PHOTOS: Holt Commencement 2014

On Saturday, May 10, 96 undergraduate and 72 graduate students received degrees from Rollins College's Hamilton Holt School.

President Lewis Duncan congratulates the graduates.

Lecturer Matthew Forsythe receives the Walter E. Barden Distinguished Teaching Award from Student Government Senator Morgen Chaderton.

Brandi Godbee (left) receives the 2014 Outstanding Graduate for the Master of Arts in Counseling Program award from Professor of Counseling Kathryn Norsworthy. 

The award is presented to the graduate counseling student who has been nominated by the faculty and his or her fellow students for outstanding academic ability, contributions to the department and student colleagues, commitment to the profession, and promise of career achievement.

While completing her master’s degree in the graduate counseling program, Godbee regularly distinguished herself through her community-based advocacy and social justice activities, her skillful clinical work, and her academic performance. She graduated with a GPA of 3.96. In every class, Godbee was one of a small group of students who consistently set the standard for excellence, going beyond what was expected. She served as a graduate assistant to the graduate program faculty, a position through which she demonstrated initiative and creative problem solving. From a scholarship perspective, Godbee has co-presented at national counseling conferences and has co-authored an article to be published next month in a national journal focusing on the process of gatekeeping within the field of counselor education.

Danielle Loyd receives the Kappa Delta Pi Award from Associate Professor of Education Scott Hewit. 

For the last two years, Loyd has been teaching third grade at Hiawassee Elementary School in Orlando. She has a passion for teaching with purpose, communicating unconditional respect, and engaging students through creative outlets such as the infusion of technology into the classroom.

Loyd is completely committed to making an impact on young students worldwide. After two trips to Malawi during which she worked with children literally on the ground under the trees because there was no school building, Loyd passed up a third trip to Malawi to join the Rollins in Rwanda group as an alumna this summer. She is a passionate, talented, career educator.

Outstanding Graduating Senior Elin Nordegren ’14 delivers the valedictory speech.

Chain of Confidence Global Ambassador for Tupperware Brands Corporation Susan Goings ’78 delivers the commencement address.