Carrying the Alumni Association banner are, from left, Thom Shumosic, Class of 2006, and John Gaul, Class of 1978. Both are completing four-year terms on the UD Alumni Association in June.

Alumni return

Procession of alumni opens Commencement ceremony


4:25 p.m., May 26, 2012--Alumni from the 1950s through 2012 opened the University of Delaware's 163rd Commencement ceremony May 26 in Delaware Stadium.

The alumni procession represents all UD alumni around the world, which at the conclusion of Saturday's ceremony , number more than 155,000 worldwide.

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Leading the delegates were two outstanding members of the Class of 2012 -- Gealina Dun and Robert Pagels, recipients of the Warner and Taylor awards, respectively. 

Of the more than 80 delegates this year, many were related to individuals receiving  degrees at this year's ceremony.  One graduate, Thomas Coughlan, was represented by six alumni delegates -- his parents, Catherine and James; brother, Michael; sister and brother-in-law, Jennie and Nathan; and family friend, Melissa Wagner. 

Also marching in this year's procession were members of the Class of 1962, celebrating 50 years as Blue Hens.  

In a reception before the ceremony, UD President Patrick Harker welcomed the delegates and said, "You're proof to today's graduates that their ties to UD last a lifetime."

Photo by Evan Krape

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