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Mount Saint Mary College awarded over 618 bachelor’s and master’s degrees to candidates at the College's commencement ceremony on May 14, 2011. 

This year marks the 48th year that the College has awarded the bachelor's degree, and the 26th year that it has the awarded the master's degree. It was the first year that commencement exercises were held on the Dominican Sisters of Hope field.

Abel R. Garraghan, chairman of the board of trustees, presided over the ceremony. 

Procession at noon

As master of ceremonies, Dr. James Finn Cotter, professor of English, led the procession of graduates, faculty, and dignitaries into the tent, carrying the College's mace. Fr. Francis Amodio, O.Carm., college chaplain and director of campus ministry, gave the invocation.

Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College, welcomed the friends and families of the graduates to the ceremony. Fr. Mackin then announced, and Mr. Garraghan conferred, the honorary degrees.  

Honorary degrees were given to Bret Baier, Fox News Channel Anchor; Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE, author; Captain Scott M. Smiley, U.S. Army; and James W. Taylor, Jr. of Taylor Biomass Energy, LLC

Faculty award

The Mount Saint Mary College Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Mattson Atsunyo, professor of business administration, and Dr. Reva Cowan, associate professor of education.

Dr. Lawrence Force, professor of psychology, presented the award on behalf of the faculty. 

"This is your day. Enjoy it!"

In his address to the graduates, Mr. Baier said that had had been looking forward to delivering his inaugural graduation address at "Commencement on the Mount." He spoke of his early days in broadcasting at CNN and career ascent from journalist to news anchor, telling graduates that "your path to success will show itself, as long as you can see what's ahead and focus on your goals."

He also spoke about the capacity for, and belief in, hope and change within all people that the graduates will call upon, again and again, in their lives. "If hope always beats in your heart," said Baier, "then change is yours for the making."

Presentation of candidates and degrees

Dr. Iris J. Turkenkopf, vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Irene Nunnari, professor emerita of English and communication arts, presented the candidates for degrees, and Fr. Mackin recognized all degree candidates. 

The benediction that closed the ceremony was offered by Harry Steinway, vice president for student affairs. 


Earlier Commencement Events

The Nurse Pinning  Ceremony and the Hooding and Awards Ceremony both took place on Friday, May 13.

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