The sun shone brightly on Connelly Green Saturday as 186 members of the class of 2012 ascended the stage, received their diplomas from President Hirsh, and became the newest Rosemont College alumni. The 89th commencement exercises marked the culmination of an exciting year, in which Rosemont celebrated its 90th anniversary, announced plans for a new community center and turf athletic field, and reflected on what it meant to be a “community of learners.”
Following opening remarks from President Hirsh, three student speakers offered heartfelt reflections on their experiences at Rosemont. Paulette Brown (M.A., counseling psychology) spoke of the “power of a caring smile and a few words of encouragement from a classmate.” Beverley Julal (B.A., organizational development) shared that in a time of personal weakness, she came to Rosemont to earn her degree and found strength. Ami Upadhyaya (B.A., history and political science) framed her remarks with a quote from Michael Dell on obstacles and opportunities.
During the ceremony, an honorary degree was presented to Jane Golden, executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. In her address to the graduates, Golden said she was most grateful for “the gift of meaningful work.” She spoke of finding inspiration in her job, bringing communities together, and learning to be more empathetic.
“When you find work that opens your heart and ignites your creativity and spirit, follow it fearlessly,” she urged.
In total, 222 students received their degrees from the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Undergraduate College at the end of the spring 2012 semester.