School of New Resources Holds Hooding Ceremonies at all Campuses
05/25/2011 

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Prior to the 104th Commencement of the graduating Class of 2011, the traditional Hooding Ceremonies for the School of New Resources were held on all the campuses of The College of New Rochelle. Below, please find photos, details, and excerpts from individual campus hooding ceremonies.

New Rochelle Campus



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Brooklyn Campus
Velma Stoner, Student Speaker
“Greek philosopher Socrates said “the unexamined life is not worth living,” but Socrates forgot to mention how painfully challenging it was to assess and re-assess, and to examine one’s  life.   In the midst of all this, I would need to find the courage, commitment, confidence, and creativity to acquire my degree. Afterall, here I was inspiring my daughter, my friends, even strangers, but continuing to defer my own dreams.”



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Co-op City Campus
Leticia M. Jenkins, Student Speaker
“I enrolled here at the Co-op City Campus for the Spring of 2010 semester with the will and desire of a woman who was just told she may not live past the next five years.  Not only did I take this opportunity of academic achievement as my last possibility but I was determined to excel in every subject matter put before me, not just for myself but every person in my life, my children, my friends, my classmates and every person I came into contact with.”

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DC-37 Campus
Richard Hardt III, Student Speaker
“Three short years ago, I myself was undecided about undertaking the huge responsibility of beginning my path to higher education. And I will not lie to you; it was not an easy path. However the long days and late nights,  long hours studying or writing papers and LAPs and the sacrifices my family and I have made were well worth it.  And even now I have every desire to return to pursue my master’s degree.”

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John Cardinal O'Connor Campus
Barry Cleckley, Student Speaker
"I used to hear some of you speak reluctantly about that next research paper or that next compare/contrast essay and I said to myself that what we need to achieve already resides within us. The CNR experience has taught us how to draw from within and pull out what is already there. We have demonstrated, by our arrival here today, that all of our wisdom, talent and triumphs spring from an internal reservoir of struggle and tears."

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Rosa Parks Campus
Barbara Brown, Student Speaker
"According to the late Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., who frequently asked, 'what’s in your hands?'  I ask the same, what’s in your hand? I charge you class of 2011; release what’s in your hand.  An open hand can always receive but a closed hand can never share.  We must pass the torch on as our mentors have done for us.  Do it with love and patience, yes, use lots of patience, as the entire staff of the Rosa Parks Campus has always done."

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