Alumni return to help celebrate Commencement
This years procession included 42 who are parents and two who are grandparents of graduating seniors, as well as 10 members of the 50th reunion class of 1954.
With the Class of 2004, the number of living UD alumni is in excess of 130,000.
Marching with the Class of 1954 was Doris Trivits, an elementary school teacher from Wilmington who is the grandmother of graduating senior Evan Trivits. Her husband is a member of the Class of 1955, and two of her three children also are UD grads.
Jacqueline Seidel Berger, Class of 1947, also marched in the alumni procession and came to see her granddaughter, Melissa Anne Berger, receive her bachelors degree in education. Jacqueline Berger, who formerly taught high school French, now teaches classes at UDs Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington.
Mary Ann Hall, from New Castle, who received the Emalea Pusey Warner Award for outstanding senior woman when she graduated in 1954, also marched in the alumni procession.
Its a very real pleasure for me to see the graduation and how the school has changed since I was here, Hall said.
Andrea Stokes Scott, of Greenville, said the ceremony had special meaning to her because she was unable to attend her own Commencement in 1971.
Leading the alumni procession were this year’s recipients of the Alumni Association’s Warner and Taylor awards, which recognize the outstanding senior woman and man. These graduating seniors are Patricia Cordes and Charles Collins-Chase.
Photo by Kathy Atkinson
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