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A First For Salisbury University: Doctoral Degrees Distributed During Graduation

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SALISBURY, Md. - Doctoral degrees were distributed for the first time in Salisbury University's 89-year history this past week.

The University celebrated its annual graduation ceremony at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Wednesday May 20 and Thursday May 21.

A total of 8 students received a Doctor of Nursing Practice during SU's graduate student ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. These students joined some 180 additional students who received their master's degrees according to the University's website.

Valerie Folsom delivered a speech to her fellow graduate students. Though this was her first time speaking at an SU commencement ceremony, it was not her first time graduating as a Sea Gull. Folsom earned a B.S. in early childhood education from the University in 2011.

"Enjoy every minute, not just of college, but of life," she urged.

The undergraduate ceremony followed on May 21. A total of 1,584 undergraduate students turned their tassels and received their Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Arts in School Work according to the University.

Two undergraduate ceremonies took place on Thursday; one at 10 a.m. and one at 2:30 p.m.

During the morning ceremony, the 2015 President's Distinguished Community Leadership Award recipients were honored. Anthony Sarbanes, a Community Advocate, received this year's individual award. Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care were recognized with the organizational honor.

Thomas "Tré" Williams III and Michelle Conrad were the speakers for the undergraduate ceremonies.

Despite Williams being a double major in biology and communication arts at the university, he also actively participated in extra-curriculars and volunteer activities. "Never say never," Williams said. "Life sometimes hands us an opportunity in disguise, and it is our choice to take hold of it or not."

Conrad was an accountant major at the University. She plans to return to SU to receive her M.B.A. and become a graduate assistant for the women's soccer team, which she was a member of.

"Don't be afraid to go after what you want," Conrad advised her fellow undergraduates.

"If you have a dream, do what it takes to get there, and don't be afraid to fail. Even if you fail, you've still learned something."

For any additional information, call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu
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