About 650 Bowie State Students Receive Degrees at Spring CommencementMay 23, 2017
Dr. Burnim Addresses Graduates, Their Families in His Last Commencement as BSU President
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(BOWIE, Md.) The Bowie State University class of 2017 graduates and their families celebrated their achievement at the Spring Commencement yesterday, as the world watched. View the photos and watch the livestream broadcast.
About 650 students received their degrees, including five doctoral candidates. Dozens of undergraduate students achieved Latin Honors, including five students who earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages: Meshai Anthony (psychology), Sophie Barden (theater arts), Devin Bloh (psychology), Darnisha Johnson (communications), and Airis Thomas (communications).
In his commencement address, the last he would give as president of Bowie State, Dr. Burnim shared lessons he learned over his life that would benefit the graduates as they leave the university.
“One’s most significant growth is likely to come from a failure experience,” he said. He shared how his past failures set him on the course to become Bowie State University’s ninth president and how the graduates can do the same as they navigate the challenges of life.
Dr. Burnim’s words of comfort were especially poignant for the family of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins. He posthumously conferred Collins’s degree and presented it to his family. An empty seat draped in Collins’ graduation gown sat in the arena to honor him throughout the ceremony.