By Evan Hymes ’15
With their classes completed, their papers turned in and their diplomas collected, Siena College’s Class of 2013 is ready to embark on the next phase of life. While some uncertainty accompanies their next step, the graduates leave Siena with a sense of hopefulness that was evident during Commencement. “I don’t really know what’s going to happen and that’s great,” said history major Andrew Ford ’13. “I can leave knowing that I am prepared.” Ford will be working in the insurance industry. He plans to attend graduate school at UAlbany and pursue a career in politics.
Siena awarded 805 bachelor’s and 52 master of Science in accounting degrees to the Class of 2013. The College also conferred honorary degrees on the Honorable Mae D’Agostino ’77, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of New York business and Walter Kicinski ’62, civic leader and John Nigro, President of Nigro Companies.
Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Cushing ’77 spoke for a proud college community when he said, “Measured by any standard, the Class of 2013 achieved more than any other class in the history of Siena College.”
Commencement Marshal and Professor of English Meg Woolbright, D.A., reflected on the progress the students made since they started their college careers. “It’s just so much fun to see these students that you taught as freshmen, and now they’re graduating and they’re adults and they’ve accomplished so much,” said Woolbright.
During their years at Siena, the graduates not only built a strong academic foundation, but also developed a close-knit social network. Many students feel as if they have made lifetime bonds with friends and faculty alike. As a result, economics major and men’s basketball player O.D. Anosike ’13 said Commencement brought on a bittersweet feeling. “I’m going to miss Siena a lot, all the great friends and relationships that I built,” said Anosike. “At the same time, I think Siena has prepared me to move on.” Anosike plans to pursue a professional basketball career.
An aspiring entertainment critic, creative arts major Mitchel Clow ’13 is heading across the country to attend California State Fullerton to pursue his master’s degree in communications. Clow said it felt great to graduate as a member of the Siena community. “I can call these people friends for the rest of my life,” said Clow.
Physics and math major Alissa Earle ’13 will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a doctorate in planetary science. She said the Siena faculty helped to shape her future. “The faculty I’ve had the chance to work with and whose classes I’ve attended have all just been really fantastic,” said Earle.
With their time at Siena concluded, members of the Class of 2013 are poised to put what they learned into practice as they continue their education or begin their careers. As Earle will soon learn, not even the sky’s the limit to what they can accomplish.
A recap of Commencement.
During the 2013 Commencement ceremony, Siena College presented Certificates of Completion to four students with disabilities who have finished the Siena College Transition Program.
Commencement was truly a family affair for Class of 2013 graduates Laura, Kelli and Neil Frei.