University celebrates last graduation ceremonies in Towson Center
Towson University’s 148th graduation, the last to be held in Towson Center, was completed Sunday as 1,960 students received their degrees.
As University President Maravene Loeschke opened up the morning commencement for the Colleges of Business and Economics, Education and Health Profession, she pointed out the significance of the final graduation in Towson Center. Spring commencement is scheduled to move to the new Tiger Arena, which should open in May.
“Think about the first time you arrived here as a freshman,” Loeschke said. “Maybe you knew your major then, or maybe you’ve changed it several times. Remember your first class and the friends you made, and think about where you’ve come since there.”
While there was not a keynote speaker for the winter commencement ceremonies, Student Government Association President Brandy Hall introduced a number of special guests the University was hosting in honor of commencement, and each guest spoke to the graduating class.
“On behalf of the Board of Regents on this tremendous day, it is an honor to share this day with your president, Maravene Loeschke, who is doing an excellent job leading Towson University, making Towson University a vibrant hub for the entire greater Baltimore area,” member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Paul Vance said.
As President of the Alumni Association, Lance Johnson encouraged the soon-to-be graduates to get involved with Towson and the community after graduation, as so many had done before them.
Johnson also pointed out major statistics of the graduating class, including the fact that the graduating class had an overall GPA of 3.27, and among all of the graduates, the youngest graduate is 20 years old and the oldest is 71 years old.
As part of the commencement ceremony, Loeschke awarded her annual President’s Award for Distinguished Service to Timothy Sullivan, Chairman of the Department of Economics, and President of the University Senate.
“It is such an honor as a president to recognize a faculty member of this caliber. Your remarkable record of your service and the respect you’ve earned from your colleagues make you a perfect choice for this honor,” Loeschke said to Sullivan on stage prior to the graduates receiving their diplomas. “Tim, you are indeed the epitome of leadership.”
Loeschke also praised Sullivan for holding the presidency in the University Senate for eight years, which is a record at the University.
As the graduates prepared to take the stage in the Towson Center, Loeschke made sure to honor the family and friends of the graduates, and honored the work that the families had done to get the graduates to where they are now.
Overall, there were 1,247 baccalaureate degrees handed out, 700 master’s degrees and certificates and 13 doctoral degrees.