Sunday, December 12, 2010

Commencement 2011: The December Version

In 1905, Einstein was an "obscure Swiss patent clerk."
This fall's commencement address was delivered by Reggie Whitten, co-founder and managing partner of the Whitten Burrage law firm in Oklahoma City, co-founder of the Whitten-Newman Foundation, "which helps children realize their potential," and Pros for Africa, an international relief organization that "provides necessities for disadvantaged children of war, poverty and natural disaster."  Mr. Whitten used the example of Albert Einstein and the power of the atomic bomb to remind graduates that "world-changing events . . . can come from one person." "Through the power of education, you can make your dreams come true," he added, so "make sure that you don't dream small."

I counted eight English majors listed in the program as candidates for Bachelor's degrees:  James K Brockman, Jenny Lynn Crelia, Ashley Renee Deskin, Allison Renee' Finley, Travis Lynn Gasaway, Shannon Allie McKim, Trevor Michael Smith, and Coby Lynn Thornton.

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