Monday Morning Update
May 23, 2011
Class of 2011: At our 60th Commencement yesterday, 603 students received their degrees - 564 obtaining May degrees and 39 with other close graduation dates. Among them was Chemistry Major Brittany Fox who became our 23,000th graduate. For more, visit here.
Photos: To capture the joy of the day in pictures, visit our Commencement Snapshot.
Senior Profiles: To read profiles of 11 members of the Class of 2011, visit here.
Take Chances: Commencement Speaker Mary Richardson told the graduates she understands the many choices that challenge them in the adult world. But, she assured the Class of 2011 that it "is well prepared to face those challenges because of the education you've received here at Stonehill. Now that you have the basics, I want to encourage you to take chances, to take risks in your professional life, and have a passion for your work. Find something that you love and do it well. Do not settle for anything less." To read excerpts from her remarks, visit here.
Student Speaker: In his remarks, history major Eamon Bencivengo '11 spoke of his personal journey at Stonehill and the many "graduations" he has experienced throughout his four years, including those in areas such as responsibility, diversity, courage, and resilience. For more, visit here.
Senior Gift: Class President Matt Gorman and Vice President Mark White presented the College with a gift of $7,260 on behalf of the Class of 2011 Legacy Campaign. Co-chairs of the Legacy Campaign Gorman and White designated the gift for The Farm at Stonehill, a community outreach that will begin providing area food pantries with fresh produce later this year.
Life-Long Learner: He served in the Navy during World War II, worked 39 years for New England Telephone, helped raise a family of ten, and, in his retirement, Walter Wilson resumed his education. Fifty years after high school, he began taking one class a semester at Stonehill. When he died last year, he was eight credits short of his degree. In tribute to his example, Provost Katie Conboy read a Citation of Commitment to Life-Long Learning in his honor and presented it to Wilson's wife Alice, who was joined by 15 members of his family, including daughter Eileen Zuffante '01.
Honorees: Yesterday, President Mark Cregan, C.S.C. '78 presented honorary degrees to Commencement Speaker Mary Richardson (Doctor of Humane Letters), Brockton educator Manthala "Matt" George (Doctor of Education), Broadway director Robert Ruggiero '83 (Doctor of Fine Arts) and employee management expert Brother Herman Zaccarelli, C.S.C. (Doctor of Business Administration).
Alumni Welcome: In her remarks, President of the Alumni Council Cathy Campbell '96 asked all alumni at the Commencement ceremony to stand and join her in extending a warm, collective welcome to the College's newest alumni.
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