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Daemen Convocation Welcomes New Students, Opens Academic Year
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Daemen Convocation Welcomes New Students, Opens Academic Year

With the fall semester getting underway Sept. 2, Daemen College hosted a variety of campus activities for returning and incoming first-year students, including Fall Convocation to welcome more than 550 new students to the college community and to celebrate the start of the new academic year.

“The most important ability you will acquire in your college years is the ability to think critically and analytically about the world,” Daemen President Gary A. Olson said in his address to students at the all-campus event on Sept. 4. “As college-educated individuals, you will have the ability and the responsibility to always exercise your critical thinking skills.

“Today,” he added, “you begin a journey to refine these intellectual skills and to ask countless questions about yourself and the world around you. College is all about possibilities and opportunities. I encourage you to keep asking questions and looking for answers. You will find your years here to be filled with many opportunities, possibilities and ideas to explore.”

As Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, pointed out to Daemen students, “We are intent on building, and linking programs in novel and purposeful ways so that a student's overall tenure at the college is efficient and meaningful, leading to careers that maximize a student’s potential and meet today's complex needs.”

This year’s Convocation welcome on behalf of the Daemen College/Rosary Hill Alumni Association was given by Amherst native Annie Stoll ’08, who was nominated for a 2014 Grammy in the best recording package category for her design work on the Automatic Music Can Be Fun album. “Each of you is on an adventure at Daemen this year,” said Stoll, who earned a dual bachelor’s degree in illustration and graphic design.

“Soon, you will all have your own unique experiences, acquire new skills, knowledge, and lasting friendships. Daemen is a special place that will help you find who you are, what you love, and it will provide you with tools and opportunities to pursue your interests, whether you are an artist or called to another discipline.”

Now residing in New York City, Stoll is an associate art director at Sony Music Entertainment, having previously worked for Lucasfilm, Random House and photographer Anne Geddes.

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