ASC graduates 141 at fall ceremony

(12-22-2008)

Adams State College awarded degrees to 141 graduates at its fall commencement ceremony, Dec. 20. There were 102 undergraduate and 39 master's degrees awarded.

Dr. Tracy Doyle and her husband, James, played Peyton McDonald's "Prelude No. 1 for Flute and Marimba " prior to the ceremony.

Dr. Tracy Doyle and her husband, James, played Peyton McDonald's "Prelude No. 1 for Flute and Marimba " prior to the ceremony.

Peyton McDonald's Prelude No. 1 for Flute and Marimba was performed by the duo of Dr. Tracy and James Doyle on the flute and percussion, respectively.

Marni Zabel spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

Marni Zabel spoke on behalf of the graduating class.

Marni Zabel, who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in interdisciplinary studies/literacy, gave a message on behalf of her classmates. Having just completed her student teaching, Zabel said, "I have learned my greatest lessons from my third graders." She listed those four lessons:

  1. Always remember to have fun.
  2. Remember names. "No professor ever forgot my name. I was always a student at Adams State - not a number."
  3. Teaching is a rewarding profession. "I'm beginning to understand why professors get up every day to teach us. When a little boy comes up to you and tells you he thought the activity would be boring, but he really had so much fun - you know you're making a difference in that child's education. Say thank you to all your professors who come to work every day trying to make that light shine."
  4. Everyone needs support. "Remember to thank your family and friends," Zabel concluded.
ASC 1970 graduate David Evans gave the commencement address.

ASC 1970 graduate David Evans gave the commencement address.

The commencement address was given by David L. Evans, Adams State class of 1970, who retired last year from an esteemed 24-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. His talk was entitled "Adams State College: Always in my Rearview Mirror, and Closer than it Appears."

He said, "I left this institution 38 years ago, and ASC has remained on my mind and in my heart as a symbol of pride, nostalgia and inspiration wherever I have been. Happiness for me has been always having Adams State in my rear view mirror to look back at and reflect upon."

Evans explained that his first try at college, in fall 1962, was short lived. "I arrived with only a desire to play football, and my grades showed it." After serving four years in the Navy, he returned to Adams State determined to prove and redeem himself, with the goal of entering the U.S. Foreign Service.

He recalled his grandmother's humbling response when he announced he'd be entering the Foreign Service. "So, you will be working in politics," she said. "Couldn't you find a way to earn an honest living?"

Evans said, "I have spent my professional life trying to live up to her hope that I could earn an honest living. I believe the tough encouragement with emphasis on character and hard work by my professors like Dr. Peterson, Dr. Crowder, and Dr. McDaniel not only gave me the academic tools and skills to compete in my chosen field, they helped strengthen my moral moorings to cope with the ethical challenges I faced during my career."

By Julie Waechter