After an extraordinary season culminating in a return to the NCAA Final Four, the graduating seniors on the men’s lacrosse team – which had missed Cornell Commencement May 26 by playing in the tournament over the weekend – received their diplomas May 28 at a special ceremony at the Hall of Fame Room in Friends Hall.
The Tuesday scene resembled a microscopic version of Sunday: moms and dads delivering hugs, siblings taking pictures, teammates saying goodbye, laughter and joy in groups, and a plethora of Big Red smiles.
Cornell President David Skorton provided the 16 graduating seniors with a personalized, ESPN recap-style of his 19-minute Sunday speech. Skorton and Susan Murphy, vice president for student and academic services, told the new graduates how they remained up-to-date in the exciting, waning minutes of the Cornell-Duke game – even while the administrators were otherwise engaged with Graduation Weekend events.
“I want you to know how much the Cornell family is proud of you and your accomplishments,” Skorton said.
Skorton and each respective dean – Alan Mathios of Human Ecology, Peter Lepage of Arts and Sciences, and Kathryn Boor of Agriculture and Life Sciences – gave each graduate a diploma.
Human Ecology: Ross Gillum, Plano, Texas.
Arts and Sciences: Jake Thompson, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
Agriculture and Life Sciences: Myan Adams, Akwesasne, N.Y.; Mike Bronzino, Berwyn, Pa.; Connor English, Manhasset, N.Y.; Kyle Ewanouski, Scituate, Mass.; A.J. Fiore, Ithaca, N.Y.; Shane Henry, Mount Sinai, N.Y.; Thomas Keith, Woodbury, N.Y.; Cody Levine, Purchase, N.Y.; Steve Mock, Huntington, N.Y.; Jason Noble, Orangeville; Rob Pannell, Smithtown, N.Y.; Matt Taylor, Manlius, N.Y.; Tom Trasolini, Fayetteville, N.Y.; and Max Van Bourgondien, New York.
Of special note, Adams received his diploma in special dress of the Mohawk tribe. On his head, he wore a “gustoweh,” made from ruffled feathers and topped with three eagle feathers. Also, he wore a purple and white ribbon draped over his shoulders, with symbols depicting the Iroquois Confederacy and his Bear clan.