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Congratulations, Graduates of 2010

College of Arts and Sciences

Commencement: May 7
Degree awarded: BA
Number of graduates: 367
Guest speaker:  Mark Plotkin, PhD, an environmental scientist who has spent the better part of two decades working with and learning from ancient shamans in the rain forests of Central and South America. He is president of the Amazon Conservation Team.
Sound bite: “I don’t like commencement speeches, because they’re all the same. They tell you it’s a wonderful world, go out there and enjoy it. Anybody who believes that should walk out now. The world is a screwed-up place, and you need to fix it.”

To watch videos of the commencement ceremony, click here.

School of Law

Commencement: May 29
Degrees awarded: JD; LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Number of graduates: 175
Guest speaker: Roberta Ramo, the first woman to head the American Bar Association and, later, the American Law Institute. She is a shareholder in the New Mexico law firm of Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk.
Sound bite: “Understand that we lawyers are the foot soldiers of democracy. You must be not only a responsible lawyer but a responsible citizen … The American democracy only works when there are well-educated, involved citizens, and on some days, they seem in short supply.”

Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Commencement: June 6
Degrees awarded: Ed.D., M.Ed.; M.A.T.; M.A. in Counseling Psychology; Ed.S. in School Psychology
Number of graduates: 258
Guest speaker: Anderson Franklin, PhD, a professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College who has published widely on the subjects of psychological well-being, resilience and health of African Americans, and the impact of stereotypes and marginalization on the African American community. His current work focuses on after-school programs.
Sound bite: “Your dream is most important … If your dream is to be an educator or mental health provider, then pursue it, no matter the present-day employment realities … Dreams denied or unfulfilled have consequences. That has been true for too many persons across generations. It can be true for you also unless you are proactive in your life.”

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