Photos: Undergraduate | Graduate
Videos: Video replays from both ceremonies


Chris Connor, Chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company, is congratulated by BW President Dick Durst after receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Baldwin Wallace University Class of 2012 Celebrates Commencement

Two prominent Northeast Ohio leaders delivered inspiring advice to 1,015 graduating students at the 162nd Baldwin Wallace University Commencement ceremonies over the weekend.

Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, spoke to undergraduate students, their family members and friends on Sunday, May 6, while Thomas G. Bordenkircher, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Quality and Assurance with the Ohio Board of Regents, delivered the address at the Saturday, May 5 graduate ceremony. Both men received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the College.

Undergraduates Urged to "Leave a Wake"

At the undergraduate ceremony, held in Finnie Stadium, Connor described the "no wake" signs that are often posted to require small boats to slow down. "Today those signs are down," he told the 755 graduates. "I want to see a wake behind you. I want to know you were here on the planet and left your mark."

Connor also had praise for BW President Richard Durst who was presiding over his final commencement exercise before entering retirement. "He leaves behind a Cleveland business community that respects him immensely and a college grateful for his leadership," Connor said. "He left a wake."

Honors for an Accomplished Group of Undergraduates

During the undergraduate ceremony, retiring President Durst announced Anthony Testa as the winner of the The Milton T. Baldwin Prize, which is given to the student with the highest GPA. Testa earned a 3.99 GPA during his time at BW.

More than 200 of the Class of 2012 graduated with honors: 33 earning summa cum laude recognition with a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or higher; 89 graduated magna cum laude with a 3.75 GPA and while another 88 earned cum laude honors, with a 3.60 GPA.

Graduate Commencement & Baccalaureate Addresses

Delivering the address at Saturday's graduate degree ceremony, which took place in Ursprung Gymnasium, Bordenkircher acknowledged the rapid changes and unpredictability of the future workplace. "Your school taught you to question, investigate and reflect," he told the 260 graduates. "Hold on to that very valuable gift. It will serve you well."

Retiring Neuroscience Professor G. Andrew Mickley addressed graduates attending the Sunday morning Baccalaureate service at the Kulas Musical Arts Building. Mickley encouraged graduates to look for truth and to act on it. "Knowing the truth and daring to act is a magical combination through which you and I can change the world for good," he said. Mickley also called college, "a team sport," before inviting grads to turn to their loved ones and say thank you.

Replay Ceremony Online; View Photos

BW provided a live webcast of both commencement exercises, which are now available for replay viewing online at this link: Photos of the event can be viewed on the College Facebook page

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