Class of 2011 receives degrees Commencement carries forth a tradition that began with three students in the Lake Erie College Class of 1860 and continues today. On May 15, the 162 undergraduate students and 106 graduate students in the Class of 2011 received diplomas in a ceremony held in the auxiliary gym of the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. The graduates, faculty and platform party processed in to the sounds of the Heritage Brass playing “March from Procession of Nobles.” The colors were presented by Bob Mastronicola, Army Sergeant First Class Retired; Matt Tapassi, Army Reserve Sergeant; and Alex Palmer, Army National Guard Specialist.
Rev. Peter Paul McCurdy, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Painesville, offered the invocation, President Michael T. Victor welcomed everyone and Codi Bair presented a few thoughts from the Class of 2011. Robert Benz, professor of chemistry, delivered the charge from the faculty and Carl Grassi, chairman of the board of directors, extended greetings from the board. Umberto P. Fedeli, president and chief executive officer of the Fedeli Group, one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in Ohio, delivered the commencement address, inspiring the audience with his words. Fedeli spoke about “10 Things I Wish I Had Known Back Then,” referring to his college days as a young man at John Carroll University.
Andy Kurzinger, Alex Royko and Scott Given
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