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STAC Celebrates 63rd Commencement Virtually

Jun 08, 2020

STAC Celebrates 63rd Commencement Virtually

St. Thomas Aquinas College held its 63rd Commencement ceremony on a virtual platform on Friday, May 8th, 2020 due to social distancing restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 330 students were celebrated and awarded master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degrees during the virtual graduation ceremony which drew over 4,200 views on YouTube.

The STAC community is thankful to the College’s tenacious faculty and employees who quickly adapted to changed circumstances as classes went online and work moved remotely. We are especially proud of all our students for their dedication, hard work, and resilience while adapting to extraordinary conditions and transitioning seemingly effortlessly to a virtual learning platform for the rest of their 2020 Spring semester. 

Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School delivered an inspiring Commencement Address to the graduates while the college conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Charles J. Maikish, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, received an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree and shared his own life experiences that made him a success in a motivational speech to the Class of 2020.

The Trustee’s Award of Excellence was conferred upon Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Dean for the School of Education and Professor of Mathematics Education.

Faculty Emeritus status was conferred upon Dr. Charles O’Neill, Professor Emeritus of English and Dr. Marie Postner, Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Student Class Service Awards included the Gold Key and Silver Key Service Awards. The Gold Key Service Award went to Maria Rose Keegan, Doris A. Osei, Alisa Marie Schray, and Julia Amber Sibley. The Silver Key Service Award went to Desiree Inez Bermudez, Meaghan Katherine Burke, Brittany Lepore, Gary Michael Peters, and Breanna Williams. The Terence Cardinal Cooke Award was awarded to Tyiana Marrie Nunez, who has shown outstanding and meritorious service; the Francis Cardinal Spellman Award was given to Aliza Curray Deen, Lauren Ashley Desimone, and Maria Rose Keegan for the highest academic excellence in the undergraduate program; and the Sr. Regina Rosaire Dolan Award was presented to Allison Ann Kern for having the highest academic excellence in the School of Education graduate program.

Besides the Special Awards, students who completed the Honors Program of Study and Aquinas Leaders Program were officially recognized for their admirable accomplishments.

The Student Government Association 2019 President, Maria Rose Keegan ‘20, addressed her fellow graduating class on a job well done.

The STAC Singers opened the 2020 graduation ceremony with a harmonious composition of the national anthem and concluded the commencement exercises with a beautiful rendition of an American folk hymn, “Down to the Water to Pray.” All the members of the virtual choir along with Dr. Evan Matthews, Associate Professor of Music, recorded their parts individually at home using their iPhone or laptop microphone and camera. The parts were then compiled, edited, and mixed into a fantastic presentation by Daryl Kojak.

The College recognizes the dedicated individuals who made this year’s Virtual Commencement possible. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of STAC banded together to create a memorable keepsake for the Class of 2020.

Congratulations to the St. Thomas Aquinas College Class of 2020!

Commencement 2020 Graduation Cap

St. Thomas Aquinas College held its 63rd Commencement ceremony on a virtual platform on Friday, May 8th, 2020 due to social distancing restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 330 students were celebrated and awarded master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degrees during the virtual graduation ceremony which drew over 4,200 views on YouTube.

The STAC community is thankful to the College’s tenacious faculty and employees who quickly adapted to changed circumstances as classes went online and work moved remotely. We are especially proud of all our students for their dedication, hard work, and resilience while adapting to extraordinary conditions and transitioning seemingly effortlessly to a virtual learning platform for the rest of their 2020 Spring semester. 

Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School delivered an inspiring Commencement Address to the graduates while the college conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Charles J. Maikish, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, received an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree and shared his own life experiences that made him a success in a motivational speech to the Class of 2020.

The Trustee’s Award of Excellence was conferred upon Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Dean for the School of Education and Professor of Mathematics Education.

Faculty Emeritus status was conferred upon Dr. Charles O’Neill, Professor Emeritus of English and Dr. Marie Postner, Professor Emerita of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Student Class Service Awards included the Gold Key and Silver Key Service Awards. The Gold Key Service Award went to Maria Rose Keegan, Doris A. Osei, Alisa Marie Schray, and Julia Amber Sibley. The Silver Key Service Award went to Desiree Inez Bermudez, Meaghan Katherine Burke, Brittany Lepore, Gary Michael Peters, and Breanna Williams. The Terence Cardinal Cooke Award was awarded to Tyiana Marrie Nunez, who has shown outstanding and meritorious service; the Francis Cardinal Spellman Award was given to Aliza Curray Deen, Lauren Ashley Desimone, and Maria Rose Keegan for the highest academic excellence in the undergraduate program; and the Sr. Regina Rosaire Dolan Award was presented to Allison Ann Kern for having the highest academic excellence in the School of Education graduate program.

Besides the Special Awards, students who completed the Honors Program of Study and Aquinas Leaders Program were officially recognized for their admirable accomplishments.

The Student Government Association 2019 President, Maria Rose Keegan ‘20, addressed her fellow graduating class on a job well done.

The STAC Singers opened the 2020 graduation ceremony with a harmonious composition of the national anthem and concluded the commencement exercises with a beautiful rendition of an American folk hymn, “Down to the Water to Pray.” All the members of the virtual choir along with Dr. Evan Matthews, Associate Professor of Music, recorded their parts individually at home using their iPhone or laptop microphone and camera. The parts were then compiled, edited, and mixed into a fantastic presentation by Daryl Kojak.

The College recognizes the dedicated individuals who made this year’s Virtual Commencement possible. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of STAC banded together to create a memorable keepsake for the Class of 2020.

Congratulations to the St. Thomas Aquinas College Class of 2020!

For more information about the Commencement Ceremony, contact Annie Lombardi at 845-398-4016 or [email protected].
 


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St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is a candidate for accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Since 2003, all educator preparation programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.