Nearly 500 students walked into the College of Arts and Humanities Commencement ceremony in style as a jazz ensemble played a swinging version of Pomp and Circumstance composed by Edward Elgar and arranged by Tim Shaghoian. Graduate student Zoey Turney began the proceedings with the national anthem.
The 2022 commencement was especially unique as both President’s Medalists and honorary doctorate degrees were awarded to a single college within the university. The heavy Dean’s Medal and President’s medals clanked loudly around the necks of undergraduate Steven Hensley and graduate Audia Dixon as they stood to be recognized in the ceremony.
Honorary doctorates were awarded to acclaimed artist Judy Chicago and longtime local educator Antonio “Tony” Petrosino.
The crowd exited the arena to the jazz ensemble’s rendition of “Mombo Inn,” composed by Mario Bauza and “St. Thomas,” by Sonny Rollins.
The College of Arts and Humanities congratulates all of this year’s graduates!