Tabor commencement to award 137 degrees to traditional undergrads

Tabor College is prepared to host its 104th annual commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Joel H. Wiens Stadium in Hillsboro.

The ceremony will include 137 traditional undergraduates in commencement; 97 have completed all requirements and will be receiving diplomas; 40 will receive their diplomas after completing require?ments in the upcoming fall semester.

Students attending Tabor College in Wichita also will be graduating at the commencement ceremony in Hillsboro. Fifteen have completed all requirements and will be receiving undergraduate diplomas; 23 will have degrees conferred as soon as they complete remaining degree requirements; four graduate students will have their degrees conferred this summer?for a total of 42 graduates.

Frank Johnson, vice president of academic affairs, said the day will be the culmination of hours, days, months and years of hard work inside and outside the classroom.

?Commencement is unquestionably the highlight of the academic calendar,? Johnson said. ?We are so proud of each student who has reached this milestone. I look forward to hearing the many stories of how these graduates will enrich the communities where they are soon to reside, work and worship.?

Jarrod Goentzel, an alumnus from Tabor College and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Humanitarian Response Lab, will be the commencement speaker.

Goentzel credits the undergraduate education he received at Tabor as a jump start to his successful career.

?Tabor faculty members inspired me to go deep in my field of mathematics, including a semester of study in Budapest, and challenged me in various subjects across the liberal arts curriculum,? Goentzel said. ?It was a solid foundation for interdisciplinary research, which is so critical in humanitarian applications.?

An estimated 3,000 family, friends, alumni, faculty and staff are expected to attend the commencement ceremony.

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