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April / May 2013

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Trine commencement moves outside

Fingers are crossed and many are hoping that the low temperatures and rainy days of mid–April will give way to warmer and sunnier weather for Trine University′s first outdoor commencement ceremony in more than four decades.

Approximately 400 graduates are expected to participate in the 128th graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, that′s been scheduled outside at Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium. This will be the first outdoor graduation since the late 1960s as recent ceremonies have taken place in Hershey Hall.

The return to an outdoor ceremony has excited soon–to–be graduates and alumni who made positive remarks on Facebook.

One alum, 1958 electrical engineering grad Harold Buttery of Florida, plans to be there to see his granddaughter, Alexandra "Allie" Buttery, graduate. The Clarkston, Mich., senior is a golf management major.

"I′m looking forward to it," Buttery said. "I have fond memories of my graduation. It was a beautiful day, it was warm and I hope it will be the same for Allie." He recalls the 1958 ceremony took place between the administration building and the cafeteria, today′s C.W. Sponsel Administration Center and Trine Welcome Center/Forman Hall.

It appears the last time an outdoor commencement took place was in June 1967. "From Carriage to Computer: The First One Hundred Years of Tri–State University," by Elizabeth Brown Orlosky, mentions that 156 seniors graduated on the campus lawn in 1967. Her book also mentions the 1968 service, but does not say where it took place. The 1969 ceremony was in the Angola high school gymnasium, according to the book.

The former Angola Christian Church, now Trine′s T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, was also used as a commencement venue.

With the new venue, 2013 are also looking forward to graduation.

"I am excited to graduate from Trine and begin graduate school out in Las Vegas," said Julia Nell, chemistry major from Ada, Okla., who plans to participate in the outdoor ceremony.

Rece Davis

This year′s speaker will be Rece Davis, an ESPN sports commentator. Davis started his broadcasting career as an unpaid intern and is now the host of a variety of programs on ESPN.

"Davis′s personal experience of using hard work and knowledge to climb the career ladder is sure to resonate with our graduates," said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. "We are pleased to have a person of his caliber be a part of our commencement exercises."

If the weather doesn′t co–operate, commencement will take place in Hershey Hall. A decision on location will be made by Friday morning, May 3. Anyone planning to attend should check the website for last–minute location information.

Other commencement–related events include Honors Day on the main campus at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28, Order of the Engineer at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, and Senior Celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3.

For more information about Trine’s commencement, visit