Commencement Recap: 545 Graduates Receive Degrees

Posted on June 4th, 2013 by

Several members of the class of 2013 pose with Gus the Lion (Photo by John Noltner).

Several members of the class of 2013 pose with Gus the Lion (Photo by John Noltner).

Sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s graced the Gustavus Adolphus College campus on Sunday, June 3, just in time for the College’s 2013 commencement ceremony. Five hundred and forty five seniors walked across the stage and received their degrees at Hollingsworth Field.

Forty four members of the Class of 2013 graduated Summa Cum Laude, meaning their cumulative grade point average was 3.900 or above. Ninety five students graduated Magna Cum Laude with a cumulative grade point average between 3.700 and 3.899. Ninety three students graduated Cum Laude with a cumulative grade point average between 3.500 and 3.699.

The most common major among the Class of 2013 was biology. Eighty graduates earned their degree in biology along with an additional 14 who earned their degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Other popular majors included psychological science (60), management (36), communication studies (34), economics (28), health fitness (25), nursing (23), political science (23), and sociology and anthropology (22).

Senior Julia Tindell, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English, delivered this year’s commencement address. Tindell’s speech is now available on YouTube.

Among the graduates were three recent Fulbright Grant winners including Ally Voss, Joey Taylor, and Sarah Lucht. Brendan Loney, who suffered an injury to his spinal cord that left him paralyzed from the chest down the summer after his sophomore year, earned his degree in management. WCCO was on campus Sunday to chronicle Loney’s story. Beth Hauer, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner, earned her degree in music education. Jasmine Porter, a recipient of an International Institute for Public Policy Fellowship, earned her degree in political science and geography. Dawn Comstock, a winner of the Glenn T. Seaborg Science Award and participant in the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, earned her degree in biology honors and Scandinavian studies. The class of 2013 also included 40 inductees to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

The entire video of this year’s commencement ceremony is now available on the Gustavus YouTube channel.

You can also watch a 24 second time lapse video from commencement Sunday on the College’s YouTube channel.

You can view a large gallery of photos from commencement on the College’s Flickr page.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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