Colby-Sawyer grads told 'not to compromise'
Citing achievements of his classmates, including aiding the Boston Marathon victims after the explosions last month, Cory Schofield of Concord told fellow graduates Saturday that they shouldn't fear the post-college world, according to officials of the school in New London.
"As students, we have all come across that ominous phrase, 'the real world,'" said Schofield, a media studies major who was selected as the senior commencement speaker. His speech was published on the college's website, and school officals confirmed it was delivered as written.
"People use it to paint the picture of a horrible post-apocalyptic world we're about to enter. I believe Colby-Sawyer is a part of that real world," he said.
"It (college) isn't a magical land where you put off responsibility and hard work for four years," he said. "It's filled with real people who put in countless hours of real work to get to where we are now."
Schofield is a member of Alpha Chi and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies, the CSC Players and the CSC Singers. He co-wrote and scored an original production called "Weekend Warrior: The Musical!" It was performed on campus in 2012.
Speaking at the college's 175th commencement, Schofield highlighted numerous achievements of the Class of 2013, including the work of several Colby-Sawyer students who were volunteers at the Boston Marathon this year.
One graduate, Alex Fusco of North Reading, Mass., was one of the first people to enter the blast scene to help victims, Colby-Sawyer officials said.
"When one of our classmates, who was volunteering near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month, rushed into that scene of pure chaos and terror and, despite his own fear and confusion, selflessly offered his aid to anyone he could after the Boylston Street bombs went off . I can't think of anything more real than that," Schofield said.
In his speech to the students, also published on the college's website, Colby-Sawyer President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. told graduates not to settle.
"Stay great, figure out what makes you happy, and never settle for anything less," he wrote. "You didn't spend four years here working so hard, finding and pursuing your interests and passions to compromise your happiness now.
"You nurses didn't go through all those early morning drives to (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) to settle for less. You business students didn't go through strategic management in order to settle.
"And none of you went through our liberal education program, your major, your internship and your Capstone just to settle," he said.
"Our faculty and staff didn't devote themselves to your education and growth here at Colby-Sawyer to have you settle for less than your highest aspirations, your biggest dreams, and your ultimate happiness."