Edwin J. Clark, Jr. ’91, Vaughn alumnus and Vice President and General Manager of the Boeing 737 Program and Manufacturing Site in Renton, Washington, addressed the graduates and received an honorary degree. Clark advised the Class of 2023 to challenge themselves and the people around them to do amazing things and be proud of their achievements in the aviation industry. He spoke about his extensive experience in aviation and his love of the field, beginning from a young age.
FLUSHING, N.Y. (PRWEB)
May 26, 2023
On May 20th, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology celebrated its annual commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2023. The graduation ceremony featured an address from Vice President and General Manager of the Boeing 737 Program and Manufacturing Site in Renton, Washington and a Vaughn alumnus, Edwin J. Clark, Jr. Clark’s career in aviation spans over 30 years, and he shared advice with the graduating class to assist them in achieving their dreams.
Clark’s advice to the graduates was to find their passion and to work hard while taking risks in order to achieve their goals. He emphasized the importance of challenging and inspiring others around them, stating that every action taken every day matters. Clark spoke about his extensive experience in aviation and his love of the field, beginning from a young age. Prior to his current role, Clark held several positions in commercial airplanes, including chief engineer director for 737 airplane integration. He was responsible for leading the production and delivery of the 737 MAX and P-8 airplanes with a team of more than 10,000 employees.
Mechatronic engineering graduate Alina Santander Vinokurova ’23 represented Vaughn’s student speakers in her address. She inspired her peers and reminded them of the challenges that the Class of 2023 endured throughout the pandemic. Vinokurova thanked the College for the opportunities it provided, such as the chance to attend professional conferences and competitions and travel nationwide. In her address, she called upon her classmates to push themselves beyond their perceived limits and explore new challenges.
To conclude the ceremony, Vaughn President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo gave a speech thanking the graduates for their contributions to the institution and wishing them well in their future endeavors. She acknowledged the challenges the Class of 2023 had faced and stressed the significance of their degree as a testament to their skills and abilities. DeVivo encouraged graduates to contribute their knowledge, skills and experience to each company they join and make it better.
VAUGHN COLLEGE is a private, nonprofit four-year college founded in 1932 that enrolls more than 1,200 students in various master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. Ninety-two percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions, 76 percent in a related field, or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. By promoting upward mobility, Vaughn College helps many first-generation Americans and first-generation college students. The US Department of Education classifies Vaughn as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and in a study by The Equality of Opportunity Project, it was ranked number one in upward mobility nationwide. Visit http://www.vaughn.edu for more information.
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