From all of the faculty and staff at Nazareth College, to all of you... in typed messages, in video, and in handwritten postcards, and from our hearts to yours.

Message from President Braveman

    Postcards from Faculty & Staff

       
      "Once a Flyer, always a Flyer. Embrace life. Dream big...."

      "Once a Flyer, always a Flyer. Embrace life. Dream big...."

      — Brittany Zaruta, Athletics office coordinator

      "You have worked, played, grown, and ultimately SUCCEEDED."

      "You have worked, played, grown, and ultimately SUCCEEDED."

      — Thomas Donlin-Smith, professor, Religious Studies Department

      "I know you have great things ahead as you make your way out into the world."

      "I know you have great things ahead as you make your way out into the world."

      — Sarah Taddeo, adjunct professor of  communication and media

      "I hope your dreams take you to the highest of your hopes..."

      "I hope your dreams take you to the highest of your hopes..."

      — Sarah Denis, tutoring & student success coordinator, Center for Student Success

      Congratulations Class of 2020!

      "Your class will stand out in history as tenacious, resilient, and accomplished. We applaud all that you have achieved! Continue to be inspired to follow your dreams and know that your alma mater and the Alumni Association are here to celebrate and support your future endeavors and life's milestones. Wishing you all the best!"

      — Donna Borgus '13G, director, Alumni Relations

      You will make an impact!

      "Congratulations Naz Graduates! Keep engaging with your community — you will make an impact!"

      — Jen Canning, Center for Civic Engagement program manager

      Lindsay Reading Korth in a Nazareth hat and cap, holding Congratulations postcard

      "You make a difference with your talent, training, and care. The world needs you. Go 'Knock 'Em Dead!

      — Lindsay Reading Korth, professor, Theatre and Dance Department

      "Never stop growing, exploring, learning, and challenging yourself."

      "Never stop growing, exploring, learning, and challenging yourself."

      — Chuck Ray, director of enterprise applications and data, Information Technology Services 

      Carly Alicea

      "As a Naz alum, I know that Naz alums go on to do great things in this world. Welcome to this community of engaged and proud Naz graduates."

      — Carly Alicea '12, assistant professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

      "Know that we are here to lift you up to reach for the stars."

      "Know that we are here to lift you up to reach for the stars."

      — Patricia Huntington, director of academic support services and teacher certification officer, School of Education

      "Spread your wings and fly!"

      — Sandy Masterton, Health & Counseling

      Go change the world, one mind at a time!

      "Congratulations to all 2020 grads, but especially our School of Education graduates who are about to start their teaching careers! I am so proud of the hard work you've done and excited that you all are the future of the profession. Your critical thinking, passion for teaching, and dedication to children are exactly what the world needs right now and I can't wait to hear all about the amazing teaching you will do. Best of luck, graduates! Go change the world, one mind at a time!"

      — Dr. Susan Sturm, assistant professor in the School of Education

      "Congratulations, 2020 Graduates!! I wanted to share a few words of advice as your launch into your next chapter in life:

      • Trust in yourself, your talents and your dreams, and think about what impact you want to make on the world. There's only one you, and you have a unique set of traits to offer.
      • Be grateful for those people you've built strong bonds with during college, be they friends, faculty, staff members or coaches. They will remain your supporters, and be sure to treasure these special people in your life.
      • Be patient; this new normal that you're graduating into is a bit different from the way things were, and landing a new job will happen, but it will most likely take longer than before. Keep your dreams in front of you, ask for help when you need it, and keep your hope alive. With perseverance you will achieve your goals!

      Wishing you all the best!"

      — Kathy Tonkovich, career coach, Center for Life's Work

      "Our warmest thoughts and highest hopes are with you."

      "Our warmest thoughts and highest hopes are with you."

      - Ilka Datig, head of instruction & outreach, Library

      "You will forever be part of our community .... You will undoubtedly change the world!"

      "You will undoubtedly change the world!"

      — Linda Riek, associate professor, Physical Therapy Department

      Linda Searing

      "We hope that you have many happy memories of your time at Naz and that you stay in touch with your Naz family!"

      — Linda Searing, director, Academic Advisement

      "Please know how proud we are of you and that we're celebrating from afar."

      "Please know how proud we are of you and that we're celebrating from afar."

      — Rita Mannelli, executive director of the Arts Center

      "Remember the good times you had at Naz and all of the lessons you've learned."

      "Remember the good times you had at Naz and all of the lessons you've learned."

      — Rachel Hohenwarter, area director, Residence Life

      Keep up that Golden Flyer pride

      "Congratulations class of 2020! It has been a pleasure to see your growth since working with the admissions office. We knew you would do great things! I know this is not how you saw graduation going, but we are all with you in the odd time. Keep up that Golden Flyer pride and remember we are here for you even as you graduate."

      — Amanda Brady (Torpey), assistant director of Admissions

      "What a milestone! So pleased and proud for you. Celebrate all your accomplishments!"

      — Cathy Rasmussen, associate dean, School of Health & Human Services

      "Congratulations on your achievements!"

      Maya Angelou said:

      "No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

      I wish you much success as you enter this new phase of your life!

      — Dr. Lisa Durant-Jones, associate vice president, Academic Affairs

      "As part of your Nazareth forever family, I'm sending you my warmest wishes

      "As part of your Nazareth forever family, I'm sending you my warmest wishes for a happy, healthy, and fulfilling future."

      — Melissa Johnson, assistant professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

      Corinne Dempsey

      "You might be thinking: Oh, here's the postcard everybody gets when they graduate from Naz. Wrong! (This) special postcard ... hopefully compensates, if only slightly, for the absence of the usual graduation hoopla." ... "As C.S. Lewis wrote, 'Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.' "

      — Corinne Dempsey, professor, Religious Studies Department

      Erminda Hugh

      "As we face extraordinary uncertainties, your Nazareth family wanted to let you know how much we miss seeing you on campus. We would like to celebrate your graduation day with you, your family, and friends. Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and best wishes for a bright future ahead!"

      — Erminda Hugh, executive assistant to the vice president for finance and administration

      Ellen Baron-Johnson

      "Although this is not how anyone anticipated your final semester would unfold, your experience at Nazareth College has been so much more than just these last three months. Don't allow recent events to diminish many months of academic learning, personal growth, new career pathways and friendships."

      — Ellen Baron-Johnson, data specialist, Registrar's Office

      "Stay in touch with Naz so we can hear all the wonderful stories and great things you do in life."

      "Stay in touch with Naz so we can hear all the wonderful stories and great things you do in life."

      — Fern Cardella, senior department assistant, Biology, Chemistry, and Math departments

      Sue Ahn with postcards

      Many good wishes!

      — Sue Ahn, financial operations coordinator, Controller's Office

      "Keep your sights on your long-term goals and only take steps that move you closer to those goals."

      "Keep your sights on your long-term goals and only take steps that move you closer to those goals."

      — Meaghan Arena, vice president of  enrollment and student experience

       "Congratulations, Seniors! 2020... the year of clear vision! May the next chapter of your journeys be auspicious, full of adventure, laughter, mistakes, more laughter, and so much joy. Remember to enjoy and embrace each moment to the fullest. Cheers to you!"

      — Heather Acomb, visiting assistant professor of dance

      Look, listen, and love

      "Class of 2020, you made it! Please continue to see each other, hear each other and spread love within your future roles. This is only the beginning!"

      — Ashley George, assistant director for advocacy & social justice

      "To the undergraduate and graduate students of 2020, my deep respect and admiration for all of you as you navigated an extremely challenging last semester! Congratulations on your accomplishments! I wish you good fortune as you begin your journey! Best wishes!"

      — Brigid M. Noonan, dean, School of Health and Human Services

      "Go make the world you want!"

      "Go make the world you want!"

      — Jed Metzger, professor, Social Work Department

      Valarie Wilson

      "Move forward into your future with your passions and your skills. This is the beginning of an incredible life! Today, and every day, you are a Golden Flyer!"

      — Valarie Wilson, Admissions counselor

      Perry Lenz

      "Your graduation is only a glimpse of what lies ahead in your bright future. Wishing you the very best for the coming years!"

      — Perry Lenz, manager of advancement services in Development

      Kristina Martin

      Cheering you on!

      "We're all cheering you on, and we know that your years at Naz will be ones that you remember forever."

      — Kristina Martin, assistant director, Undergraduate Admissions

      Annette Farrington

      "No matter how you celebrate, you deserve the highest congratulations for your achievement! May you use your special talents to make the world a better place."

      — Annette Farrington, lecturer in applied flute, School of Music

      James Harwood

      "Go forth and keep making the world brighter!"

      — Jay Harwood, testing center coordinator, Student Accessibility Services 

      Laura Sarche

      "You should be so proud of yourself for this great accomplishment — not only graduating from college, but also adapting to new and stressful unexpected situations..."

      — Laura Sarchet, adjunct lecturer, inclusive adolescence education

      Joe and Kate Daboll-Lavoie

      "Congratulations! Can you believe it's here? Not as we all might want it to be, but it's here. You've done so much to make it happen!"

      — Joe Daboll-Lavoie, professor of economics, School of Business and Leadership; and Kate Daboll-Lavoie, dean, School of Education

      "Heartfelt congratulations to you on your graduation!"

      Many amazing moments ahead!

      — Birgit Deir, Foreign Languages Department

      Emily Kirch

      "You have a bright future ahead, and we can't wait to see where your Naz education takes you!"

      — Emily Kirch, marketing coordinator

      "Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!"

      — Kathy Miller, annual fund coordinator

      Megan Tobin

      — Megan Tobin, assistant professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

      Only look back at the good

      "Congratulations on graduating through a very trying time. Move forward. Only look back at the good. You have accomplished so much. Be strong, kind, and hopeful. You're going to be fine. Best wishes..."

      — Corinne Aquilina, program director for musical theatre

      Season Bonino

      "Make your mark on the world and know we are always here and wishing you the best!"

      — Season Bonino, clinical assistant professor, Physical Therapy Department

      Jeff Bailey

      "May the day of your graduation fill you with much hope and excitement for all the things to come."

      — Jeff Bailey, Registrar's Office

      Gail Mann

      "Today we celebrate your journey. We celebrate your achievement. We celebrate you!"

      — Gail Mann, women's soccer coach

      Amanda Myers

      "Although you aren't able to have a big celebration, that doesn't take away from all the hard work that got you here. You earned this!"

      — Amanda Myers, academic counselor for transfer student success, Academic Advisement

      "We can't wait to see what you achieve in the years ahead and all that you bring to our world!"

      "We can't wait to see what you achieve in the years ahead and all that you bring to our world!"

      — Susan Quinn, director, Health and Counseling

      Shiellee Adams

      — Shiellee Adams, gift processing coordinator, Development

      Louise Holdridge

      — Louise Holdridge, computer programmer, Information Technology Services

      Dawn Vogler-Elias

      — Dawn Vogler-Elias, Communication Sciences and Disorders

      Come back when it's safe!

      "Congrats! You did it! Way to go! While your faculty and staff are sad not to be able to celebrate your great accomplishment in person, we're very proud of you and all your 2020 classmates. Have fun celebrating now, and come back to campus when it's safe for the big event you deserve! Best wishes."

      — Ed Wiltse, professor, English and Communication Department

      Jessica Salaiz

      — Jessica Salaiz, executive assistant for enrollment and student experience