Lynn University prepares for commencement ceremonies

More than 500 students expected to walk
Lynn University prepares for commencement ceremonies

Published May. 09, 2014


More than 500 students are expected to walk during Lynn University’s 49th commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17. Both graduation ceremonies will take place inside the Count and Countess de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center on Lynn’s campus.

On Friday, 232 evening undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students receive their degrees starting at 6 p.m. On Saturday, 281 undergraduate students will walk to receive their degrees at 10 a.m.

This year’s commencement speaker is David Flink, who was the keynote speaker at Transitions 2014: High School to Higher Education: Options for Students with Learning Disabilities conference this past January. Flink is co-founder and CEO of Eye to Eye, an organization dedicated to improving the life of every person with a learning disability.


An honorary degree will be given to Elaine Johnson Wold, a loyal friend to Lynn University who gave the lead gift toward the construction of the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.
Wold, a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a true humanitarian and philanthropist. 
She and her late husband, Keith C. Wold, established the Bay Branch Foundation, which significantly contributes to the performing arts, medical research projects and the education of deserving students locally and throughout the United States.
Wold will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during the commencement ceremony on May 17.


Friday’s commencement speaker will be Lynn University academic web coordinator and
Timea Varga
adjunct professor, Timea Varga, who is graduating with an MBA in International Business.
Varga hails from Hungary and was raised by both her parents who inspired her to work hard to follow her dreams and to respect herself and others. When she was 15, she moved with her family to Italy and while attending the European School of Varese, she became fluent in six languages which later motivated her to pursue a career in international communication.
In 2006, Varga was awarded the prestigious Dean’s, Honors and Excalibur Society Scholarships at Lynn University and graduated four years later with a B.S in Communication, Media and Politics.
In addition to her academic achievements, Varga is a 4-time Hungarian national champion, European Championship silver medalist and World Championship finalist in 
Latin Ballroom Formation Dancing.
Saturday’s commencement speaker will be Maria Isabel (Bel) Zelaya, anBel Zalaya international student from Guatemala, who began her academic career at Lynn University in the fall of 2011 in the Lynn 3.0 program. She is graduating with a major in international business and a minor in special education.
Zelaya is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, and was named to the Dean’s List each semester during her enrollment at Lynn University. Zelaya also served two years as president of Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization that works with students with intellectual/developmental disabilities. 
She organized many events in order to create inclusion and in 2014, she became the founder of the Lynn University inclusion campaign, ‘Spread the Word to End the Word’ which educated the community to stop using the ‘R’ word.
Zelaya plans to take her passion for people with disabilities to the next level by attending graduate school to earn a master’s degree in special education.