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Wilson Addresses Graduates, Receives Award

Wilson Awarded HilemanThe College of Communication and Information (CCI) awarded 237 undergraduate, 78 masters and 9 doctoral degrees at its spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 12 at Thompson-Boling Arena.    Alan Wilson (B.S./JEM ’80), chairman, president and CEO of McCormick & Company gave the commencement address after receiving the college’s highest alumni honor, the Donald G. Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award.*  Wilson told the graduates: “that careers and lives…don’t often follow a straight path. The reality is that the corporate ladder doesn’t exist anymore, and the concept of a defined path for your career or life isn’t common either.”   He urged graduates to “Be ready to jump on opportunities that present themselves and adapt to be successful.” He said that UT taught him “some specific skills like great communications. But the most important skill is the ability to learn. Remain curious. Keep reading…stay current on what interests you and what impacts your chosen field. Ask questions. And just as importantly … be a good listener. Summon the self-confidence to take chances and act quickly on opportunities.” Wilson closed his commencement address by encouraging graduates “to pursue their passion in life,” and to remember that “Success can only be sustained with humility and integrity.”  

After graduates were congratulated as they walked across the stage, Hope Cronin (B.S./PR ’11) received her commission into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and  CCI’s Class of 2011 presented CCI Dean Mike Wirth with its Senior Gift, a check for $2,935.