Elmira College Celebrates 162nd Commencement

June 04 2017
Category: Academics

Elmira College celebrated the graduation of 328 students during its 162nd  Commencement on Sunday, June 4 at the Murray Athletic Center, Pine Valley.    The exercises included the conferring of 296 undergraduate and 32 graduate degrees.

Following a welcome by Elmira College President Norman Smith, two individuals were conferred with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters based upon their long-standing dedication and support to the College. 

Doris Fischer Malesardi, Class of 1964, has served on the Elmira College Board of Trustees and the Board Executive Committee for the past decade.  She has been the Secretary of the Board since 2014 and has served on the Student Life, Development, By-Laws, and Governance Committees. Additionally, her involvement with the College has included enabling alumni events around the country and making possible important improvements to the College’s teaching resources. Of particular note is her, and her husband Robert’s, gift of the Finance Classroom at the entrance to the Gannett-Tripp Library, which has become a symbol of the College’s pursuit of learning resources at their very best. Their generosity has also included important restorations in Cowles Hall, including in the Main Floor Parlors.

William Helmuth Waldorf joined the Elmira College Board of Trustees in 1993, following in the footsteps of his mother and alumna, Miriam Tracy Waldorf ’32, who was a dedicated member of the Alumni Board and also served as a Trustee.  Over the past quarter century of service to the College, which has included 20 years as member of the College’s Executive Committee, he has conscientiously served, notably as the Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee and of the Investment Committee. He has also magnanimously donated major gifts that have enabled scholarship endowments, classroom renovations, and the Cowles Hall restoration.

Following the conferring of the honorary degrees, Dr. Charles Lindsay presented the 2017 undergraduate and graduate candidates to Dr. Norman Smith for conferral, and then introduced the 2017 Valedictorian, Chloe Nowak ’17.

Dr. Smith, joined by Dr. Robert Morris H’16, then presented the graduates and audience the Fifteenth President of Elmira College, Dr. Lindsay.  Dr. Lindsay, who was announced as the next president of the College in February and will begin his term on July 1, affirmed his commitment to the College and community.

“As we embark on the next chapter in the history of this great college, let us continue to build an Elmira that provides a robust and exciting campus experience for students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. Lindsay.  “Let us continue to build an Elmira that offers academic and student life programs that inspire intellectual growth, creativity, discovery and a spirit of collaboration. Let us continue to build an Elmira that is deeply connected to the city of Elmira, the Southern Tier and the world, so that we can impact the world in a positive and meaningful way.”

During ceremonies prior to Commencement, members of the graduating class were recognized with multiple honors and prizes, including induction into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest national honors organization, and officer commissioning with the United States military.  The Class of 2017 also included more than 115 honor graduates receiving summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude honors. 

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