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In their song “Closing Time,” the band Semisonic captures a paradoxical truth that cuts to the emotional heart of college commencement ceremonies: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Commencement is a time both of great joy and anticipation, but also reluctant sadness, and the true depth of that emotional duality was on display Monday at Gardner-Webb University’s 2011 summer commencement. The University awarded degrees this summer to 273 graduates, who closed their journeys at Gardner-Webb and launched into a variety of new adventures.
2011 Summer Commencement, Closing Time, David K. Wells, GOAL, GOAL Senior Scholastic Award, Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners, Jamie Lee Bowen, Jenna Brown Ayers, Judy Badgett, Julian Lee, Mark Brown, Matt Ayers, Posthumous Honorary Degree, Semisonic, Senior Scholastic Award
Office of University Communications, "Gardner-Webb Honors 273 Graduates at Summer Commencement" (2011). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 2038.