Graduate School Recognizes Student Achievements in Hooding Ceremony


The College of New Rochelle's Graduate School students were honored for their achievements at the Hooding and Awards Ceremony held Wednesday, May 21, at the Wellness Center.

The processional was led by Dr. Claire Lavin, Professor of Psychology, and was followed by an invocation by Christina Best GS'14. Dr. Marie Ribarich, Dean of the Graduate School, welcomed the students, their family and friends, faculty, and staff.

President Judith Huntington extended her congratulations to the Class of 2014.

Dr. Constance Iervolino, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, delivered the address to graduates, commending them for being in rarefied company as recipients of master's degrees and post-master's certificates. "Less than 11 percent of adults in the United States achieve that milestone."

"Though the motto of CNR is 'Wisdom for Life,' you know that the meaning clearly is not that you have all the wisdom you need," Iervolino said, "but rather that your experience at CNR has provided the tools to be a lifelong learner."

She urged the graduates to keep learning and practicing, to find their passion and purpose and "pursue it relentlessly," and to persevere through all kinds of setbacks. "And if you do, you will succeed."

Three graduates received Division Awards, given to an outstanding student in each division of the Graduate School who demonstrates exceptional promise in their field of study:

  • Art and Communication Studies: Sonia Russell, M.S. Communication Studies
  • Education: Alexandria Bignall, M.S.E. Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Human Services: Joseph Lake, M.S. Guidance and Counseling
Pela Terry, M.P.A. Public Administration, received the Catherine Haage Award, established in memory of the Graduate School's founding dean. The award is presented to a graduate "who has demonstrated a commitment to the profession, and service to the community and to the College.

The Romita Award, presented to an outstanding graduate of the Gerontology Program with an excellent record of service to the aging community, was given to Jonelle Ward, M.S. Gerontology.

Ten graduates received the Service Award for outstanding service in the community:

  • Kaylin Brice, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Erin Girling, M.S.E. Early Childhood Education
  • and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Katelynn Grim, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Marnie Herlands, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Christine Hultgren, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Janice Rose, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Amanda Sambets, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Monica Sanchez, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Taylor Vaughn, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling
  • Elizabeth Youngs, M.S. Art Therapy/Counseling