For graduates, Summer Commencement marked ‘the beginning of a lifetime of learning’
On Saturday, Aug. 13, Daniel Chapel filled up with the families and friends of Furman students who were about to receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees during the 2022 Summer Commencement ceremony.
More than three dozen students were eligible for degrees, including many in graduate programs that ended in the summer term, such as the Master of Arts in Education and Master of Science in Chemistry programs.
George Lipscomb, a professor of education and coordinator of Furman’s Secondary Education and Master of Arts in Teaching programs, delivered the Commencement address, encouraging the soon-to-be graduates to avoid being pigeonholed and to stretch themselves personally and professionally.
This was not the end of their educational journey, Lipscomb told the students.
“While a degree, either a master’s or a bachelor’s, is for sure a big accomplishment, there’s more learning that you will continue to do throughout your life,” he said. “You will continue to learn, whether from a book, a newspaper, your peers, professional development, a podcast, a YouTube tutorial or even a TikTok video. Continue to expand your expertise.”
After each student walked across the platform, diplomas in hand, and shook hands with University President Elizabeth Davis and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beth Pontari, Davis had some parting words for the new graduates.
“I’m excited for what comes next for you,” she said. “That’s because I believe Furman and your experience has prepared you well for successful and meaningful lives. This commencement really is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning. … We send you forth with great pride and affection. May you continue to thrive, prosper and grow.”
A reception for graduates and their guests followed the ceremony.