YELLOW SPRINGS ― Antioch University Midwest conferred undergraduate and graduate degrees to 102 graduates at its commencement ceremony at Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield Sunday, May 4.
University President Dr. Karen Schuster Webb welcomed the graduates and their families and stated that, “Today, all eyes are upon our graduates. This is as it should be.”
Antioch University Midwest Board of Trustees Chair, Dan Young said, “There are a million reasons to choose Antioch University Midwest. I asked a student one day, ‘why Antioch?’ and she said, ‘This is for me. This is an education I can have my way.”
“Of course, Antioch University Midwest also chose you and that means you are becoming part of our DNA. You will remember your unique experience here. You have changed us with your enthusiasm and spirit. And we will remember you because you are a part of our DNA.”
Dr. Larry Stone, Vice Chair of the Antioch University Board of Governors, stated that Antioch students don’t come to the university to be transformed, yet many describe their experiences as transformative.
“We hear it again and again,” Stone said. “As a cohort of students who have most likely formed lifelong bonds over the past several years, your journeys have included practical work that has demonstrated your commitment to being a change agent and to living the Antioch University mission.”
Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman told graduates that they are evidence of the power of higher education, and that they will remain active learners who will seek out ways to give back to their communities, families and Anitoch University.
“You are particularly well-suited to be change agents—to be thoughtful, intentional, forward thinking and understanding of how your personal and professional leadership and engagement can transform individuals and society. I know you will do great things,” said Nudelman.
Student Representatives shared their experiences and insights regarding their time at Antioch and how they expect it to affect them as they move forward, followed by President Dr. Karen Schuster Webb’s commencement address.
“Your legacy is not what you leave behind, but what you do on a daily basis with every decision you make. You will have a voice and it’s a voice of empowerment that Antioch University Midwest has transformed within each of you. And you enrich us with the roots of your power and we will give you the wings to fly and be the change you want to see,” Webb said.
“Each of you earned the wings to fly in the stratosphere that you could only imagine a few years ago. Now every path you take will be enriched by your presence and our Antiochian spirit.”
Mary Ann Short, Ph.D., Interim Chief Academic Officer, offered the University’s appreciation for the service of Dr. Richard Fairman, School of Education and Dr. Jon Saari, Individualized Masters of Arts program and Undergraduate Studies program as they are leaving Antioch University Midwest at the end of the year.