MTSU’s newest graduates may be among the 1.6 million-plus students receiving college degrees across the United States this year, but they are much more than numbers, university leaders said Aug. 9.
Speaking at the university’s summer 2014 commencement ceremony inside Murphy Center, guest speaker Scott Boyd, the outgoing president of the MTSU Faculty Senate, assured the 872 graduating students that their goals, their challenges and their futures make them unique.
“You are part of that large number … and it could be easy to be lost in the crowd,” said professor Boyd, who also is head of the theatre design program in MTSU’s Department of Speech and Theatre.
“You’ve worked very hard to make sure you’re sitting here at this moment. You established calculated goals to arrive at this point.
“You have empowered yourselves. … You proactively took your life in your own hands and achieved this. Don’t give your power away to anyone or anything.”
Of the 872 MTSU students celebrating Saturday, 651 are undergraduates and 221 are graduate students, including 201 master’s degree recipients, 13 education-specialist degree recipients and seven new doctoral degree-holders. One graduate student also received a graduate certificate.
Read more at www.mtsunews.com/summer-commencement-2014.