534 Graduate from Goodwin June 9
Goodwin College’s June 9 commencement marks the transition of 534 students into the workforce or continued education, bringing with them specialized training and analytical skills honed at Connecticut’s fastest growing college.
Goodwin College will hold its 2012 Commencement Saturday at 10 a.m. on its River Campus. Goodwin will confer its widest range of degrees in the College’s history, awarding dozens of Bachelor’s degrees in addition to scores of Associates degrees and Certificates.
In 2011, Goodwin awarded its Bachelor’s degrees to three worthy students. This year, the number of students who earned Bachelor’s degrees has increased to 19, including the first cohort to graduate from the College’s RN-to-BSN program. In total, 11 students will receive their B.S. in Nursing, five in Child Studies, and three in Health Science.
Two of the Bachelor’s Degree recipients will speak on Saturday, including 2012 Valedictorian Alyson Cooke, of Glastonbury, who will receive her B.S. in Health Sciences. Dawn Yates, of Bozrah, is a member of the charter Nursing degree cohort.
Like many of their classmates before them, and hundreds more in the future, Cooke and Yates both previously achieved their Associates degrees at Goodwin before electing to continue their education at the College.
Bryce Russell, of Bloomfield, will also speak at Saturday’s ceremony. Russell will receive his Associates degree in Criminal Justice.
At the commencement ceremony, Goodwin will award an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters to longtime Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, who served the state as a congressman from 1975-81 and as a U.S. senator from 1981-2011. Dodd is now the Chairman and CEO for the Motion Picture Association of America.
Dr. Philip Lazowski, the esteemed Rabbi Emeritus of the Beth Hillel Synagogue in Bloomfield and author of several books, received his honorary doctorate in a ceremony held Thursday at the College. As he accepted the degree, Lazowski reflected on his experiences as a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States without knowing English, and how education and perseverance led to great things.
Rabbi Lazowski urged Goodwin graduates to not be dismayed by economic troubles or reports of employment difficulty, but rather to never stop knocking on doors.
“Yes, your knuckles may hurt, but you must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and knock again,” Rabbi Lazowski said.
“It is the only way to achieve your dream. Demonstrate your ability to achieve. You have to work harder, fight harder, and struggle longer to obtain your goal. Let nothing hold you back.”
Goodwin College will be streaming live its graduation coverage on its website, http://www.goodwin.edu. The College will also live Tweet during the ceremony, with the feed running on the Goodwin website under the live video feed. Twitter followers are encouraged to comment through hashtag #Goodwin2012.