Commencement 2015

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Sincere apologies:   The names of three graduates were not read aloud at Commencement 2015.  The University extends sincere apologies to Zachery Freire, Erica French, and Ally Friedman, for this error, understanding that the calling of names is a powerful, and once-in-a-lifetime experience for graduates and their families.  We were unable to determine whose names were missed at the time of graduation, which we also deeply regret.   We have established new procedures for the future to avoid this very unusual but extremely regrettable mistake. 
Lisa Cania
Vice President for Community and Employee Relations

* A total of 636 degrees will be awarded at today’s ceremony. There are 597 candidates for bachelor’s degrees, of which 22 are candidates for summa cum laude; 28 candidates for master of education degrees; six (6) candidates for a master of science in mental health counseling; and three (3) Certificates of Advances Studies in education and one advanced certificate in counseling will be granted. Two (2) degrees will be award posthumously.

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

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • English
  • Government

* The senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average over four full years of study at St. Lawrence is Tessa Yang of Pittsford, New York. Her GPA is 3.977 out of a possible 4.0. She majored in English and minored in government.

Degrees Presented by Family Members

* 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:

  • Andrew Leiser, presented by his spouse Haley Feickert, Assistant Director of Laurentian Engagement.
  • Victor Fleury-Couture, presented by his father André Couture, St. Lawrence University Trustee.
  • Jacob Hurlbut, presented by his father Mike Hurlbut, Associate Men’s Hockey Coach.
  • David Smith, presented by his mother Elaina Smith, Executive Assistant for University Advancement.
  • Ann Lufkin, presented by her mother Sarah Johnson, St. Lawrence University Trustee.

Posthumous

  • Garrett Gagne will be awarded posthumously and accepted by his parents Chris and Sue Gagne.
  • Timothy St. Onge will be awarded posthumously and accepted by his parents Daniel and Mabel St. Onge.

Speech Texts

President William L. Fox '75 - Baccalaureate Service | Commencement Ceremony
Taylor Castator '15
Lexi Williams '15
John M. Angelo '63
Judy Hart Angelo '64
Jane Clark
Peter Hatch
Fred Garry

May 17, 2015