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Commencement 2015 and
Inauguration of Seventh President

Saturday, May 16, 2015 
10:00 a.m.
College Green

The rain cleared just in time for the procession of graduates into the tent for Mitchell College’s 71st Commencement Ceremony and Inauguration of Janet L. Steinmayer as seventh president.

Students were festive with messages on their caps ranging from “Thanks, Dad,” to “Adventure is out there,” and “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Families, friends, and children cheered them on as they entered the tent.

The ceremony started with the National Anthem sung by graduate Kikora Davis and an invocation by Reverend Elizabeth Scheuerman.

Greetings were given by Goveror Dannel Malloy, who after sharing the experiences of his own learning differences, told students “not to give us on yourself … challenge is exciting.”

Greetings were also given by New London Mayor Daryl Finizio; Associate Professor of Communication Arts, Marc Goldsmith; Director of Human Resource, Jonathan Howell; and graduate and Presidential Intern, Dazjavia Williams.

President Steinmayer was then installed by Elizabeth Ivey, Ph.D., chairperson of the Board of Trustees. In her Presidential Address, Steinmayer spoke of being a non-traditional college president, and emphasized how Mitchell, too, was non-traditional and at the forefront of change, with adaptability, community and diversity as a core parts of the institution’s DNA. (Check back for the complete text of her speech which will be available on Tuesday afternoon, May 19.)

Awards were presented.

  • Distinguished Alumni Award - Amanda L. Almond ’09, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Service Award - Lucila Arango

  • Distinguished Service Award – Donald B. Helms, M.Ed.

  • Board of Trustees Award for highest academic achievement – Thomas O’Hara, B.A.

  • Board of Trustees Award for second highest academic achievement – Stephen Tuerff, B.A.

  • Faculty Award for highest academic achievement for an associate’s degree – Jennifer Mesite, A.S.

  • Faculty Award for second highest academic achievement for an associate’s degree – Ian Timmons, A.A

Then, it was time for presenting graduates with their diplomas. A total of 182 degrees were awarded: 15 associate’s degrees and 167 bachelors degrees.

Christopher McKeon gave the student address. Amanda Almond welcomed the graduates as new alumni of the College. The festivities ended with the singing of “America, the Beautiful” by graduate Katrina Link, benediction by Rev. Scheurman, and the Ringing of the Bell by rising seniors, Alexander Rodriguez and Karin Leiper.


Mitchell College graduates from Commencement 2015, Saturday, May 16 can be found here.

Speeches and Greetings

Greeting by The Honorable Dannel P. Malloy Governor of Connecticut

Greeting by The Honorable Daryl Justin Finizio Mayor of New London 

Greeting by Marc H. Goldsmith, M.A. Associate Professor, Communication Arts

Greeting by Jonathan C. Howell, PHR, SHRM-CP Director of Human Resources

Greeting by Dazjavia Z. Williams ’15 Presidential Intern 

Presidential Address by Janet L. Steinmayer, J.D. 

Student Address by Christopher F. McKeon ’15

Media Coverage/Press Releases

The Day, May 16, 2015 
Messages of triumph over obstacles at Mitchell College commencement
By Tess Townsend

The Day, May 16, 2015 
Mitchell College Graduation (Photo Gallery)  
Photos by Dana Jensen

The Day, May 16, 2015
Local graduates among Mitchell College class of 2015  

Gov. Malloy tells graduates to never give up on themselves 
By Associated Press

The Norwich Bulletin, May 15, 2015
Mitchell College to inaugurate president during commencement

Mitchell College Press Release, May 13 , 2015
Mitchell College Holding 71st Commencement and Inauguration of Janet L. Steinmayer, J.D.



Enjoy photos from the Commencement and Inauguration here.