Lake Erie College awards 166 degrees May 6
On Sunday, May 6, Lake Erie College awarded 166 degrees at its 147th commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held, for the first time in College history, in the Athletic & Wellness Center.
The College awarded 137 undergraduate degrees, 10 master of science degrees in education and 19 master of business administration degrees. Student Government Association President Kristian Schmalzer reminded her fellow graduates that although they are sprinting for the doors now, those same doors will always be open upon their return home to Lake Erie College.
Dana Dennis ’76, vice president and controller of Parker Hannifin Corporation, addressed the graduates in a speech titled, “True Success in Life.” After dedicating the address to his father-in-law, Dennis commended the Class of 2007 for accepting the challenge of higher education as it is the door opener that makes dreams come true.
“When I’m driving to Parker in the morning, I don’t say ‘ok, I better turn on my ethics button’ because it should always be on,” said Dennis. He continued to remind graduates that success is built on a high foundation of ethical standards that begin and end with an individual doing the right thing.
Lastly, Dennis encouraged graduates not to sacrifice their families because true success comes when one can balance family and work. “I’ve never had a boss who said ‘good job, I love you,’ but my wife says it every morning before I leave for work,” he added.
Dennis closed his remarks noting that the three elements of true success are education, high integrity and balance of family and work. “When you achieve the right balance of these three elements, that’s when you will become successful,” he said.
During the commencement exercise, Doctor of Humane Letters degrees were presented to Dennis and Jerome T. Osborne Sr., Lake County businessman and philanthropist.