Peterson, Millard address graduates in Commencement ceremonies

 

Bart Peterson

Dr. Kent Millard

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Civic leader Bart Peterson and prominent clergyman Kent Millard addressed graduates in May at UIndy’s Commencement ceremonies.

Peterson delivered the graduate address and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the ceremony on Friday, May 6. Peterson, now senior vice president for corporate affairs and communications at Eli Lilly & Co., joined the University’s Board of Trustees in 2009.

The Rev. Dr. Millard, retiring senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Indianapolis’s north side—the state’s largest United Methodist congregation—addressed the undergraduates the next day, May 7. Millard, who served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2008, received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at the ceremony.

Honorary degrees
Also receiving honorary degrees were internationally acclaimed writer and Indianapolis resident Mari Evans (Doctor of Letters) and UIndy alumnus, former administrator, and current trustee Mike Watkins (Doctor of Humane Letters), founder and owner of Mike Watkins Real Estate Group in Greenwood.

About 1,440 undergraduate and graduate students earned diplomas this academic year from UIndy’s main campus and its Athens branch, as well as international partnership sites. Those students represent 24 states and 22 nations. International students comprise 21 percent of the total. At the Indianapolis campus alone, more than 850 undergraduates and 444 graduate students earned diplomas, up from last year’s 754 undergraduate and 389 graduate students.