Graduation 2012 Very Special for Campus
Jun 08, 2012
It was a joyful commencement ceremony, tinged with sadness, for more than 130 graduates from the Nashville Campus on Saturday evening, June 2, at the Madison Church of Christ.
Prior to receiving their degrees and diplomas, the Class of 2012 recognized one of their members who was unable to be with them. Information systems engineering graduate Troy Cotten passed away due to melanoma on February 26. The Campus paid tribute to Troy’s dedication and spirit by presenting him with the Achievement Award, accepted by his mother, Shelli Isiminger. Campus Director Patrick Patterson also announced that the Campus had named the Information Systems Engineering lab, where he spent much of his time on campus, in Troy’s honor.
Commencement speaker Fabian Bedne, District 31 Councilmember on the Nashville-Davidson County Metro Council, challenged the graduates to pursue knowledge for its own sake throughout their lives. Emigrating from his native Argentina 22 years ago, the successful architect shared how he achieved things he never imagined simply by following his dreams and learning as much as he could along the way. “My advice to you: be hardworking…be excellent,” said the first-term councilmember. “I hope that you guys will take that advice and go forward, and be great!”
With the examples of their fallen classmate and a community leader, the Class of 2012 have clear models to emulate as they seek to make the most of every opportunity life presents to them.
Commencement speaker Fabian Bedne is pictured at the graduation ceremony in the top photo. Shelli Isiminger is pictured accepting an award on behalf of her late son and graduate Troy Cotton in the bottom photo.