Radford University celebrated the accomplishments of its newest graduates with commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 and 14 in the Bondurant Auditorium.
During the 2013 Winter Commencement undergraduate ceremonies on Dec. 14, RU President Penelope W. Kyle conferred degrees on 359 students. Undergraduates degrees included 239 Bachelors of Science, 55 Bachelors of Business Administration, 38 Bachelors of Science in Nursing, 8 Bachelors of Arts, 15 Bachelor of Fine Arts and nine Bachelors of Music. Five students received dual degrees.
"I am confident that you will do well because of the educational opportunities and experiences you had while at RU," Kyle said. "You will make positive contributions to our communities and to our nation in so many diverse and exciting ways."
Associate Professor Laura Jacobsen, president of the RU Faculty Senate and faculty representative to the Radford University Board of Visitors, addressed the graduating undergraduate students on behalf of the faculty. "As grand and sometimes impossible as it seems to think that one person can change the world," Jacobsen said, speaking to the future of the assembled students, "I stand before you today to suggest to you that you not only can change it, but indeed you will change it."
Zach McCoy, president of the RU Student Government Association, addressed the undergraduates, families and friends gathered at the ceremonies, reminding the graduates of their enduring connection to RU and the joys and responsibilities ahead of them. "You have worked so hard throughout your collegiate career to get where you are. Now capitalize on that work, by using the skills and expertise you developed to go out there and conquer the world," he said.