May 20, 2013
Congratulations to all the 2013 May Graduates!(Painesville, Ohio) - More than 200 diplomas were given at Lake Erie College's 154th Spring 2013 Commencement on May 12. The College celebrated the largest participating class in College history. Graduates received degrees in a variety of fields including business, education and equine studies.
The graduates and guests heard from chairman and president of the board of directors of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation George B. Milbourn. While addressing the Class of 2013, Milbourn had simple but relevant advice to share.
"This is a no-brainer: be nice, be kind to people. Today I see we're all so busy or into ourselves that I think we often forget to do that - it's called the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Next point: find a role model, a mentor. Find someone you respect and seek their advice," he told the graduates.
Milbourn retired in 2000 as vice president and consultant to the president of the Coe Manufacturing Company. He began working at Coe in 1965 as a trainee in the field service department and worked in the assembly, sheet metal, service parts and accounting departments before joining the company's sales department as a trainee in 1971. He became sales manager of plywood machinery in 1977 and, in 1981, became vice president and general manager of all products. He was named vice president and consultant to the president in 1988.
Milbourn concluded his speech with a humorous story of going undercover at the College's 2012 Homecoming/Alumni Weekend. He wore blue jeans, a sweatshirt and a Jack Daniels baseball cap, which he pulled out from the podium and wore for the remainder of his speech.
"Each quarter I moved seats and eavesdropped on many of your conversations." Milbourn said. "That homecoming experience was eye-opening for me. I learned that you are a terrific conglomeration of smart, energetic and enthusiastic young people. I'm in the fourth quarter of my life, and you are just beginning the second quarter of yours. I doubt it if I've said anything today that you haven't heard before, but perhaps there may be something in this presentation that will resonate as you play out the rest of your game. I wish each of you good health, I wish you happiness and fulfillment in whatever you pursue along your journey."
President Michael T. Victor awarded two honorary degrees near the conclusion of the ceremony: one to Milbourn and the other to chairman and CEO of Centimark Corporation (the largest commercial roofing contractor in North America) Edward B. Dunlap. Dunlap has been a good friend of the College for many years and served admirably on the Board of Directors from 1990-1993. He gave generously to create a new grand entrance to the campus known as the "Anna and Ed Dunlap Family Courtyard."
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