Commencement 2010

Honoring the Call to Service

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Wheelock Celebrates 122nd Commencement

Graduates, their families, faculty, and guests gathered at Temple Israel on Friday, May 21, 2010 to celebrate Wheelock College's 122nd Commencement.

This year's Commencement theme was "Honoring the Call to Service." College founder Lucy Wheelock believed, "The one thing that makes life worth living is to serve a cause." By founding Wheelock College, she has empowered thousands of others-including the 2010 graduates-to pursue their own call to service.

Approximately 225 graduates received a degree or certificate, including the bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, bachelor of social work, master of science, master of social work, and graduate certificate in organizational leadership.

Wheelock awarded honorary degrees to three distinguished individuals whose professional and volunteer activities have served others: Paul Reville, Massachusetts secretary of education; Robert A. Lincoln, a Boston business executive and longtime Wheelock trustee; and Susan Bruml Simon '73, founder of Admissions Advantage, an educational consulting firm.

Paul Reville delivered the Commencement address. He conveyed greetings from Governor Deval Patrick and paid homage to the leadership, vision, and public service of Horace Mann, the "father of public education" in America, and Lucy Wheelock.

He then asked the graduates, "Who among you will be the Horace Manns and Lucy Wheelocks of your time?" He advised graduates to "understand the challenges you seek to address... clearly envision what you'd like to see in the future and how to make it happen ... Keep your eyes on the prize...don't ignore or dismiss the needs of your opponents ...[and] insist on civil discourse."

In closing, Reville wished graduates a life as rich as Mann's and Wheelock's. "It is indeed a blessing to find work about which you care so passionately that it doesn't really seem like work...Good, demanding work is the key to a full and satisfying life."

Both the undergraduate and graduate speakers echoed this year's theme of service.

The undergraduate speaker, Tanya Fortier, called her classmates "world-changers" and applauded them for already "making a difference in the world from the ground up" as students. She credited Wheelock for preparing them for the future. "The training that we have acquired, knowledge that we have learned, the practical field work we have experienced, the resources we have obtained, and the relationships we have established with peers and professors are only going to further empower us to change the world."

Mary Beth Graham, the graduate speaker, quoted several Dr. Seuss books, saying that the "lessons learned and well-practiced at Wheelock" are reflected in his tales. She encouraged graduates to remember those lessons. "If you become terrified, overwhelmed, or fear you aren't cut out for the job, remember the many skills Wheelock has taught you, and remember the words of Dr. Seuss. Continue to plant those Truffula seeds, think new thinks, and remember to try green eggs and ham."

Schedule of Events

Commencement Breakfast

Date: Friday, May 21, 2010
Home of President Jackie Jenkins-Scott
All graduates and their guests were invited to a breakfast at the home of President Jackie Jenkins-Scott on the morning of Commencement.


Friday, May 21, 2010
Temple Israel
477 Longwood Ave., Boston 02215

Commencement Reception
Friday, May 21, 2010
Campus Center
All graduates and guests were invited to attend a reception in the Campus Center immediately following the Commencement ceremony.

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