Tricia Dimino-Pao Delivers Valedictory Address at Manhattan College’s Spring Commencement

Manhattan College student, Tricia Dimino-Pao, a resident of Marlboro, N.J., and a September 2010 graduate of the professional diploma in administration and supervision program, presented the valedictory speech on May 21 at the College’s Spring Commencement.

Manhattan College student, Tricia Dimino-Pao, a resident of Marlboro, N.J., and a September 2010 graduate of the professional diploma in administration and supervision program, presented the valedictory speech on May 21 at the College’s Spring Commencement.

In it, she encouraged others to follow the words of Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, “Learning doesn't happen by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” Returning to school after more than 25 years since completing a master’s degree in deaf education from New York University, Diminio-Pao discussed those that along with her had worked hard to find a balance while pursuing their educational pursuits.

Diminio-Pao has spent 25 years as an educator of the deaf at St. Francis de Sales School For The Deaf in Brooklyn. During her time at the school, she has worked as a classroom teacher for 20 years, and will complete her fifth year as an administrator this year.

She concluded her address with three suggestions: “One of the most important things you can set out doing for yourself is creating and maintaining balance in your life. You must pay attention to your physical, mental, spiritual, social and emotional needs, when you do, you, your family and career will reap the benefits.”

“I want you to surround yourselves with people who are positive and uplifting. Those are the kind of people who will encourage and support you. Keep them close,” she added.  “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.”

Sr. Remigia Kushner, Ph.D., professor of education and program director for the school building leadership program, remarked that, “Patricia Dimino-Pao reflects the LaSallian tradition in her work with the deaf and with their families, ensuring that those under her care receive a quality education.”

The College awarded more than 200 degrees to 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. Students who completed their studies in September 2010, February 2011 and May 2011 participated in the ceremony.

George J. Tamaro ’59, a structural engineer, was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering and delivered the keynote address. As an expert in slurry wall and tieback technology, Tamaro holds several U.S. and Canadian patents in slurry wall construction, and was involved in the World Trade Center reconstruction projects including the Freedom Tower, World Trade Center 7, Towers 2,3,4,5 and Memorial. In addition, he was a partner at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers for more than 25 years and still serves as consultant.