A local student was among the 542 graduates awarded diplomas at Denison University’s 172nd commencement held Sunday, May 12. Charles D. Baker of Swampscott, (01907), was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison by President Dale Thomas Knobel.
Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in history.
During the ceremonies, Melanie Stolp delivered the senior class address, “What it really means to be a Big Red Buzzard.” In addition, senior co-governors Kasey Hoare and Shawn Whites announced a senior class gift of $8,314 to the Denison Annual Fund, which represented gifts from 65 percent of the class. President Knobel, who is retiring from the college at the end of June of this year, was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters and delivered the commencement address, “Critical Thinking–Critical Doing.”
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in research, civic engagement, and the cultivation of independent thinking.