Winter’s Pathway,” a fanfare composed for the occasion by Joseph Mignosa ’23, marked the opening of the celebrations. Led by associate professor Barbara Adams—IC’s college marshal and longest-serving current faculty member—faculty, trustees, members of the president’s cabinet, senior class officers, graduate chairs, and deans entered the arena, followed by the December class of 2022.
The degree candidates from each of the five schools—including the first graduates of the recently created School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (MTD)—were recognized before the audience stood for “Ithaca Forever,” sung by students from MTD, and the national anthem, performed by Kam’ren Spence ’23.
In her opening address, Ithaca College President La Jerne Terry Cornish told the graduates how privileged she felt to be celebrating their accomplishments and how honored she was to have been a part of their lives for the past four years. She commended the students for way they coped with the uncertainty, disruption, and loss brought on by the pandemic.
“I congratulate you, and share my immense gratitude with you, for representing our institution with such distinction during a precarious moment in modern history,” she said. “For even under the steadiest of circumstances, it takes focus, dedication, and balance, in the framework of theory, practice, and performance, to obtain excellence in an academic field.”
Provost Melanie Stein began her remarks by offering special thanks to the parents, guardians, friends, and families of the graduating class. After also thanking faculty and staff, Stein spoke of the richness an IC education brings—study and exploration, extracurricular interests, lifetime friendships, challenges, and the opportunity to learn from mistakes.
“This process—which we call learning—is a lifelong process,” she said. “As we send you out into the world, my wish for you is that you carry the lessons of these years with you and never stop reaching, stumbling, exploring, and learning.
“With that approach to life, you will find fulfillment and can help change the world,” Stein continued. “I also hope that you have fallen in love with this magical place, that you will stay connected to us. I look forward to continuing to see you in the years ahead as engaged members of the IC alumni community.”