– April 25th, 2014 by Caroline Barry –

Ciarlante composes his final speech for CSC Commencement 2014

Life begins for the graduating seniors when they step off campus post graduation day May 5. Preparing for the special day, SGA President for the Class of 2014 Nicholas “Nick” Ciarlante, restlessly constructs his speech to be presented to the graduating class, families and friends, as well as the faculty that have passionately tracked the progress of the graduates since their arrival on campus as freshman.

Receiving the honor of being the commencement speaker, Ciarlante meets all of the requirements of the job. According to the Colby-Sawyer guidelines, “The Class of 2014 Commencement Speaker Medal is presented to a student who represents the character of the graduating class and will give an inspirational and engaging speech that represents the college’s values and learning outcomes. The theme for this year’s senior Commencement address is ‘A New Beginning.’” Ciarlante is also this year’s recipient of the prestigious Colby-Sawyer Award.

Actively involved in the school community and demonstrating excellent leadership skills, Ciarlante was not only elected SGA president; he has also been actively involved in clubs and organizations such as, Campus Safety, Student Tour guide in the Admissions Office, student representative for the Board of Trustees, as well as dressing up as Santa Clause in the holiday months to spread Christmas cheer.

Starting his speech with the question, “What’s next,” Ciarlante will discuss personal experiences at Colby-Sawyer and will be sending the class with memories shared that will last a lifetime. He remembers events such as President and Professor of Humanities, Thomas C. Galligan Jr.’s speech to the Class of 2014 at Matriculation. President Galligan’s speeches to the incoming classes inspire the incoming students, especially Ciarlante.

Influenced by Galligan’s powerful motivational speaking skills, Ciarlante focuses on the future for all of the graduating class. Emphasizing the hard work and successes that the graduating class experienced together, Ciarlante’s commencement speech outlines the journey the class took collectively.

The Colby-Sawyer community is sad to see such an amazing group of students depart; however, it is an exciting time in their lives where they will interact within the world using the skills learned and experienced at Colby-Sawyer College.

Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. on the college’s front lawn where all are welcome to attend and recognize members of the graduating class for their accomplishments.


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