College Holds Second December Commencement

Trocaire College president Dr. Bassam M. Deeb conferred degrees and certificates to over 170 graduates at the college’s second annual December commencement ceremony on December 15 at the Center for the Arts at the University of Buffalo.

Mary Travers Murphy, Executive Director of the Family Justice Center, delivered the commencement address.  Murphy praised the graduates for overcoming obstacles and turning them into opportunities.  She told them “that dreams do come true.”

The Invocation was given by Registered Nursing graduate Vaneeka F. Yaptangco and Jeffrey P. Rosenberg, Hospitality Management graduate, gave the Benediction.  Giving the student address, Practical Nursing graduate, Rebecca Ann Muller, thanked everyone in the audience for supporting all of the graduates saying, “…without all your support, none of us would be here today.”  Muller went on to say, “We have all made sacrifices to get to this stage today.  But during our sacrifice, we all had a common bond.”  Muller thanked the Trocaire faculty and staff for always being so encouraging.  “Every single person here wants you to succeed and that feeling is very evident.”

President Deeb, who became Trocaire’s sixth president on July 9, told the graduates how proud he was of all of their accomplishments.  “Trocaire is a place where we instill lifelong learning.  Your accomplishment, as difficult and time-consuming as it has been, should be an indication that you have the skill and desire to pursue higher learning.”  During his first commencement message, Deeb said, “As a graduate of Trocaire College, you are joining a family of successful professionals in the Western New York community.  They stand ready to help you and guide you as you enter the world of work.”