by Myra Saturen
January 26, 2013
Nine hundred and seventeen new graduates of Northampton Community College (NCC)—the largest number of winter graduates since the College initiated winter commencements in 2008, received degrees, diplomas and certificates at a commencement ceremony, on January 26 at the Arthur L. Scott Spartan Center. The event was especially notable in that it also marked the first NCC commencement led by President Mark Erickson, who assumed his position last summer. Graduates ranged in age from 17 to 69.
The faculty speaker, Assistant Professor of Business Administration Karen S. Britt, drew on the business field to make her remarks. She compared graduation to an "opportunity cost," the cost of forgoing something to achieve a desired goal. "No matter how long it took, it was worth it," she told the graduates. She pointed out that in achieving an education, one must start with a good business plan and carry it through.
President of Lafayette College Dr. Daniel H. Weiss, explained the importance of the commencement ceremony, not only as marking a personal milestone but also as signifying a boon to society. In addition to conferring happiness and productivity to individuals, commencement also provides "the value of an educated citizenry to a democracy." He urged the graduates to recognize that commencement is a beginning, part of lifelong learning. "Questions are more important than answers," he said.
He highlighted the relationship between effort and opportunity. "There is no substitute for hard work," Weiss said. "The harder I work, the more opportunities I am offered." He advised graduates to recognize their interconnectedness to other people—professionally, morally and ethically. Finally, Weiss counseled graduates to seek balance between achieving goals and "enjoying the journey."
"The people you meet and the experiences you have will give meaning to your lives and will shape you as individuals," he said.
Read more in this Express-Times article by Sienna Mae Heath.
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