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The 86th Annual Spring Commencement, May 2014

The 86th Annual Spring Commencement, May 2014


[Bell Rings 5 times] [Bell Rings 5 times] ♪ Bagpipe Music ♪ ♪ Bagpipe Music ♪ [Applause & cheering] [Applause & cheering] ♪ Brass Quintet ♪ ♪ Brass Quintet ♪>>Chancellor: Good Morning.
Please be seated. It is a great pleasure
to call the 86th Spring commencement
at The University of North Carolina at Asheville to order.
To our graduating seniors and their families and friends,
welcome to this moment in your lives. [applause] It was in the middle of the last
century, when our university moved to this property, 161
acres then, it included part of the Landon Roberts farm.
One of the board members at the time brought his family,
daughter and they looked out into the clearing, in front
of what is now the Ramsey Library steps. And
she, the lovely child said, “I can see Pisgah from here.”
And if it were a sunny day, we could literally see Pisgah.
Our graduates, I know that you’ve admired it many
times across our formal quadrangle. Students,
faculty, staff, and generations of Western North Carolinians
have looked to Mount Pisgah to renew our spirit and our
mind, for inspiration and creativity, and as a
reminder of the biblical Pisgah, a symbol of what your future
holds. Today you might envision Mount Pisgah by looking up
at each end of the Kimmell Arena. Designed into the
architecture of this building a feature reflecting our
inspiring mountain landscape. Today, this very special day,
we gather as a university community to celebrate all
of your accomplishments and wish you well in your future
endeavors. You have all learned so much during your
time here at UNC Asheville; your liberal arts education
makes you uniquely prepared, creative, and visionary
leaders for tomorrow. Your education, your friends,
your faculty and staff members and your alma mater, UNC
Asheville, will always be here. And should you find
yourself needing a little bit of encouragement or
inspiration, visit us or just look up, “you can
see Pisgah and your own uplifting and meaningful
future from right here.” Thank You and
Congratulations. Please welcome Elizabeth Acker,
Class of 2014. She’s going to come forward
and lead us in singing our National Anthem. Would everyone
please stand and join in the singing of our
National Anthem.>>Acker: [sings National
Anthem] ♪Oh, say! can you see ♪by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed
♪ ♪at the twilight’s
last gleaming;
♪ ♪Whose broad stripes
and bright stars,
♪ ♪through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched
♪ ♪were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare,
♪ ♪the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night
♪ ♪that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that
♪ ♪star- spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
♪ ♪star- spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
♪ ♪and the home
of the brave?
♪ [applause]>>Chancellor:
Please be seated. Each University of North
Carolina Campus is governed by a Board of Trustees,
volunteers who offer their leadership in support of the
University. We are pleased to have King Prather, Chair
of the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees, to bring
greetings from our board.>>Prather: Chancellor Ponder,
Distinguished members of the platform party. It is with
immense pride that I have this opportunity to congratulate
and address our graduating seniors on behalf of the UNC
Asheville Board of Trustees. Soon-To-Be Graduates!: I
join the UNC Asheville alumni, The Faculty and Staff,
Your friends and families as we gather to celebrate
and to congratulate your great achievements in
completing your respected degrees. Graduation day,
May 10, 2014 Is a day that will only
occur once in your life. It’s a day for you to
cherish the memories and experiences you have made
here at UNC Asheville. It’s a day to commemorate with
delight the conferring of your degrees, hard-earned
I might add. And most importantly, to embrace
your future. Embrace it with the confidence that comes from
receiving an outstanding and seriously creative liberal
arts education, at this outstanding public university.
You leave UNC Asheville today with continued support
of the dedicated faculty and as a respected alumnus from
one of the finest universities in North Carolina. As soon-to-be
UNC Asheville Alumni, It is your responsibility to use
your knowledge and your training that you received here to
improve the lives of others throughout the rest of your
life. Families of Graduates: I know this is a very
special day for you as well. The support given to your
student and this university as a whole has resulted in
making this day possible. I ask you, Not just as a member
of the Board of Trustees, but as a parent.
As a parent of three UNC Asheville Graduates to
continue to be engaged with UNC Asheville. Your time,
your advocacy, your support, will help lead the changes
necessary for all UNC Asheville students to
successfully experience a liberal arts education at its
best. Soon-to-be graduates, The UNC Asheville Trustees,
The Chancellor, The Provost, The Faculty, The National Alumni
Council, everyone here today knows that you will represent
the University well and with great honor. So once again,
Congratulations on your tremendous success.
Go Bulldogs. [applause] Now please welcome
to the podium, Tiffany Drummond Armstrong,
Chair of the National Alumni Council. [applause]>>Drummond Armstrong:
Thank you, King and thank you Chancellor.
To the Class of 2014, I bring greetings and
congratulations from my colleagues at the
National Alumni Council. I’m honored to be here today,
the day that you join our ranks as
UNC Asheville alumni. From the first 29 graduates,
to your class today, we have a long and proud lineage
that includes Congressmen, artists, corporate and non-
profit executives, community activists, professional
athletes, educators, and entrepreneurs, just to name
a few. In short, alums are out there, all over the
planet, making a difference in their communities.
And now, you join us. You, too, have the opportunity
and responsibility to take the skills, the competencies and
the insights you’ve gained to change the world. You
have within you the ability to assess and act. You have
the capability and readiness to remove barriers. You
have the preparation and the foundation to tackle
the tough questions. You are Seriously Prepared.
I have to tell you that I am excited to be here at this
very minute, just moments before Chancellor Ponder
presents you with your degrees. Graduating is no easy
task. Barely a quarter of all adults in North Carolina
have a college degree, no less from such
a rigorous university. The reason that so many of our
graduates are leaders in their fields is because this
faculty and staff taught us to think! Life’s tough, but
here at UNC Asheville you have learned the skills
needed to ably navigate your life. I credit my
professional and personal success to the solid
foundation built at UNC Asheville. Know too that you
do not face this world alone. Our Alumni Association
is here to serve you. Lifetime membership is
a gift of your alma mater. For the rest of your life,
UNC Asheville will continue to support you and your
endeavors and I call upon you to support your University.
Plan to engage with your fellow alums in the cities
where you live. Plan to return to campus
for celebrations and events. Plan now. I really urge you
to commit now, to support and give back to UNC
Asheville through your time, your expertise and your
financial gifts. You are not leaving the University today;
because you are the heart of this institution.
While leadership may change, students change, faculty
and staff may change, the buildings may change,
what remains constant is the alumni. We are the past, the
present and the future of this University and I encourage
you to come alongside your alums with purpose and
passion for UNC Asheville. On behalf of the Alumni Council
and all of our alum, we wish you the very
best in your pursuits and remember, you
are now and will forever be A BULLDOG. Congratulations! [applause]>>Chancellor: The entire
University of North Carolina system is governed by a Board
of Governors, comprised of prominent volunteer leaders from
all across North Carolina. And so it’s with great pleasure
that I introduce to you today, Rodney Hood. He’s a member
of the UNC Board of Governors, and he will not only bring you
greetings but he will present the 2014 Board of
Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. [applause]>>Hood: Good morning.
On behalf of the University of North Carolina
Board of Governors and UNC System President Tom Ross,
it is my great great pleasure to bring heartfelt greetings
to today’s graduates, their families, to this University’s
distinguished faculty and staff, alumni, Board of Trustees,
Chancellor Ponder, and members of the platform party.
Again, greetings to you all. Before I continue my remarks
though, I want to thank Chancellor Ponder for
the wonderful leadership and stewardship she’s provided
this university over the past nine years. Through
Chancellor Ponder, UNC Asheville now sits
prominently and the pantheon of great American Universities.
Thank you Chancellor Ponder for your great leadership. [applause] And I’m proud as a North
Carolinian to also say that UNC Asheville sits also
prominently as a jewel in North Carolina’s crown.
But as I’m here this morning ladies and gentlemen, it
is my pleasure to recognize this year’s recipient of
the Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award
at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
And this year’s award recipient is Dr. Dwight Mullen,
Professor of Political Science. [applause] Dr. Mullen, a rare combination
of gifted teacher, active scholar, and engaged community
leader, has devoted thirty years to challenging and motivating
students to think critically about themselves and the
world in which they live. His students praise him for
making them question long- held concepts and beliefs;
one student said, “Dr. Mullen taught us to ask
the difficult, even painful questions that perhaps
others would prefer that we overlook.” Another added,
“He gives his all to his students and asks only
that they think and grow in return.” Professor Mullen’s
innovative and inspiring teaching encourages students
to use their creative and intellectual resources and
apply their liberal arts education far beyond the
academic community. Just as he asks of his students,
Dr. Mullen believes his research and professional activities
should not be located in an Ivory Tower but rather in
the center of the village. He has participated in reading
groups at the Burton Street Recreation Center,
involved students in the State of Black Asheville,
given local radio presentations, written editorials for the
Asheville Citizen-Times, volunteered in public schools,
served on numerous local boards, and was a
Fulbright Senior Scholar in Malawi. His tireless
dedication to his students and community inspired a
faculty colleague to write “the kind of teaching
Dwight Mullen does is courageous; he not only
talks the talk, but he also walks the walk, in and
outside the of classroom.” The myriad opportunities
Dr. Mullen has provided for students to work along with him
on issues of social justice and education, to participate
in service learning and to do undergraduate
research have influenced them all deeply.
One student wrote that Dr. Mullen instilled within his
students the belief they can play a pivotal role in
improving their world. The profound impact Dwight
Mullen has had on students might best be summed up in
this student comment, which is truly at the heart
and soul of a liberal arts college: “His class changed
my life.” So in honoring you this morning, Dr. Dwight
Mullen, we also acknowledge the more than 14,000
dedicated faculty members who teach over 220,000
students throughout the University of North Carolina
system and just as you sir, they all transform lives. Congratulations
Dr. Dwight Mullen. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor: Congratulations
and richly deserved. It is now my pleasure to introduce
the 2013 recipient of the UNC Asheville
Distinguished Teaching Award, Professor of Environmental
Studies, Dr. Irene Rossell, to present this years,
the 2014 award. [applause]>>Rossell: Good morning!
Congratulations to the class of 2014! We are very
very proud of you guys. I would like to take a few
minutes this morning to present this year’s UNC
Asheville Distinguished Teaching Award. This is a
long-standing tradition at our spring commencement
ceremony. It is the highest honor bestowed by our
campus, and students have played a very large role in
the nomination process. The recipient of this year’s
Distinguished Teaching Award is someone whose life’s work is
at the heart of a liberal arts university. One faculty
member wrote that the recipient is able to do in
one class period something that can be difficult to
achieve in an entire semester, which is to inspire students.
Another faculty member wrote of his admiration that the
recipient has mastered a mysterious and valuable skill:
the ability to surprise students into thinking they might
actually like the material they are about to learn. [laughter] The recipient has taught
freshman courses, upper- level courses, Humanities courses,
Honors courses, and in the MLA program. The recipient has
taught thousands of UNCA students. (I did a quick
estimate, and I came up with close to 4,000, but it could
well be more than that.) The recipient began their career
at UNC Asheville in 1987. Over the last 26 years, the
recipient has made the job of many teachers across
campus a lot easier, and I thank them for that.The
recipient has taught Language 120 or its
predecessor courses more times than anyone else in the
Literature and Language Department. For two and a
half decades, the recipient has dedicated himself to
teaching the fundamentals of grammar, and the mechanics
of writing, while inspiring students to put words on
paper, and challenging them to find their voices. This
has not been an easy task! In student course evaluations
for Language 120, many freshmen preface
their comments with “I don’t like to write.” Yet
the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award
is not daunted by reluctant writers. The recipient has
successfully engaged all calibers of students in the
classroom, and has coaxed and motivated them to write,
year after year, while providing endless personal
feedback and encouragement, always with patience, humor,
and grace. Students and faculty praise the recipient for
caring deeply about students, respecting their opinions, and
serving as a positive role model of a lifelong writer and
thinker. One former student wrote that the recipient
taught her that good writing takes courage, and how life-
changing that has been for her. And finally, the recipient
maintains high standards in the classroom, consistently
motivating students to think critically and consider multiple
views. One student wrote, “You wouldn’t let me get away
with any less than my best.” Those words speak volumes
about the recipient of the 2013-2014 UNC Asheville
Distinguished Teaching Award, Professor of Literature and
Language, Dr. Peter Caulfield. [applause and cheers] [applause and cheers]>>Chancellor: The William and
Ida Friday Award honors the outstanding graduate who
serves the larger community. This year we honor
Benjamin Judge. Ben, please come to forward. [applause] Ben has been involved in student
government since arriving on campus four years ago and
has been the 2013-14 Student Government President. Through
SGA and, as a voting member of the Board of Trustees, he
has worked tirelessly on behalf of students to be their voice
on campus, as well as at the legislature. Ben
combines his aptitude for finance and economics with
his passion for politics as a way to make the lives of
those he serves, making him a catalyst for change. With
this philosophy, Ben became a certified tax professional
in order to provide tax services to low income households
through a program called VITA sponsored by the IRS. He helped
develop the Greenway that we will have all the
way to downtown from UNC Asheville. For these and
countless other community service activities, we
recognize Ben Judge as this year’s recipient of the
William and Ida Friday Award for Community Service.
Congratulations, Ben. [applause]>>Chancellor: The A.C.
Reynolds Award and Thomas D. Reynolds Prize are
presented to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding
service to the campus community. This year we recognize
Carleigh Zeman. Carleigh, please come forward. [applause] Carleigh’s service to the
campus has been demonstrated in a variety of roles during
her time at UNC Asheville. She served as a Resident
Assistant in Overlook Hall for the past two years,
providing a safe and inviting community for her residents
to grow and develop, and belong. She has
served the student body as an active and vocal Student
Government Association Senator for the past two years.
As a senator she provided insights on students’ needs
related to dining services, club sports, and other
internal affairs. Carleigh approaches her service
and leadership roles on campus with confidence, integrity,
intelligence and humor; she is formidable at
accomplishing goals in a competent and affective manner.
We are pleased today to recognize Carleigh Zeman
as this year’s recipient of the A.C. Reynolds Award and
Thomas D. Reynolds Prize for Campus Community Service.
Congratulations, Carleigh. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor: And now, please
welcome to the podium Jason Schmeltzer, Honors and
Degree Programs Committee member, to announce this years
Manly Wright Award. [applause]>>Schmeltzer: Greetings to
graduates, families, students, faculty, and staff. The Honors
and Degree Programs Committee has chosen Zoe Hamel to receive
the 2014 Manly E. Wright Award. Zoe, will you please stand? [applause] Zoe Hamel, graduating
with degrees in both Economics and Mathematics,
has earned the Manly E. Wright award by
demonstrating outstanding performance in her coursework,
as evidenced by her near perfect GPA, and by her significant
undergraduate research accomplishments. One faculty
states “Zoe provided invaluable help to me on, a highly
mathematical economics paper. She not only conducted
amazing literature reviews, performed excellent analysis
using Mathematica, a software program she had never
used before, but she also offered immensely
valuable suggestions as she sought to understand and
master the complex models and analysis in the paper.
No other research assistant has ever provided so much
help to me.” Another faculty states, “Zoe has been an
active and stellar participant in the Talk at Tailgate Markets
research with me and several other students. She has played
a major role in the development of the manuscript based on our
results, a manuscript that will be submitted for
publication just about the time Zoe graduates. Zoe is
thus not only excellent with data and communicating
research, but also an impressive communicator.”
Yet another faculty, describes his Calculus III
experience with Zoe: “In this course the instructor
plays a largely organizational role and the students take
the lead in determining the pace and direction of
conversation in class. Students are given
lists of problems to solve and they take turns in
presenting solutions to one another in class, critiquing
one another’s solutions and challenging one another
to make these solutions as clear as possible. Many if
not most students find this format a challenging one,
at least at first. Zoe dove right in, though. Every time
it was her turn to present, she did so unhesitatingly,
offering unassailable solutions that were as clear and
complete as they were correct. Her mathematical acumen
was matched only by her ability to convey her ideas
to others.” Congratulations, Zoe Hamel, on this
highest academic honor. You will now be escorted to
the last seat and receive your diploma on an
engraved silver platter. Please join me in applause. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor: I’d like to
now ask the Chair of the UNC Asheville Board of
Trustees, King Prather, and UNC Asheville student,
Marcus Neely, to join me at the podium to present this
year’s first honorary degree. Also we’d like to ask the
family of Franklin McCain to come forward. Since 1986,
UNC Asheville has bestowed the honorary degree, Doctor of
Humane Letters, on extraordinary men and women
whose accomplishments and contributions to humanity
represent the very best of the liberal arts tradition.
North Carolina, let alone the nation, has lost several
influential leaders in this previous year; Evelyn
Lowery, Julius Chambers, Matthew Little, Rev. T.J.
Jemison, all champions in the fight for justice
and social equality. While Franklin McCain himself,
is no longer with us today, his dedication and passion for
improving humanity has left a distinct impression on the
next generation. I recently had the privilege to talk
with a few students who had the opportunity to meet
Franklin; they still remember the lecture he gave
on campus. These students remember his passion for
education, his charisma and his humor, his wit, his
political knowledge. Those students were all inspired
by the fact that Franklin as a person similar to Marcus here, a
19 year old college freshman, was able to stand up with
initiative to take action on what Franklin believed
was right, instead of “waiting for the masses
to do it.” UNC Asheville, the University of North
Carolina System, the state of North Carolina, and our
country will forever be indebted to the selfless act Franklin
took on February 1, 1960. While we confer this
honorary degree to members of his family, will you
please join me in applauding the achievements of the
late Franklin Eugene McCain. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor: Dr. Eli Nachamson
Evans, will you please join me. Here in Asheville, The Grove
Park Gallery, Dave Steel, Harry’s Cadillac,
Finkelstein’s Pawn, Karpen Steel, and Tops
for Shoes all have something in common. Yes, these are
all current businesses based here in Asheville, founded
years, decades ago but they are also businesses
established by Jews living in the south. Like the
Scots-Irish settling in Western North Carolina
looking for opportunities in the mid- 18th century, Jewish
families and individuals were also doing the same
across the American South. No one has captured the more
encompassing picture of the History of Jews in
the South than Eli Evans. His most notable work
first published in 1973 remains the reference book
for scholars, historians, and individuals seeking a
deeper understanding of the American Jewish experience,
especially the Southern Jewish experience. The son
of Emanuel Evans, the first Jewish Mayor of Durham, as
well as the owner of the first department store in
Durham to integrate its lunch counter, Eli captures
many of the unique and challenging aspects of what
it was like growing up in a predominately Christian
and segregated south. Evans however, points out that
“while the presence of some anti-Semitism in the south
is apparent, it must be balanced against a high
degree of pro-Semitism, which is partially responsible
for the success of Jews in the South.” Eli, Thank you
for the great work you have provided to our state, this
region, and this country. Will all of you please join me
in applauding the achievements and the
conferring of the honorary degree to Dr. Eli Evans. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor: We are
deeply honored this commencement day to have with
us one of the most highly acclaimed scholars of education
in the United States. Arthur Levine,
would you join me? [applause] There is one challenge
that every college and university, in perhaps
every country, is faced with and that’s generational
and societal change. No one person understands
this unique balance and various approaches of how
we’re dealing with these complexities than Arthur Levine.
Arthur Levine has authored, co-authored, or edited eleven
books and has published countless articles on how best
to approach these challenges. When Arthur is not publishing or
speaking, he serves as the president of the Woodrow Wilson
National Fellowship Foundation. The foundation’s mission is
to identify and develop leaders and institutions to
meet our nation’s critical challenges. “The Foundations
signature teaching fellowships bring full circle the it’s work
in creating access to educational excellence for
some of our nation’s most talented young people–and
thereby serving urgent national needs.” Art, for
your leadership and numerous contributions to education
in America, it is with great pleasure that I confer
upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Please help me congratulate Arthur Levine. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor: It is now my
pleasure to welcome to this podium, to deliver your
commencement address, Dr. Arthur Levine, [applause]>>Levine: Good morning
everybody. It’s a great honor to be here. Part of the honor is
sharing the day with you, but also Franklin McCain and Eli
Evans, people I’ve looked up to throughout my professional
career. It’s also an incredible honor to be at UNC Asheville,
the liberal arts college of the state which I really
believe is the jewel in the UNC crown. And Anne
Ponder, who I deeply admire and has done an extraordinary
job as Chancellor. So look, I have been told,
the class of 2014 is the best in the entire
history of this institution. [Laughter, applause] Now, let me ask this, I’d ask
the class to join me in thanking the people who made this day
possible. Your family, your friends, your professors. [applause] I can’t imagine a better
mother’s day present. Commencements are
bitter sweet occasions for graduates and their families.
They’re celebrations of joy, joint accomplishments,
they’re times of contemplation. You have a lot of hard decisions
to make about the future. They’re also times of doubt.
Friends are going to go off in different directions and an
unknown future awaits. But, for speakers like me,
commencements are times in which to much is said about
too little for too long. [laughter, applause] I plan to be merciful today.
Pretty merciful, two or three hours and I’m out of here. [laughter] I’m only going to speak for
a few minutes, but I promise it will seem much longer. [laughter] I want to talk to the graduates.
I want to talk to you about what happens Monday morning.
You, we are living through a period of profound, swift
unceasing, unprecedented economic, demographic,
technological and global change. Economically, this country’s
moving from an industrial to an informational economy. And
what it means is, that jobs requiring low levels of
education, they’re disappearing. They’re moving abroad.
The fastest growing jobs in North Carolina and
around the country require more education and higher skills
than ever before in history. Because the change
is so swift, they require a liberal arts education.
Nowhere, nowhere, are these changes more apparent
than in North Carolina. Traditional industries,
manufacturing, apparel, textiles, furniture, they’re
rebounding but you know what? They’re hiring fewer people
than they did in the past. They’re being driven by
technology. But new industries, are booming. Science,
technology, the professions, areas most of you
are going to enter. Unfortunately, North Carolina
isn’t ready for this world. More young people need
to graduate from high school and to complete college.
And we desperately need your help to make that
possible. Demographically, Americans are moving.
They’re moving to North Carolina and the sunbelt.
They’re changing color. By the middle of this century
whites are going to be a minority of the population.
They’re aging. We’re going to see massive retirements
and growing demands for social services in the years
ahead. And, they’re coming from abroad. One out of
nine Americans today, is an immigrant. We need your
help. We need your help as part of the most diverse
generation in U.S. history. We need you to help knit
together a deeply divided nation. New technologies are
burgeoning. God, the number of Americans with cellphones
rose from one tenth of one percent to ninety one percent
in 25 years. In 15 years, Google went from an idea to
6 billion searches a day. In 25 years, the number of web
pages went from 1 to 1 billion. New technologies are changing
everything. How we’re born. How we die. How we live our
lives. How we date. How we shop. How we
entertain ourselves. How we pay our bills. How we
communicate. How we study. The piece of change is only
going to increase. When you look back to this period
technologically, it’s going to seem primitive. We need
your help. We need your help in dreaming, designing, and
developing a new world tied together by technology. You
know at the same time, this globe is shrinking.
Who would have guessed that they’d have opened a factory
in China that would cause the loss of jobs in the
western part of this state? Who would have guessed that kids
in Raleigh would be competing for their jobs against
kids in India? Who would have guessed that
a 2006 invention called Twitter would support a
revolution in the mid-east? The fact of the matter is
America is inextricably intertwined for the first
time in a global society. Small changes in remote and
non-remote corners of the world cause large changes
in our daily lives. These new realities are going
to create extraordinary opportunities and challenges.
We need you. We need your abilities and
imaginations to create the first global society in
history. It’s a bewildering panoply of changes.
Yours is a generation living simultaneously in two
worlds. One that’s fading away, a world in which most of your
parents, your professors grew up. And another
that’s being born. The world in which you’re
growing up. The world in which you’re going to live
your lives. Our hopes and our dreams are with you.
We need you. We need you to build this new world. To
make it better than todays. This afternoon, this morning,
we’ve come together not only to applaud
your achievements, but to celebrate the skills and
the knowledge that you’ve acquired in order to
accomplish this. It’s reassuring to know that
tomorrow is in your hands. Most days. [laughter] Today I want to wish you 3
blessings that are going to enable you to fulfill this
promise. The first is hope. I’m not talking about blind or
rosy-eyed hope. But the hope necessary to live every day of
your life and to hold tight to your dreams. I was doing a study
of undergraduates around the country and I met a young
woman and I asked her what are you majoring in? And she
said business. And I said, “Do you like it?” She said,
“No, I hate it.” I said, “What would you rather be
majoring in?” She said, “Dance.” And I said, “So,
why didn’t you major in dance?” And she looked at me
sort of the way you’d look at your dumb younger
brother. And she said, “Money is nice. Poor is
not nice. I want nice.” [laughter] You know, days later in the
shower, I thought how sad. She traded away what she
wanted to do. You know, she could have done it.
She could have married. She could have managed a dance
troop. She could have had a store that sold dance equipment.
She could have been a dance critique. The second thing I
wish you is responsibility. You’re the most fortunate
people in the world. With good fortune
comes responsibility. You owe something
to other people. I was at a college where
there was an exercise. All Freshman were asked – write
an essay about what you want to do in the future. And one
young woman wrote an essay and it said, “In my life, I
want to be a U.S. Senator. I want to be CEO of a Fortune
500 Company. And, I want to work on nuclear arms
control.” So, I asked her, “What do you need to
accomplish this?” And she said, “A killer instinct.”
That wasn’t necessarily the answer I’d been looking for. [laughter] And I thought, I did what
academics do whenever we’re in trouble and I said,
“Can you please define that?” [laughter] And she did. You know the
ability to walk over people and get what I want. I didn’t
understand, now I got it. Ok. [laughter] And I said, “What
about altruism?” And then I defined
that for her. [laughter] And she said, “That wasn’t part
of the game plan.” And I said, “What about nuclear arms
control?” And she said, “You don’t get it. If there’s
nuclear war, I don’t get to be CEO of a Fortune 500
Company.” [laughter] You know, she may achieve all
of her dreams. But I can’t think of a student we failed
more greatly. I wish you all the ability to look at
yourselves in the mirror every day and be proud of
what you see for the rest of your lives. Third, last. A
sense of efficacy. A belief that you can make a
difference. So I got invited to give a speech at a college
and what they’d done was they’d creamed off about
30 of their best seniors. And they were grooming them
for the best fellowships you can get after college. So they
asked me to talk to them about leadership. So I was
about 5 minutes into my talk when I see people
looking up and counting the light bulbs. Doing this
with their watches. And I’m thinking, “This isn’t
going that well.” [laughter] So, I tell the group, “I don’t
think this is going that well.” And they confirm that this
is indeed correct. [laughter] So, I ask, “What the problem
is?” And one of the students, sort of sitting right where
you are says, “I think this leadership stuff is – bunk.”
I’m really cleaning this up. [laughter] And at that moment I thought,
“This is a teachable moment.” I really wanted to
humiliate him. [laughter] So I turned to the rest of the
group and I said, “How many of you believe that?” All but
3 raised their hands. The simple fact is, every one
of you is going to make a difference. Everybody won’t
get to be president of the United States. That’s good
for you and that’s good for us. [laughter] But each of you is going to
touch dozens of lives in far more fundamental ways. Family,
friends, neighbors, coworkers for ill or for good you’re
going to make a difference in every one of their lives,
Whether you want to or not. So if you decided to become a
teacher, don’t do it because it’s faddish. Tomorrow is
going to require teachers committed to keeping the
American dream alive and extending it to all of our
children. You can make a difference. If you’ve decided
to become a doctor, a lawyer, enter another
profession don’t do it for the money. Tomorrow is going
to require leaders who want to help heal a pained nation
and a troubled world. You can make a difference.
You’ve decided to go into business or politics.
Don’t do it for the power. Tomorrow is going to require
leaders and followers who care deeply about our shared
agenda together. You can make a difference. I don’t
care if you want to be the butcher, the baker, the
candlestick maker. You can make a difference.
Making a difference is your birthright. No one can take
that away from you. Don’t give it away. Tomorrow
morning is going to require hope, responsibility and a
sense of efficacy. I beg you. I beg you. Please be
the people who will make that commitment
because no one else can. Congratulations. [applause] [applause]>>Chancellor: It is now my
great pleasure to welcome our Provost and Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jane Fernandes,
to the podium to start the conferring
of degrees. [Cheers and applause]>>Fernandes: Will all
of the candidates for the Baccalaureate Degree
please stand. [applause] Chancellor Ponder, these
students have completed all of the requirements for the
Baccalaureate Degree and have been so certified by the
faculty and the registrar. I present them to you for
the awarding of degrees.>>Chancellor: In recognition
of your successful completion of the course of study and
your fulfillment of the requirements, by vote of the
University Faculty, with the approval of the Board of
Trustees and the concurrence of the Board of Governors,
and by the authority vested in me by these boards and
the State of North Carolina, I confer upon each of you,
as appropriate, the degree of Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science
in Engineering or Bachelor of Science.
Congratulations. [cheers and applause] Please now, come forward to receive your diplomas
individually. ♪ Background music ♪>>Provost: Bachelor of Arts Elizabeth Margaret Acker Nathaniel Joseph Adams Alison Monique Adnet
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Alexander Henry Alesi
CUM LAUDE Ikechukwu Eziafa Anazia Jacob Ethan Angel Daniel Yuval Arnon
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Rebecca Rae Arrigo Samantha Key Atkinson Sydney Rhyanne Atkinson Nicole Jewel Barnes Timothy Jay Barrett Elizabeth Atkins Bates Samuel Beckett Bathanti Gina Isabella Beer
CUM LAUDE Kenton Wayne Bell
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Andrew Murrow Benbow
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Brianna Ariel Benefield Abram Cassidy Benz Chelsea Anne Beresford
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Erin Katelyn Taylor Berry
CUM LAUDE Kadie Blackman Elizabeth Mequet Bowman Ian Macbeth Boyd Daniel Joseph Bradley Ariel Dawn Brambier William Gavin Breedlove Timothy Caleb Bridges
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Joshua Michael Brooks Megan Nicole Brooks Lauren Elizabeth Brown Alexandra Marie Browning Emily Renee Bryan Kaylen Meredith Buckner Shane Donovan Burbage Mary Leigh Caldwell Shannon Lynn Capes Angelina Carrasco-Songer Kimberly Kaye Carver
CUM LAUDE Courtney Ann Catagnus
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Monika Katherine Chao Robert Roy Chao Laura Kathleen Chasteen Trevor Francis Clark Sarah La’Ney Cohen Michael Chandler Coleman
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Anna Marie Collier Brian Walter Connolly Amelia Claire Coonrod Jasmine Nicole Cooper Emily Hope Coxie Mary Margaret Craig Miranda Elizabeth Creech Katelyn Jeanne Crossley Sadie Nicole Culberson
CUM LAUDE Douglas Kyle Cutshall Hailey Elizabeth Cutshall Leslie Catherine Davis William Carl Dawson Peter Philip DeAnna Amanda Adams DeCarlo Corey Edward Delmonto Haley Noelle Denhart Calum Karun Dodson Andrew Josef Dolina
CUM LAUDE William Wade Donovan
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Jaimie Mollie Dorfman Katsiaryna Maisiyenia Downey Robert Reid Drake Christina Michelle Economou Richard Stuart Edens Melissa B Engler
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Susan Alena Enwright Hicks
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Andrew James Espenshade Stephen Daniel Everhart II
CUM LAUDE Earl Davis Farthing III Tuesday Feral
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Sophie Elizabeth Ferguson
CUM LAUDE Teresa Marie Fliearman Chase Alexander Folmar Samuel Alexander Fontaine Alexandra Mae Foote Meredith Lindsay-Carol Foster Nicole Elizabeth Foster Patrick Edmund Frame Eric Mathews Frid Erin Rebecca Frye Carson Rose Funk Sarah Jane Gahm Alexandra Leigh Galipeau
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Madeleine Revel Garcia-Johnson Simon Thomas George Elisabeth Frances Green Geyer Caitlin Ashley Gibbs Camber Isaac Giberson Johanna Marie Goethe Makenzie Morgan Goff
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Gunnar Gilchrist Goode Rebecca Jean Gordon
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Christopher Scott Graham James Douglas Granade Barbara Hancock Gray Alex Colby Green Carolyn Michelle Greenan Jean-Patrick Gabriel Grillet
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Sarah Elizabeth Grissinger Laura Sherman Halperin Molly Gail Harkavy
MAGNA CUM LAUDE David Edward Hart Jameson Charles Hartrum Alexandra Rae Harvey Ryan Taylor Helm
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Lyndsey Caroline Henderson Wilkin Gray Hensarling Erin Elizabeth Hill Kerri Ann Hoffman Melanie Ruth Holmes
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Patricia Christine Holmes Keegan Thomas Hooper Elizabeth Barrett Hoover
CUM LAUDE Alyssa Marie Horrocks
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Elizabeth Anne Houghton Jay Cameron Howard Kimberly Nicole Howard Brennen Renee Hubbard Kathrine Kent Hughes Tara Elizabeth Hughes Sundas Hussain Emma Katherine Hutchens
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Tarek Jordan Inkidar Clare Teresa Marie Innes Brittany Anne Jackson Brendan Colter Jebb Sr. Stuart Ross Johnson
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Corrie Rose Jolly Michael Andrew Jones Benjamin Thomas Judge
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Michelle Marie Kaczmarcik Samuel Joseph Kellum Thomas Albert Kendrick Jr. Ashley Thomas Kent
CUM LAUDE Emily Ruth Kincaid Christina Marie Kloida Shonie Joy Kuykendall Kaitlyn Alexis Laughter Georgia Anne Lawrence
CUM LAUDE Jordan Meyers Lax Julie Dale Lee Mariah Catherine Leonard Sara Elizabeth Leonhardt
CUM LAUDE Hannah Michelle Lewis
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Jessica Ann Lewis
CUM LAUDE Christopher Devon Liedtke
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Shantoria Ariel Liggins Derek Christopher Lovett Nicholas Campbell Lucas
SUMMA CUM LAUDE David Jacob Macias Katherine Elizabeth Marchand
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Natasia Marie Marling
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Georgia Elizabeth Mason
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Daniel William Matchar Kelly Michael McClintock Robert Julian McIntosh Janna DuBois McIntyre
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Ryan Alana McLaughlin Enrica Monique McMillan Makenzie Dahn McMillan
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Hannah Renee Middleton Courtney Noel Miller
CUM LAUDE Michael Eli Miller
CUM LAUDE Nathan William Maxwell Miller Stacy Moreland Miller Tasmin Emily Milner Alex Jordan Milstein Ian Patrick Montgomery
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Rebecca Nicole Morello
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Betsy Kapiko Morris Benjamin Michael Morton Samuel Hartman Moser
CUM LAUDE Charlotte Elizabeth Mull Eleonora Aline Federica Muller Dale Marie Murphy Timothy Brian Murphy
CUM LAUDE Benjamin FitzGerald Napper Casee Brooke Nelson Zachary Mitchell Newell Isabelle Anne-Marie Noel Shannon Nicole Norman
CUM LAUDE Conor Daniel O’Brien Courtney Taylor Ott Joshua Heath Owen Clint William Owens Charles Nelson Painter
CUM LAUDE Jordan Therese Patton Keri Ann Pavelock Taylor Lynn Pico Evelyn Marie Pierce
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Hannah Lois Pollard
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Joseph Kyle Ponder Lauren Michelle Pope Elijah Rademacher Poulos Stephanie Louise Prejean Hannah Michelle Presnell April Leighanne Queen Megan Elizabeth Rabuck
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Shannon Lee Radigan Alicia Louise Randolph Talon Wayne Rayburn Michael Jay Raymond
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Emily Margaret Reed
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Malia Obradovich Reeder
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Nicholas Gray Rhoades Jiell Donnella Richardson Andre Luis Rivas
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Michelle Reese Roach Alexander Brooks Robinson Elizabeth Hallie Rogers Dean Richard Roland Christopher Benjamin Rolle Michelle Dominique Rondon Allyson Genevieve Ropp
CUM LAUDE Katherine Rachel Rosenberg Zevi Geller Ryan Lindsay M Sager Molly Hamilton Sager
CUM LAUDE Caitlin Sara Sands Chloe Nicole Satter Karen Alicia Scheewe
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Sheldon Leigh Schenck
CUM LAUDE Paul Alexander Schroeder Meredith Morgan Schultz Christina Kelly Scruggs Jeanne Marie Sebastian Andrew William Sherman Brennan Erica Sherman John Luther Shirey III Trevor James Shumaker
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Rachel Rebecca Siegel Taylor Anthony Sluder Emma Carol Smith
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Harrison Wayne Smith Alexandra Rhea Sneed Susan Lynne Russell Snyder
CUM LAUDE Minal Mehul Sonigra
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Lavadia Molly Spaugh
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Kelly Elizabeth Spong Joshua David Sreb
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Katherine Grace Starrett
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Jason David Scott Steere Kinsey Nicole Steere
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Devin Ace Stevens David Andrew Stumpfl Adrian John Szugye Jr. Kelsey Andrea Tavares
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Alexandria Fox Taylor
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Arthur Jacob Thorne Jason Lee Trump Hannah Rose Van Cott
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Shelby Elizabeth Vecchio Noora Josefiina Viljanmaa
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Melissa Pauline Vincent Susan Vinson
CUM LAUDE Randal Chantal Walton Rebecca Jean Ward
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Maggie Jean Ayres Wasielewski Sarah Rose Weaver
CUM LAUDE Christopher Matthew Webb
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Matthew Scott Weingarten
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Andrea Beth Wheeler Kyja Sade Wilburn-Hyde Elliot Aaron Williams Sarah Elizabeth Winkler Frederick William Wood Robert Zebulon Wright Jonathan Henderson Young
CUM LAUDE Carleigh Elizabeth Zeman
CUM LAUDE Bachelor of Fine Arts Charles Aycock Bowden IV Samantha Elizabeth Moody BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
ENGINEERING This degree is awarded
jointly by UNC Asheville and North Carolina
State University. Nicholas James Faught Robert Curtis Fussell IV Jason Douglas Hopper Dakota Charles Lazenby
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Nathan Lewis Donald Jason McCrary
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Homer Cullen Reed IV Hallie Elizabeth Sheaffer
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Jason Patrick Shores Bryan David Short Bachelor of Science Mindy Lee Aiken Jordan Vincent Arey Kelsey Reed Armbruster Emily Louise Avery Lauren Elizabeth Baker Hannah Henrietta Belknap
Buesseler MAGNA CUM LAUDE Thomas Brooks Benge
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Jessica Nicole Bickett Benjamin Michael Bober Candice Brooke Boling
CUM LAUDE Melanie Andrea Bonds Kayla Rebecca Brank
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Phillip Anthony Brough
CUM LAUDE Daniel Joseph Caldwell Rachel Ann Carson
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Robert William Castro
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Kyle Steven Cavagnini
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Ansel Scott Clayton
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Amie Amanda Cloer
CUM LAUDE Caitlin Riane Connelly William Patrick Creighton Jr. Nathan Mathis Culberson Darrell Jack Cunningham Kurt Alan Dietrich Jessica Leigh Donahue Hannah Olivia Dosa Aaron Anatole Dowdy Trevor Kyle Duffles Laura Victoria Ellis
CUM LAUDE Kristin Anne Emery
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Kris Marie Euchner Joshua Alan Fernandez Michael Alexander Flanagan Brittany Lane Ford Julie Ashley Foxworth Whitney Anne Garrison Alexandrea Carol Gates Erik James Gilleran Anna Maria Goodman Jessica Allison Goodwin Daniel Joseph Grady Jr. Ian Charles Graham Alesia Bauer Griesmyer Joshua Matthew Gutowski Maureen Gates Haley Abby Elizabeth Harris Cassandra Rupia Harvey Sam Romine Harwell IV Kurt James Hibert David Lane High
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Chad Wesley Howard Ashley Danielle Hunt Daniel Kurt Hutton
CUM LAUDE Christina Elizabeth Johnson Page Elizabeth Johnston Caeley Aidan Kane
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Catherine Joy Kanwisher
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Caroline Ruth Ketcham
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Abigail Rose Killam
CUM LAUDE Amanda Brittany Knapp Patricia Sarah Charlotte Knoepp Dylan Scott Ladner Clary Sage Lamberton
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Jaron Demetrius Lee Lane Andrea Lea Langefeld Kristen Nicole Lawson Jered Davis Leisey Ari Stelios Livanos Hans Robert Lohmeyer Thomas Joseph Lovejoy-Henkel Amelia Ruth Lynch John Carter Magee Rene Marcel Martinez Rosa Alejandra Martinez Whitney Stafford Marvels Kendra Adia Mayfield Corey Evans McClintock
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Alexander Allen McGinnis-Yates Hector Kenett Melgar Sarah Erica Merritt
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Sarah Erica Merritt
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Jordan Zachary Miller Kelly Lynn Miller
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Amelia Mayhew Miller-MacDonald Anna Felice Moore Christine Elizabeth Moran Grace Lynn Moreau Aaron George Mosey Nicole Lynn Munger Nambi Joeria Ndugga Harry Russell Neighbors III Luke Wright Norton Russell Zachary Pannell Stuart Douglas Parker Taylor Nicole Pearon Laura Lee Petritz Grant Edward Racer Katherine Kelly Reidy Eliza Taylor Ritchie Scott James Robinson Samuel Mayer Rossabi
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Elliott Andrew Rouillard John Louis Ruggiero Jr. Matthew Cassady Russell Kylie Meghan Ryan
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Harry Wilson Samuels III Emily Louise Saxe Elizabeth Fay Schadrack James Ector Sharpe
CUM LAUDE Benjamin Joseph Shields
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Bryan Keith Shipman Taylor Keith Shuford Abra Chantaíl Sickles Kylie Cassady Smith Ryan Douglas Smith Jessica Hope Squier James Edward Stanton Adam Barrett Stapleton Ethan Lewis Steible Michele Lee Stouse Zachary Daniel Stroupe Jackson Jordan Stump Margaret Logan Swearingen Alicia Christine Tagliatela
MAGNA CUM LAUDE Tarrah Joanne Tate Sara Lynn Thompson Martha Allison Turpin
CUM LAUDE Tyler John Vanston Melissa Ann Wagner Shannin Lorraine Washburn
CUM LAUDE Hannah Nichole Watkins Gregory Perry Watson Jr. Matthew Raymond Watson
CUM LAUDE Olivia Jean Wells Rachel Denise Wells Megan House Whitley Gabrielle Nicole Whitmire
CUM LAUDE Rebecca Gwen Williams
SUMMA CUM LAUDE Amy Francis Wood
MAGMNA CUM LAUDE Shuo Zhang Zachary Michael Ziemba Zoe Lucile Hamel
SUMMA CUM LAUDE [applause and cheering] [applause and cheering] ♪ [Brass Quintet] ♪>>Chancellor: As we conclude
our commencement, we will be launching you to your next
step. As a UNC Asheville graduate, you know that your
education prepares you well for whatever challenges
you may face. With great expectations, we
congratulate you. Now that the class is standing
together, this is the moment. If you will move your tassels to
the left as I say these words. By virtue of the authority
vested in me by the University of
North Carolina Asheville Board of Trustees, the
UNC Board of Governors and the Great State of North
Carolina, I proclaim you graduates of the University
of North Carolina at Asheville. [applause and cheering] ♪ [Brass Quintet plays] ♪
[applause and cheering] ♪ [Brass Quintet plays] ♪
[applause and cheering]>>Chancellor: Congratulations
Class of 2014. [applause and cheering]>>Chancellor: As we conclude
our May commencement exercises for the University
of North Carolina Asheville, I ask that you please remain
at your place until the platform party, the faculty and
our newest alumni have passed. Graduates, as you leave here
today and go into the world I know you will remember
fondly your alma mater, the University of North
Carolina Asheville. To conclude our ceremony,
at this time I welcome Caitlin Sands, Class 2014, to
lead us in the singing of our Alma Mater. The words to our
Alma Mater are printed in today’s program. Please stand. ♪ [Sands sings Alma Mater]
Hail Our Alma Mater,
♪ Hail UNCA
Learning be your watchword, ♪
Greatness be your way.
High upon the mountains
, ♪ ♪In the Land of Sky,
Stands our Alma Mater
, ♪ ♪Lift your voices high.
Noble Alma Mater,
♪ ♪Hear our words of praise.
May we love and honor you
, ♪ ♪Until the end of days. ♪ [applause] [Bell rung 5 times] ♪ [Bagpiper plays] ♪ ♪ [Bagpiper plays] ♪

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