Aaron Fetrow, who spent a decade as a student affairs and campus life administrator at Guilford, issued a challenge to the Class of 2015 at Commencement.
“Bring love and accountability to your relationships after Guilford, be they with a life partner, colleagues at work, or other, more brief and fleeting encounters,” Aaron, now a vice president at Roanoke College, told the graduates and their guests.
“Teach your children, your friends’ children, your nieces and nephews, your parents – anyone – about love and accountability. In the end, love does win, but not on its own.”
The College’s newest alumni turned their tassels May 16 on the Quad in front of King Hall.
Guilford awarded diplomas to graduating seniors and the first honorary degree in its 178-year history. Susan Briggs, renowned trauma surgeon and humanitarian, received the doctor of humane letters degree, honoris causa.
Susan is a senior surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and director of the International Trauma and Disaster Institute at Massachusetts General. She has helped provide medical care after disasters including the World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and earthquakes in Iran and Haiti.
President Jane K. Fernandes, leading her first Guilford Commencement, congratulated the Class of 2015.
“Graduates, this is your day,” Jane said. “We are proud of your accomplishments as students and are excited about what the future holds for you.
“The world needs Guilford graduates now more than ever. You are uniquely prepared to help make the world a better place. Go forth and make a difference!”