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Henry H. Starkweather

Henry Howard Starkweather was born in Preston, Connecticut on April 29, 1826, and died on January 28, 1876 while serving in office as a member of the United States Congress.

His parents were John Starkweather and Lydia (Button) Starkweather of Preston, Connecticut. His father served in the War of 1812 as a private in Captain Isaac Nelsons Company. Henry was a first cousin to Brig. General John Converse Starkweather.[1]

Henry served in the Connecticut Legislature in 1856 and was a delegate from Connecticut to the 1860 Republican National Convention, which nominated Abraham Lincoln, and to the 1868 Republican National Convention, which named Ulysses S. Grant. He was chairman of the Republican State Committee of Connecticut and a member of the National Republican executive committee. He was appointed postmaster of Norwich, Connecticut in 1861 by Abraham Lincoln, and was reappointed by President Andrew Johnson again in 1865. He resigned in 1866 and was elected to US Congress in 1867 and served until he died in office in 1876.[1]

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(upbeat music) ("Pomp and Circumstance" plays) - Good morning, and welcome to the 55th commencement of Eckerd College. (cheering) We are honored today to have graduating senior Dorothy Eldemire begin our ceremony by singing the national anthem. (cheering) She is from Riverdale, Georgia and graduates with a double major in creative writing and environmental studies. Please remain standing for the national anthem and for the invocation. Dorothy. (cheering) ♪ O say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight's last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O'er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming? ♪ ♪ And the rockets' red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (applauding) - Thank you, Dorothy. Our invocation is offered by Reverend Libby Shannon, of our Center for Spiritual Life and Assistant College Chaplain. Libby. - Friends, will you join with me in a word of prayer? oh god of goodness and mercy, we give thanks this great day for all your fine gifts. Especially our families, friends, teachers, mentors and the cherished memories of our years at Eckerd. We ask your blessing and an extra measure of your grace on each graduate today, and express loving gratitude for all who have supported, guided and encouraged them along the way. As we go forth into this new day, oh God, help us to renew the notion of simply being good neighbors to one another, offering kindness, showing mercy and doing justice in every neighborhood and community, so our lives and this world might be filled with friendship, peace, and well-being Amen. - Thank you, Libby. Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. To capture today's selfie moment, depending on which generation you claim, a professional photographer will take a photo of each graduate as the degree is conferred. Members of the class of 2018, this commencement ceremony, like everything else at Eckerd College, is arranged to be an educational event in your undergraduate experience. Today the college will again display its values by what it honors and whom it honors. Commencement is not simply about receiving a diploma, although it is certainly about that. Commencement is also about telling the story anew about the institution from which the diploma is earned and about the class it graduates. Let us begin by thanking the Board of Trustees for all they have done to build this outstanding College in the liberal arts tradition and for their unstinting unswerving support. Will the trustees will charge us today please stand and be recognized? (applauding) Thank you. We also welcome the other distinguished members of the platform party for their participation in today's ceremony. Our commencement speaker Mr. Mark Tluszcz, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. John Finneran, and my colleagues, Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison and Dean of Students Jim Annarelli. Let me now ask the distinguish and dedicated men and women of the Eckerd College faculty, the embodiment of this institution, to stand as we thank you for the labor and devotion that has made this day possible. (applauding) Thank you. This day would not be possible without the support, emotional, spiritual and financial, of the families of those who graduate today. Grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives and children. Will the family members of our students please stand so we may recognize and applaud your love and support. (applauding) (cheering) Thank you. Eckerd College class of 2018, you students who graduate today have not only excelled academically but you have volunteered in schools in St Petersburg and a clinic in West Africa. You have climbed the Colca Canyon in Peru and witnessed the glories of Machu Picchu. you've carried out service projects all over Tampa Bay and in Ecuador, Nicaragua, India and dozens of other countries. Each year you have carried out hundreds of rescues at sea through ECSAR and responded compassionately to medical emergencies through ECERT. You've won Fulbright fellowships and Highland scholarships and so much more. You will soon begin your careers in a world in great need of your talent and knowledge and energy. You'll leave here to conduct research, to address social, political, scientific and environmental challenges, to attend law school and medical school and graduate school, to become engineers and teachers, business men and women, oceanographers, counselors, artists and scientists and to take leadership positions in your jobs and your communities. At the end of the ceremony, you will march off to show the world that Eckerd College changes lives and that Eckerd College graduates change the world. Class of 2018, please stand so we can recognize your achievement and your promise. (cheering) (applauding) Thank you. Please welcome to the podium, the chairman of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees, Mr. John Finneran. (applauding) Good morning. President Eastman, Dean Harrison, Dean Annarelli, Mr. Tluszcz, distinguished faculty, family, guests and graduates of the class of 2018, as chairman of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees, I bring you greetings and congratulations on behalf of the board and what a great pleasure that is. Yesterday afternoon, on the recommendation of your faculty, the Board of Trustees granted the awarding of 510 bachelor's degrees. No other action required of the Board of Trustees brings as much pleasure as the granting of degrees each May. The members of the Board joining you here today are honored to have the privilege of being the first to congratulate you as you cross the stage later in the ceremony this morning. We will see each of you at the top of the stairs very soon. Congratulations, graduates of the class of 2018. (applauding) Elected and honored by the residential class of 2018 to bring greetings to you this morning, Emily Anna Frost is from Spring, Texas and is graduating with a major in communications. Please join me in a warm welcome for Emily Frost. (cheering) (applauding) Family, friends, faculty and staff, good morning. (sighing) The Tropi-Kappa Field, where it all begain. Was anyone else doubtful that this day would come, or was that just me? And I don't mean that in a oh I can't wait to get out of here way, I mean it in like a panic, abandon ship kind of way. (laughing) If you are like me, you probably had a few questions about today, primarily concerning Logistics An outdoor graduation in Florida in May> What could go wrong? But reflecting on the situation, this really does seem fitting for the class whose senior year began with an evacuation (cheering) from a category 5 hurricane. And if I learned anything from that experience, it is that things can always be worse. (laughing) And most importantly, how lucky we all are to feel so strongly about Eckerd College, knowing that any sadness we may be experiencing today about a location change is merely indicative of how meaningful these last four years have been and for that I am so grateful. those 53 Acres consists of more than academic buildings. Sports fields, residential houses and the all famous Kappa Field. They are made up of family, friends, memories and most of all, a place we call home. I don't have much time and I understand we all have brunch reservations we're trying to make, so I went to tell just one brief story and then we can get this thing started. Through my studies abroad with Eckerd to Australia, I was able to also travel to New Zealand. There I learned about the country's rich heritage, including the meaning behind their national symbol which is a silver fern. You see, this fern only exists deep in the forest in New Zealand and even then they are rarities. Back in the day when folks would travel in said Forests, they would flip over the fern to its silver side so that they always knew where they'd been and where they were going. A local summed up the fern's symbolism to me, saying that it means, quote, "We are moving forward together towards victory." how rare and special is it that we all found each other. Whether you came to Eckerd as an aspiring marine science major, only to quickly change to communication (laughing) or read about us in the Colleges that Change Lives book, we all made it here. I'm not going to pretend that we're all thrilled about this new phase of our lives, but I want to encourage you as so many of you have extended that same courtesy to me throughout the years. We are leaving this place and entering a world in turmoil but I feel no despair, because when I look out at all of you, I'm looking at the chemistry majors who will find the cure to cancer. I'm looking at the politicians who will run for president in 2032 on a platform of inclusivity and win. (cheering) (applauding) I am looking at the young educators who inspire the Youth of the next generation just as we ourselves were once inspired. I am looking at you as you. As you remember Kappa Field, South Beach, bare feet and even all the way back to autumn term, I hope you think of the silver fern. I hope you remember that no matter where we go in this world we are going together, and we are going towards victory. Now it is my honor to welcome you, the graduating class of 2018 to commencement. We did it. (cheering) (applauding) - Wonderfully done. - Thank you. - Womderfully done. (applauding) well done, Emily. Honored by the Program for Experienced Learners to bring greetings to you this morning is Stephanie Krebs. she is a St. Petersburg native and is graduating today with high honors with a major in business management. Please join me in a warm welcome for the 2018 PEL class commencement speaker Stephanie Kreb. (cheering) (applause) - Good morning President Eastman, Dean Harrison, honored trustees, distinguished faculty, alumni, family, friends, and my fellow graduates, on behalf of the Program for Experienced Learners, welcome to the 2018 Eckerd College commencement ceremony. PEL is the Program for Experienced Learners, also known as the adult program. As adults, going to college was not the next logical step for us. In most cases, our friends and family were supportive. However, there was that one person that said, "At your age? "are you crazy?" Just in case we weren't already questioning ourselves. In fact, we questioned ourselves every step of the way. Before enrolling, we questioned if the time was right. We questioned if we could juggle work with school, family and other commitments. We questioned if we could be busy all day and still count on our brains for a night class. And then we enrolled, started the journey to our degree and the questioning continued. But our questions started to change as Eckerd College taught us to think outside. With that thinking came new questions, different questions. We learned to question the deeper meaning of messages, novels and artworks. We learned to question if there were new ways to look at old business problems. We questioned, excuse me, for students in free enterprise and quest for meaning. We learned to question what problems can be solved in the communities around us and the world around us. Our questioning changed again to a simple, "Why didn't I do this sooner?" On behalf of all PEL students, we want to say a special thank you to our advisors, our professors and the dedicated PEL team. We wouldn't be here today without your never-ending support. I'd like to share a quote from Albert Einstein. He very wisely said, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. "The important thing is to not stop questioning." Now that we leave here today with our hard-earned diploma and the inspiration to act, the new and very loud question in our heads is what's next? Congratulations to my fellow PEL graduates, we are now part of a very exclusive and amazing alumni. Thank you very much. (cheering) (applauding) - Thank you, Stephanie. Mark Tluszcz co-founded and has been the chief executive officer, head and managing partner of Mangrove Capital Partners since 2000. He is primarily involved with internet consumer businesses and travels extensively throughout Europe and this country looking for the next big thing. Mark is a former international student who grew up in Africa and the settled his post-graduate business in Luxembourg. He majored in international business and history and graduated from Eckerd College in 1989. His mentor was Professor Carolyn Johnson. (cheering) his most notable successes include being the first investor in Skype which was sold in 2005 to eBay for three billion dollars and Wix, currently trading on the NASDAQ for nearly three and a half billion. Mark is interested in weird ideas. In fact, the weirder the better. He engages with entrepreneurs who want to disrupt the norm and change the world Mark was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2007, 8, and 9 as one of the top 100 global dealmakers in technology. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV and CNBC, quoted in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe and is published in the Financial Times. Mark is a visionary, a global entrepreneur and a proud Eckerd College graduate and a member of the inaugural class of Ford Scholars. He continues to foster relationships with mentors from his undergraduate days and through his business practices and principles continues to espouse the values fostered here at Eckerd. we are honored to have him back at commencement. please join me in welcoming Mr. Mark Tluszcz. (applauding) - You guys look great. You ought to try here sometime. I'm so glad my mother is here in the audience and heard President Eastman's introduction. I think for this she'll love me forever. She never thought I had accomplished so much in my life. And that is the trick with your parents. They love you no matter what you do, no matter what you become, but they keep you grounded no matter where you go in your life So I'd like to welcome everybody here today. President Eastman, trustees, faculty. My friend and mentor Carolyn Johnston, proud parents, my parents and especially you the class of 2018. Being here is more of an honor than you can imagine. Truth be told, I've been smiling for the last week knowing I would come here. The rush of emotions of what I experienced at Eckerd is fantastic. So to the class of 2018, I offer my congratulations to you and your families. Getting to this point is all about teamwork, so families, I say this. As the saying goes, you've done well. You put your graduate in a position to exceed, in a position to have choices in a position to have a great life. The world is their oyster, it's up to them now to take it. So to you I say thank you and bravo for great work so far. To graduates, it's over. Let be the first to offer my condolences to you. (laughing) The coolest four years of your lives are over. As I toured the campus with my 17 year old daughter a few months ago, she said with a mix of humor and sarcasm that only a seventeen-year-old can have, "Dad, are you serious? "You've been telling us all these years "how hard life was at Eckerd. "Have you seen South Beach?" somehow this myth that I had promulgated my entire life to my children had been debunked in one visit by my daughter and I have to admit, life at Eckerd was pretty darn cool. Now, note the choice of the word coolest, not best years of your life. As a futurist, I believe that what is to come is always way more interesting than what was behind you. Herein lies one of the great lessons of my life. Love the past, learn from the past but always look forward. Live for what is to come, not what for what you've achieved. I want to wish you guys the best of luck on this journey. For the next 80 years of your life, it is a journey. Perhaps some of you are feeling a little anxious, in fact one of the previous speakers mentioned that. Remember this, stress and anxiety are like Red Bull. (laughing) They keep you focused So embrace stress and anxiety just like you embraced Red Bull before the exams and I'm sure you will do fine. I came to Eckerd 33 years ago completely unsure of what I wanted to study and completely unsure of what I wanted to become. I wanted to learn skills to be successful, a successful businessman, not really knowing what that actually meant. Back then my simpleton's view of what that meant was a good job in finance. Remember this was the 80s in a Wall Street ruled. Fortunately for me, Eckerd saved me. I still remember two classes in my freshman year, Western Heritage and Accounting. A few weeks into Western Heritage, I began questioning how is this going to contribute to my future success? In retrospect I can tell you accounting didn't do that either. (laughing) As my time at Eckerd advanced, the very nature of this great institution push me to new horizons. I became a feminist at Eckerd, I became a humanist here and an advocates of classical liberalism. All of these things have shaped who I am, shaped by personal and professional life and I am eternally grateful to Eckerd College. It transformed me beyond who I was, beyond who I became and I only learnt this very late in life. As a historian at Eckerd, I became a futurist in life. The critical thinking I learned here, the study of humanities became the building blocks for what I call my crystal ball. This crystal ball that has helped me predict future Trends and build companies that are used today by more than 1.2 billion people around the world, from Skype to Wix to more than 100 companies I've participated in building, each one was a new conundrum. Each one was something I had to discover. It required out-of-the-box thinking, it demanded that I challenge the status quo and often it demanded that I break the rules. I think that none of this would have been possible without a Humanities degree. Humanities forced me to explore myself, encouraged me to question the world, and even taught me about love. This wonderful cocktail that I learned at Eckerd College has undoubtedly given me a leg up in life and it has given you one too. You will recognize this someday. But perhaps you don't fancy my tech background. Perhaps you don't know what Skype is or Wix, ao consider a number of other people who came from Eckerd who are successful. You may have heard of Dennis Lehane, a writer, or perhaps those of you who like the internet, Hank Green, who's a famous vlogger or perhaps if you like physics you know of Aaron O'Connell or if you're into medicine one of the persons that participated inventing the Lasik operation, you'll understand what that is as you get older, all came from Eckerd. So all superstars in their fields but they share one thing in common with me and one thing in common with you, is that they were intellectually born here at Eckerd College. So my hope today is that I can offer you just a little piece of advice as we go on here and you recognize that life is long. Before that, I do want to debunk one myth. You might be tempted to believe that the world is a miserable place, that our society is unfair, that it is toxic and likely getting worse. After all, if you read the news or consume social media, we're constantly reminded of this. War, shootingd, terrorism, refugees, racism, climate change are all but a few things we get bombarded with every single day. Compound this this in the world with the Despicable nature of our political debate, where facts matter little, where alternative facts seem acceptable and where semblance of civility has all but disappeared and yes, yes, I might excuse you for being a little cynical. I ask you today to think again. By any measure, today the world is better off than it has ever been. And to make my point I'm going to cite and quote from a fabulous new book I just read by an author call Steven Pinker. The book is called Enlightenment Now. And let me give you a few examples. The number of nuclear weapons has gone down by 85% from its peak in the 1980s. You guys may not even know what a nuclear weapon is, but I can tell you my parents who grew up in the 50s and the 60s, they remember shelters, they remember talks about Cold War, they remember the threat of nuclear. Two centuries ago only 1% of the world population lived in a democracy. today two-thirds live in a democracy. Again, in the US, you tend to take democracy a little too much for granted. Less than 50% of you vote in presidential elections so as a European, where in many of our countries you must by law vote, I say shame on you. The share of people killed in wars is down by 80% since the 80s. IQ on average is up by 30 points. If you're an average IQ scorer today, you are more intelligent than 98% of the people a hundred years ago. So by all of this, we should be saying this is a wonderful world. Last but not least, one of my pet peeves and that is gender equality has made tremendous strides in the last 50 years. Think about this. When my parents went to college, 25% of attendees were women, the rest were men. In 2017. 60% of the graduates were women so gender diversity has gone a long way and you may take all of this for granted. (applauding) You may take all of this for granted and say the world is not that great but I tell you, it is not perfect and inequities exist but it is a hell of a lot better than at any other time in the world, so when you head out there, know that you're heading into the best world that any of our generations have been faced with. I know this, I travel every year 30 countries. I meet people, I understand where the opportunities are for you and what requires you to take those opportunities. You will need luck, you will need hard work and you'll need core values. Looking forward I can tell you beyond today, life is only going to get better. As we enter the second decade of the Knowledge Revolution, that Internet thing that we callm remember there's three and a half billion people connected to the internet today. There's more knowledge at the tip of your mobile phone than I had when I was going to college. But that is not the great thing, that is history. The internet is here. What is not history is something called genomics. To quote a friend of mine and author Juan Enriquez, he's an author of a book called Evolving Ourselves, he says we're entering the next great phase of life on Earth, one where humans will manipulate DNA and become proficient at recoding the human genome. To that end, I can tell you with a lot of certainty most, a majority of you will live way past 100 years old. Think about that challenge. My Generation worried about reaching 70. Yours has to worry now what you do until you're a hundred. Ladies and gentlemen, I believe your future is way brighter than perhaps the news and social media would want you to believe. I came to Eckerd 29 years ago-- 33 years ago, I graduated 29 years ago. I've been blessed I was a successful career and I believe Serendipity has played a great role for me. There is not path in life, there's multiple paths in life. Sometimes you make the choice to go left as opposed to going right and it can be determinant but it's not set in stone. I have just a little advice for you as I leave you today. One, stop watching the news. Americans spend one and a half hours a day watching the news. you are insane. I know this because I was a news addict myself, so as a recovering addict, I'm great at giving advice. I would be interested in hearing everything but you know what I learned? There's not a whole lot of new in news. And so why spend an hour and a half of your time a day consuming this noise? we do it because we feel as if when we listen to this stuff, we're connected to the people in the news and we have somehow a humane sense of Our Lives. It's a mirage. Worry about your life, worry about the people you care about and your friends. My second piece of advice is focus on what's important. In my case what's important is my family, my friends and the causes I cherish. All else, I've learned to tune out. it sounds so easy, but we waste our life away listening to nonsense, my third piece of advice is Zig when others zag. Be different, there is no greatness in uniformity. Have some core values and stick to them. My core values are about gender diversification, wealth distribution, compassion, generosity. You have to have your own, but when you have your own, live by those and you'll become a great person. The next one is I suggest all of you to leave St Petersburg. Once you've graduated, there just simply is not frankly enough great job opportunities here. I was speaking to a number of the Ford students recently, one of which told me she wanted to go work in a museum. I said go to New York, go to Abu Dhabi, go to Hong Kong. There are tons of museums there. In St. Petersburg, there might be one or two. So you see in life, you have to make your own opportunities. They don't come to you, you have to go to them, particularly at the beginning of your working life. And the last piece of advice I would tell you is after leaving Eckerd, I can tell you my grade that I give myself, the life I have so far, is no more than a C+ because I believe never being satisfied is key. Be happy, be thankful, but never satisfied. Satisfaction, in my opinion, is the great killer of ambition and dreams. You don't move forward, you don't progressed. You simply stay where you are and wither away so don't stay satisfied, move on. Remember, you're living til you're a hundred. For my part, I decided not to stay still. For my part I've decided not to be satisfied and my next dream is I'm going to fundamentally change the health care of the world. Did you know 75 million Americans cannot go see a doctor? Did you know one billion Chinese, one billion Indians, when they go to see the doctor, only 25% of the time is the diagnosis correct because education is lacking for doctors in India. And I haven't even talked about Africa and South America. So my dream, my ambition beyond what I've done in the past is to bring free primary health care to the world, and I'm gonna do this with software. (applauding) I envisage a world where primary health care is available and free to every human being in the world no matter where you live, no matter what your social economic background is. This is a right, like water, like air. We shouldn't make people pay a lot for it. (applauding) In order to do this, we have started building a self learning system call K Health. K is designed to behave like human doctor, only smarter, faster, more accurate. It's based on a data set of over two billion health events it manipulates to find you, Compares you to people like you and gives you a very specific diagnosis and it all sits on your mobile phone. We started the idea because we realized that going to the doctor hasn't changed in 5000 years. You feel ill, you go see a doctor, he or she pokes you around s bit, ask you a few questions and says, "You might have this, you might "wanna try this to get better." In the old days we used to call them shamans, pick any other name, today we call them doctors. They are not perfect but software can make them better. Now a lot of you might be saying, "Can software have compassion, can software have humanity?" No, of course right now it can't but I would tell you that I'm first and foremost worried about how do I get people diagnoses than I'm worried about compassion. So this is my current dream. How do I change the world? I'm 52 years old, I'm still thinking about changing the world. And this is the last question I'll leave you with. What is your dream? Class of 2018, I wish you a rich life in emotion, a rich life in adventure. Dare to dream as long as you can, never accept no Bon voyage. (applauding) - Thank you Mark. This is your spot. - It is customary at services, commencement services in American colleges and universities, to recognize distinguished individuals with honorary degrees. Eckerd College takes great pleasure in so recognizing an extraordinary individual on this occasion. Mr. President, it is my honor to present to you Mr. Mark Tluszcz to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. (applauding) - Mr. Tluszcz, will you join us? For serving as an exemplary role model of the fully engaged undergraduate student manifested by your many accomplishments at Eckerd College including your participation in Ford Scholars, induction into Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, graduation with double majors in international business and history, and induction into Phi Beta Kappa, our nation's most prestigious academic Honor Society. For proving that Eckerd College graduates do change the world, as demonstrated by your successful career, including your role in Skype and Wix, and for leading innovatively as co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Capital Partners, fpr maintaining close ties with Eckerd College though you are a citizen of the world, for celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Ford Scholars Program as its keynote speaker and for giving to Eckerd College a gift honoring Elie Wiesel, supporting scholarship in history and establishing the Tluszcz undergraduate research fellows program, For your living your life as a Visionary and global entrepreneur espousing the values Fostered at Eckerd and for challenging our students, graduates and alumni to tear to dream beyond and to continue to challenge yourself in the Eckerd spirit, we are proud to confer unto you, Mr. Mark Tluszcz, the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. (applauding) It is customary at the Eckerd College commencement to honor those residential seniors who have been selected by faculty to receive special awards. I now invite Vice President and Dean of Students Dr. Jim Annarelli to the podium to call four of those seniors to this platform to receive their awards and your applause. Dean Annarelli. (applauding) The Philip J. Lee Honor Award is presented to the senior student whose scholarly achievements have demonstrated both exceptional accomplishment and Superior promise. This year's recipient is from Birmingham, Alabama and will graduate with a major in biology. The 2018 Philip J. Lee Honor Award recipient is Timothy P. Lee. (cheering) (applauding) The James H. Robinson Award is presented to a senior student who has contributed significantly to the minority experience and to a fuller appreciation of cross-cultural values on campus. This year's recipient is from Brandon, Florida and will graduate with a double major in religious studies and communication. The 2018 James H. Robinson Award recipient is Chelsea C. Gaines. (cheering) (applauding) The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the college community through academics, student government and other campus organizations. This year's recipient is from Benson, Arizona and will graduate with a major in physics. The 2018 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is Helena Hurbon. (cheering) (applauding) The Miller Award is presented to the senior student whose the life activities exemplify the ideal of unselfish and public-spirited service to the community off campus as well as on campus. This year's recipient comes from Durham, North Carolina and is graduating with a major in anthropology. The 2018 Miller Award recipient is Madeline Streilein. (cheering) (applauding) - We also honor at commencement those PEL seniors who have been selected by the faculty to receive special awards. I now invite Vice President Dean of Faculty Dr. Suzan Harrison to the podium to call two of those seniors to this platform and receive their awards and your applause. Dean Harrison. - The Irving G. Foster award recognizes a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who demonstrates excellent in overall academic achievement. This year's recipient is originally from Miami, Florida, now residing in St. Petersburg. She is graduating with high honors with a major in American studies. The 2018 Irving G. Foster Award recipient is Kimberly Ann Drake. (cheering) (applauding The David and Blanch Colgan Memorial Prize is awarded to a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who has demonstrated extraordinary determination and perseverance in acbieving a solid academic record and who exemplifies the spirit of lifelong learning. This year's recipient is originally from Kokomo, Indiana but now resides in Valrico, Florida. she is graduating with high honors with a major in humanities. The recipient of the 2018 David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is Janice Lynn Umbarger. (cheering) (applauding) - Eckerd College recognizes the importance of teaching each year at these ceremonies. Dean Harrison will present the awards. - Mr. President. The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award emphasizes the primary importance of teaching in the college, recognizes teaching excellence in an individual faculty member and encourages the pursuit of teaching excellence by the faculty as a whole. The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award is presented this year to Professor Yanira Angulo-Cano. Yani, please join us on stage. (applauding) For sharing with your students and your colleagues your tremendous expertise in Spanish language, culture and literature in ways that have enhanced the global dimension of an Eckerd College education. For designing and offering 10 study abroad language immersion winter term courses and two spring break service trips in the past 11 years, taking students to Argentina, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru and Spain, providing students the opportunity for the profound language skill development that occurs during cultural immersion. For embracing interdisciplinary teaching and new technologies, collaborating with colleagues across the language programs to develop new and experimental teaching techniques. For sharing with students and colleagues your personal history of coming to the United States from Cuba as a child during the Mariel boatlift and having to learn English as a second language which gives you insight and empathy for the challenges students face in learning a second language, and for your sustained commitment to continuous improvement for yourself and for your colleagues in the art and craft of teaching, Eckerd College presents the Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award to Yanira Angulo-Cano, associate professor of Spanish. (cheering) (applauding) Mr. President, the John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is named in honor of a beloved member of the founding faculty. The award honors the special and vital role of the mentor in a student's life at Eckerd. The selection of the recipient is based on the impact on students the mentor has had in the areas of academic programming, career planning and personal growth. The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is presented this year to Professor Paige Dickinson. (cheering) (applauding) Paige, please join us on stage. For mentoring hundreds of students in the field of human development and creative arts therapies through their years at the college and well beyond into their careers and their lives beyond Eckerd, for your thoughtful, honest and straightforward guidance of each one of the approximately 30 students for whom you serve as an official mentor every year, as well as the many, many others who come to you for informal mentoring, for providing your students with unwavering support in their academic and personal lives, teaching them what it means to learn, how to challenge themselves in order to grow, and how to approach the complicated world into which they will graduate, and for, in the words of one of your students, creating an environment for all of your students in which their learning can flourish, Eckerd College presents the John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award to Paige Dickinson, assistant professor of human development. (cheering) (applauding) Mr. President, it is my honor to present to you the candidates who have fulfilled all the requirements as determined by The faculty for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Will the candidates please rise? (cheering) (applauding) - By the authority vested in me by The Board of Trustees and the state of Florida, I hereby confer upon you The Bachelor of Arts degree, with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto. - Welcome to the company of educated men and women. Please be seated. (applauding) Mr. President, it is my honor now how to present to you the candidates who have fulfilled all the requirements as determined by the faculty for the degree of Bachelor of Science. Will the candidates please rise? (cheering) (applauding) - By the authority vested in me by The Board of Trustees and the state of Florida, I hereby confer upon you the Bachelor of Science degree, with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto. - Welcome to the company of educated men and women. Please be seated. As the Marshalls guide you, will the graduates please come forward to accept your degrees. (cheering) Nicholas Joseph Alonzo. Chelsea Nicole Armstrong, with honors. Austin Thoresen Beaven. Karim Bergsma. Eric Matthew Boettcher. Kali Mariah Boatwright. Rachel Mathie Borch. Daira Glynn Brayley, with honors. Kathleen Jane Brew, with high honors. Cooper William Callen-Wilson. Kelly Ann Campbell, with distinction. Darius Carter. Savanna Rae Allen Cary, with honors. Jade Caswell, with high honors. Margaret Elizabeth Catrambone. Madeline Taylor Cole. Carly Paige Coleman. Lily Elizabeth Curry. Tenaj M. DaRosa, with honors. Chase Virgil Davenport. Patricia Marie Derner. Lindsy Lucienne Desmarais. Dallas Daphne Dickerson. Lisa M. Diwa. Rhode Shephelte Ducheine. Hope Elise Emigh, with high honors. Lane Henry Fairbanks. Joseph William Ferlise II. Virginia K. Finigan-Carter. Lisa Victoria Firriolo. Rebecca Lynn Flood. Gina Marie Foti. Gabriel Caetano Franco. Genevieve Patricia Galligan. Crystal Garcia. Rachel Goldston Garland. James Spencer Gates. Nola Renon Ines Gehring, with high honors. Alexis Joanne Giordano, with high honors. Sherry Wohl Gluchov, with high honors. Benjamin S. Goldberg. Andres Robiel Gonzalez Pinzon, with distinction. Alex George Gott. Kayla Renae' Gray. Kenia Jean Grubbs. Anna Nicole Hatch. Devon Hero. Christy Eileen Hillman. Sydney Catherine Hart, with high honors. Morgan Cae Honeycutt, with high honors. Ke'Shawn Marquis Ingram. Kacie Morgan Juday, with high honors. Kevin Robert Kane, with honors. Zachary Alexander Keisu. Isaiah Kelley, Jr. Jamie Alexandra Kleckowski. Montanna Marie Kocher. Rachel Kohl. Betsy Kostares, with honors. Kimberly Rae Kresser. Stephanie A. Krebs, with high honors. Robert Labus. Samantha Lalani. Derek Mark Lamensdorf. Jill Renee Larner. Shannon May Lathan. Maia Frances Lavoy. Ariela Rose Lefkin. Devon Rachel Leib, with high honors. Madison Chandler Lewis. Anna Noela Pembe Lokolo Tokwaulu. Samuel Greg Lucas. Rachael Marie Luckett. Victor Athanasios Makkas. Alexander Ian Manthey. David Andrew Marsh, with distinction. Calvin D. Marshall. Connor Christopher Masella. Thomas Ormond Matia III. Ryan Christopher Mayer. Natalia Melissa McKay. William Joseph McKenzie, Jr. David Matthew Moates. Sage Meyrick Morgan. Geoffrey Allen Nelson. Molly Nelson. Shannon Rose Nelson, with high honors. Kristi Elaine Irwin Newberry, with high honors. Karen L. Nicholson Smith. Ernest Robert Nigro. Katherine Elizabeth Normand. Gardner Wing Nutter. Casey Margaret Orlin, with high honors. Nana Adwoa Owusu-Nyantakyi, with high honors. Christopher Charles Paiva. Cameron Quinn Palatine. Amarilys Elia Parra. Matthew James Peterson. Alexandrea Lee Pettyjohn, with distinction. Reagan Amey Phillips. Samuel Rodney Purinton. Kendal Elizabeth Lacey Querry, with honors. Jan Emmanuel Ramirez. Keith Ross Ravid, with honors. Audrey Richmond. Corinne Adele Rogina. Yasmin Salazar. Stacy Lee San Soucie. Peter Daniel Schiottz-Christensen. Andrew Russell Schoene. Kaitlyn Elizabeth Sibson, with high honors. Laura Caroline Shere. Thomas Edward Shupe, Jr., with distinction. Sydney Nicole Spelman, with honors. David Schuyler Steen. Shannon Joy Blanc Tivona, with high honors. Timothy Lowell Ufford-Chase. Kari Lynn VanKoevering, with honors. Robert Sebastian Vazquez. Vanessa Vazquez. Anna Lyn Vertefeuille. Benjamin Thomas Wilhelm, with high honors. Illeana C. Wynn. Hana Catherine Zwick, with high honors. Reilly Becker. Caleb Freeberg. Samantha Helen Galczyk, with high honors. Hannah Grace McCollam, with honors. Ana Gabriela Stubbe. Ariel Ivy Vezevicius. Joy Louisa Vincent, with high honors. Colleen Mary Anderson. Victor Appelqvist. Matheus Barreira Assumpcao. Connor Prentiss Berry. Laurence Bourgault, with high honors. Jessica Lynn Breckenridge, with honors. Casandra Amber Castaneda. Sreyashi Chowdhury. Alexandre Thomas Coste. Kevin Patrick Daley. Jane Anne Donovan. Diego Gregorio Fleitas, with high honors. Kaylee Rae Kiger. Wyeth James Pendleton Leemon. Arielle Marie Min Lyons. Matthew Gregory Emmerson Mannion. Emily Elizabeth McCloskey. Michael Carl Montino, with high honors. William Didier Moraldo. Daniel Carlo Grenville Nelson. Benjamin Jackson Powell. Margaret Christine Stewart. Kenneth Gilles Tremblay, with high honors. Paul Francis Vogt. Carolina Isabel Wetzler. Emily Burke Willis. Paulius Zabilevicius. Sorella Lark Andersen, with high honors. Madeline Clare Streilein, with high honors. Siani Li Aspenburg. Amanda Michelle Balke. Alexander James Black. Jennifer Kenzie Brady. Kimberly Michele Brincklow, with honors. Amanda Renee Cahow, with high honors. Nina Shadab. Christen Danielle Craig. Anina Mia Dall, with high honors. Nicole Shearon Decker, with honors. Kaleigh Megan Floyd. Dorothy-Mae Angelica Eldemire. James Ryan Fremont-Smith, with honors. Emily Anna Frost. Amber Ila Furnee, with high honors. Janna Leigh Gaburo. Allison Emily Gallagher. Anneliese Megan Gelberg, with high honors. Vivian Gonzalez, with distinction. Rachel Elizabeth Gore. Kaitlyn Elizabeth Hamill, with high honors. Maggie Ellefsen Homer. Grace Alexandra Jones. Catherine Darragh Kearns. Sonya Elise Kobayashi. Tracy Grother Lehn. Gianna Milan Leone. Virginia Jean Loney, with distinction. Nadezhda V. Lyapunova, with high honors. Rachael Leigh MacDonald. Michelle Remy Masson. Olga Vyacheslavovna Melkumova, with high honors. Grace Olivia Miller, with high honors. Morgan Eileen Myers. Abigail Near-Oriola. Samuel James Blouet Normington, with honors. Angelica Lashawn Norton. Amber Christine O'Neill. Kevin Thomas Parker. Margaret Louise Phelps Walker, with high honors. Tess Victoria George. Andie Rose Berman Roberts. Corey Kennedy Robinson. Jordyn Lynn Roy. Qunisha Trelonda Rush. Abigail Rose Sanchez. Theresa A. Sargent. Kohei Sawanobori. Nicholas Alexander Schulz. Ziva Eden Shapiro, with high honors. Chantala L. Simmons. Makenzie Lynn Skinner. Eliza Gray Smith. Emerald Rose Stewart, with honors. Joshua Allen Stoltz, with distinction. Mereysa Natasha Taylor. Sydney Gabrielle Tiiman. Aysia Torres, with honors. Zoe Koronas Turtle, with honors. Joseph Navanda Washington, with high honors. Nicole Leftakes Weber. Angela Michelle Welch. Kaley Morgan Whipple, with high honors. Craig Whiting. Susan Witter Wilkins. Grace Ann Willeck, with honors. Deanna Shea Wodecki, with honors. Paige Victoria Wood. Trevon Damien Young. Brittanie Jon Bedinghaus. John Prabst Burdette, with honors. Shaelyn Kelly Calvey, with honors. Bayley Harper Cron. Diedra Anna Diederich, with honors. Mayra Chimello Franco, with high honors. Brittany Lynn Good. Emily M. Gordon. Sarah Catherine Hagerty, with honors. Julia Lily Hettinger. Elizabeth Ashling Jackson, with high honors. Emily Kennedy Jamieson. Kimberly Ann Drake, with high honors. Stephanie Jacinta Karlovics. Alison Danielle Lee, with honors. Sarah Nicole LeFebvre, with high honors. Olivia Susanne Merkhofer, with high honors. Joel Austin Putnam, with distinction. Lena Ann Saiz. Annelies Lorton Schellingerhoudt. Karol Jane Sihite, with distinction. Kiera Lynn Standard, with honors. Jonathan Michael Wirth, with distinction. Janice Lynn Umbarger, with high honors. Ryan Christopher Alaimo, with high honors. Sebastian Anthony Battle. Nicole Marie Bigda. Jacqueline O. Bonfiglio. Nicholas Chase Brown. Morgan M. Burek. Patrick Ian Cadden. Logan Margaret Campbell. Cameo May Cicmanec. Mungo Xavier Clarke. Jennifer Clemenz. Michael Edward Collins. Elizabeth Marie Comeau. Shoshana Kaeli Corin-Pralgo. Madelene Jolie Dailey, with honors. Dylan Kyle DeCotis. Caitlin Anne Engberg. Chelsea Cheyenne Gaines. Natalia Arielle Fernandez. Alexandra Morgan Fink. Sierra Janee Fisher. Dalton Jules Gamache. Danielle Andrea Garcia. Danielle Faye Gleason. Gabriella Reis Guimaraes. Bo Alexander Gurskis. Kayla Jo Hayes, with honors. Kiki Amalia Heitzman. Lark Wallis Heston, with honors. Taryn Nichole Heun. Alissa Rose Hevesh, with honors. Roxanne Marie Hoorn, with high honors. Rebecca Joelle Kessel, with honors. Rose Elizabeth Kirchner. Felicia Jean Knight, with high honors. Madeline Stephanie Koeplin. Duncan Tait LeBlond, with honors. Jennifer Marie Lee. Kathryn Meghan Leve, with high honors. Kimberly Charles Lostetter. Jordan Leigh Luscier. Brian Owen MacDonald. Viviana Lin Marcy. Andrew Lawrence Marschke. Shelby Katherine McKean. John Paris Melchert. Dylan Lucas Miller. Elizabeth Miller. Allison Renee Moran, with high honors. Roberto Andres Ojeda. Riley Richard Owens. Ruben Jacobus Merriman Mulvaney Pansegrouw. Sequoia Illumina Perpetua-Lowry. Yumiko Nakoma Post. William James Powell. Sydney Mercedes Rector. Kenna Marie Reed, with honors. Julien Emmanuel Robert. Kathryn Christine Ross. Amy Lynn Rothenhoefer. Sophie Olivia Salomon. Lina Longtoe Schulmeisters. Thomas McDonald Shang. McKayla Sue Sheldon. Emily Grace Stubenvoll. Sarah Nicole Symoniak. Nicole Michelle Vélez Cardona Erica Lynn Schweitzer Wirth. Caroline Mason Wood. Kalia Nalani Aguera, with honors. Lila Maeve Ardor Bellucci, with high honors. Stephanie Renee Arsenault, with honors. Safiya Bahar-Yanicak. Raymond Lewis Berger, with high honors. Ian Starkweather Besse, with high honors. Claire Elizabeth Bodemann, with high honors. Sean Paul Bradley. Anne Catherine Brisbane. Brooke Ann Browning. Sarah Anne Buckeridge. Henry Walker Calhoun. Marcia Mei Campbell, with honors. Jessica Ann Carney. Savannah Rae Carter, with high honors. Emily Grace Colson, with honors. Nicole Marie Cronen, with high honors. Amara Christine Davis, with honors. Sarah Hayley Davis. Carla DeLaFuente. Holly Brianna Deming, with honors. Jennifer Doll, with honors. Ashley Paige Ellis. Dylan Andrew Faulkner. Lucy Meng-Yuan Fitzgerald. Ciaran Fitzpatrick, with honors. Alexander Ronald Flores. Evan Rose Flynn, with high honors. Alexandra Lee Freeman. Andrew Jeffry Friedman. Ashley Dominique Gagnier. Emily Kristin Galbraith. Sara Leann Gholson. Kyle Ryan Glaws. Sarah Marie Greene. Clara Rosalie Guillem, with honors. Hannah Marie Hamontree, with honors. Timothy Ryan Hernandez. Sarah Michelle Horvath. Dane Thomas Hritz. Anna Charlotte Huebschmann, with high honors. Mohammed Jallow. Mya Jordan Jason. Helena Beatrice Hurbon, with high honors. Breanna Lynn Johnson, with honors. Emily Ann Kaiser. Adrian Willard Kimbrell. William G. Koneval. Lynsey Devaughan Kotz. Faith Marie Lewis. Clifford Lawrence Lezark. Emily Marie Logan. Timothy Paul Lee, with high honors. Lizabeth Rose Longstreet. Katherine Suzanne Luck, with high honors. Skye Taylor Markris Brown. Molly Rachael Markshtien. Jennifer Theresa Maruna. Bradford Kyle McCandless. Ashley Elizabeth McDonald, with honors. Eileen Mary McGraw. Abigail Davis McKelvy, with honors. Matthew Stephen Morris. Samantha Kathleen Morrison, with honors. Emma Sarah Nassaney. Alyssa Nicole Naylor, with honors. Madison Drew Niccolini. Olivia Kaylie Oltrogge. Steven Frank Pasquali, Jr. Dana Nicole Paul. Hannah Nichole Peterson. Tyler J. Petrotta. Catherine Ivy Pickard. Elizabeth Michele Price. Mackenzie Tess Redner. Destiny Nichole Reese. Colleen Elizabeth Reilly. David Eugene Reiter III. Jonathan Cole Romine. Marco Keelin Rossetti. Stephen Eric Sanders. Atanas Petrov Sarafov, with honors. Rachel Lynn Schubert. Mason Kei Schurmeier. Rose Lillian Serra, with high honors. Romita Indravadan Shah. Brooke Ashley Silvest. Joseph Irvin Sims. Kiran Rose Sinha. Hunter Laurel Smith. Jordan Paige Spalla. Benjamin Lee Spruck. Rachel Sara Stephenson. Katie Ann Stine. Victor Silverman Stolzenbach. Aleksandr Edward Stomps Pfeiffer. Jason Paul Stromsland. Brooke Suzanne Swain. Madison Leigh Taylor. Abigail Melissa Thomas, with honors. Elyse Jean Thurman. Olivia Paige Traenkle. Katherine Jennifer Triebel, with honors. Robert Lincoln Trimble III. Brooke Shannon Trimmer. Hunter Louis Vaccaro. Amy Lynn Varenkamp. William Thompson Vennes !!!, with honors. Sarah Sheffer Waud. Amanda Taylor Weathers. Madison Lee Whiting. Steven Ray Wiechmann. Frances Elizabeth Wilkinson. Anna Louise Wilson, with honors. Isabella Madchen Wong. Grey Robert Allen Young. (applauding) - Men and women of Eckerd College, at the Ceremony of Lights on August 8th, 2014, I handed you who were freshmen Eckerd College medallions commemorating the beginning of your college careers, and today we handed you your diplomas to end it. The first was a gift, the second was earned. Four years ago at your first ceremony as Eckerd College students, and yesterday at Baccalaureate we sang the inspiring words from Harry Emerson Fosdick's enuring hymn, "Grant us wisdom, grant us courage "for the facing of the hour." For the facing of the hour. Residential and PEL graduates, fellow students who've arrived at this glorious day by so many various paths, we hope that your years at Eckerd College have prepared you for a life of ceaseless change, generous service and moral courage for the facing of the hour. We will know by the lives you lead if we have succeeded. As you march off today to lives of imagination, service and discovery, remember all those who have helped you get to this great day. Your parents, spouses, lovers and loved ones, mentors and teachers, all your family of Eckerd faculty and staff and fellow students. Of course in the end, what you will most remember of your experiences of Eckerd will be the community you were part of, the very special community of learning, exploration, discussion, service, debate, good times and bad, happy days sad sad ones, full of deep and Lasting friendships with extraordinary teachers and ardent learners. You are, as Dylan Thomas should have said, the boys and girls of summer, and autumn beckons. So I say hail and farewell, the old Roman salute to you now. Hail to all the imagination and heart you bring to create the future. Farewell to the life you lived here as students who have felt, I hope, not only well-tutored but well-loved. We will miss you. Finally, remember this. Cardinal john Henry Newman's famous statement from The Idea of a University. A university well-concieved is an alma mater knowing her children one by one, not a foundry or a mint or a treadmill. One by one, each student an individual, a handmade education. A school for non-conformists. Residential, global, environmental, spiritual, personal. Eckerd College, whose future is now in your hands. Our revels are now ended. Would all please rise and the bearer of the Mace will do his duty. (classical music)

See also


  1. ^ a b c Starkweather, Carlton Lee (1904). Robert Starkweather and his Descendants, Knapp, Peck and Thomson.

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