Lafayette granted 614 degrees to 590 graduating seniors and honorary doctorates to four distinguished leaders, including the Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica, at the College’s 179th Commencement on May 24.
Receiving honorary degrees were Harry L. Ettlinger, a member of the “Monuments Men” of World War II (Doctor of Humanities); Kevin Mandia ’92, senior vice president and chief operating officer of FireEye (Doctor of Public Service); Simpson Miller (Doctor of Public Service); and Roger Ross Williams, Academy Award winning producer and director of documentary films (Doctor of Arts).
“My challenge to you as you embark on your new lives is that you create a modern paradigm that responds effectively to the new challenges in the global village,” said Simpson Miller. “As I share in your celebration, I encourage you to join global efforts to make this world more progressive, just, equitable, and positive.”
In honor of her visit, the College has established the Lafayette-Jamaica Scholarship. Lafayette-Jamaica Scholars will receive a scholarship that meets their full financial need for four years. In addition, a $4,000 stipend will be awarded that may be applied toward a Lafayette study abroad experience.
Pepper Prize Winner Brad Bormann ’14 delivered farewell remarks, and in a new Lafayette tradition, presented the sword of the Marquis de Lafayette to his classmates. Another new feature this year was the inclusion of several original senior reflections through music, film, poetry, and prose during the Baccalaureate service.
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