College Celebrates 53rd Commencement Ceremony

BUFFALO, N.Y. -  Trocaire College celebrated 53 years of graduations with the May 17 commencement ceremony at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.  Trocaire President Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D., conferred two-year and four-year degrees, as well as certificates of completion, to nearly 267 May 2013 graduates.

“We share your enthusiasm and recognize you on this day for your pride, your passion for learning and your perseverance which brought you here today,” said Board of Trustees Chair Lisa Kirisits.  “We wish you much success in your future endeavors and we hope that you will always remember that, in addition to your education in your own field of study, you have a Mercy education.”

This year’s commencement speaker was Joyce Markiewicz, President & CEO, Catholic Health Home Care Services, who told the graduates, “you have an education, go out and do good things”  This was the same message she received from her Father on the day of her college graduation ceremony.

“As you leave Trocaire today consider yourself privileged, for now you possess knowledge, one of the most powerful tools of your life,” she remarked.

Prior to Markiewicz’s remarks, the graduates heard from Nursing Graduate Alexandria Mann, who grew up in a family of nurses.  Mann decided she would continue the legacy of her father, aunt and uncle who all became nurses through their Trocaire education.

Mann spoke to the audience about the meaning of mercy – a disposition to show kindness and compassion.  “For those who don’t know, Trocaire is Gaelic for Mercy.”  “We are all graduating today with the intent to serve people, in one way or another.  Let us not forget to treat all of those we will serve with Mercy.”

The ceremony included a musical interlude by singer and pianist Smirna Mercedes, a bachelor of science in nursing graduate, who performed “Tu Amistad” in both English and Spanish.  Mercedes was one of eleven veterans who graduated from this Class of 2013.