Terrier Volume 79, Number 1 - Fall 2015 - Page 6

Events Graduation on the Water Spring Commencement M AY 19 — Gray skies turned to a bright, sunny day at Brooklyn Bridge Park for the 3,000 people celebrating St. Francis College’s Spring Commencement, the first graduation held on a pier with the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan skyline providing a stunning backdrop. M ore than 30 0 students walked across the stage to receive diplomas after hearing from Valedictorian Tvrtko Vrdoljak ’15, Keynote Speaker John F. Tully ’67, J.D. and honorary degree recipient former Assemblywoman Joan Millman. Vrdoljak is the third of three brothers to come to St. Francis College from Croatia and the second valedictorian from his family. Vrdoljak carried a perfect 4.0 GPA as an economics major with minors in political science and philosophy. He told his classmates that education at St. Francis extends far beyond the classroom. “The unmatched diversity of people, interests, cultures, and opinions that New York has exposed us to has imbued our diplomas with value that cannot be quantified. Lessons of life, friendship, love, and hard work that I have learned while living in this city, I would not change for four years anywhere else in the world.” Vrdoljak will attend graduate school at the University of Toronto where he will study political theory. His older brother, Andrija ’07, now attends Stanford Business School while their oldest brother, Nikola ’05, works in digital marketing in Zagreb. ● Valedictorian Tvrtko Vrdoljak ’15. Lori Ingram ’15, Afari Owusu ’15, Professor Michele Montecalvo, Lauren Murphy ’15, Ryan McCarthy ’15, Alexa Wilson ’15, Paulina Lopez ’15, and Victoria Lantineri ’15. L E F T T O R I G H T: 4  |  ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER  |  FALL 2015