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Monday, May 16, 2011
As a damp drizzle fell outside the Times Union Center in downtown Albany Sunday morning, cheers poured down on the Class of 2011 as Siena College celebrated its 71st commencement.
A total of 832 students received bachelor’s degrees from Siena’s schools of business, science and liberal arts.
Thirty-one students graduated from the College’s Master of Science in Accounting program. In just its second year, the program has nearly doubled in size. It is also seeing marked success as 28 of this year’s 31 graduates have already secured employment.
Beyond accepting their diplomas and celebrating the accomplishments of the past four years, the graduates took time to reflect upon the journey that brought them to the special day.
“Siena has provided us an opportunity to engage in a rigorous course of study in order to be contributors and competitors in the chaotic world that exists beyond the golden dome of Siena Hall,” said Class of 2011 President Thomas Gelok. “Siena sends us forward with an ability to be passionate and compassionate humanitarians and agents of change that the world so sorely needs.”
While they’re not Siena graduates, three Haitian students plan to pursue the same goals as the members of the Class of 2011 when they return to their earthquakes ravaged country. After the earthquake destroyed their university, Siena provided scholarships to Canes Camil, Pierre-Louis Joizil and Esperandieu Cenat. After a year of study at Siena, the men have received certificates of attendance and will earn degrees from their university in Haiti.
Once they return to Haiti, each man plans to improve life there. Camil, who has been gaining hands-on experience in the science labs, wants to develop solar energy technology that will provide people with electricity. Joizil studied business and education and plans to grow a school he started last October. Cenat also took business classes and plans to open an orphanage.
Siena also awarded three honorary degrees. Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was recognized for his contributions to the medical field. Fauci is an advisor to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services on public health and global AIDS issues.
Diane Ravitch, Ph.D., New York University Research Professor of Education and Ralph Perez, executive director of Create, Inc., a non-profit service organization that works with the poor and marginalized in Harlem, also became honorary members of the Class of 2011.
View photos from Commencement in the slideshow below or skip to the full gallery. There are also photos available from the Baccalaureate Liturgy, MS in Accounting Ceremony and the Academic Awards Ceremony.
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