Nancy Dunsing

Current Position: Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Commencement Coordinator.

Years at Stonehill: 15

Most challenging part of planning Commencement: The weather—especially for this year’s Commencement. The forecast was particularly threatening, and it was the largest class in our history. It is the one thing we can’t change or control about the event. Luckily, the day turned out to be beautiful, and we were able to be outside. It was a gift.

Biggest Commencement mishap: Twice in my 15 years of organizing Commencement, a graduate has arrived late after his name had already been called. We then had to scramble to fit him into a spot and get the information to the degree reader, so that the graduate could walk across the stage in front of his family.

The best part of Commencement: I would like to say the end, because then I breathe a sigh of relief. Actually, though, it is the beginning of the ceremony when "Pomp and Circumstance" begins to play, and the graduates process down the Donahue stairs. It is a beautiful sight even after 15 years.

Favorite Stonehill moment: My daughter Sarah graduated in 2015. After planning Commencement for so many years, it was finally my turn. I was planning a big event for the College but also planning the same event for my family.

Best spot on campus: My husband and I live close by, so on the weekends and sometimes in the evening, we’ll walk the campus. The pond and the bridge are so beautiful and serene. It just relaxes you.

Words of wisdom that I live by: Treat people with respect, and you will respect yourself.