Lasell Holds 159th Commencement, Graduates More than 400 Students

Lasell Holds 159th Commencement, Graduates More than 400 Students

May 19, 2013

Lasell College held its 159th commencement exercises Sunday, May 19, granting 329 Baccalaureate degrees and 88 Master's degrees, before an audience packed with family, friends, and members of the Lasell community.

Commencement speaker former media executive Lucie Salhany, delivered a speech that outlined several steps for success in the working world sprinkled with humorous stories from her own experience climbing the executive ladder of broadcast television.

Salhany broke through the glass ceiling of that industry when she was named chairwoman of Fox Broadcasting in 1993. She led the expansion of that network from four nights a week to seven and helped negotiate the network's first contract with the National Football League.

Salhany spoke of the hard work parents put into their children's education from elementary school through college, congratulating the Class of 2013 for their efforts as well.

"It has been a journey and your parents and guardians have been fellow travelers," she said.

Salhany also urged the graduates to stay positive even if they have difficulties as they move through their careers.

"The road won't be smooth, even with a diploma you will trip, but through your education [you will persevere]," she said. You can read the entire commencement speech here (pdf).

The audience also heard messages from Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander, who acknowledged the graduation of the largest number of master's degree recipients in the College's history and the granting of the College's first Master of Education degrees. He encouraged the members of the Class of 2013 to have patience and perseverance as they look for their first jobs.

Class of 2013 undergraduate student speaker Sarah Andler and graduate student speakers Joanna Caliman and Angelena Pepe also addressed the graduating class reminding students to savor the memories they have of Lasell.

The commencement exercises also honored one faculty and one staff member with for excellence in educational leadership: Sociology Professor Jenifer Drew and International Services Director Lena Berk.