Now that the spring commencement ceremony includes December graduates, Bellarmine needed a larger venue. An estimated 10,000 people filled Freedom Hall as the university awarded 932 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees on May 11. It was Bellarmine’s largest commencement ceremony ever.
“I hope your time with us has helped you become better human beings,” Provost Carole Pfeffer said during her commencement speech. Dr. Pfeffer, who retired in May after 30 years at Bellarmine (related story, Page 14), also received an honorary doctoral degree. “I urge you, and all of us, to be intentional in attending to and basking in those moments that can truly overwhelm us with beauty, and awe, and joy, and gratitude.”
After formally conferring their degrees, President Susan M. Donovan told the graduates that the world needs them. “It needs your ability to question, to learn, and to act, and your commitment to treat each person as an individual worthy of respect,” she said. “The task may seem daunting at times. But you take with you everything you need to be successful. You will carry the ‘Bellarmine Difference’ inside you, always.”
Photo by Hunter O’Brien ’18