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2014 Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers
Bishop Thomas Skrenes, 2014 Baccalaureate Speaker
Dr. Kenneth D. Seaton: 2014 Commencement Speaker and Recipient of President's Distinguished Service Award
Finlandia University is honored to have Dr. Kenneth Seaton as its 2014 Commencement speaker.
Dr. Seaton began his service on the Finlandia University Board of Trustees in 1963. After fifty years as a trustee, he announced his retirement. He has guided with strength, wisdom, and wit, and his retirement, though well deserved, is accepted with sadness.
Dr. Seaton has been a long-standing and active member to the larger community. His unwavering devotion to Finlandia and it's students reinforces the university's mission of acacemic excellence, spriitual growth, and service.
During this year's commencement exercises, Dr. Seaton will be the recipient of the President's Distinguished Service Award. He received an honorary doctoral degree from Finlandia many years ago.
: 2014 Alumni Speaker
Kelsey Norz transferred to Finlandia Unviersity during her sophomore year to enroll in its International School of Art & Design. She will be graduating with Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Communication. Kelsey says, "I love how graphic design ties together art and busiess, allowing me to choose a business path while still being an artist." Kelsey, who carries a 3.931 grade point average, also ran cross-country for Finlandia athletics and served on the Reflection Gallery team. Her internship at Calumet Electronics has provided an opportunity to work on an environmental deisgn project within the factory hallway.
Besides the excellent art and design program at Finlandia University, Kelsey chose this school because she wanted to spend a semester studying abroad, and Finlandia offered that opportunity. She spent the fall of 2011 at the University of Arts in Zurich, Switzerland. For her senior capstone project, called "Diploma Works," Kelsey is creating a short film using special software. "I wanted to learn a new medium and software I have never used before, so I decided to make a short film." The film, yet unnamed, will of course have an artistic presentation and also a subliminal message.
Kelsey recogizes her professors, cross-country coach, and the small-campus learning environment as contributors toward her successful college experience. She advises new students to "Take advantage of learning."