Mount Union College Holds 161st Commencement Ceremonies
May 6, 2007
Mount Union College held its 161st Commencement Ceremonies on Sunday, May 6.
Maria Antonieta Collins
The Commencement speaker, Maria Antonieta Collins, one of the best known personalities on Spanish-language television, called upon the 414 graduates of the Class of 2007 to never forget that, 'You can do it! 'si se puede!'
Challenging them to find their passion, Collins said 'If you have passion for the profession you have chosen, you will be grateful that you have a job you love and that you get paid for it.'
She also advised them to set short and realistic goals and be a team player. 'Life is like a baseball game,' said Collins. 'It is not important to hit a homerun, but rather to get a hit every day.'
Collins declared that she will never forget this day because her own daughter, Antonietta Gonzalez-Collins, is a member of the Mount Union Class of 2007. 'Antonietta, my daughter, gracias!' she said. 'Without you, I would not have had the opportunity to stand here today on this podium, an immigrant Hispanic woman, a journalist and a mother.'
Not only will Collins never forget this day, she advised the students to never forget it either. 'In hard times, just close your eyes and remember this special day, this day when anything is possible, this day when you have the world at you fingertips. Let your mind come back to the wonderful sanctuary and the memorable times you had here at Mount Union College.'
Collins, a top journalist and author of several books who possesses a unique charm that captivates viewers, has almost three decades of professional experience. She has received several awards for her work including the prestigious Emmy and Edward Murrow awards. She is the host of the innovative morning program Cada Dia con Maria Antonieta which offers the latest news, entertainment and sports, as well as the tools that help Hispanics tackle the different obstacles of every day life.
Jessica Nola, the senior class president, spoke on behalf of the class of 2007. The Heaton W. Harris and Corrine Harris Smith Prize was presented to seniors Beatrice Bloom Petzinger of Poland, Christina A. Robison of Louisville and Leland G. Spencer, IV of Massillon. Spencer also received The Good Citizenship Award.
The day's activities concluded with a post-commencement reception across from the Dewald Chapel in the Mount Union quad.