Volume 37, Issue 2
Tiffin University safely celebrated its 133rd annual commencement with an in-person ceremony on May 1.
Approximately 350 graduates attended the socially distanced, downsized event. Commencement mirrored the structure of the traditional ceremony, with the graduate ceremony in the morning and the undergraduate in the afternoon.
Dr. Lillian Schumacher, Tiffin University President, welcomed and congratulated the new graduates. Reflecting on the past year, she couldn’t help but think how resilient the Class of 2021 was. “If there is a year of graduates who can accomplish anything, this is you!”
The undergraduate ceremony featured Severine “Sevy” Petras Wells, CEO and Co-Founder of Priority Life Care, who delivered the keynote address.
Wells spoke about courage, “a word that can carry you through your darkest times and your biggest challenges – a word that can raise you to fantastic heights and help you create your destiny.”
She said that the graduates were there, not only because they worked hard but also because they had the courage to pursue their degree in difficult times. “Your courage here at Tiffin should give you confidence beyond these walls. If you did it here, you can do it elsewhere. If you did it now, you can do it again. If you have a dream, you can have the confidence and the courage to pursue it.”
After speaking, Wells was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, presented by Provost Dr. Peter Holbrook, Associate Provost Melissa Weininger and confirmed by Dr. Schumacher.
For a list of graduates or to view the livestream, go to tiffin.edu/commencement.
CLASS OF 2021 STATS
696 – GRADUATING STUDENTS
1 – GRADUATES RECEIVING THEIR ASSOCIATE DEGREES
345 – GRADUATES RECEIVING THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREES
350 – GRADUATES RECEIVING THEIR MASTER’S DEGREES
137 – GRADUATES RECEIVING THEIR MASTER’S DEGREES WITH DISTINCTION (4.0 G.P.A.)
184 – GRADUATES RECEIVING THEIR BACHELOR’S DEGREES WITH HONORS (3.5 G.P.A.)
25 – WASHINGTON D.C. AND U.S. STATES REPRESENTED13 – DIFFERENT COUNTRIES REPRESENTED