Lasell College Holds 157th Commencement, Speaker U.S. Sen. Scott Brown Tells Students to Dream Big


Lasell College Holds 157th Commencement, Speaker U.S. Sen. Scott Brown Tells Students to Dream Big

May 16, 2011

Lasell College held its 157th commencement exercises Sunday, granting 281 Baccalaureate degrees and 57 Master's degrees, before an audience packed with family, friends, and members of the Lasell community.

Commencement speaker Massachusetts' junior U.S. Senator Scott Brown, delivered a speech that urged students to trust in themselves and not to give up, even under adverse circumstances.

Brown talked of overcoming his own moments of adversity, including difficulties in his childhood as well as his election, as a Republican, to the former Senate seat of Ted Kennedy in January 2010.

"The test is to give your time, your mind, and your heart to the things that you feel matter --- that you care about--- to take advantage of opportunities when you see them, because they are scarce, and they do not last forever. So take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way," said Brown, who received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College.

Brown acknowledged the involvement of mentors in his life, including coaches, teachers and parents of friends, who helped him find a positive path in life. He credits those efforts, and that of his grandparents, with helping him achieve the success he has today.

"When life gets tough, may you never feel alone, but always surrounded by friends and loved ones," Brown said.

Brown also commented on the current policital corruption trial of former state House Speaker Sal Dimasi.

The audience also heard messages from Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander, who encouraged the graduates to remember and stay close to their friends from College. Recalling his own friendships from college, which remain strong to this day, he said that those friends can help sustain you in times of doubt and uncertainty.

Class of 2011 undergraduate student speaker Christina Purington and graduate student speaker Trang Nguyen also addressed the graduating class reminding students to savor the memories they have of Lasell.

The commencement exercises also served as a time to honor one faculty and one staff member for excellence in educational leadership and announce the College's new endowed Arnow Professorship recipient. Professor Joseph Aieta and staff member Kristen Polletta won the College's de Witt awards, while Professor Jill Carey was named the new Arnow Professor.