YC Class of 2012General William Fraser delivers commencement address
General William M. Fraser III, commander of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, gave the keynote address to graduates at York College’s commencement ceremony. General Fraser challenged graduates to a life of character and excellence through the four principles of passion, discipline, commitment and sacrifice.
"If you have the desire to do your best, if you have the discipline to focus that desire, if you have the commitment to finish the job and the willingness to make sacrifices for a greater cause, then I will contend that you have enormous character and you will achieve your dreams," said Fraser.
Sharing stories of military heroes as well as scripture, Fraser called students to live up to their potential.
"I encourage you to discover for yourselves what it is that drives you. What course or career path engages your head, engages your heart and your passion...then pursue it. Pursue it with all the energy that you have," he said. Fraser challenged students to commit themselves to excellence in all that they do if they wish to be successful.
At the conclusion of the commencement address, Dr. Tracey Wyatt, academic dean for the college, presented the Dale R. Larsen Teacher of Achievement Award to Mark Miller, Associate Professor of Mathematics. Recipients of the award are nominated by other faculty members and are considered on the basis of teaching, service, spiritual commitment, attitude, and dedication to York College as demonstrated in activities outside the classroom. Miller is completing his 9th year at York College.
Wyatt then made the Dean’s Award presentation to honor an outstanding senior. The award is the highest academic honor given by the faculty to a graduate whose involvement and leadership are matched by their high academic success. To the delight of the senior class, this year's recipient was Bryan Armstrong of Topeka, Kansas, who graduated Cum Laude with a degree in sports management.
At the conclusion of these honors, President Eckman shook each graduate's hand as he presented them with their earned diploma. Seniors were then hooded by a relative or close friend. The color of the hoods represents the institution conferring the degrees as well as signifies the area of study to which the degree pertains.
2012 Graduates: Jotham Andrews, Kelley Andrews, Bryan Armstrong*, Josh Baerg, Brandon Bailey**, Amanda Baldwin, Carrie Berger, Zane Berner***, Heather Bristol, BryAnna Brock**, Garrett Brown*, John Bryan*, Matthew Carlson*, Nathana Clay***, Kirsten Clements***, Daniel Costanza**, Kayla Crowell, Kimberlee Degroot***, James Didier, Rebecca Duncan**, Elizabeth Eklund*, Selena Emery, Curtis Eubanks, Kristine Evangelista, Caroline Gaudreault, Elizabeth Goertzen, Courtney Graff, Shawn Gronseth, Derek Harlow, Elicia Hebrink**, Keaton Holland, Quin Johnson*, Casey Kinnison, Amanda Kline**, Randy Lewis**, Thomas Lichty**, Sara Lloyd, Erich Loper, Matthew Lostroh***, Michael Lostroh***, Marisa Maher**, Andrew Matheny, Chelsea Mayer*, Ian McEnerney, Nick McGrew, Lorena Medeiros, Nathan Melvin, Andrew Miller***, Jamie Mix, Sam Mwago, Tara New*, Isaac Obermiller, David Ohlin**, Alexis Paspalof**, Saul Perez, Katie Perry, Luke Phillips***, Kyle Reeves***, Andrea Rice, Royce Roberts, Toni Sabo*, Marty Salsbury, Kelsea Schuerman, Brittanie Shaw, Logan Siddall**, Benjamin Smail**, Jarad Swanson, Sara Taverner***, Nathan Towell**, Michelle Tsinnie, Sarah Van Deusen*, Jordan Veness, Stephanie Wilson, Adam Wohlwend
*Cum Laude - GPA of 3.40 or higher