Class of 2016 celebrated at 179th Commencement ceremony on May 1
Daley Buckwell ’16 (Northfield, New Hampshire) is acutely familiar with what it means to be a member of The Long Blue Line.
She is the sixth Buckwell to graduate from Marietta College, which goes back to her grandfather Jim Buckwell ’61.
“Marietta College has made my family and me what we are today and I will always be grateful for that,” said Daley, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Political Science. “I’m ecstatic about graduating, as I worked very hard for this day. However, I hate to leave our college community, but I will be back.”
Buckwell, who plans to join the Peace Corps and serve in Colombia as an English teacher, was one of about 250 students who graduated during Marietta College’s 179th Commencement ceremony Sunday at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Buckwell’s father, Don ’84, represented the Marietta College Alumni Association and welcomed the Class of 2016 into The Long Blue Line.
Carlos Nucete ’16 (Houston, Texas) is not only the first from his family to graduate from Marietta, but also the first to graduate from college. Nucete earned two degrees — a Bachelor of Arts in both International Business and Land & Energy Management.
“Well being able to graduate from Marietta College is a great satisfaction not only to me but also to my father,” he said. “Without him I would have not been able to go to college. So this is a very a special moment in my life.”
Nucete, who was born in Merida, Venezuela, also earned the top prize in the annual Jewett Oration for “My Story.” His moving oration about making some bad decisions as a teenager, and the unlikely story that he would be a graduate of Marietta College held the attention of the more than 1,800 people in attendance.
“This is the way that I see Marietta College, as a family; it has been a very warm and loveable home since the start of my college career, like the one my grandparents provided me when I was just 3 years old,” he said. “There have been plenty of times when my Marietta College family has provided help and cared about me, but there’s one specific time that will always be in my memory and in my heart, and it helps define what it means to be Pioneer.”
Members of the Class of 2016 received their diplomas from President Joseph Bruno and Provost Janet Bland during the indoor celebration. It was a cloudy day with thunderstorms in the forecast, but when the ceremony began it was 75 degrees and not raining.
Elaina Eakle ’16 (Whipple, Ohio) earned valedictorian honors, while Eric Parsons ’16 (Marietta, Ohio) is this year’s salutatorian. Gene Neill ’16 (Vincent, Ohio) claimed the second-place prize for the Jewett Oration. The Class of 2016 honored one faculty member — Dr. Ann Bragg, Associate Professor of Physics, as she was presented the Outstanding Faculty Award.
Graduates were also provided a special opportunity to hear Pulitzer Prize winning author Helene Cooper deliver the keynote address.