Jeremiah Lee, an integrated marketing communications major from Jamestown, addressed his classmates at St. Bonaventure University’s December Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Lee was selected as the ceremony's student speaker because, in the words of SBU's Br. Basil Valente, O.F.M., director of the Integrated Marketing Communications program, "Jerry is one of the most inspired people to ever join the community at St. Bonaventure. I’m a better Franciscan and teacher because of my interaction with Jerry Lee."
Lee is a multimedia designer at Truck-Lite, a Falconer-based firm that specializes in global manufacturing and distribution of visibility systems to the heavy duty truck, trailer and commercial industries. The ceremony recognized those who completed undergraduate and graduate degree requirements during the fall semester.
Lee will use his final program plan book for the program to bolster Truck-Lite's business, and he will soon open The Quilted Squirrel, a Buffalo-based creative marketing agency, partnering with Steve Lingle, an IMC alum from 2010.
"As I conducted exit interviews with the graduate students, many of them shared with me how helpful Jerry has been to them, especially with his strategic professional counseling and genuine interest in their lives and their futures. Jerry’s work with everyone at SBU is directly aligned with our mission and his actions are rooted, dramatically, in the Franciscan and Bonaventure traditions. I have not known someone, in my 20-plus years of teaching, who has taken the mantle of learning and worn it in a more other-centered and inspired way," said Br. Basil.
Also at the recognition ceremony, Dr. René Garrison, associate professor in the School of Education, gave the faculty address.
University president Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D., welcomed the graduates and their families. Dr. Peggy Y. Burke, associate provost and dean of the School of Graduate Studies, served as master of ceremonies.
Dr. Joseph Zimmer, dean of the School of Education, presented the graduate students. Dr. Pierre Balthazard, dean of the School of Business, presented the undergraduate students.
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