This Saturday, Transylvania University will celebrate 191 graduating students during a commencement ceremony on the lawn of Old Morrison. The ceremony, which will be livestreamed, begins at 9 a.m.
The members of the Class of 2023 who will receive their Bachelor of Arts degrees have much to be proud of. About half of the senior class is graduating with Latin honors for a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, and 52% are receiving honors in their programs.
After commencement, nearly one third of these distinguished Pioneers will be attending graduate and professional schools and almost half will be beginning their careers in a variety of fields, from teaching to finance to data analytics and even public service in the military and the Peace Corps. Some are headed to medical, dental and law schools, and others will continue their studies in master’s programs at Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Duke universities among others.
The student speaker at this year’s ceremony is senior Caroline Shutt, a William T. Young scholar from Owensboro. The writing, rhetoric and communication major and economics minor aspires to work in child advocacy law and education policy and will attend Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. During her time at Transy, she has served as an admissions ambassador, Writing Center staffer and First Engagements scholar, while also being the president of Phi Mu Fraternity and a member of the Student Activities Board.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will move into the Clive M. Beck Center (students can pick up seven rain tickets each this week). Visit the commencement webpage to see the schedule of the day’s events, which include a class photo and alumni welcome reception, and information on things like parking and nearby hotel accommodations.