, Centre Dear,” she said. “It has been an amazing four years and I am so thankful for all of the people I have met here. The professors, the staff and the students have truly enriched my values and goals. I will be forever thankful.”
By Anne H. Evans
May 26, 2015