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Lynn’s class of 2012 enters a world of possibilities
Published May. 16, 2012
“You are empowered more than any generation,” said Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, to more than 500 graduates at Lynn University’s 47th commencement exercises on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12.
Diamandis, who lives by the motto: ‘the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself,’ inspired Lynn graduates to find their passions, make their dreams a reality and to be prepared for others to doubt them.
“Dream big, be bold and refuse to take no for an answer,” said Diamandis. “The single most important thing is your imagination.”
Indimi receives honorary degree
At Saturday's ceremony, President Ross presented Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, a native of Maiduguri, Nigeria, with an honorary degree to Lynn. “It is our honor to recognize a Lynn parent who has had a tremendous amount of confidence in our university,” said Ross. “He has entrusted us with his most precious assets by sending six of his children to Lynn University.”
Lynn's Big Year
This year’s graduates are entering the alumni association at a very exciting time in Lynn’s history. “In the fall, we will begin celebrating our 50th anniversary,” said President Kevin M. Ross. “Then, on Oct. 22, Lynn will be hosting the third and final 2012 presidential debate.”
Lynn, the youngest institution to host a presidential debate and the first-ever to host a presidential debate in Palm Beach County, will have campus-wide celebrations for students, staff, faculty and alumni leading up to the events.
THE CLASS OF 2012
“If there’s one thing that distinguishes a Lynn student from other undergraduates, it’s a natural tendency to go above and beyond,” said Alexandra Alberti, a participant in Lynn’s accelerated 3.0 program and the student speaker at Saturday’s commencement.
Stephanie Powers, assistant professor in the College of International Communication who teaches students by inspireing them to be creative and have confidence in their work, was named “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” by Lynn’s student body.
At the end of Saturday’s ceremony, Ross recognized the graduating survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquake that took the lives of four Lynn students and two professors. The survivors, Lindsay Doran, Melissa Elliot and Thomas Schloemer, received a standing ovation.
To all graduates, Ross imparted: “we believed in you when we sent you your acceptance letter; we believed in you through every exam and course you conquered; and we will continue to believe in you long after you leave.”