Tiger Tales - May 2021 Issue | Wittenberg University

Tiger Tales - May 2021 Issue

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Published May 22, 2021

Hats Off to Our Newest Alumni!

Under sunny, blue skies, Wittenberg conducted the 171st Commencement exercises in two separate, in-person ceremonies to celebrate the class of 2021 on May 15. To allow for social distancing, both ceremonies were held at Wittenberg Stadium. A long-awaited Commencement ceremony celebrating the class of 2020 was also held in the same location on May 16.
In addition, during the weeks leading up to Commencement, Wittenberg hosted the first annual LGBTQAI+ Lavender Graduation celebration virtually to honor the achievements of the University’s LGBTQAI+ graduates, and the McClain Center for Diversity hosted the third annual Black Celebratory Graduation (Hitimu) to honor the University’s Black students. The 10th annual Student Leadership Awards recognizing student organizations, advisors of the year, and unsung heroes, were announced via social media.

Having Light Campaign Regional Events

Since the public launch of the Having Light Campaign on March 11, many alumni have been planning events that will be hosted in-person between the fall of 2021 and spring of 2023. Look for event dates on the Having Light Campaign site, and let us know if you would like to join a planning committee for one of the following regions:

  • Springfield/Dayton
  • Columbus
  • Cleveland
  • Cincinnati
  • Chicago
  • DC
  • Detroit/Toledo
  • NYC
  • LA
  • Tampa/ Sarasota

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend Oct. 8-10

Homecoming 2021 is being planned in hybrid form with the hopes that we can host in-person events this fall. Alumni celebrating reunions are being encouraged to join reunion planning committees. Golden (’69 and beyond), '70/’71, '80/’81, '90/’91, '00/'01, '10/’11 and ’20/’21. Join your reunion committee here.

Walk for Witt

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of #WittCelebrateService Day, the annual event designed to honor Wittenberg’s longstanding commitment to serving others, we invite you to “pass your light” during a special Season of Service.

Alumni, students, staff, and friends are encouraged to volunteer individually or in small groups in your community and join fellow alumni online by participating in Walk for Witt. Anyone can participate anywhere between now and June 20. Learn more here, and register to be entered to win a Walk for Witt Swag Pack.

Debut Novel Receives Critical Acclaim

The days following the March release of his debut novel Raft of Stars were a whirlwind of activity for author Andrew Graff, visiting assistant professor of English. The book landed on the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association best-sellers list, was named one of Parade’s Best Books for Spring 2021, and was selected as an Indie Next pick for April 2021.

Women’s Basketball Head Coach Named

Tamika Williams-Jeter has been selected as the tenth head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program. She brings an extensive basketball resume to Wittenberg as both a player and coach, including coaching positions at Ohio State, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, and Penn State.

New Tradition

The class of 2024 participated in a new tradition of illumination earlier this month, passing their light on from one to another and lighting candles in luminary bags around campus.

Future Civic Leader

Acknowledged as an inspiring and emerging problem-solver, Sophia Ouellette-Wade ’22 has been named a Campus Compact 2021 Newman Civic Fellow. She joins a group of 212 community-committed students representing the organization’s member colleges and universities from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico.


With fresh ingredients and inventive flavors, Sara Bornick ’00 brings back memories of childhood summer-day bliss with the gourmet popsicles sold at her Cincinnati streetpops shop. Read more #LifeAfterWitt stories here.

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