Commencement 2016 Recap

A total of 621 degrees were awarded at today’s ceremony. There were 583 candidates for bachelor’s degrees, of which 19 were candidates for summa cum laude; 28 candidates for master of education degrees; five (5) candidates for a master of science in mental health counseling; and four (3) Certificates of Advances Studies in Education and one (1) advanced certificate in Counseling and Human Development will be granted. One degree was awarded posthumously.

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

  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Business in the Liberal Arts
  • Performance and Communication Arts
  • Biology

* The senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average over four full years of study at St. Lawrence is Jordan Koloski of Lebanon, New Hampshire. His GPA is 3.952 out of a possible 4.0. He majored in biochemistry.

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:

  • Carli Baldwin, presented by her father, Brad Baldwin, Professor of Biology
  • Brittney Charleston, presented by her mother, Mary Charleston, Senior Secretary in Residence Life
  • Margaret Cummins, presented by her mother, Susan Dodd, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
  • Spencer DeCinque, presented by his sponsor, Patrick D. Martin ’75, Trustee Emeritus
  • Gian-Carlo Filippi, presented by his mother, Denise Dingman, Library Assistant
  • Samuel Leclerc, presented by his sponsor, André Couture, Trustee
  • Henry Samson, presented by his father, Earl A. “Trip” Samson III ’80, Trustee
  • Emma Turell, presented by her mother, Sarah Gates, Associate Professor of English


  • Stephanie Baron, accepted by her sister, MacKenzie Baron.


Daniel Temme, Second Lieutenant, Military Intelligence detailed to Infantry, Fort Benning, Georgia


President William L. Fox '75 - Baccalaureate Service | Commencement Ceremony
Samantha Colton '16
Ross McMullan '16
Charles Aquadro '75
Congresswoman Katherine Clark ’85
John Gaal