Commencement Speaker 2013
Published: Monday, April 1, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 1, 2013 17:04
On Tuesday, March 26th on the steps of the Arnold Bernhard Library at 1:00 P.M., the secret of the commencement speakers for the approaching 2013 Graduation ceremony was unraveled.
The speaker for the School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences will be Jessica Jackley, a successful entrepreneur who started a company called Kiva, a non-profit online lending site, and for The School of Communications and the School of Health Sciences, the speaker will be Josh Elliot, a TV journalist anchor of Good Morning America who has also been on ESPN.
Andrea Rogers, who is the president of the 2013 graduating senior class, played a large role in setting up the commencement ceremony and choosing the speakers.
“We’ve been thinking about who to choose for commencement speakers since junior year,” Rogers explained, “We mostly just ask around with people in the student body about who they’d like to hear speak. Usually, we get requests for big name celebrities, but end up choosing speakers that the students can relate to, which works out better in the end.”
Rogers wishes for low amounts of drama in these situations, as if celebrities were invited to speak at Quinnipiac commencement ceremonies there would be media coverage, and eager fans that would distract from the desired experience of giving students advice on their graduation.
The steps to finding a proper speaker is usually done by either Googling or mirroring peer institutions to Quinnipiac, such as Penn State, Pace, and URI. From there, it usually becomes a matter of which of the favored persons’ schedules matches the dates for the Quinnipiac commencement ceremony.
Andrea Rogers’s job of choosing potential candidates is shared with Carla Natalie, who is thea non-student that is the director of special events for Quinnipiac University.
Rogers and other SGA members accounted that they were very happy with the decision of the speakers, which is ultimately decided by Carla Natalie. “We’re happy with the decision that was made because we could see how it intertwined with the suggestions we gave,” said Rogers, “We did a great job of choosing two candidates that could relate to all the students who attend Quinnipiac, not just those students that are directly associated with the school division that the speakers are representing.”
Rogers and other SGA members encouraged involvement of the student body through a site called Senior Quick Link, as well by following SGA on Twitter through Twitter account @QUSGA.