By Kevin Bates
College commencement ceremonies represent the transition from academic to professional life. Given the significance of such a day, then, it is important to ensure that such ceremonies leave students feeling inspired, hopeful, and confident. In these ways and more, this year’s ceremonies did not disappoint.
On Friday, May 18, Medaille College concluded the 2012 academic year with its annual graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies held at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The afternoon ceremony, held for the nearly 500 graduates of Medaille’s master’s programs, featured addresses by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Ann Lesley Diaz ’12, now a graduate of the master of arts in organizational leadership program.
At the evening undergraduate ceremony, recent interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools, Amber Dixon ’90, and Samuel J. Arnold ’12, now a graduate from the School of Education, offered words of wisdom and support to the 400 graduates on hand. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was also present to address the audience.
In both ceremonies, the featured speakers offered valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities that 2012 graduates will face. In what she described as the “interconnected,
indifferent, and breathtakingly fast” modern world, Diaz described the ease with which society has been convinced that the humble act of a single individual cannot affect any sort of meaningful change. However, as Diaz explained, with the right attitude that same interconnectedness, used wisely, ensures that “we can still have an effect on the world around us, even if it is a small one,” a claim she evidenced with recent geopolitical developments such as the Arab Spring. Echoing similar sentiments, the messages of the ceremonies’ featured speakers served as a welcome primer for a class entering a precarious economic climate.
Medaille congratulates all of this year’s graduates and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
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