President Gary A. Olson Cites Importance of Critical Thinking to Daemen College Class of 2013

“As Members of a Very Special College, I Feel Confident that you will Continue to Meet Life’s Challenges with Wisdom and Integrity”

May 18, 2013

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President OlsonSpeaking to the Daemen College Class of 2013, Daemen’s sixth President, Gary A. 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.

This year, Daemen College awarded over 800 undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Olson, who holds a Ph.D. in literary criticism and rhetoric, told the graduates that, “As college-educated individuals, you have the ability and the responsibility to always exercise your critical thinking skills.

“You have acquired a habit of mind – the ability to think critically and analytically about the world. 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. As you go forth to experience greater challenges than you have yet faced, do not forget the skills you developed here, as you become the successful individuals I am certain you will become.”

Special Honors for 2013

The College also awarded four special honors. Justine Leanna Paulson, an English major from Marathon, Wisconsin, received the College’s most prestigious academic honor, the Charles Lumsden Award, for maintaining a 3.99 grade-point-average throughout her undergraduate years.

Alyssa Serba and her familyAlyssa Serba and her Family

Alyssa M. Serba, a childhood/special education-social studies major from Tonawanda, NY, received the 2013 President’s Award. The award goes to the student who has demonstrated an outstanding record of leadership and involvement in the College community.

The Mary Angela Canavan Award, named for the second president of the College, is presented to the student who best exemplifies a dedication to and enthusiasm for campus life. The 2013 award was presented to Cameron Garrity, a Kenmore resident who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design.

The 2013 Daemen College Alumni Senior Award, given by the Daemen College/Rosary Hill Alumni Association, went to Mitchell Altman-Cosgrove, from Niagara Falls, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. The award recognizes an outstanding graduating senior who has made a significant contribution to the College.

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