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Commencement – 2014

Commencement 2014

Pine Manor College’s 103rd Commencement took place on a perfect spring day, Sunday, May 11 2014. Before a cheering crowd of approximately 600 people, 55 students participated in the graduation ceremony. The College’s President, E. Joseph Lee, Ph.D., welcomed the graduating class, their families and friends, as well as representatives of the Board of Trustees, alumnae, faculty and staff.

Graduate Baina Orival ’14, presented an insightful reflection, not before she took the opportunity to take a “group selfie” of her audience, the full class of 2014. 

Orival was followed by Sarah Barry ’17 who sang the Alma Mater.


The Senior Class Speaker was Social and Political Systems major, Jenny Valdez ’14. Valdez delivered an insightful speech that was personal and inspiring.


2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

An honorary degree was awarded to Elizabeth Van Orsdel Moulds ’64, a member of the Board of Trustees of Pine Manor College. Her honorary degree was presented to her by the Board of Trustees Chair, Serena Strazzulla Kokjer Greening ’59.
(To read her citation, click here.)

The honorable Barney Frank, former United States Congressman, was presented an honorary degree by William Stargard, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and College Marshal.
(To read his citation, click here.)


Recognition of Faculty

Faculty members were recognized for their continuing commitment to our students.

The Lindsey Professorship has been awarded to Carole Rabe, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts.

The Wean Professorship and the Ruth Allinger Gibson ’26 Teaching Award were both awarded to Diane Mello-Goldner, Associate Professor of Psychology.

The Rosario Tosiello Award for Integrity in Scholarship was awarded to Melinda Ponder, Professor of English.


Student’s Honors and Awards

Pine Manor College Faculty Award is given to a full-time student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with the highest grade point average upon completion of her academic work at Pine Manor College. The 2014 Pine Manor College Faculty Award was awarded to Maysoon Shafi ’14.


The Exemplary Achievement Award was established in memory of Jane French McCall Dill, a member of the Class of 1939 and a former trustee of the College. This year’s award was presented to Heba Khurram ’14.


The Pine Manor College Award is given to a graduating senior who has, in the opinion of the faculty and staff, made outstanding contributions to the College and to her peers.
This year’s Pine Manor College Award was presented to Natasha Kopystynski ’14.


The President’s Cup is awarded to a graduate who has furthered our understanding of leadership and social responsibility through her personal and community accomplishments. The 2014 President’s Cup was awarded to Vanessa Gomes ’14.


Conferring the degrees were
E. Joseph Lee, Ph.D., President of the College, with William Vogele, Ph.D., Dean of the College.


Our Commencement ceremony was concluded with greetings from Shannon Miranda ’00, President of the Alumnae Board and member of the Board of Trustees, and ended with closing remarks by William Stargard, Ph.D., College Marshal  Professor of Art History.

Congratulations to our 2014 Graduates!