Gibbs Speaks at Undergraduate Commencement

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May 20, 2011 - 9:26pm

Medaille awarded associate and bachelor’s degrees to the class of 2011 at an evening ceremony at Kleinhans Music Hall on Friday, May 20.

The College welcomed Lois Marie Gibbs, founder and executive director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), as its commencement speaker. Gibbs has been recognized extensively for her crucial role in the grassroots environmental movement, beginning with Love Canal in the late 1970s. Nathaniel W. Barnes ’11 was selected to be the student speaker.

Department academic awards included:

Accounting – Paige D. Gullotti

Biology – Heather R. Cilano

Business – Roberta L. Favitta

Business Administration – Nicholas M. Calandra

Business Administration (B.B.A.) – Rose A. Rozeski

Communication – Brenna Gerwitz

Criminal Justice – Lindsey Samland

Education: Adolescent – David Pihlblad

Education: Childhood – Nathaniel W. Barnes

English – Katharina Christine Plucinski

Psychology – Mary E. Scotland

Sport Management – David Girts

Veterinary Technology (A.S.) – Siobhan Loraine Kelly

Veterinary Technology (B.S.) – Andrea N. Spencer

I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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