Commencement 2014 Recap

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A total of 571 degrees will be awarded at today’s ceremony. There are 539 candidates for bachelor’s degrees, of which 26 are candidates for summa cum laude; 22 candidates for master of education degrees; three candidates for a master of science in mental health counseling; and six Certificates of Advances Studies in education and one advanced certificate in counseling will be granted. One degree will be award posthumously.

The five most popular majors this year are, in descending order:

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Government

The senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average over four full years of study at St. Lawrence is Katherine Buxton of Williston, Vt. Her GPA is 3.992 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:

  • Christopher McLaren Melville, presented by his father Duncan Melville, Professor of Mathematics
  • Emily Marie Bradshaw, presented by her sister Kim Reardon, Academic Support Specialist
  • Ashleigh Mae Sheridan, presented by her mother Joyce Sheridan, Secretary of Religious Studies
  • Andrew Thomas Pynchon, presented by his father Tom Pynchon, Associate Vice President for Advancement

William Knoble, Summa Cum Laude, will be awarded posthumously and accepted by his widow, Ellen Rocco. Mr. Knoble passed away on September 23, 2013.

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

Robert Montgomery '14
Zach French '14 and Amber Lawyer '14
Grace Potter '06n
Nancie Battaglia
Susan Talve '74
Donald K. Rose '64

May 18, 2014