Goodwin College to Confer Nearly 600 Degrees and Certificates
On Thursday, June 6, Goodwin College will award nearly 600 degrees and certificates to students, marking one of the largest graduating classes in the school’s history.
The College will hold Commencement on campus, One Riverside Drive, beginning at 6:30 p.m. More students are walking in the ceremony than in any previous graduation held by Goodwin.
The ceremony will take place under a gigantic tent, which is already installed on the quad outside the main building. Commencement will take place outside, rain or shine.
Goodwin College is conferring a total of 596 degrees or certificates. Thirty students will receive Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Health Science, Child Study, or Organizational Studies. The latter is being awarded by Goodwin for the first time, with Organizational Studies established as a baccalaureate program in 2011.
Additionally, the College will award 435 Associate in Science Degrees across a wide array of disciples and 131 certificates for several programs offered at Goodwin.
Goodwin will award an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters to energy mogul, T. Boone Pickens, creator of the Pickens Plan for utilizing wind power and natural gas to solve the country’s energy crisis. Pickens visited Goodwin in 2009 and will address students at the 2013 Commencement. He is a proud alum of Oklahoma State University, where the football stadium bears his name.
Two graduates will also address their classmates at Commencement. Dena Booker, who is receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Study, is the 2013 valedictorian. Booker is a resident of Windsor and is a classroom teacher at the Paraiso Infantil Day Care and Family Center in Hartford.
The other graduate speaker will be Vaughn Martin, who will receive his Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Martin is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and enrolled at Goodwin through the Yellow Ribbon program. He is also a student worker at the Hoffman Family Library and the former president of the Goodwin College Student Nurse Association.