The 2015 Commencement
Speaker was Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
Starting with a home-brew kit making ten bottle batches, Sam now produces one of America’s fastest growing beers. He has truly earned the reputation of producing "off-centered beer for off-centered people" through his innovative combination of flavors and ingredients, coupled with innovative marketing.
His entrepreneurial endeavors have moved beyond brewing to include restaurants, fashion, and lodging. He hosted Discovery Channel’s "Brew Masters" series which looked at beer production world-wide, while focusing on his operations here in Delaware. He was chosen Business Man of the Year by the Small Business Association, and named the "Game Changer for 2010" by Huffington Post. He is a five-time nominee for the prestigious James Beard Award for wine and spirits.
The 2015 Commencement Ceremony
The processional was introduced by
Dr. Monica D. Rysavy.
Reverend Dr. J. Patrick Vaughn - Senior Pastor at the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church - led the invocation and
benediction of the ceremony.
Derrick Archie - president of the Student
Government Association and BS 2015 - led the Salute
to the Flag and and introduced Mr. Calagione.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the
Beautiful" were performed by Matthew I. Bik (MBA
President Mohammad Ilyas and John J. Patterson III
(Chair, Board of Trustees) conferred the honorary
degree of Doctor of Business Administration on Mr. Calagione.
The 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards - two this year - were
presented by President Mohammad Ilyas and Academic
Dean Alison Boord White to
Dr. Hibbatul M. Omar and
Dr. Mary Wheeling.
John J. Patterson III and College Trustees presided over a celebration
of the career of President Mohammad Ilyas at Goldey-Beacom College and the installation of
Dr. Gary L. Wirt as the College's 13th President.
President-Elect Gary L. Wirt introduced the 2015
President Mohammad Ilyas conferred the degrees on
the new graduates.
Congratulations, Class of 2015!
Video and Photos from the Ceremony
The Commencement ceremony was broadcast live
online and a
recorded version of the event is available.
Pictures from this year's ceremony are available in the photo gallery.