Commencement 2013

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A total of 548 degrees were awarded at today's ceremony. There were 519 candidates for bachelor's degrees (309 Bachelor of Arts and 210 Bachelor of Science) and 29 candidates for master's degrees.

* The five most popular majors this year are, in descending order:
Psychology
Economics
Government
Biology**
Performance and Communication Arts**
History

**tied for fourth

In 2012, the top five in descending order were economics, government, psychology, English and biology.

* The senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average over four full years of study at St. Lawrence is Carolyn Nicole Chakuroff of Merrimack, N.H.; her GPA is 3.966 (out of a possible 4.0).  

* It is a tradition at St. Lawrence for graduates to have the option of receiving their degree from family members associated with the University. Several of today's candidates will receive degrees from relatives:

Graduate Degrees

  • Dorian Ladd, degree presented by her parents, Associate Professor of Education Peter Ladd and Adjunct Instructor of Education Kyle Blanchfield
  • Erin Coakley Lassial, degree presented by her father, retired Vice President for Administrative Operations Tom Coakley

Undergraduate Degrees

  • Edward Blewett, degree presented by his father, Professor of Economics Robert Blewett
  • Zachary Dupray, degree presented by his mother, Assistant Manager of Catering and Conferences Katherine Dupray
  • Danielle Durocher, degree presented by her parents, Head Men’s Soccer Coach Bob Durocher and Fitness Center Director Robin Durocher
  • Lindsey Haggett, degree awarded by her father, Library Assistant Paul Haggett
  • Noah Jenkins, degree presented by his mother, Director of Planned Giving Anne Sibley
  • Patrick Mullen, degree presented by his mother, Counselor Teresa Corbin
  • David Pynchon, degree presented by his father, Director of Principal Gifts Tom Pynchon and by his brother, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Programs Drew Pynchon
  • Caitlin Spadaccini, degree presented by her father, Facilities Operations cleaner Allen Spadaccini

Immediately following the ceremony, one member of the Class of 2013 was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, through his participation in the ROTC program at Clarkson. He is:

-Sean Empey, of Evans Mills, N.Y., commissioned as Second Lieutenant, Chemical Corps Officer Basic Course, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Empey is a history major and minored in both film and representational studies and education. He studied Arabic and studied abroad in Ireland.

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President William L. Fox '75 - Baccalaureate Service | Commencement Ceremony

Rebecca Mason '13
Amy Callahan '13
Roger W. Ferguson Jr.
Joseph L. Kennedy
John O'Shea '74
Brian Gardam

May 19, 2013