Congratulations, Class of 2012!
By Frank Radosevich II
May 12, 2012
Bradley students transitioned to proud alumni of the University this week after President Joanne K. Glasser and faculty conferred degrees upon more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students.
William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., gave the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony where more than 825 seniors were recognized for their academic achievement. Before speaking to the graduates, Ford was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Ford, great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, spoke of his early days as a budding environmentalist at the automotive giant. His views on conservation took decades before they were accepted at the company and decades more before engineers had developed the necessary technology pursue them.
He told the graduates to dream big but to be prepared to face challenges along the road.
“Things won’t always go your way. It’s important to hang in there,” he said. “Success starts with knowing what is important to you.”
One of the proud graduating seniors was Dan Moir, who graduated with a degree in economics and will work as an underwriter in Chicago with a commercial insurance company. A triplet from Naperville, Ill., Moir walked with one of his sisters, Theresa, who graduated with a degree in studio art.
Dan Moir said there are many things he’ll miss from the Hilltop, such as playing hockey, spending time with friends and studying on a college schedule.
“It’s been a fun four years,” he said as his fellow graduates lined up for the ceremony. “I’ll miss not having a 9-to-5.”
Two graduating seniors were commissioned in to the U.S. Army through the University’s ROTC program. Second Lieutenants Nathaniel Zimmerly of Greenwood, Ind., and Margarita Rosiles of Elgin were both commissioned during the May 12 ceremony by Major Antwine Williams-Smith.
Earlier in the week, the Honorable James E. Shadid ‘79, Chief United States District Judge of the Central District of Illinois, delivered the keynote address at the May 10 graduate commencement ceremony where some 200 students received their degrees.
Shadid, a former Bradley baseball player who was confirmed to the federal bench in March 2011, reminded the graduate students to not lose sight of what is important in life. He said receiving a big paycheck or a fancy title should not be their ultimate goal.
“Although nice, they aren't really measures of who we are or what type of person we hope to be,” Shadid said. “Wealth and fame will not be our legacy. Wealth and fame take no particular skill; they do not exhibit leadership qualities; they do not speak to the decisions we make or the people we are and they certainly don’t speak to the obligations we have to each other.”