Dec 08, 2017 |
Taylor M. Walker, a journalism and mass communication major from West Seneca, N.Y., will deliver the student address at St. Bonaventure University’s 2017 December Recognition Ceremony, to be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the University Chapel on campus.
The annual event recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who complete degree requirements in the fall semester.
Walker, selected to deliver the student address from among auditioning candidates, is graduating a semester early, having completed requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication in three and a half years. It’s quite an accomplishment, considering she almost didn’t make it through her first semester at SBU.
Walker was just a month into her freshman studies when her mother passed away.
“There were many moments freshman year when I considered dropping out and taking some time for myself,” said Walker. “But something odd happened. All of my friends, who I’d known for not even two months, pushed me to be my best, to never quit on my dreams and myself, and, most importantly, to finish for my mother.”
Her friends were right, said Walker, noting she is a “stronger, wiser and better person” because of the challenges she overcame.
Walker said she will urge her classmates to recognize that while they all have “battles and everyday problems,” they are equipped to handle them because of St. Bonaventure’s caring and supportive community. “We have one thing in common,” she said. “We are graduating from the best university there is.”
Walker, the daughter of Russell and the late Brenda Walker, has been a student administrative assistant to the dean in the Jandoli School of Communication since her freshman year. She has also served as an associate in the university’s Office of Events and Conferences.
She served as a video and broadcast production intern for the Buffalo Bisons in the summer of 2017, and as an intern and secretary for Team Bona’s, the promotional division of SBU’s Department of Athletics, her junior year. She is presently an intern for SBU-TV Sports, serving in technical roles during live broadcasts.
Walker is president of St. Bonaventure’s Urban Art Club, a former senator with the Student Government Association, and a former member of the Campus Activities Board.
She plans to celebrate the completion of her studies with a month-long European vacation with two friends, then return to the U.S. to seek a job in sports production.
Also at the recognition ceremony, Dr. Dennis DePerro, university president, will welcome graduates and their families. Dr. David Hilmey, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will deliver the faculty address, and Dr. Joseph Zimmer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the Jandoli School of Communication, will present the candidates for graduate degrees, while Dr. Matrecia James, dean of the School of Business, will present the undergraduate degree candidates.
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