Graduation - May 1, 2015

Commencement Speaker

Sam CalagioneThe 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 2015).

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 graduates.

President Mohammad Ilyas conferred the degrees on the new graduates.

Congratulations, Class of 2015!

2015 Graduation Program
View the full program booklet handed out at the Graduation ceremony.

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.

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