family and friends gathered in the Temple of the Trees at Oxford
on May 10 for the Colleges 2003 Commencement, Atlanta
Journal-Constitution editorial page editor Cynthia Tucker encouraged
the graduates to pursue a meaningfulnot materialversion
of the American dream.
worry about how much money youre going to make,
said Tucker. That is far from the most important thing.
You will spend half your waking hours at work. Make sure its
something you enjoy, that enriches your life and contributes
to your community. Then, you will be rich.
this time in which men and women of high station and low
have given their lives to defend America and its infinite possibilities,
Tucker said, it is incumbent upon all of us to protect,
preserve, and defend the freedoms this great nation offers.
Dana Greene 71G awarded Tucker the Deans Medal for
her tenacity of purpose in giving voice to the marginalized
and calling attention to entrenched social problems.
formal ceremony, which began with the traditional bagpipe processional,
recognized 208 graduates who received their Associate of Arts
joining us at Oxford you have become a new person who has inherited
a legacy of heart and mind which goes back to 1836, said
Greene. You are part of the Oxford lineage. We send you
forth full of pride and with great expectations for your future.
Burns Roche, a college chorale section leader and soloist, student
government vice president, and Leadership Oxford peer leader,
who has given scores of campus tours while walking backwards,
was given the Eady Sophomore Service Award by Associate Dean
of Campus Life Joseph C. Moon Jr.
Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching was presented
to M. Eloise Brown Carter, professor of biology, for her creative
selection and presentation of classroom material to consistently
reduce the gap . . . between what is taught and what students
in order to recognize the recipient here on his home campus,
Interim Provost Howard O. Hunter gave an early reading of a
sonnet honoring Charles Howard Candler Professor of English
Lucas A. Carpenter (left), who was presented with the 2003 University
Scholar/Teacher Award at Emorys Commencement on Monday