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Curry College Celebrates Commencement 2013

May 19, 2013

 

Curry College celebrated its Commencement on Sunday, May 19 in Milton, Massachusetts, at the D. Forbes Will Athletic Complex.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Esq., administrator of The One Fund Boston - a city- and state-sponsored charitable effort to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing attack, served as Commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Feinberg previously, and most notably, served as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.


In his introduction from the podium, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr., praised Feinberg for his years of service to the public, and for the message he has sent to those watching his work so closely.

"While you have spent many years of your distinguished career dealing with tragedies and those affected by them, you have not let those experiences dampen your spirits," said Quigley. "Rather, you show us again and again that the ability of Americans to bounce back under difficult circumstances serves as an inspiring and necessary reminder that society's response to crisis reaffirms our faith in human beings."

Photo Gallery: Curry College Commencement 2013

During his Commencement address, Feinberg urged graduates to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of them.

"If I have learned one lesson in my professional life dealing with unforeseen tragedy and misfortune, on 9/11, in the Gulf of Mexico, and now in Boston, it is this - take nothing for granted," said Feinberg.

"Life has a way of throwing curveballs at all of us. Witness just a month ago at the Boston Marathon. Your degree today is not an insurance policy; it does not provide you a free pass for the future. Do not succumb to a false sense of security, that there is only one path to success. Believe me, this is not so. Welcome life's diversity with all of its countless possibilities. Set your sights on concrete goals, and pursue them with the same vigor and determination that have led you to this wonderful day. Do not compromise; do not lose heart when the road appears rocky and uncertain. Keep your eyes on the prize, reinforced by the knowledge that your experience at Curry is proof-positive of your abilities, your optimism and your self-confidence."

Video: Watch the awarding of diplomas and find your favorite 2013 Curry grad

Feinberg also addressed the recent tragedy in Boston, saying that amid the horror, the region emerged with a stronger sense of community.

"We are one people with a common vision based upon liberty, freedom and a determination to help one another in time of need. Never has the adage: "It takes a village" been more true than in the last month here in Massachusetts. We are one community, one "village," forged by crisis and committed to coming to the aid of our fellow citizens. In just one month, One Fund Boston has received over $30 million from thousands of individual donors around the world, all determined to help their neighbors confront unspeakable horror. We are all doing our part to prove that the bombings - instead of dividing us as a Nation - reinforce our common humanity, our common purpose, our love and respect for one another."

Feinberg urged the graduates to contribute to their own communities in their own ways.

"You are the Nation's future. Whatever your choices - business, medicine, law, education, public service and other pursuits - do not give up, even when you stumble. Our Nation needs you to answer the call. Your opportunities are almost limitless. There is more than one way to make out a life. You are tomorrow's leaders, selecting a personal path that will provide you the type of fulfillment that defines a life. But it is imperative that, whatever your personal choices, you remember Curry College and what it stands for. Over the past few years, it has been your friend and ally, an essential part of your evolving character and personality. Remember this in the months and years ahead, as you strive to succeed in whatever path you choose."

Visit the official Curry College Commencement website for more photos, including the Nurses Pinning, Family Reception and more!

Feinberg's message was echoed in the speeches delivered by the student orators.

In her speech "We Are Something Great," traditional undergraduate orator Megan McGrath of Seymour, CT urged her fellow graduates to persevere through whatever hurdles they may face.

"Change is going to happen, but we accept the challenge of being that change that the world needs. We are going to make a lot of mistakes, but we are resilient and we are strong and we are ready to take on whatever life brings, But most of all, today we will take with us the memory and of this moment and the power of the words, "You are something great.'"

Continuing Education orator Jean Griffin of Milton, MA told of her 40-plus year journey to achieving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

"Some three years ago, I returned to Curry College determined to advance my education in my chosen field of nursing. All of the stars were aligned at home and now it was my time! Little did I realize how important this journey would become when I suddenly lost my nursing job and was forced to re-invent myself. Being enrolled at Curry now took on a different meaning for me. College was becoming my life-line for my identity and for my salvation. The words of Eleanor Roosevelt inspired me: 'You must do what you think you cannot do.'"

Graduate studies orator Bachir Kouta of New Bedford, MA spoke of his own unique journey to this moment after emigrating from Senegal at the age of four. Today, he finds inspiration from his six-year old daughter Rylee.

"In preparing for this speech, I looked over at my six-year-old daughter Rylee, who is full of honesty and energy, and asked her one simple question: I said 'Rylee, What do you think about life.' Her response was: 'Life is great.' Rylee's simple yet powerful statement served as a reminder that: what we get out of life is what we put into it. Remember to look at your life through the eyes of a six-year-old and continue to make your life great. Take all that you have learned in the past and build it into a brighter future."

Amanda Elizabeth Cook of Fall River, MA was named valedictorian and Jessica Brandi of Dalton, MA was named salutatorian of the traditional undergraduate class.

In the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies, Michael Adamson of Winthrop, MA was named valedictorian and Kathleen Marie Shea of Brockton, MA was named salutatorian.

Amber Soucy of Springfield, MA received the New Era Award. Each year, the New Era award is presented to a graduating senior who, by virtue of his or her academic excellence, participation in curricular and co-curricular activities, leadership, accomplishments, and the potential for future achievement is determined to have contributed most to the enrichment of the Class and the College at large.

During the Commencement ceremonies, Curry College also awarded an honorary degree posthumously to Jerald S. Savage, who had been a longtime member of the Curry College Board of Trustees since 1996, and was the Treasurer of the Board at the time of his passing in August 2012. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Administration Degree. Mr. Savage's wife, Sheryl Forman Savage, an alumna of the Curry College Class of 1999, accepted the honorary degree on his behalf.

Curry College celebrated its Commencement on Sunday, May 19 in Milton, Massachusetts, at the D. Forbes Will Athletic Complex.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Esq., administrator of The One Fund Boston - a city- and state-sponsored charitable effort to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing attack, served as Commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Feinberg previously, and most notably, served as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001.

In his introduction from the podium, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr., praised Feinberg for his years of service to the public, and for the message he has sent to those watching his work so closely.

"While you have spent many years of your distinguished career dealing with tragedies and those affected by them, you have not let those experiences dampen your spirits," said Quigley. "Rather, you show us again and again that the ability of Americans to bounce back under difficult circumstances serves as an inspiring and necessary reminder that society's response to crisis reaffirms our faith in human beings."

During his Commencement address, Feinberg urged graduates to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of them.

"If I have learned one lesson in my professional life dealing with unforeseen tragedy and misfortune, on 9/11, in the Gulf of Mexico, and now in Boston, it is this - take nothing for granted," said Feinberg.

"Life has a way of throwing curveballs at all of us. Witness just a month ago at the Boston Marathon. Your degree today is not an insurance policy; it does not provide you a free pass for the future. Do not succumb to a false sense of security, that there is only one path to success. Believe me, this is not so. Welcome life's diversity with all of its countless possibilities. Set your sights on concrete goals, and pursue them with the same vigor and determination that have led you to this wonderful day. Do not compromise; do not lose heart when the road appears rocky and uncertain. Keep your eyes on the prize, reinforced by the knowledge that your experience at Curry is proof-positive of your abilities, your optimism and your self-confidence."

Feinberg also addressed the recent tragedy in Boston, saying that amid the horror, the region emerged with a stronger sense of community.

"We are one people with a common vision based upon liberty, freedom and a determination to help one another in time of need. Never has the adage: "It takes a village" been more true than in the last month here in Massachusetts. We are one community, one "village," forged by crisis and committed to coming to the aid of our fellow citizens. In just one month, One Fund Boston has received over $30 million from thousands of individual donors around the world, all determined to help their neighbors confront unspeakable horror. We are all doing our part to prove that the bombings - instead of dividing us as a Nation - reinforce our common humanity, our common purpose, our love and respect for one another."

Feinberg urged the graduates to contribute to their own communities in their own ways.

"You are the Nation's future. Whatever your choices - business, medicine, law, education, public service and other pursuits - do not give up, even when you stumble. Our Nation needs you to answer the call. Your opportunities are almost limitless. There is more than one way to make out a life. You are tomorrow's leaders, selecting a personal path that will provide you the type of fulfillment that defines a life. But it is imperative that, whatever your personal choices, you remember Curry College and what it stands for. Over the past few years, it has been your friend and ally, an essential part of your evolving character and personality. Remember this in the months and years ahead, as you strive to succeed in whatever path you choose."

Feinberg's message was echoed in the speeches delivered by the student orators.

In her speech "We Are Something Great," traditional undergraduate orator Megan McGrath of Seymour, CT urged her fellow graduates to persevere through whatever hurdles they may face.

"Change is going to happen, but we accept the challenge of being that change that the world needs. We are going to make a lot of mistakes, but we are resilient and we are strong and we are ready to take on whatever life brings, But most of all, today we will take with us the memory and of this moment and the power of the words, "You are something great.'"

Continuing Education orator Jean Griffin of Milton, MA told of her 40-plus year journey to achieving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

"Some three years ago, I returned to Curry College determined to advance my education in my chosen field of nursing. All of the stars were aligned at home and now it was my time! Little did I realize how important this journey would become when I suddenly lost my nursing job and was forced to re-invent myself. Being enrolled at Curry now took on a different meaning for me. College was becoming my life-line for my identity and for my salvation. The words of Eleanor Roosevelt inspired me: 'You must do what you think you cannot do.'"

Graduate studies orator Bachir Kouta of New Bedford, MA spoke of his own unique journey to this moment after emigrating from Senegal at the age of four. Today, he finds inspiration from his six-year old daughter Rylee.

"In preparing for this speech, I looked over at my six-year-old daughter Rylee, who is full of honesty and energy, and asked her one simple question: I said 'Rylee, What do you think about life.' Her response was: 'Life is great.' Rylee's simple yet powerful statement served as a reminder that: what we get out of life is what we put into it. Remember to look at your life through the eyes of a six-year-old and continue to make your life great. Take all that you have learned in the past and build it into a brighter future."

Amanda Elizabeth Cook of Fall River, MA was named valedictorian and Jessica Brandi of Dalton, MA was named salutatorian of the traditional undergraduate class.

In the Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies, Michael Adamson of Winthrop, MA was named valedictorian and Kathleen Marie Shea of Brockton, MA was named salutatorian.

Amber Soucy of Springfield, MA received the New Era Award. Each year, the New Era award is presented to a graduating senior who, by virtue of his or her academic excellence, participation in curricular and co-curricular activities, leadership, accomplishments, and the potential for future achievement is determined to have contributed most to the enrichment of the Class and the College at large.

During the Commencement ceremonies, Curry College also awarded an honorary degree posthumously to Jerald S. Savage, who had been a longtime member of the Curry College Board of Trustees since 1996, and was the Treasurer of the Board at the time of his passing in August 2012. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Administration Degree. Mr. Savage's wife, Sheryl Forman Savage, an alumna of the Curry College Class of 1999, accepted the honorary degree on his behalf.

 
 
 
 

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