More than 530 Dominican College students received their diplomas on Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the 63rd Annual Commencement Exercises at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The Class of 2017 included the first seven students to earn the newly-offered Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.
Raymond J. McGuire, J.D., Citi’s Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, delivered the Commencement Address. The graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School worked his way up to the top of the Investment Banking field from modest beginnings in inner city Dayton, Ohio, where he was raised by his mother, a social worker. McGuire has advised on numerous transactions valued at well over $600 billion, including advising Time Warner on its $108 billion transaction with AT&T, the fifth largest merger and acquisition transaction of all time.
During his address, McGuire gave the students advice on how to live their lives. “Gain respect through how well you perform and admiration through the deeds that you do. Trust is the most hallowed bond in any relationship. Treat it as you would the most heartfelt prayer,” he said. “Be slow. Be slow to give your word. Never, ever compromise it. Ignore the odds. Neither you nor I would be here if we had listened to them.” He concluded by urging the students to become leaders, to make a difference, and stressed that their moral compass is non-negotiable.
At the Commencement, McGuire was presented with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities. Mary P. Leahy, M.D., CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. Other honorees included Jill A. Warner, LCSW, Executive Director/CEO, Jawonio, who received the Veritas Medal, and Amy Pitiger Noelle, ’96, who received the Badami Outstanding Alumna Award.
The Class of 2017 included 370 students who earned undergraduate degrees and 167 students who earned advanced degrees.