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“May the force be with you” 2019 graduates!

May 4, 2019

Flagler College handed out diplomas to 422 seniors on Saturday at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, including 36 locals from St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach. In the spirit of the day known as ‘Star Wars’ day, President Joseph G. Joyner greeted the graduates by saying, “I know where my force comes from, and I hope you find yours too.”

> To view photos from the day’s commencement exercises, please click here.

> To view the full graduation ceremony video. please click here.

Wide shot of graduates and families facing the stage at the outdoor St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

There was also one graduate from the Master of Arts in Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing program: Ferba R. Hines.

Department awards were granted to thirty-three graduates who ranked among the top 10 percent of their class. Outgoing Student Government Association President Colton Neubauer received the President’s Award for Leadership and Hasani Malone received the President’s Award for Service.

Neubauer will intern with the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases this summer. He’ll also be exploring his options for his next steps, somewhere he said he hopes to “Make an impact.” Malone will continue on to graduate school at the Parsons School of Design for the Master of Arts in Fashion Studies program. She was significantly involved with Flagler College Volunteers and the Black Student Association during her time at Flagler.

Professors Michele Gregoire and Margaret Finnegan were both recognized for their service to the college, as both will retire this year from the faculty. For her years of service to the college, Finnegan was conferred the title of Faculty Emerita by the Board of Trustees.

1985 Flagler graduate Dr. Mignonne Pollard, the Governor Jerry Brown appointed outreach manager for California Complete Count Census 2020, presented to the students the idea of crossing bridges and overcoming obstacles. “Together, let us create a vision for the world,” she said.

Pollard, a native of St. Augustine, continued, “I see the Bridge of Lions and I know I am home. That the world is just beyond the Matanzas.”

In a new tradition, Colin Bigelow gave a senior class speech. Bigelow graduated with a triple major in economics, finance and business administration with minors in math and pre-law. This summer he’ll assume his new role as a business analyst at Northrop Grumman in Melbourne, Fla. In his moving and sometimes funny speech, he charged his peers to not waste this blessing before them and to do the hard things that must be done. He said to “Do it out of compassion. Do it out of empathy. Do it out of love.”

The new alma mater, “Here We Stand, Together,” created for the college’s 50th anniversary, closed the morning’s commencement exercises. 

On Saturday afternoon, a second commencement ceremony for the Public Administration program will graduate the 2019 cohort in the Flagler College Lewis Auditorium. This program encompasses the needs of public sector professionals with courses in public policy, budgeting and management, as well as human resources and grant writing.

> To view photos from the Public Administration commencement, please click here.

Wide shot of auditorium during the PAD program spring 2019 graduation.


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