As Commencement quickly approaches, activities for May graduates started at the New York City campus with a brunch for seniors held this week. President Michael G. Scales, Provost David Turk and Dean of NYC students Dr. Charles Hammond celebrated with the rising alumni.
Andre Rogers sang “Amazing Grace” and was accompanied by Edward Callahan, Jr. When students shared reflections–on how Nyack has impacted their lives, what they learned and what they will miss most–the general consensus was that their time at Nyack stretched them and took them out of their comfort zones. Because of the strong sense of community on both campuses, what the students will miss most will be the people and friendships they developed. Students treasure the freedom to pray and to worship. Many shared that the Nyack experience unveiled gifts that they did not recognize in themselves before they began their college journey.
Dr. Charles Hammond, dean of students, commented on the joy he derives from watching the growth of the young men and women. “The role of shepherding and mentoring becomes tremendously satisfying as we get to witness the amazing transformation taking place in the lives of our precious students.”
(Left to right) President Scales, Andre Rogers, Michael Pagon, Zoe Prawda, Geneva Cooper, Marilyn Rodriguez, Raphy Ulloa, Damali Cooper and Dr. Turk.