The 2013 Commencement
Speaker was The Honorable Rita M. Landgraf,
Secretary of Health and Social Services for the
State of Delaware. As a member of the
Governor’s Cabinet, Secretary Landgraf leads the
government department charged with providing quality
services for health, mental health, children,
families, and seniors in Delaware.
She oversees one of the largest departments in
State government with an annual budget of more than
$1 billion. For more than 30 years, she has
been a noted leader in health care, disabilities,
and senior issues, including serving as Executive
Director of ARC, the National Alliance on Mental
Illness in Delaware, and President of AARP-Delaware.
The 2013 Commencement Ceremony
The processional was introduced by Dr. Mary L. Wheeling.
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey R. Pinder - Senior Pastor at the Faith Baptist Church - led the invocation and benediction of the ceremony.
James B. Lysle - president of the Student Government Association and BS 2014 - led the Salute to the Flag and and introduced Secretary Landgraf.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful" were performed by Matthew I. Bik (BS 2013).
President Mohammad Ilyas and E. Thomas Harvey III (Chair, Board of Trustees) conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on Secretary Landgraf.
The 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award was presented by President Mohammad Ilyas and Academic Dean Alison Boord White to Dr. William Rivers.
Vice President Gary L. Wirt introduced the 2013 graduates.
President Mohammad Ilyas conferred the degrees on the new graduates.
Congratulations, Class of 2013!
Video and Photos from the Ceremony
The Commencement ceremony was broadcast live online and a recorded version of the event is available.
Photos from the event are available in our photo gallery.