As a high school student Benjamin Craig's motto was, "Here's my plate, load it on." He brought that mentality with him to Emmanuel, where he has always been ready to take on a new opportunity.
Students celebrated their official declaration of a major field of study at the College’s 22nd Sophomore Pinning Ceremony on Saturday, April 6 in the Jean Yawkey Center gymnasium.
A College tradition since 1997, as part of the ceremony students receive a pin with the College's seal from a faculty member within their chosen department of study, officially marking their major selection. Vice President of Mission & Ministry and College Chaplain Reverend John Spencer, S.J. gave the ceremony's invocation and administered a blessing of the pins.
Lecturer of English and Introduction to Academic Writing Coordinator Whitney Wilson was chosen by the sophomore class as this year's faculty speaker. Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Josef Kurtz and class officers President Brendan Hardie '21, Vice President Rachel Phalen '21, Treasurer Emma Johnson '21 and Secretary Maureen Quinn '21, also gave remarks. During her address, Wilson shared anecdotes of her transition to college, and the path that led to her own declaration of a major and thus to her career. As the instructor of First-Year Writing, a required course for first-year students, Wilson works with many Emmanuel students, guiding their academic journeys from a very early and transitional stage.
"I might have been one of the first professors you met," Wilson said. "I got to know you as you made the transition from high school to college. The good news is that the energy, ambition, persistence, humor and community you showed that first year remains with you as you move into your majors."
During the address, Wilson encouraged members of the Class of 2021 to go forth into their academic journeys while also lifting one another up, keeping the College's founding mission close to heart, and administering it close to home.
"Emmanuel College has an inspiring 100-year history of service in the community," she said. "This history attracted you to come here. Many of you volunteer or participate in programs like the 1804 Society, Dance Marathon, or the Urban Food Project. I admire this about all of you ... Recognizing the needs of those around us will make our community even better."