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Graduate Ceremony Pictures
The Class of 2013 included nearly 200 recipients of master’s degrees in disciplines from applied behavior analysis to educational leadership. Graduating students heard from their classmate, Kristina Marie Iacovino ’09, ’13, one of the first graduates of the applied behavior analysis graduate program, who reminded her classmates that "the gift of service is something we can provide, no matter what our plans for the future are." Other speakers include the Honorable Frank J. Guarini, J.D., former U.S. Congressman and New Jersey State Senator, and former federal prosecutor Mary Patrice Brown, J.D., both of whom received honorary degrees.

Undergraduate Ceremony Pictures
The university also welcomed nearly 400 undergraduates into the ranks of GCU alumni. The ceremony including moving commentary from communication major and Student Government Association Executive Board President Shinade Ramirez ’13, who urged each of her fellow graduates to use his or her voice: "People will be inspired by it, people will learn from it, and people will have the courage to change their own lives because of the example you have set." Graduates also heard from honorary degree recipients Amy Joseph Habib ’60, chair of the board of Petri Baking Products Inc. and former GCU trustee, and the Most Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., J.C.D., bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, who delivered the Commencement address.

Commencement Ceremony Programs
Miss out on the ceremonies? Forgot to take a program with you? Check out the programs for both of GCU's 2013 Commencement ceremonies below.

Commencement Ceremony Speeches
Want to know what Bishop O'Connell or the Honorable Frank J. Guarini had to say to those in attendance? Here's the full text of the Commencement addresses.

Honorary Degree Recipient Speeches
Former U.S. Department of Justice attorney Mary Patrice Brown shared her perspective on the greatest gifts life has to offer---faith, lots of love, and a hope for the future through education---while Georgian Court alumna and business executive Amy Habib encouraged the Class of 2013 to always give back while making a difference in the lives of others. Read their full texts here:


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