Denison University celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2018 on Saturday, May 19, in the college’s Mitchell Center. Parents, families and friends of the class’ 522 students gathered to mark the 177th annual commencement of the college. The Class of 2018 graduated five students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, 10 students with both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts, 91 students with a Bachelor of Science, and 426 students with a Bachelor of Arts. Latin honors were granted to 84 students in the graduating class.
Lee Sachs, a member of the Class of 1985 and the Denison Board of Trustees, and Denison President Adam Weinberg welcomed attendees to the event. President Weinberg delivered his charge to the class. Rachel Epstein, an economics and communication major who will be attending the London School of Economics next fall, delivered the senior class address, titled “On Memory, Learning and Reflection.”
Honorary degrees were bestowed upon James D. Anderson, dean of the College of Education, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education and affiliate Professor of History and College of Law at the University of Illinois College of Education, and upon William M. Tuttle Jr, a member of the Denison Class of 1959 and professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of Kansas. Anderson delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2018.
Provost Kim Coplin, a member of the Denison Class of 1985 and professor of physics, recognized retiring faculty Robin Bartlett, professor emerita of economics, Harry Heft, professor emeritus of psychology, and Joan Krone, professor emerita of mathematics and computer science. She presented the Class of 2018 for the awarding of their degrees.
The celebration concluded with the assembly singing the Denison alma mater, and the ceremonial tossing of the mortar boards.