Students who completed graduate and undergraduate degree requirements in the fall semester were honored at St. Bonaventure University's 2015 December Recognition Ceremony, held Dec. 19 in the University Chapel.
Student speaker Karalyn Anastasia of Olean (shown receiving her diploma in photo at right), a management major who completed requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, told fellow graduates that she leaves St. Bonaventure "with a vast knowledge of management, marketing, accounting and finance skills," as well as something more.
"While we are leaving here today with degrees that will surely help us to begin our careers, we are also leaving with a set of values that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives," she said.
As a numbers-crunching business major, Anastasia said she was accustomed to working with a set of rules that produced right or wrong answers. St. Bonaventure's broad-based liberal arts education showed her life is not that simple.
"Sometimes the answer is that there isn't one, or at least there isn't just one answer that is 'right' for everyone" she said. "I now have a profound appreciation for problems that require more than a formula to solve. Black and white thinking is not constructive in a world with so many vivid colors. I am so grateful to St. Bonaventure for making sure that I am leaving with a clear understanding of this."
To read Anastasia's complete speech, click here.
Michael J. Henry, C.F.A., administrative vice president of M&T Bank and an adjunct instructor in the School of Business at St. Bonaventure, also addressed the graduates.
Presenting the degree candidates at the ceremony were Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Dr. Nancy Cunniff Casey, dean of the School of Education.
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