First commencement held in Tiger Arena
Towson University rolled out the red carpet in grand fashion on May 22-24 when it unveiled the new Tiger Arena during the spring commencement ceremonies.
These commencement ceremonies were the 148th in the University’s history, and were the first to take place in Tiger Arena, which took the place of the older Towson Center.
President Maravene Loeschke, Provost Timothy Chandler, and other members of the faculty and administration were on hand to celebrate the commencement of 3,444 students.
Loeschke congratulated the graduates, and asked them to reflect on their time at Towson, and how the University has changed their lives over the past four or more years.
“[Think] about the first thing that you remember being here. Maybe where you parked, going into the student union, your first classes, the first glimpse of your first professors and what you had in mind and what this journey was going to be like for you,” Loeschke said. “We are thrilled to have been a part of that journey.”
Members from the Student Government Association, Alumni Association, University System of Maryland Board of Regents and representatives from the undergraduate and graduate student body were also in attendance.
USM Student Regent Steven Hershkowitz, also a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, spoke and praised the University.
“Towson University prides itself on the individual attention to provide every student,” he said. “This could not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our great faculty members who make this University the special place that it is.”
The College of Business and Economics was the only ceremony to feature a keynote speaker. Author P.M. Forni received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the College of Liberal Arts.
Loeschke said she would like to see the graduates spread their knowledge across the world, as so many Towson alumna had done before them.
“An education at Towson not only serves our region and the state of Maryland, but also reaches across the nation and around the globe,” she said.