January 30, 2015

Aaron Fetrow to Speak at Commencement

Aaron Fetrow, former vice president for student affairs and dean of students, will be the invited speaker at Commencement on May 16.

Aaron, who now holds the same post at Roanoke College, left Guilford at the end of July after 10 years as a student affairs and campus life administrator, the last five as a vice president.

“During my years as Guilford’s Dean of Students and Chair of the Convocation and Celebrations Committee, I always viewed my role in helping to select and invite Guilford’s Commencement speaker as a tremendously important task,” Aaron said.

“It is the crowning academic achievement for graduates, and I always felt privileged to help select a speaker who spoke to the Guilford experience. To now be invited as the Commencement speaker is humbling and, to be honest, fairly intimidating. I am honored by the opportunity and look forward to being part of another remarkable Guilford Commencement.”

Aaron joined Guilford in October 2004 as associate dean for campus life. He served as dean for campus life for nearly three years and dean of students for nearly two years before being promoted to vice president for student affairs and dean of students in October 2009.

Earlier in his career, Aaron was an employment law attorney with the Indiana-based law firm Baker & Daniels. He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2003, a master's degree in history from Truman State University in 1997 and a bachelor's degree history from Manchester College (Indiana) in 1994. He was born in Rochester, Ind., and grew up in Sylvania, Ohio.

“When picking this year’s invited speaker, the committee felt that the ideal candidate would be someone with a strong connection to the class of 2015 as well as to the institution of Guilford College,” said Josh Weil ’15, who was involved in the selection process.

“We felt that Aaron Fetrow, having been a part of Guilford College for many years, would be an excellent addition to Commencement and would provide the insight that is expected at this event. We are excited to hear what Aaron has to say to our graduating students regarding moving on in their life after Guildford College.”

The ceremony will be notable for other reasons, as well. Jane Fernandes, who became president July 1, will preside over her first Guilford Commencement. Susan Briggs, renowned trauma surgeon and humanitarian, will be awarded the first honorary degree in the College’s 178-year history.