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Indiana University Southeast conferred 995 degrees at the 48th Commencement on Monday, May 9, at FreedomHall in


The Class of 2016 included 870 bachelor’s degrees, 99 master’s degrees and 26 associate’s degrees. Forty-one students

walked across the stage with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

“It is the dream of every educator – and every parent – for the next generation to be better and better off,”Chancellor Ray

Wallace said in his presentation of the class.“You, the members of the Class of 2016, are living proof of IU Southeast’s vision

to shape the future of our region by transforming good students into great leaders, one graduate at a time.”

Chemistry graduate Anthony Ewurum delivered the class response during the ceremony. In his remarks, Ewurum highlighted

his 6,000-mile journey fromNigeria to obtain his degree from IU Southeast and how he found a second family with the

school community.

“We must also not forget the people who have helped us get there because believing in someone is an investment that

should not be taken lightly,” Ewurum said.“The best way you can thank them is to aspire with every fiber of your being to

make a


might not change the world, but we can change the community we live in because IU Southeast has

equipped us for the journey ahead.”

Joey Rivera, ’93, was presented the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award during the ceremony. Rivera provides cyber warfare

expertise to the U.S. Cyber Command.