North Central College’s 150th Commencement ceremony was filled with bittersweet goodbyes and exceptional honorees. President Emeritus and Life Trustee Harold R. Wilde, the College’s ninth president (pictured right), told the graduates in his Commencement address, “True intelligence is always modest, civility costs nothing and kind words cost nothing.”
President Troy D. Hammond presented three special awards. Trustee Ray Kinney’s commitment and dedication to the College earned him the Gael D. Swing Award for Meritorious Service. He is principal of Minuteman Press in Naperville. Richard Wilders, Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, accepted the Harold and Eva White First Citizen of the College Award for his selfless service to the College. Allie Youngren ’15 received the Mark A. Reid Leadership Award for her leadership and mentoring.
Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degrees were awarded to Wilde and R. Devadoss Pandian, professor of mathematics and dean of faculty emeritus (pictured left). Pandian served North Central College for 30 years as a mathematician, professor, scholar, dean of faculty, cabinet member and advocate for faculty and students.
Pandian was also among two other retiring faculty to receive emeritus status: Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology emeritus, and Judy Walters, associate professor of computer science emerita.Commencement 2015 celebrated North Central’s largest class in history. The College presented 836 students with degrees, with 100 earning master’s degrees and a record 736 receiving bachelor’s degrees. A record 41 graduates were honored as College Scholars.
President Emeritus and Life Trustee Harold R. Wilde