Each year during Commencement weekend, Ithaca College’s Center for IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change) recognizes the accomplishments of graduating seniors of color based on involvement, academic excellence, and service.
More than 60 students in the Class of 2022 were honored at the Seniors of Color Leadership Awards ceremony on May 21. Each awardee received a kente cloth patterned graduation stole to be worn at Commencement. Each specific award had a unique stole..
In her opening remarks, Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life Rosanna Ferro said she felt honored to have seen the awardees grow from first-year students to alumni of the college.
“All of you are here for a reason,” Ferro said. “You’ve held leadership positions on campus—don’t let that fire dim down. Wherever you land, whether that’s in a field that’s corporate or in education, keep that energy going.”
Awards were presented in five categories.