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Congratulations, Graduates!

Carthage bids fond farewell to Class of 2019

Carthage celebrated the commencement of the Class of 2019 with a weekend of activities May 24-26, 2019. Speakers advised 674 new Carthage graduates to embrace unexpected career twists and to continually push onward.


The formal send-off was held Sunday, May 26, in the Field House of the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center. Degree recipients included the first graduating cohort in the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and the second cohort in the Master of Science in Business Design and Innovation program.

 Carthage celebrated the Commencement of the Carthage Class of 2019 on May 26, 2019.

Commencement Address: Try something uncomfortable

Fulbright University Vietnam founding president Dam Bich Thuy gave the Commencement address after receiving an honorary Doctor of Civil Law. FUV, the Southeast Asian nation’s first private, nonprofit university to embrace the American liberal arts approach, enters its inaugural year this fall.

Citing examples from her own eclectic resume, Ms. Thuy reminded graduates it’s OK to follow a nonlinear career path. Before moving into higher education, she spent nearly 20 years in the financial services industry. At one point, she left the “so-called best job in town” in the government sector to spur foreign investment in Vietnam. That decision paid off after the United States lifted its trade embargo in 1994.

“How would you find out about your true calling if you never try anything uncomfortable?” Ms. Thuy asked rhetorically. In addition, she urged the outgoing class not to choose success at the expense of their principles. “Having these core values stick with you, it will help you a lot with your career compass,” she said.

2019 Commencement Speaker Dam Bich Thuy addresses the graduates.2019 Commencement Speaker Dam Bich Thuy addresses the graduates.

Senior Class Address: ‘You’re the author of your own story’

Sabiella Gomez ’19 delivered the senior class address. The graphic design major from Lindenhurst, Illinois, received that honor as winner of the Distinguished Senior Award. In her message, Ms. Gomez relayed the importance of integrity, initiative, and inspiration. 

“You’re the author of your own story,” she said. “Make it adventurous, exciting, filled with happiness — whatever you want to make of it.”

Sabiella Gomez '19 addresses her fellow graduates at the Commencement ceremony of the Carthage Cl...Sabiella Gomez '19 addresses her fellow graduates at the Commencement ceremony of the Carthage Class of 2019.

Honored Alumni

For contributions to their alma mater and their professions, two alumni were recognized during Commencement:

Loren H. Semler ’65 was awarded the Carthage Flame, the highest honor the College bestows. He served on the Board of Trustees for nearly three decades and has provided financial support for scholarships, a campus fitness center, and other initiatives. Mr. Semler’s daughter, Katherine (Semler) Felton ’88, accepted on his behalf. 
Read more about Mr. Semler

Raymond Johnson ’60 accepted the Distinguished Alumni Award. He has found success as an entrepreneur, investor, conservationist, and philanthropist. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Susan, notably founded The Museum of Russian Art, which draws more than 50,000 patrons each year to its Minneapolis location.
Read more about Mr. Johnson

The ceremony capped off a full weekend of Commencement activities that began with the New Alumni Convocation and dinner and also featured the interfaith Baccalaureate service.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

President John Swallow takes a selfie with the Carthage Class of 2019 during the Commencement cer...President John Swallow takes a selfie with the Carthage Class of 2019 during the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

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