City Voices' Columnist Graduates With High Honors
On January 24, 2002 Hunter College held its 184th Commencement Exercises in their Assembly Hall, packed with thousands of onlookers, family and friends. The first graduates post 9-11 were all there with tasseled graduation caps on their heads and purple robes with sashes on their bodies, each eager to officially and ceremoniously graduate.
The Provost announced students who have distinguished themselves by earning grade point averages of 3.9 or greater. Only one non-transfer student earned a perfect 4.0-Sheila Hageman, New York City Voices' own columnist.
You may know Sheila from her poignant articles on her own depression, something she lived with while making her way through college. We are very proud of her and wish her the best for the future and we hope that we never lose her voice to what is sure to be a whirlwind life of achievement and distinction.
Excerpt from Sheila Hageman's valediction speech:
"We know that our unwavering spirit to succeed can arise from difficult situations. We have worked harder than many college students ever have to, to achieve our goals. We are anything but disillusioned…. We cannot let this opportunity slip past us. We can't. We need the world. But more importantly, the world needs us. We must contribute to the greater good before we can ever be satisfied with our own personal success."