President Olson reminded members of the graduating class that perhaps the most important ability acquired in their college years is the ability to think critically and analytically about the world in which they live.
Olson spoke at the College’s commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 18, in Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo.
Olson, who holds a Ph.D. in literary criticism and rhetoric, told the graduates, “As college-educated individuals, you have the ability and the responsibility to always exercise your critical thinking skills.
“This is an ability that will help you make wise choices for the rest of your life. And this may well be the greatest asset that you take away with you when you leave here today.”
The College awarded over 800 undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Special Honors for 2013
Justine Leanna Paulson, an English major from Marathon, Wisconsin, received the Charles Lumsden Award, for maintaining a 3.99 grade-point-average throughout her undergraduate years.
Alyssa M. Serba, a childhood/special education-social studies major from Tonawanda, NY, received the President’s Award, given to the student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.
The Mary Angela Canavan Award, presented to the student who best exemplifies dedication and enthusiasm for campus life, was presented to Cameron Garrity, a Kenmore, NY resident.
The Daemen College Alumni Senior Award, given by the Daemen College/ Rosary Hill Alumni Association, went to Mitchell Altman-Cosgrove, from Niagara Falls. The award recognizes an outstanding graduating senior who has made a significant contribution to the College.