On July 15, Gettysburg College celebrated its Inaugural Master’s Commencement at the Majestic Theater, recognizing its first graduate class of students from the winter and spring cohorts for the Master of Arts in American history.
This online master’s program, offered through a partnership between Gettysburg College and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, has provided K-12 teachers a deeper understanding of American history and inspires a generation of scholars to advance Lincoln’s “unfinished work.”
Given that the class represents 26 states, students in classrooms across the country will be positively impacted by these Gettysburg graduates.
“What you do as an educator matters—and how you do it matters even more,” said Gettysburg College President Bob Iuliano. “The wisdom and lessons you impart on your students hold with them the promise to change our nation and our world in immeasurable ways. … Each of you made a conscious decision to pursue an advanced degree, moved by the desire to build a brighter tomorrow for your families and your students.”
Welcoming each of our newest alumni into the Gettysburg College community, Iuliano invited the Master’s Class of 2023 to partake in a special Gettysburg tradition, handing each graduate a Stole of Gratitude. He encouraged the graduates to present their stoles to an individual who was instrumental in bringing them to this special milestone.
“As our newest members of the alumni community, you are now part of an expansive and supportive network that will no doubt Do Great Work, and will help others to Do Great Work, in countless ways for years to come,” said Associate Vice President for College Advancement Betsy Duncan Diehl ’84, P’14.
“You are all Gettysburgians for life,” Iuliano added. “We look forward to partnering with each of you to bring this bright future to fruition.”
by Megan Miller