The Honors College Celebrates Its Winter Graduates
December 19, 2019
On Wednesday, December 18, the Fall 2019 graduates and their families gathered in Buchanan Hall for an evening of celebration and reflection. Alumna Doreen Joseph, Dean Zofia Burr, and Interim University President Anne Holton praised graduates for their many accomplishments and challenged them to continue to excel.
Speaking to the Honors College graduates, Alumna Doreen Joseph (Cyber Security Engineering '19) shared the following quotation: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." Joseph emphasized the value of embracing failures as lessons and going after the impossible.
Joseph, who is now attending the University of California, Davis with a fully funded position in the Computer Science PhD program, encouraged the graduates to trust in their own futures. “Everything you’ve done [and] been through was all preparation for this next step of your journey,” said Joseph, reminding the graduates to slow down and take the time to celebrate this moment.
Honors College Dean Zofia Burr reflected on the lessons taught throughout the Honors College curriculum, beginning in Honors 110: Principles of Research and Inquiry, encouraging graduates to remain inquisitive and recognize the value in asking meaningful questions. For her, the Honors College is built on giving students the opportunity to pursue their interests and learn from their mistakes.
“It is a profound honor to be able to be in my position and watch [your growth] happen,” said Burr, encouraging the graduates to stay in touch with the Honors College as they move into the next chapter of their lives.
Interim President Anne Holton expressed her admiration for many of the students and her trust in their continued success.
“One of the most special things about the Honors College is you all are thrown in right from the beginning with other like-minded, committed, students leaders,” said Holton, who believes in the benefits of having a community like the Honors College as a resource.
Holton ended her remarks with a message about what it means to be an alumnus of Mason. “Mason [is] a step along your way of lifelong learning,” said Holton. “Move forward as a community.”
The Honors College is proud to congratulate all of our Winter 2019 graduates.
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Angelene Jesse Chung
Candice Kaye Wong
Reporting by Zaria Talley. Photos by Sophia Chapin and Josh McLean.