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Celebrating the start of the next chapter in their lives, more than 300 graduating students joined the ranks of over 19,000 Dean alumni worldwide by graduating with their Associate or Baccalaureate degrees today at Grant Field on the Dean College campus. In addition, the College awarded Excellence in Teaching Awards and the Trustees' Prizes for General Excellence.
"At Dean College we're proud of the fact that last year 95 percent of Dean's B.A. graduates had jobs or were in grad school within six months of graduation. Additionally, 98 percent of our associate students are able to move on to some of the top colleges in the country," said Dr. Paula Rooney, President of Dean College. "Our students are fully equipped to face the challenges of the current economy and reach great heights."
The commencement ceremony at Dean College takes a unique approach by featuring keynote addresses by students. The students selected this year include associate degree speaker Julie Volk of Framingham, MA, a Sports Fitness/Exercise Science Major who is transferring to a four-year institution before pursing a master's degree in physical therapy; and bachelor's degree speaker Jessica Pretty of Quartz Hill, CA, a Dance major who will attend graduate school at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the fall.
While at Dean, Volk was appointed Vice-President the Student Athlete Leadership Team and starred on the College's women's soccer and lacrosse teams where she was named Captain during her sophomore year. She was also awarded the College's Coaches Award and Biggest Heart Award for soccer.
Pretty was actively involved in many performing arts and performance choreography opportunities, such as Cabaret 2010-2012, dance team shows, Choreographers' Concert, Synergy, Brothahood and Senior Showcase. She was selected to represent Dean at the American College Dance Festival in 2012 and 2013, acted as a community advisor 2010-2012, and was a Student Government representative from 2010-2011. Pretty is a member of Dean College's Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and after graduation she plans to intern for the New York State Council for the Arts and Camille A. Brown & Dancers in New York.
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The 2013 Commencement Experience
Dr. Paula Rooney, Commencement 2013
Mark Boyce, Commencement 2013
Jessica Pretty, Commencement 2013