May 17, 2013
More than 1,600 Simmons students received degrees from the College at the 108th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10 at the Bank of America Pavilion. Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom delivered the morning Commencement speech, and sharing seven “pearls of wisdom” she has learned while overcoming personal and professional challenges.
“Surround yourself with those who support, champion, and love you...and don't forget to give it back,” she said.
Student speaker Shannon Deady ’13 reflected on the generosity and bravery of the Simmons community in the face of adversity, recalling stories of classmates shoveling out an elderly neighbor’s car following a snowstorm.
“We don’t wait to be asked,” she said. “We are self-starters, and we are closers.”
For the afternoon graduate ceremony, Simmons welcomed back one of the founding deans of the Simmons School of Management, Anne Jardim, who delivered the Commencement Address.
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