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Sunday May 28, 2023

Class of 2023 Prepared for ‘Infinite Potentialities’ as Chapman Celebrates Graduation

Cool temperatures didn’t chill the spirits of household and associates who got here to have a good time the Class of 2023 at Chapman’s College Graduation Ceremony on Could 19. Award-winning actress, director and producer Angela Bassett delivered the keynote handle on the night occasion, which culminated in fireworks and a standard toast from President Daniele C. Struppa.

“If somebody ever says to you that you’re ‘doing an excessive amount of,’ you inform them, ‘I’m simply getting began,’” mentioned Bassett to graduates throughout her speech, throughout which she talked about her personal journey to success and reminded college students of their legacy as a part of Chapman’s historical past. 

“You might have grow to be part of an extended and luxurious historical past of people that weren’t afraid of overachieving and ‘doing an excessive amount of.’ As a result of for Chapman College Panthers, there may be at all times rather more work to be executed,” mentioned Bassett. 

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Bassett provided inspiration to the Class of 2023.

“At all times keep in mind that life is just not linear,” she mentioned, providing recommendation to the brand new graduates. “You could expertise many detours in your journey. However simply because one thing doesn’t occur the way in which we envisioned or once we anticipated, don’t label it as a failure – reasonably, embrace it as a gateway to infinite potentialities.”

Watch the complete speech right here:

President Struppa, Ph.D., reminded graduates of the primary time they gathered on Wilson Discipline, as first-year college students simply embarking on their school schooling, unaware of the challenges that the worldwide pandemic would lay of their paths.

“But by way of all of it you not solely endured, however your creativity and dedication flourished and that speaks volumes about the way in which that you just as a category embody the Chapman spirit,” mentioned Struppa.

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Chapman College President Daniele Struppa congratulates the Class of 2023.

Through the ceremony, Bassett and 6 others had been awarded honorary levels from the college. Senior workers additionally acknowledged college and scholar award winners, and graduates had been formally welcomed to the Chapman College Alumni Affiliation by Connie Benson ’93, vp of the Alumni Affiliation. 

On the conclusion of the ceremony, President Struppa formally conferred graduates with their levels as undergraduate college students moved their tassels from the appropriate to left. Afterward, the graduates and their households had been invited to Aitken Arts Plaza for the normal President’s Toast and a celebratory fireworks present over the Musco Heart. 

firework that looks like a palm tree over musco center at chapman university
Chapman’s College Graduation Ceremony concluded with a show of fireworks.

Greater than 2,650 undergraduate and graduate college students crossed the stage to gather their diplomas this yr, throughout diploma ceremonies for particular person faculties and schools on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For extra photographs, go to Chapman College’s Fb web page

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