TU commencement highlights recounted by regional media

TOWSON, Md. (June 1, 2011)—Towson University garnered attention from print and television media as it awarded 3,313 degrees during its 146th Commencement last week.

This year's featured speaker was veteran journalist Scott Pelley, who delivered an inspirational keynote address to the graduates of the College of Fine Arts and Communication on May 25. Pelley is a long-time correspondent for 60 Minutes and CBS Evening News, where he will succeed Katie Couric as anchor.

"When the question is oppression, answer justice," Pelley told graduates and families. "When the question is poverty, answer compassion. When the question is suffering, answer mercy. When the question is a lie, answer with the truth, and when the test says 'stop here,' you say 'go on.'"

New graduate Brandi Gervais also made news when her parents, U.S. Army Col. Maria Gervais and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Chris Gervais, traveled 8,000 miles from Iraq to witness her address the graduates and receive her diploma during the May 26 commencement exercices for the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.

"I knew it was going to be a difficult year but I don't think I realized how hard it was going to be," said Brandi, who majored in biology and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. "To have my parents here means so much to me."

Over the course of three days and six commencement exercises, Towson awarded 2,573 baccalaureate degrees, 734 master’s degrees and certificates, and six doctoral degrees at the Towson Center.





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