It was an emotional day as 703 Mercyhurst University students turned the tassel to the next chapter of their lives.
University President Michael Victor says, “The amount of giving that this class has done, the amount of service they’ve done, it’s outstanding. I mean it really was overwhelming to hear all the accomplishments that they have done.”
Caleb Ohmer is receiving Mercyhurst’s highest honor, the Carpe Diem Award, and he says he wouldn’t be as successful as he is if it wasn’t for this university.
Ohmer says, “Mercyhurst has really given me a good faith foundation as well as help expand my educational opportunities. I’ve been able to get involved with a lot of different clubs and organizations and i know it’s made me a better person overall.”
Tom Hagen is chairman of the board of Erie Insurance Group and was also honored at Mercyhurst’s 88th commencement ceremony with an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree
Hagen was chosen to receive the award based on his public service to the greater Erie Area and beyond.
He encourages all graduating students to give back to the community that’s given to them.
Hagen says, “They’re really at an institution that is a caring institution that has that element. And I think the students that graduate from here are well steeped in that tradition and will want contribute to the community and organizations that have helped them along the way.”
Victor says this was a large commencement ceremony but a great one.