Commencement 2017 Recap

A total of 633 degrees will be awarded at today’s ceremony. There are 601 candidates for bachelor’s degrees, of which 20 are candidates for summa cum laude; 25 candidates for master of education degrees; five (5) candidates for a master of science in mental health counseling; and two (2) Certificates of Advanced Studies in Education.

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

  • Business in the Liberal Arts
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Government
  • Biology

* The senior with the highest cumulative grade-point average over four full years of study at St. Lawrence is Freya Woods of Barneveld, New York. Her GPA is 3.94905 out of a possible 4.0. She majored in psychology and English.

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:

  • Dylan Arpey, presented by his father, Michael Arpey ’85, Trustee
  • Sierra Gagnon, presented by her father, Patrick Gagnon, Assistant Vice President of Safety and Security
  • Richard “Stepper” Hall, presented by his mother, Joanie Hall, Trustee
  • Alison Noble, presented by her mother, Suzanne Noble, Assistant to the Associate Dean of Student Life
  • Morgan O’Donnell, presented by her grandfather, Larry Winston, Chair of the Board of Trustees Emeritus
  • Alex Ranger, presented by his father, Michael Ranger ’80, Trustee
  • Francis Shields, presented by his grandfather, Frank Shields, Retired Director of Alumni Relations
  • Lucy Zimmerman, presented by Trip Samson ’80, Trustee
  • Thressa Zimmerman, presented by her mother, Christine Zimmerman, Director of Institutional Research 


Alec Savage ’17, Second Lieutenant, Infantry
Fort Benning, Georgia


President William L. Fox '75 - Baccalaureate Service | Commencement Ceremony
Rutendo Chabikwa '17
Sen. Susan M. Collins
Jane (Breckenridge) Eisner '64
Richard Guarasci, Ph.D.
Caroline Mastin Welsh P'07