Manhattan College Holds Spring Commencement on May 21

Manhattan College awarded more than 200 degrees at its Spring Commencement on May 21.

Manhattan College awarded more than 200 degrees at its Spring Commencement on May 21. The College presented students from the adult degree completion program with bachelor’s degrees along with master’s degrees to those in the schools of education and engineering, and professional diplomas to students in the school of education. In addition, George J. Tamaro ’59, a structural engineer, received an honorary Doctor of Engineering.

At the ceremony, Tamaro encouraged the graduates during the keynote address and said: “Discover those moments when you experience or learn something that speaks and resonates with you, that reveals something about yourself or about the way the world works. It may come from a challenge you overcome or something you read or someone you meet or some aspect of your work. No matter where you go from here, don’t stop discovering, learning or growing.”

Tricia Dimino-Pao, a September 2010 graduate of the professional diploma in administration and supervision program and the 2011 valedictorian, also advised her fellow graduates to “surround themselves with people who are positive and uplifting.Those are the kind of people who will encourage and support you. Remember positive energy and a good attitude will get you through the day and take you far. Lastly, treat others with respect and dignity. I would ask that the educators be especially mindful of this when working with their students.”

In his address, Tamaro concluded, “In a world that is beset with so much rapid change, disorder and uncertainty, you are very fortunate. You have the knowledge, the values and essentials.”

Tamaro has more than 50 years of experience in foundation engineering and has served as a partner at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers for over 25 years, and still works as a consultant. Working in design and construction for a range of agencies and international firms, he is a leader in the field of complex foundation problems and slurry wall construction, lecturing internationally on the subject. He holds several U.S. and Canadian patents in slurry wall construction, and also has considerable experience in more conventional foundation and marine construction, sheeting, bracing and underpinning.

A few of his notable projects include: the World Trade Center reconstruction projects — Freedom Tower, World Trade Center 7, Towers 2, 3, 4, 5 and Memorial; the World Trade Center and the below grade recovery after Sept. 11, 2001; and Battery Park City Site 26 Tower; Toree Major in Mexico City, Mexico; Times Square Tower, 4 Times Square and 5 Times Square; JFK Light Rail Transit System; Central Artery/ Third Harbor Tunnel; World Financial Center; Financial Square; and MesseTurm Tunnel in Frankfurt, Germany. Tamaro has authored and co-authored more than 75 works with book chapters on foundation engineering, caissons and slurry wall construction, as well as articles for leading engineering and construction publications, journals and conference proceedings.

Throughout his career, Tamaro’s service in the engineering industry has been praised by: the Department of the Army when he was honored with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2007; he received the Concrete Industry Board (CIB) Leader of Industry Award in 2007; and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ernest E. Howard Award in 2006 to name a few. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), an honorary member of ASCE, and member of the ASCE GeoInstitute and ASCE Structural Engineering Institute.

Tamaro graduated from Manhattan College in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and went on to receive his master’s from Lehigh University in structural engineering in 1961. Soon after, he graduated from Columbia University with a master’s in architectural engineering in 1969.  

See photos from the Spring Commencement below.

To see an archived video copy of the Spring Commencement on May 21, click here.