More than 500 graduates to walk at Lynn University’s 48th commencement

Vaghar available for interview on Friday and Saturday; mother and daughter graduating; Jack Slotnick gets graduate degree
More than 500 graduates to walk at Lynn University’s 48th commencement

Published May. 08, 2013

More than 500 students will celebrate the successful completion of their academic programs at two graduation ceremonies taking place at the Count and Countess de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center this Friday and Saturday.

Lynn’s 48th commencement ceremonies will start when 250 evening undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students receive their degrees on Friday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception that will last until 9:30 p.m. On Saturday, 280 day undergraduate students will walk across stage to get their degrees at 10 a.m., followed by a reception that will last until 1 p.m. Both receptions will take place in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.

Sam Vaghar, co-founder of The Millennium Campus Network (MCN), will be the commencement speaker for both ceremonies. Vaghar, 26, is the youngest commencement speaker in Lynn’s 50-year history and one of the youngest in the nation. As a member of Generation Y, Vaghar is a millennial – like many of the graduates he will be addressing.

Lynn has strong ties with the MCN, a Boston-based, national non-profit that is dedicated to empowering university student organizations across the United States to be effective partners for global development. Like the MCN, Lynn focuses on not only educating its students but on also building global citizens. In 2010 and 2011, President Kevin M. Ross presented at the Millennium Campus Conference (MCC), hosted by the MCN.

2013 Commencement Highlights

Mother and daughter graduate

This year’s commencement ceremonies also happen to fall on Mother’s Day weekend. Fittingly, a mother and her daughter have plenty to celebrate as both get set to collect their diplomas on graduation day. Joanne Studer, the executive assistant to President Ross, will get her B.S. in psychology at the evening undergraduate/graduate ceremony on Friday, May 10, and her daughter Meghan Studer, will receive her B.A. in the American Studies program at the day undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Both will graduate from Lynn's College of Arts and Sciences

87-year-old Jack Slotnick earns degree 

There will also be another special graduate crossing the stage during the commencement ceremonies. On Friday, Jack Slotnick, Lynn University’s famous oldest freshman will walk across the stage to receive his master’s degree (M.A.) in psychology. He famously joined Lynn’s student body in January 2010 as a freshman. Technically he enrolled a few credits shy of sophomore standing to complete his undergraduate degree – a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in psychology with a minor in American Studies by May 2011. Now 87 years old, Slotnick is set to be the oldest student to earn a graduate degree from Lynn University.

Honorary degree awarded

An honorary degree will be given to George Elmore, a resident of Gulf Stream, Fla., at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. Elmore has a longstanding relationship with Lynn. His company, Hardrives, Inc. founded in 1953, built the original roads on campus. Since then, Elmore has been extremely generous to the university by developing endowments and scholarships to help young people in the community; by providing Lynn’s campus with its cafeteria, Elmore Commons; and the George and Wilma Elmore East Terrace at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.

Student speakers

Andrew_LippiLynn student Andrew Lippi, graduating with a B.A. in American Studies, will address the Saturday crowd. Among his many activities and contributions to the community, Lippi was a founding member of Knights of the Roundtable (Lynn’s unique student government organization), served several local community organizations including Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen and was a trainer and practice player for Lynn’s women’s varsity basketball team. He received the The Snyder Scholar Award in 2012 for his campus leadership and community service. He also had a unique opportunity to contribute to Lynn’s hosting of the final 2012 presidential debate when he served as the student stand-in for Bob Schieffer, the debate moderator, so production crews could prepare camera angles and lighting before the Oct. 22 event.

Christian HolterhausFriday’s student speaker will be a Fullbright Scholar from Muenster, Germany, Christian Holterhaus, who will be graduating with an M.B.A. While an undergraduate at University of Applied Science in Muenster, he was awarded first place in a 2010 Business Idea Idol competition and founded a successful company the following year, myfairhome UG, which helps people find favorable, tailor-made real estate financing. He received a Fulbright scholarship in 2011 and as part of the program he completed Leadership Training in the summer of 2012 at St. John’s University in New York. 

Held in the university’s de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center, the processionals for each commencement (Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11) will begin approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony start time. Both ceremonies will be broadcast live online. Follow along live beginning at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Friday and 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.