Daniel Webster grads urged to reach for milestonesBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Sunday News Correspondent
May 10. 2014 9:59PM
NASHUA - Facing an unknown and possibly scary future, graduates of Daniel Webster College were encouraged Saturday to reach more milestones, to ask more questions and to not fear change.
A total of 120 degrees were distributed at the 48th commencement ceremony at the college.
The event marked a right of passage for students who have worked diligently for four years to obtain their degrees, according to Michael Diffily, college president.
While congratulating the graduating class, Diffily said it is also appropriate to recognize the sacrifices made by loved ones who help made their journey a reality.
"Today is a day of happiness and pride," said Kevin Cameron Baird, salutatorian. "These past four years have truly been an unforgettable experience."
Graduating from college is not an easy feat, according to Baird, who said the monumental event should be celebrated in earnest. A continuous battle of decisions have led to today's honor, he said, adding the ride has now come to an end.
Throughout the college experience, each graduate has matured and grown, forming lifelong bonds that will be helpful when facing the future, he said.
"We are capable of conquering anything," Baird told his fellow classmates.
Baird challenged the graduates to obtain their dream job, keep their eyes open and persevere.
A posthumous degree was awarded to Sebastian Abt, a computer science major from Brookline who died in a car crash last November. Class valedictorian was Shane Cale O'Day, and the commencement address was given by Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, who was given a surprise doctorate of public service degree.
Lozeau shared several words of advice with the graduating class, urging the students to use their individuality to propel them through life.
The sky is the limit, she said, acknowledging that it takes courage to grow up and become a person of value and not just success."It is OK if you haven't figured it all out yet," said Lozeau, noting that even the most thought-out plans have unexpected twists and turns. "Life is a mix of challenges and delightful surprises."Most important, she told them, is to not be afraid of change and to not take their education for granted.