May 8, 2010
On Sunday May 2, 2010, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, The Native American Department, SU Faculty, family and friends gathered to honor the 2010 Syracuse University Haudenosaunee graduates. Students were treated to a luncheon before receiving their Haudenosaunee stole which they will be wearing during graduation ceremonies.
As the graduates went to receive their stole, they had a chance to speak to those who have gathered there. Often the students spoke first thanking Chancellor Nancy Cantor for the opportunity to attend SU with the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship. They spoke passionately about the hard work, homesickness, the meeting of new friends, fulfilling dreams, the support from family and Gina Jones Native American Liaison, who urged them to carry on despite the moments of being completely overwhelmed. These testimonials were conveyed with such emotion that listeners were inspired and proud of the graduates that have already accomplished so much and are now looking forward to new challenges.
As the students gathered for a group photo, it was remarkable to see all of these bright, intelligent, Haudenosaunee people representing their Nations with honor. Great job class of 2010!
Haudenosaunee Promise Bachelor Degree graduates:
Molly Frazer, Jessica Gibson, Beverly Hill, Joie Hill, Brittany Jock, Shanelle Mohawk, Lisa Parker, Beynan Ransom, Sidney Smith, Barbara Stivenson, Shavon Thomas, and Trish Thomas
SU Master Degree recipients:
Alexandra Askew, Tammy Bluewolf-Kennedy, Karla General, Sarah Moses, and JoAnne Powless