Mount Ida College Graduates Asked to “Wear Youth as a Badge of Honor” During Commencement

NEWTON, MA (05/28/2014)(readMedia)– Mount Ida College celebrated the Class of 2014 and presented honorary degrees on Friday, May 16, 2014 during the undergraduate and graduate ceremony of the College’s 115th commencement exercises. 325 students turned their tassels to the left and had their degrees conferred.

Mount Ida presented honorary degrees to U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III; Sarah-Ann Shaw, Boston’s first African American female broadcast journalist; and Steven H. Wright, Executive Partner, Holland & Knight’s Boston office.

Several prominent themes emerged during the commencement addresses. Graduates were urged to serve, pursue their dreams and promise to always believe that you’re never too young to change the world.

In his commencement address, Congressman Kennedy asked graduates to make a promise.

“What I ask of you today is that you won’t ever let anyone say the following four words to you: you are too young,” he said, met with resounding applause. “Promise that so long as you are blessed with it, you will wear your youth as a badge of honor.”

Throughout the ceremony, graduates, and attendees shared their exhilaration and congratulations on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MountIda14.

Zachary Davis of Old Lyme graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Mount Ida College.

Meghan Nogacek of Ledyard graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Mount Ida College.

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts-all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at Follow Mount Ida on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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