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CONTACT:   Janine G. Sorbello, Dir. of Ext. Affairs             DATE: May 11, 2022

CELL:            302-290-3224                              

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Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long Addresses Goldey-Beacom College Graduates

Wilmington, DE – Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) held its 135th Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, April 29, 2022, on the GBC campus in two separate ceremonies with undergraduate students commencing first, followed by graduate and doctoral students next. A combined total of just over 400 students received degrees.

Lt. Governor of Delaware Bethany Hall-Long delivered the commencement address to GBC graduate and doctoral students. Upon the recommendation of the GBC Honorary Degree Committee and following approval by the GBC Board of Trustees, President Colleen Perry Keith conferred upon Dr. Bethany Hall-Long an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree, with all appropriate honors, rights, privileges and responsibilities.

Hall-Long shared her excitement and commended students, parents and faculty. “It takes a village to get to this day. Our world is a small collective integration of diversity, and we have to be mindful of that as we see human beings and work together,” Hall-Long said, and then continued, “so, my real-life experience has been that the best things happen with honesty, communication and openness – recognizing that we are not always going to get everything that we want.”

She continued, “I was raised on the beaches in Delaware, and I learned one thing about the waves – you can’t control them. But you can ride them. Have that open mind. And when the wave is really high, and you don’t think you can get through, know that you just have to ride it.”

Hall-Long thought for a moment and added, “Joe Biden always talked about his father’s statement ‘it’s not about how many times you get knocked down, it’s about how many times you get back up’. I lost the first time I ran (for office), but I went right back out to community meetings to be a voice. I want you to think about the glass as being half full and learn from your failures. Envision and empower what God has given you and roll with that as an opportunity. Glass half full mindset.”

Goldey-Beacom College President Colleen Perry Keith concluded the days’ ceremonies by offering a few words of wisdom to graduate and doctoral students. “We know you have been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Your achievement validates your hard work and diligence, the dreams and sacrifices of your family and loved ones and the College’s confidence in your knowledge and abilities. We hope the degrees we award you today will propel you forward in your chosen career path.”

Founded in 1886, Goldey-Beacom College has approximately 1,300 students enrolled from 22 states and 65 nations. The College offers 42 degree options in its graduate and undergraduate programs with majors in psychology, economics, criminal justice, communication & media, human services, English, and all areas of business, including accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, and finance.

The College is accepting students into two new degree programs in fall 2022: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies; B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics. Both were approved in March 2022 by the Delaware Department of Education.

The College is committed to connecting its graduates with careers in their respective fields. For over a decade, the College has achieved a 90% placement rate for graduates. Goldey-Beacom College is located in Pike Creek Valley, a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.



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