Despite a few sprinkles, UIndy successfully conducted its 2016 Commencement exercises Saturday, May 7, at Key Stadium.
NPR Morning Edition host and Carmel native Steve Inskeep delivered an inspirational address and called up a student volunteer to present his honorary diploma to his mother in the audience. Singer-actress Jearlyn Steele sang a cappella tributes to her hero Aretha Franklin and her late friend and collaborator Prince. Local developer and philanthropist Gene Zink joined them in receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
The Class of 2016 was represented by undergraduate speaker Zak Mitiche, a double major in sociology and philosophy, and graduate student speaker Maria Eller, who received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Nearly 1,400 graduates hailing from 30 states and 29 nations have completed or will complete degrees this year on UIndy’s home campus. Another 79 are receiving diplomas at UIndy’s international partnership sites.