Student Speaker Unites Classmates through his 2017 Torchlight Address

The Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony brought together the Class of 2017 and alumni from as early as 1948 who welcomed them into the alumni association. From left are Rachel Edic ’17 M’18, college President Deborah F. Stanley, student speaker Justin Dobrow ’17 (at podium) and keynote speaker and emcee Aunreé Houston ’00.

The Commencement Eve Torchlight Ceremony brought together the Class of 2017 and alumni from as early as 1948 who welcomed them into the alumni association. From left are Rachel Edic ’17 M’18, college President Deborah F. Stanley, student speaker Justin Dobrow ’17 (at podium) and keynote speaker Aunreé Houston ’00. Photo: Jim Russell ’83


Commencement Eve Torchlight Student Speaker Justin Dobrow ’17, a broadcasting and mass communication major, addressed his fellow graduates, pointing out the shared experiences that he and his classmates had during their four years. He encouraged them to remember their alma mater and their supporters and offered a bit of parting advice: “Do something that will help change the life of at least one person,” he said. “We get so caught up in the now, and the things we want, that sometimes we can forget about the other people next to us who just need that one person to lean on. We’re the future; let’s learn to love others as best we can.”

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