“I am elated to have been invited to serve as Central's 2013 commencement speaker,” Allen said. “I hope to not only use part of my personal story to inspire the graduates to chart their own respective paths but also to encourage them to explore unanticipated opportunities that may materialize along the way. My experiences at Central as a double major in linguistics together with French civilization and, notably, as a Paris study abroad program participant, aided my development of leadership skills and cultural awareness central to a career in U.S. diplomacy.”
At commencement, the Chamber Singers—a 16-member chorale ensemble chosen from the larger A Cappella Choir—will perform “Hymn to Central Youth” and “The Lord Bless You.”
Watch the Central College commencement ceremony streamed live online at www.central.edu.