Students recognized during midyear graduates ceremony

During First-Year Orientation, President Janet Morgan Riggs charges each incoming student to get involved and find out first hand what it means to be Gettysburg great.

This semester, 44 of those students not only took President Riggs up on her charge, but they’ve also finished their requirements for a degree.

To celebrate this accomplishment, they were recognized during a special ceremony for midyear graduates.


Prof. Scott Hancock

“When you began your journey here, you in essence said what you were going to do. You promised yourself and whoever else was a part of getting you here and getting you through here that you’d finish the job. And you have,” said Professor Scott Hancock, keynote speaker for the ceremony.

Not only did they finish the job, but they excelled.

They declared 20 different majors and received high marks and department honors for their academic achievement.

They became involved in campus life, joined sports and clubs, volunteered in the community, studied abroad, and made an impact wherever they could.

And while some students were called out for their specific accomplishments, these were not the moments that were celebrated during the ceremony. Instead, Hancock and other speakers chose to celebrate the everyday moments leading up to this ceremony.

From finishing a class, completing their thesis, playing a sport, or even getting involved in a club or organization, students all took a moment to reflect on the prosaic moments of their college experience – the moments when they made a commitment and honored it.


“Most our daily life is not instant and not remarkable. Without question, in much of life, there are going to be some tremendously memorably highs. And there will be some difficult times,” Hancock said. “It will be your privilege to work through both the exciting times and the difficult times.”

It is the prosaic moments, Hancock added, that make both the exciting times and the difficult times worthwhile.

His advice to the graduates:

“Make a commitment to people. Commit to whatever community you are a part of. And then do what you say you are going to do. Make the prosaic beautiful. Make life beautiful.”

After his address, Dean of Student Life Julie Ramsey read the names of each of the students in attendance and shared one of their favorite moments, classes, or commitments.

Check out photos from the event on Flickr.

2015 Midyear Graduates Recognition Ceremony

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kasey Varner, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6806

Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2015

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