President’s reception celebrates Class of 2019

By Shane Donglasan

Emily Mulholland, Gabrielle Marcarelli and Sarah Kelley (third, fourth and fifth from left) celebrate with friends and family. The three graduating students were roommates for all four years of New College.
Emily Mulholland, Gabrielle Marcarelli and Sarah Kelley (third, fourth and fifth from left) celebrate with friends and family. The three graduating students were roommates for all four years of New College.

Graduating students and their families gathered in College Hall during this year’s President’s Graduation Reception on May 16.

President Donal O’Shea hosts the pre-commencement event to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s graduating class.

“It’s a time in which they can relax with their families and the president,” said O’Shea’s executive assistant, Shelley Wilbur. “We want to honor them after all their hard work.”

Faculty members were also there to congratulate their students.

“I’m super proud of the students that I got to interact with, especially those who I was able to serve as a reader during their baccalaureate exams,” said Diego Villada, assistant professor of theater and performance studies.

“They are really exemplary, curious and want to make changes. They are compassionate people who asked the right questions in order to get an understanding of things. I would create work with them any day.”


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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