Katherine Krauss Delivers Valedictory Address at Manhattan College’s Undergraduate Commencement

Manhattan College student, Katherine P. Krauss, class of 2011 and a resident of Montvale, N.J., was honored with the Donald J. Carty Valedictory Medal at its Spring Honors Convocation on May 19.

Manhattan College student, Katherine P. Krauss, class of 2011 and a resident of Montvale, N.J., was honored with the Donald J. Carty Valedictory Medal at its Spring Honors Convocation on May 19. Krauss served as the undergraduate valedictorian on May 22 at the Manhattan College’s 169th undergraduate Commencement.

“Each of us graduates has been given both a gift and a power through our education,” expressed Krauss to her fellow graduates. “We are called to use our knowledge as a means to make change, and to make our own difference, whether large or small, in the world.”

Krauss closed her address reflecting on her fellow classmates hard work and commitment to service. “I have seen what my fellow classmates can do and have done over the past four years – from L.O.V.E. trips to Africa and New Orleans, to organizing on-campus activities for underprivileged children, to creating a SAFE zone for all students to know the love of a Lasallian environment, and so much more.”

“I know that each of us here will give back our talents, our charisma, our heart and our education to those in our society who need it most,” she added.

Krauss graduated with a B.A. in adverting/public relations and psychology, and begins a new position in market research this summer with future plans to attend graduate school.

Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and chair of the communication department, called Krauss a joy to work with everyday and said she has a promising future ahead of her. “Katie Krauss is a member of the very first graduating class of communication majors who began their studies here when we launched our program in August 2007. She announced herself and all of her great gifts right away, earning the grade of A in both my Introduction to Mass Communication and Ethics in Mass Communication courses during that first year.” 

Nearly 700 undergraduate degrees in some 40 major fields of study from its five schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science were awarded at the undergraduate Commencement along with Krauss. Students who completed their studies in September 2010, February 2011 and May 2011 participated in the ceremony.

William Kennedy also delivered the keynote address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. A novelist, he is the executive director of the New York State Writers Institute and a professor of English at the University at Albany.