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Transy's 2011 graduating class is its largest ever

Transylvania University's class of 2011, the largest to date, made their way to the Beck Center for their class photo on Saturday May 28, 2011 in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Jason Sankovitch
Transylvania University's class of 2011, the largest to date, made their way to the Beck Center for their class photo on Saturday May 28, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Jason Sankovitch Jason Sankovitch

The largest class in Transylvania University's history — 263 students— graduated Saturday on the steps of Old Morrison on campus.

It was also the first commencement ceremony under President R. Owen Williams.

Thirty-eight percent of the class graduated with academic honors and 68 percent studied abroad during their time in school.

Aris Candris, president and chief executive officer of Westinghouse Electric Co., a 1973 graduate of Transy and a member of its board of trustees, was the graduation speaker.

Candris, whose company is in the commercial nuclear power industry, exhorted graduates to use their educations to better the world.

"We have an energy crisis on our hands, and global warming is a very real issue," Candris said. "As a society and as a planet, we must get past short-term thinking and start long-term planning."

After leaving Transy, Candris earned master's and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Virginia Hamilton from Bardstown was the student speaker.

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