Save the dates for Commencement 2015
April 16, 2015: School of Education
April 18, 2015: College of Arts & Sciences
April 18, 2015: School of Business
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Director of Athletics Jeff Martinez and graduate Chris Kallimani '14.
A look at Commencement 2014
More than 1,600 degree candidates greeted University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl with hugs and handshakes as they walked on stage of the Greek Amphitheatre for the University’s 105th commencement weekend.
Some students high-fived and even took “selfies” with “Dr. K” as they affectionately call the President.
Riverside County Deputy Superintendent of Schools and University of Redlands 1978 and 1983 graduate Paul Jessup addressed more than 300 degree candidates from the University’s School of Education as their commencement speaker. The School awarded teaching credentials, master of arts degrees and doctorates in educational justice, the only doctoral degree awarded by the University of Redlands. Faculty members Jason Jones and Pauline Reynolds were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding service respectively.
The College of Arts and Sciences welcomed Bran Ferren as its keynote speaker. Ferren is the co-founder and chief creative officer of Los Angeles-based Applied Minds LLC where he invents and prototypes high-tech products and business strategies.
“As you enter the work force,” he said to more than 600 College of Arts and Sciences degree candidates, “you will marvel at how little the people in charge seem to know. As you move through life reaping success and making things work, at some point you’ll realize that everything that doesn’t work is all your fault. It’s the circle of life.”
At the same ceremony, C. Morgan Kinghorn received an honorary doctorate in music. Kinghorn, who studied government and piano performance, graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in government and never lost his love for piano and music. Kinghorn studied piano under the direction of Professor Louanne Long who draped the honorary doctorate hood around his neck during the ceremony.
School of Business degree candidates heard from speaker Nancy Jardini, Fannie Mae’s senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Reporting to the president and chief executive officer, Ms. Jardini is responsible for Fannie Mae’s compliance and ethics. Jardini cleverly used famous song titles and personal experience about her first job to drive the message that nothing beats hard work and ethics to achieve success in the real world.
The School of Business recognized Ronald L. Litzinger with an honorary doctorate in business administration. Litzinger is the president of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utilities serving 5 million customers. Litzinger received his master of arts degree in management from the University of Redlands in 1988.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the story of Chris Kallimani. On April 26, Kallimani earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration 65 years after he first enrolled at Redlands as a part of the V-12 program. Kallimani wasn’t able to complete his degree due to his obligations with the Navy and left three units short to take on a job that led him into a successful career in accounting. Earlier this year, he completed the three units. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Sigma and the University of Redlands football team in the 1940s. Kallimani received a standing ovation as he walked across the Greek Theatre’s stage to receive his degree.
Dr. Kuncl highlighted in his remarks the story of Patrick who survived the Rwandan genocide as a teenager and eventually made his way to the United States and the University of Redlands thanks to a benefactor. He earned a bachelor's degree at Redlands and on Saturday walked across the stage with a master's degree in business administration. His plans are to pursue a career and master’s degree in GIS to eventually return to his native country and better serve his community.
The three commencement ceremonies were live streamed via the University’s website, a first for these ceremonies.
Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Written by: Patty Zurita
Save the Date for 2015 Commencement:
- School of Education: April 16, 2015
- College of Arts & Sciences: April 18, 2015
- School of Business: April 18, 2015
Enjoy scenes and video from Commencement 2014 here.