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Spicer Urges Students to Embrace Opportunities at Torchlight

The Oswego Alumni Association welcomed Dr. Yvonne Spicer '84, M '85 as this year's mistress of ceremonies at the Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony May 11.

Yvonne Spicer '84

"You are deeply immersed in the digital native generation," she told some 700 students, faculty, staff and family gathered for Commencement Eve Dinner. "Many of the jobs you will have, have not been invented yet."

Spicer is vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships for the National Center for Technological Literacy based at the Museum of Science, Boston.

"Celebrate the victories, but continue to find opportunities to improve," she said.

She used her humble beginnings in Brooklyn as an example for those limitless opportunities.

"My parents never saw the doors of a high school, let alone a university, but all four of their children went to college," said Spicer, who during her time at Oswego was the only woman of color in the technology education program. "Nothing is impossible. It is just the degree of difficulty."

She advised the graduates to be gracious and grateful, enjoy life and live well.

"The diplomas you receive tomorrow [at Commencement] are just the beginning," Spicer said.

The Torchlight Ceremony Student Master of Ceremonies was Brian Osmond '12, Class Speaker was Karisa Clark '12, Lindsey Forte '12 was Torchbearer and Brittany Fennessy '12 and Kenneth Sturtz '12 represented the Class of 2012 in the Inner Circle of alumni.

— Shane M. Liebler

Yvonne Spicer '84, M '85, vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships for the National Center for Technological Literacy based at the Museum of Science, Boston, told students attending the Commencement Eve Dinner to be gracious and grateful, enjoy life and live well.




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