MANSFIELD, PA— Mansfield University’s soon-to-be newest graduates started their last week as honored guests at the annual Graduation Celebration Brunch on Monday, May 5.
Jamie Hall, a 2003 MU graduate who is now vice-president of the Alumni Association, was the guest speaker. After graduating from MU, Hall went on to earn his law degree from Villanova University and founded his own law firm in East Norriton, PA.
Hall talked to the Class of 2014 about how much and how often the things he learned and the relationships he formed at Mansfield prepared him for his professional and personal life.
“I look back at my time at Mansfield and find that it did not just help me learn, and did not just give me a diploma to put on my wall to look at when I sit in my office, but it gave me tools to apply going forward,” Hall said. “When you look back in 11 years, or whatever it may be, only at that time will you realize how much you learned here that you’ll apply every single day in whatever career you go into.”
He also urged the soon-to-be graduates to give back to their alma mater in any way they can by volunteering, offering financial support when possible, and by just being a representative of what Mansfield is.
“This is someplace special and it means special things to you and to classes going back more than 150 years,” Hall said. “Mansfield is also unlike other universities in that we can give them information and suggestions. So think about how to improve Mansfield when you’re thinking about how Mansfield has improved you.”
The Graduation Celebration brings together graduates and university administration, faculty and staff. Special recognition is given to the candidates for outstanding senior.
President Fran Hendricks and Associate Professor Jeffrey Bosworth, chair of the Outstanding Senior Committee, presented each candidate with a certificate.
The Outstanding Senior Award will be presented at Commencement on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Decker Gymnasium.
To see the Outstanding Senior nominees, click here.
The event is made possible by the support of Professors Lee and Kathy Wright ’82, MU Alumni Association, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Finance & Administration, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (AFSCUF), and the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Workers (AFSCME).