SMC bids adieu to class of 2013

Dyana Williams, RTF ’97, addresses the graduates. (photo by Cara Anderson)

As Dyana Williams took her position at the podium to deliver the keynote address at the Temple University School of Media and Communication graduation ceremony May 16 in McGonigle Hall, she gazed over the sea of graduates and realized she needed to document this moment in time.

William, RTF ’97, the host of “Soulful Sundays,” on Oldies 100.3, aimed her smartphone at the crowd to capture a picture.

“You are such a good-looking class of 2013 that I have to take a picture,” she said.

Graduates like up to cross the stage. (Photo by Cara Anderson)

She promised to post it on every social media outlet available to her.

After capturing the moment for the ages, Williams recounted her own educational journey, which spanned a few years longer than a traditional student experience.

“Life is an ongoing process of learning,” she said. “I don’t ever want you to stop.”

The graduates also heard from student speaker Julian Fowler, STRC ’13. He encouraged his fellow graduates to be the best people they can be and forget about how they are perceived by others.

“The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow,” he said. “Do good anyway.”

He was proud to be among “some of the best leaders that our world will ever see.”

Approximately 475 undergraduate and 19 graduate students were eligible to graduate from SMC in spring 2013.