School of Arts & Sciences Hooding Ceremony Looks Back, and to the Future


Regina Alvarado-Teuscher '14 demonstrated that learning never ends, in her address to her fellow graduates at the School of Arts & Sciences Hooding and Awards Ceremony at the Holy Family Chapel on Tuesday, May 27.

The English major, who also received the Patricia Wisner Award for outstanding work in Women's Studies, among other honors, said she had seemingly struck gold a few weeks ago in her search for her first apartment. A wealthy couple on the Upper West Side would be moving to the English countryside for some time and had decided to rent out their home for an affordable price.

"I felt closer to the glamorous city life," Alvarado-Teuscher said. But right before she sent a $550 deposit via PayPal, it came to her. "Something didn't seem right about this arrangement," she said. "I realized I was falling for a scam."

It was a warning to her fellow graduates not to have too much confidence and entitlement, Alvarado-Teuscher said. So even though "the universe was not rewarding me as I felt it should," she urged her peers to learn from her mistake.

Dr. Nelson Ong, Associate Professor of Political Science, emphasized the value of connections in his address to the graduates -- lifelong connections to family, friends, and community, and with The College of New Rochelle.

Ong noted that the roots of the College stretch all the way back to 1535, with the founding of the Ursuline Order in Italy that would eventually lead to the establishment of CNR in 1904. Those 479 years are "a long tradition of people interested in society and service to others," Ong said. "Value that connection."

Ong also looked ahead. "Have courage and faith that you are prepared," he said. "Treasure your past and embrace your future."

President Judith Huntington echoed that sentiment in her closing remarks. "You are well prepared," she said, and noted that their liberal arts education would be an asset in a competitive job market. She also noted that CNR would remain a part of their lives. "We will continue to be a resource for you."

"Educating women is empowering and exciting," Huntington siad. "It is an absolute privilege and an honor to be president of The College of New Rochelle.