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Area residents graduate from Bethany College

5/23/2015, 8 a.m. | Updated on 5/22/2015, 1:46 a.m.
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Bethany alumnus Bob McCann, President Americas of UBS AG and Wealth Management Americas, addressed Bethany College’s 2015 (Courtesy Photo)

— Bethany College held its 175th Commencement on May 16 at the Tilock Amphitheatre in the Pennington Quadrangle, where 130 degrees were awarded.

Area graduates include:

Leslie Barry Addy of Columbia, Maryland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Sherman DeAaron Hodges of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.

Michael Duran Howcott of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science.

Jordan Jones of Baltimore, Maryland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.

Kathleen Davidson Kelly of St. Michaels, Maryland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Greg Roberson Jr. of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education

Tyrone Alonzo Smothers of Baltimore, Maryland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education.

Bethany alumnus Bob McCann, President Americas of UBS AG and Wealth Management Americas, addressed Bethany College’s 2015 graduating class as part of the institution’s 175th Anniversary Commencement Weekend. McCann delivered his remarks, “Your Future – One Character @ a Time,” to Bethany’s 130 graduates on May 16 at the Tilock Amphitheatre in the Pennington Quadrangle.

“Let me be clear – the world needs you,” he said to the graduates. “It needs smart, young, talented individuals, like all of you sitting here today, to go out and make their mark,” he said. “So make the most of this time. It goes by quickly, and the next thing you know, you’re the one sharing life lessons with the Class of 2050.”

He ended his address with a question to the Class of 2015: In ten or 20 years, he asked, what would you want your Twitter profile to say about you in its 160 character limit?

“Bethany has shaped and defined who you are. So whether is it for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or the old-fashioned conversation, I urge you to always include Bethany in your profile.”

As head of the Americas region for UBS, McCann leads the execution of a cross-divisional strategy to deliver the full capabilities of the firm to corporate, institutional, individual and government clients. Since 2009, he has led the Wealth Management Americas division and served as a member of the UBS Group Executive Board.

A 1980 Bethany graduate, McCann has a long history of giving back to his alma mater. In 2009, he established the McCann Family Student Investment Fund at Bethany. The fund, the first of its kind in West Virginia, allows students to serve as investment professionals responsible for a $1.5 million endowment. McCann also serves as vice chair of Bethany’s Board of Trustees.

Bethany College President Dr. Scott D. Miller also addressed the graduates. “Make no mistake,” he said. “We live in challenging times. Your generation is called to address worldwide strife, to rebuild our nation’s roads and bridges, to preserve our fragile environment, to explore further sources of renewable energy, to foster innovation and economic growth.

“It’s a tall order, but generations of Bethanians before you have left these halls to record accomplishments toward these goals and more. Now’s your chance to make the most of your life.”