FRANKLIN — Dean College held its 149th Commencement exercises on Saturday, with more than 300 students earning their degrees.
The keynote address was provided by Dean College President Paula M. Rooney, who encouraged students to “Take risks. Be your own advocate and create opportunities where others can’t see them.”
She urged students not to choose their next move in life based on it looking easy or because it is expected, but rather to “Move down a road because it is where you think you should be. Do something that you can be great at. When you do this you will contribute to the world in ways that are both valued and necessary.”
Rooney added: “You are now part of the fabric of this wonderful tapestry that has been woven for 150 years. You are now not just part of a College. You are a part of the Dean College Family.”
Additional remarks were provided by Joseph C. Maher, Jr, the co-vice chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with two graduating students, Carol-Anne Sicilia from Mansfield and Lea Ann Tavares from Danvers.
Mansfield’s Sicilia began her speech with a lighthearted story from her childhood.
“I always needed to know that there was a plan and what it was. This drove my parents crazy. Their eight year old wanted to know exactly what we would be doing a year from now and if this future plan involved me having a pony,” she joked. She advised students that it is okay to take unexpected turns in life, “it is not only okay, but it is a good thing.”