BGSU sends out grads (08-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 12 August 2013 09:08
Hui Lian Ye walks back to her seat after recieving her diploma from Bowling Green State University Saturday Morning. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
As of Saturday, there are 917 new alumni of Bowling Green State University. Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, the university's president conferred degrees on the students at the 277th commencement ceremony Saturday morning.
She noted the ages ranged from an 18-year-old who received an associate's degree to a 61-year-old master's degree recipient. The vast majority of the recipients (531) received their  bachelor's degree, with 295 receiving a master's degree. The remainder were fairly evenly split between doctorate recipients (48) and associate degrees with 43.
The two-hour program opened with bagpipes and the Tower Brass Quintet and moved quickly as all those on hand crossed the stage as their name was read.
In speaking of the wide range of the ages of the graduates, Mazey noted how the drive of the younger one and the tenacity of the older grads, as she said they prove "one is never too old to learn."
"After today go and do us proud. You are Bowling Green State University," the president said.
The commencement speaker was the university's homecoming queen in 1972. Since her graduation in 1975, Linda A. Watters has done what Mazey asked of the new graduates. - to do the university proud in their endeavors.
Watters is an accomplished entrepreneur and a successful businesswoman. Last year she was recognized as a distinguished alumni by BGSU. She currently serves as vice president of government relations at John Hancock Life Insurance in Boston.
Mark Smith (right) takes pictures with his phone Saturday Morning.
Linda Waters speaks during the commencement ceremony Saturday morning on the lawn in front of University Hall at Bowling Green State University.
She was twice named as one of the 100 most influential women in Metropolitan Detroit (2005 and 2007).
"From my perspective, you have tremendous advantages with cutting edge technologies and an information super highway," Watters told the new graduates. "By contrast, as a student at BG, I used punch cards in computer class and a slide rule in stat class.
Among the graduates was only one in military uniform, Cassandra McDonald, who earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. It was a big weekend for her as she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on Friday.
The native of Okinawa, Japan, has been living in Maumee.
"I am overjoyed," McDonald said. "It has been a long four years."
She noted she was equally proud of both her commission and her degree. McDonald said serving in the military is a tradition in the family including her father, who was standing nearby with a smile nearly as wide as his daughter's.
McDonald will soon be deployed to Bamberg, Germany, where she will be working in the chemical corps.
Three of the new graduates stood out as they spurned the standard mortar boards and placed their tassels on construction helmets for the ceremony.
Those three included Matt Vannett of Bowling Green. The three were all involved in the construction field earning their bachelor's of science in technology through the College of Technology. Also donning the unusual head gear were Matt Onslow of Canton, and Scott Leggio of Swanton.
Vannett said: "It's a tradition for the faculty and staff of the college to give its graduates a BGSU hard hat for the ceremony."
After spending much of his life in Bowling Green, Vannett has accepted a construction job in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Watters closed her remarks, telling the graduates, "I carved out a plan for success and learned through experiences the common threads of travelling the journey of life. I call these common threads my '10 Pearls of Wisdom,'"
Though seemed, admittedly, cliches, she said they all are worthy of being reminded about. She included related quotes from noted world leaders.
Those 10 included being open to new opportunities; being optimistic and seeking happiness; and being flexible and adaptable. She also stressed to give back to the community stand up for what they believe in, to be ethical and to value their friendships.
Her final piece of advice was: "Do not measure your success based on how much money you make, but on how well you live your life."
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 13:36

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