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May 14, 2018

The 164th Lasell College Commencement was held on Saturday, May 12, where 398 bachelor's and 125 master's degrees were awarded before an audience of family, friends, faculty, and staff on Taylor Field. Included in the ceremony were 14 members of the Class of 1968, who joined the processional as part of their 50th Reunion weekend.

Class of 1968 at 2018 Commencement at Lasell College


President Michael B. Alexander commemorated the graduates on their adaptation to new surroundings, people, and ideas, while encouraging them to fulfill their dreams for the future.  

"It doesn't matter if your dream seems impossible, as long as you have it ... and strive to make it happen," he said. "Even dreams unfulfilled may bring progress, just by shaking things up. For progress cannot happen without change, without at least a little disruption."  

President Michael B. Alexander at 2018 Lasell College Commencement


Tess Ann Dooley, the undergraduate student speaker, acknowledged her fellow graduates' numerous achievements.  

"The Class of 2018 is one that understands the meaning of experience," she said. "We are creators, adventurers, and discoverers. We are proof that individual differences collectively accomplish great things."  

Tess Ann Dooley, Undergraduate Commencement Speaker at Lasell College 2018

A similar tone was taken by graduate student speaker Tiffany Henery-Brown, who balanced her role as a caregiver and mother of four children - one born while she was enrolled at Lasell - with her studies toward a master's degree in communication.   

"I hope you [fellow graduates] use your experiences to motivate you toward whatever your next goal may be," she said. "Each of us is unique and faces a different set of challenges. But we all have one commonality - we persevere."  

Tiffany Henery-Brown, graduate speaker at 2018 Lasell College Commencement


Commencement speaker Donato Tramuto, chief executive officer of Tivity Health Inc. and president and founder of the nonprofit Health eVillages, shared the importance of using adversity to discover one's "professional why," and identified his sister-in-law's early passing as his motivation for entering and improving the healthcare industry.  

"You are as well-positioned as any generation in history to affect social change," he said. "Make the most of it. Do something good. I have learned in my life's journey that it is not about doing great things. It is about doing little things that have the capacity to drive great change."  

He equally encouraged graduates to find their "personal why," and to use the issues that matter most to them as fuel for progress.  

"You are at an early, promising young stage of life," he said. "You can harness the strength formed by your own adversity and make your corner of the world a better place."  

Donato Tramuto, keynote speaker at the 2018 Lasell College Commencement ceremony

Tramuto received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the College. Also honored at the ceremony were recipients of the Thomas E.J. de Witt Awards for Excellence in Educational Leadership, presented to one faculty and one staff member each year. Professor of Communication Janice Barrett and Associate Director of Plant Operations Glen Campbell were acknowledged by President Alexander for their willingness to take risks that ultimately enhanced the College's communal well-being. 

Professor Janice Barrett receives a Thomas E.J. de Witt Award at the 2018 Lasell College Commencement ceremony

Glen Campbell receives a Thomas E.J. de Witt Award at the 2018 Lasell College Commencement ceremony

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