Tim Bono: 2011 Outstanding Graduate in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Ten years to the day after Tim Bono first stepped foot on campus as an admitted high school senior, he was seated at the dining room table in the Alumni House defending his doctoral dissertation.

Bono, who will receive a doctorate in psychology at the May 20 Commencement, first sat at that table in 2001 as a finalist for an undergraduate scholarship.

This year, after comparing the schedules of the six faculty members on his defense committee, March 31 was selected as the day. When he realized it would be exactly 10 years, he asked a staff member in Alumni & Development if he could use the dining room.

“I’m a sentimental person and there’s no apology for that,” says Bono, a native St. Louisan who completed his undergraduate degree in 2005. “Growing up, I never imagined I’d have an opportunity to attend a private university — let alone one of this caliber — so receiving a scholarship to come here was quite a thrill. I still feel so fortunate to be here.” 

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