Blackburn College celebrates the launch of 2022 – Enquirer Democrat

Dr. James Bray, with College Mace, led the ceremony procession, followed by two students carrying the banner of Blackburn College’s seal and the American flag. Enquirer~Democrat Photo by Erin Sanson.

By ERIN SANSON
Investigator ~ Democratic Reporter

Blackburn College celebrated its 153rd class on Saturday. May 14.

Dr. James Bray, College Marshal, led the procession of graduates and faculty through Hudson Quad. Bray, as Marshal of the College, led the procession with the mace in hand.

He was followed by a student carrying the Blackburn flag and another carrying the American flag for the ceremony. Student Marshal Zachary Wieland leads the graduating students in their caps and gowns through the middle of the Quad.

The choir followed the graduates. Then, faculty, administrative officers and trustees marched through the ceremony. Finally, President Dr. Mark Biermann led the procession onto the stage and the students to their seats.

Biermann gave the welcome speech and the introduction. The keynote address was delivered by Tom Gayner, co-CEO of Markel Corporation. Gayner’s father was a Blackburn graduate with the class of 1938, Gayner came to know Blackburn through his father.

Dr. Karla McCain presented academic awards to graduate students.

Emily Fleck received the Senior Bierd Honor Award for the senior with the highest four-year academic average in the class. She also received the Baird-Zieglar award for the best academic average in social science courses.

Jenalyn Reyes received the Humanities Award for the highest academic average for Humanities courses during her four years at Blackburn.

Courtney Ohlrogge received the Wray Business Administration Award. The award recognizes the business administration graduate who has achieved the highest overall academic average, has made a significant contribution to the work program and has participated in the social, cultural and extracurricular life of Blackburn.

The Allsion Economics Prize was awarded to Callista Francis for having the highest academic average in economics.

Quentin Parmenter received the Samuals-Werner Biology Prize for being the biology graduate with the highest academic average in the class.

The Computer Science Prize was awarded to Kenneth Schaad as the senior graduate with the highest aptitude in the field of computer science.

Zachary Wieland received the Virgil G. Bretthauer Mathematics Award as the senior mathematics graduate with the highest academic average.

Blake Meyer received the Political Science Award for being the political science or public administration graduate with the highest academic average.

The Stoddard Prize, which recognizes the graduate for excellence in the study of the language and literature of England and America, was awarded to Emma Hall.

Avery Dugan received the Asbury Journalism Award for Outstanding Achievement in Journalism.

The Anna Deschu Prize in Elementary Education was awarded to Brianna Milich. The Dechu Award recognizes the Elementary Education graduate who has achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who best exemplifies the qualities of professionalism in education.

Tim Marston received the Senators Vince and Deanna Demuzio Award in Education. This award recognizes the graduate who majors in education, recognizing leadership, the ability to be an effective teacher, excellent communication skills, and the ability to mentor others.

Bake Meyer received the Senators Vince and Deanna Demuzio Award in Leadership Studies. This award recognizes the graduate majoring in political science or the leadership program who demonstrates strong leadership potential, has mentored others, and possesses strong oral and written communication skills.

Blake Meyer and Brianna Milich were the recipients chosen by the Board of the Blackburn Alumni Association for the 2022 Outstanding Graduate Award.

After the awards were presented, Biermann and McCain distributed the diplomas of the graduates. The choir performed once more and the ceremony ended with the procession pulling out to “Pomp and Circumstance”.

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