Seventy students passed across the stage at the College of St. Joseph’s 58th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13.
CSJ President Lawrence Jensen conferred degrees upon the graduates. Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Goddard led the processional.
Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas addressed students, their families, and faculty and staff in attendance, speaking of some of Vermont’s greatest challenges and how graduates can help to confront them – including the State’s declining population and its effects.
“So, here’s my pitch: We need each of you to be a part of our state’s future. We need you to live and work here, to make Vermont your home,” Douglas said. “To use your education to find meaningful work and perhaps create additional jobs. We need you to raise your families here and to contribute to your community and state.”
Douglas also discussed the decline of civil discourse and how graduates can best use their voice to disagree with the opinions of others.
“I urge each of you to listen to different voices, to respect others when they speak and to weigh objectively the arguments they put forth. You may not be persuaded. You may become more confident in your own views,” Douglas said. “But, in a democracy, we can’t delegitimize the thoughts of others. We must allow them to be expressed. As many have said through the years, the remedy for speech you don’t like is more speech.”
The former Governor continued, telling graduates that their impact on the College should continue long after graduation.
“That’s consistent with a key pillar of President Jensen’s plan for the College of St. Joseph. He wants to ensure that everyone who studies here, everyone who works here, and everyone who’s been a part of the College’s history will remain engaged in crafting the future of this fine institution,” he said. “You will always be part of the CSJ family and I hope you’ll play a role in what’s to come. And I hope you’ll play a role as well in the future of our state and nation. We’re counting on you.”
Class of 2017
Associate of Arts
Eric Carroll, Brunswick, NY; Jamiu Oladimeji, Baldwin, NY;
Associate of Science
Jason Chambers, North Clarendon, VT; Colin McLeod, New Britain, CT; Septembah Thomas, Brockton, MA.
Bachelor of Arts
Arreonte Anderson, San Antonio, TX; Jennifer Arnado, West Rutland, VT; Tyler Demers, Rotterdam, NY; James Fitzgerald, Rutland, VT; Antonio Gordon, Memphis, TN; Alan Madsen, Fountain Hills, AZ; Jamie McLaughlin, Queensbury, NY; Sierra Newton, Brandon, VT; Erin Niles, West Chazy, NY; Kaylee Perkins, Rutland, VT; T’Mia Ross, Chicago, IL; Jessica Wilbur, Cambridge, NY.
Bachelor of Science
Randy Arrington, Brooklyn, NY; Tyler Barsalow, Rutland, VT; Joshua Bixby, Mount Holly, VT; Miranda Brazier, Berlin, NH; Shamari Brodhead, Kingston, NY; Benjamin Brown, Glenville, NY; Travis Castillo, Shrewsbury, VT; Jessica Davis, West Rutland, VT; Christopher Doyle, West Babylon, NY; Kelly Festa, Poultney, VT; Jessica Giffin, Shrewsbury, VT; Sarah Grandchamp, Westminster, VT; Brittany Hance, Chittenden, VT; McKenzie Jelley, Ludlow, VT; Chontayvia Kennedy, Trumbull, CT; Warren Keough, Rutland, VT; Krysta Konderwich, Stuyvesant, NY; Russell Krebs, Bennington, VT; Terri Lambert, Springfield, VT; Jordan Matos, Boston, MA; Stephanie Mayer, Rutland, VT; Kyle Milligan, Ludlow, VT; Samantha Perry, Greenwich, NY; Shannon Perry, Rutland, VT; Jose Ramos, Maitland, FL; Rebecca Reed, Rutland, VT; Rachel Richard, Dover, NH; Kevin Santo, Danville, VT; Susan Seward, Rutland, VT; Regina Steele, Ellenville, NY; Imani Stephenson, Fort Washington, MD.
Master of Business Administration
Erik Becker, Pittsford, VT; Jack Boymer, Woodstock, VT; Gloria Brady, Center Rutland, VT; Brian Connaughton, Pittsford, VT; Ebony Jones, Washington, DC; Shana Louiselle, Pittsford, VT; Ricky Peters, Argyle, NY.
Master of Education
Garrett Brewer, Rutland, VT; Aaron Brown, West Pawlet, VT; Christopher Doody, Hudson Falls, NY; Kelly Markowski, Florence, VT; David Mitiguy, Rutland, VT; Danielle Pinson, Brandon, VT; Lisa Sihler, Toms River, NJ; Alexandra Smith, Ticonderoga, NY.
Master of Science
Paul Black, Rutland, VT; Meghan Carroccia, Proctor, VT; Jonathan Codraro, Rocky Hill, CT; Audrey Grinnell, Saco, ME; Kayja LaFountain, Vernon, CT; Joshua Otway, Dallas, TX; Benjamin Patno, Vergennes, VT.