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Graduation advice: What St. John's College graduates have to say to us

The Capital Gazette

May 13, 2019


On Sunday, 98 students from St. John’s College graduated in front of a crowd of family, friends and professors — at this college, tutor.

Despite the heavy rain, the energy was high as president of the college, Panayiotis Kanelos, joked before the ceremony officially began.

Upon asking if the weather would dampen the spirit of graduation, the students and the crowd responded with a resounding no.

“This is a very spirited class. There was a lot of high energy and they are very connected to the college,” Kanelos said.

“They were a strongly bonded community and concerned with the way the world is and how they want to make the world and the college a better place,” he said.

For the 227th commencement ceremony in St. John’s College history, 80 students received their bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and 18 students received their master’s degree, also in liberal arts.

Normally, graduates are given advice on how to embrace the future and tend to be on the receiving end when it comes to tips and recommendations.

The Capital asked nine students, from both the graduate program and undergraduate program, what advice they would give their fellow graduates and the general Annapolis community when it comes to moving forward: