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Wilson grads told to do, not drift

May 21, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

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CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The first lady of Pennsylvania told Wilson College's graduates Sunday that commencement was the first day of their fully educated adult lives.

"I ask that you be doers, not drifters. Don't be complacent. You are all far too smart to do that," said Marjorie O. Rendell, a judge on the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals and wife of Gov. Ed Rendell.

Rendell was joined in addressing graduates by Capt. Anne B. Andrews, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's Recruit Training Command.

With a light breeze sweeping through the crowd seated on the campus lawn, the women spoke about the future at a time when many of the 84 degree recipients were thinking about their past.

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Megan Curfman, 23, of Hustontown, Pa., said she will miss the close relationships with professors.

"I just really like the environment here (and) the small class sizes," she said.

Michelle Ansel, 22, from the Harrisburg, Pa., area, agreed she would miss "the great friendships you build with your professors."

The small college is about the people, according to Ansel's friend, 21-year-old Autumn Leathery of Leola, Pa.

"I was attracted to an all-girls school because of small classes," said Rachael Cline, 22, of Chambersburg.

The school has taught its graduates to tackle issues one at a time, Jamie Maas said.

Maas, who provided the senior class address for the College for Women, talked about 2,000 hours spent in classes and triple that time studying outside of the classroom, "or at least we tell our professors that."

"One paper, one test, one class at a time, we have prevailed," she said.

"It is awesome. I feel so accomplished," said Autumn Bryant, 33.

Bryant said she'll miss the faculty and especially her adviser, Mary Hendrickson.

"The reason I decided to come here from Harrisburg was that they had a bachelor's degree in legal studies. I wanted to go to law school," said Bryant, who was enrolled in part-time studies for seven years and plans to go to Widener University for law.

In addition to the bachelor's and associate degrees, 52 certificates were awarded to people who completed the teacher intern program.

Honorees from the 127th commencement join 8,000 other alumni of the college.

"The world needs you and is waiting for you. ... Never, never retreat," Andrews said in her address.

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