Americans have the moral imperative to challenge prejudice courageously, welcome immigrants and understand that voting is a privilege and power to be used for good, 2019 Commencement speaker Karen Korematsu told Saint Michael’s College’s graduates on Sunday morning, May 12, in the Ross Sports Center “We want your generation to understand the dangers of racism and racial profiling and the injustice of treating immigrants like they don’t belong,” said Korematsu, a civil rights advocate, public speaker, and public educator whose civil liberties work is motivated by the experiences of her father in a World-War-II-era incarceration camp for Japanese Americans and his subsequent civil rights activism. Sunday’s program for the 112th Saint Michael’s Commencement listed 454 undergraduates – 236 Bachelor of Arts (BA) and 218 Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees, plus about 80 master’s degree recipients.
As is tradition at Saint Michael's College, the Thursday before Commencement weekend (May 9 this year) was celebrated with the Senior Awards Brunch. The event, which recognizes exceptional members of the senior class, as well as student-selected faculty and staff, annually brings forth inspirational figures who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Saint Michael's community.
A new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Saint Michael’s College, more practice-based than the traditional Master of Education (MEd), answers growing demands from potential undergraduates, recent college graduates, and career-changers to earn teacher licensure faster and more affordably.
Peggy Imai, Saint Michael’s director of study abroad, recent shared with faculty about “your students and their upcoming plans to explore the world,” writing in a campus-wide email: “We have a small (but enthusiastic!) cohort of students preparing to spend their fall semesters abroad. The majority of these students will be heading to destinations that are considered tried and true, but this year students will also be participating in two new programs based in Bilboa, Spain and Puerto Natales, Patagonia. No matter the country, the experiences will be life changing. Please wish your students safe and fruitful travels.” Many others are returning from their spring study-abroad semesters, while others are set for faculty-led summer travel trips or summer abroad experiences.
Deana DiBenedetto ’21, a Saint Michael’s College sophomore political science major with a Crime and Justice minor from Hannacroix, NY, is the Fall Semester 2019 recipient of the Brian Lacey International Fellowship in Social Justice award. She will be studying “away” at American University’s Washington Semester Program, announced Peggy Imai, Saint Michael’s director of study abroad. Her chosen concentration is “Justice and Law,” and as part of the program she will be conducting research and participating in an internship.