May 23rd, 2012
Mount Saint Mary celebrates the class of 2012 at ceremony
Elizabeth Ailes was the keynote speaker at the 49th Mount Saint Mary College commencement on Saturday. She is pictured with fellow honorary doctorate recipients and college administrators R. Abel Garraghan, chair, MSMC board of trustees; His Eminence Peter Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Joseph A. Reilly, CEO of the Empire Broadcasting Corporation; and Fr. Kevin Mackin OFM, MSMC President.
Newburgh - Launching into the future after four years of diligent study, the members of the Mount Saint Mary College Class of 2012 gave themselves a hug at the conclusion of ceremonies. The commencement hug is a tradition at the Mount, instituted by Fr. Kevin Mackin OFM, Mount Saint Mary College President, a few years ago.
Fr. Mackin recognized 654 bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates during the outdoor ceremony, held on May 19, 2012 on the Newburgh campus overlooking the beautiful Hudson River.
Elizabeth Ailes, a 20-year veteran of network television news and publisher of “The Putnam County News & Recorder” and “The Putnam County Courier,” was the keynote speaker at the 49th annual commencement, encouraging the graduates to be “willing to outwork others. If you are tireless and demand excellence of yourself and your colleagues, you will succeed.”
Be ready to improvise, she said, and expect and embrace changes. Learn how to be flexible, encourage and help others and get up each morning and “say a prayer that today is another opportunity; today there is some worthwhile occasion that you will rise to,” she said.
In addition to Ailes, other honorary degree recipients included: His Eminence Peter Cardinal Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Joseph A. Reilly, CEO of the Empire Broadcasting Corporation.