Commencement 2011 will be memorable for the 244 Georgetown College seniors who walked on Saturday (May 14) if for no other reason than they received those precious diplomas in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym instead of on rain-soaked Giddings Lawn.

Perhaps they will remember that theirs was the first class to graduate from a Georgetown College that’s free of

denominational constraints – yet, a liberal arts institution still very

proud of its Christian heritage and welcoming present.

Surely the seniors perked up and were proud when the Commencement speaker, Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley, called President Crouch “a national treasure” as a leader. An officer who served in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and now head of U.S. Army

Accessions Command (AAC), the general knows a thing or two about leadership.

Maybe the presence of the 20 alumni from the 50th Anniversary Class or the reassuring remarks of class representatives Judith Wilson Williams ’61 and her husband, Dr. Wallace Williams ‘62, had an impact.

But no one in attendance will soon forget the humorous exchange between President Crouch and Stu Perry, who began his Senior Address before being introduced.

Then, who in the audience can say they didn’t choke up a bit as this lovable “class clown” fought back his own tears? Visible were a lot of heads nodding when Stu quoted his father to point out why these 244 were on this day about to walk out into the world:

“It’s not a coincidence we are all here together – it’s a God-stinence.”

You didn’t have to be there for Stu Perry’s meaningful closing line – but you would’ve laughed harder, and probably remembered it longer:

“Remember, Love always wins…and Satan is a big, stupid doo-doo head!”