First Annual Distinction Graduation Reception :: April 22, 2014

Dreams by D. H. Lawrence

All people dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind,
Wake in the morning to find that it was vanity.

But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people,
For they dream their dreams with open eyes,
And make them come true.

It was with D.H. Lawrence’s poem, “Dreams,” that Valerie Lee, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, welcomed the nearly 70 students and their guests to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s inaugural Morrill Scholars Program Distinction Graduation Reception. Dr. Lee instructed the students that they should dream with open eyes and to be certain to share with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion all of the dreams they’ve accomplished. Lauren Seligman, Director of Advancement, also asked that the students stay connected.

The event, MC’d by Morrill Scholars Maria Espinosa (Class of 2016) and Jonathan Robinson (Class of 2017), honored the six seniors graduating from Ohio State in May, 2014 and featured Travis Peoples, a previous Morrill Scholars recipient. Mr. Peoples, who graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Philosophy, spoke about change – that change is good and shows growth. He also stated, “You must find the things that you do best and love the most and use them to affect change. Find what makes you special.”

Each of the graduating seniors then told about their journey through Ohio State and the Morrill Scholars Program, offering advice to the Morrill Scholars who will follow in their footsteps: “Always make time for fun”; “Do things that challenge you”; and “It’s okay not to be perfect.” Juliana Wishne, Class of 2016, spoke about taking ownership of the Morrill Scholars image before introducing Dr. James Moore, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and director of the Todd Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. Dr. Moore told the Morrill Scholars that they are the future agents of change in the world and to make the most of every opportunity.

Distintion Scholars

Graduating Seniors (from left to right)
Taylor Boyer – Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minor in General Business
Anna Dorfi – Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, minor in German
Kelsey Carter – Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science, minor in Neuroscience
Marlena Mosbacher – Bachelor of Science in Zoology, minor in History of Art
Andrew O’Neil – Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Services
Katie Huston – Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication, minors in Visual Communication Design and Professional Writing