Warm welcome from President Varlotta
On Saturday, May 11, family, friends, and the campus community came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2019. By reflecting on experiences, President Varlotta reminded the graduating seniors that it was not the end of their learning journey, but the exciting beginning of a new chapter. She encouraged them to use their newly minted Hiram degrees to try new things, and find solutions to the urgent challenges they may be confronted with.
“I am proud to send you forward in your careers, and more importantly in your lives, not only as specialists who can only do one thing well, but as educated men and women who can think critically. Individuals who make subtle, but important connections; integrate various ways of thinking and knowing; live and work with people different than yourselves; and adapt to the evolving situations you will face not only at work, but at home and in your communities,” Varlotta told the graduates.
Advice from alumni
Following opening remarks from President Varlotta, two insightful messages were delivered to the graduates by commencement speaker, Mark W. Spong, ’75 and Betsy Juliano, ’84, vice chair of the Hiram College Board of Trustees. With innovation in mind, both spoke to the value of a liberal arts education, reminding graduates that they now have the skills that will enable them to thrive, adapt, and lead in a world that is constantly evolving.