RIT/NTID students graduate with accolades and bright futures

Annual academic awards ceremony is ‘icing on the cake’ for RIT/NTID graduates




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RIT/NTID students were honored with their families and friends at an academic awards ceremony May 22. NTID President Gerry Buckley, top row center, hosted the event.

As graduating students packed up to head home or to start new chapters in their careers, many paused one last time to look back on their college years and reflect on their achievements.

Several students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were honored with their families and friends at an academic awards ceremony May 22.

“About 33 years ago, I was sitting as a student at this same ceremony,” said NTID President Gerry Buckley. “We take time now to recognize the academic accomplishments of the students who are here today. It’s one of our proudest moments. It’s really what NTID is all about—students and their success.”

The graduates who received awards are:

  • Franly Ulerio Nunez, a laboratory science technology major from New York, N.Y., received the Academic Achievement Award for students earning an associate degree.
  • Adrian Kelly, an ASL-English interpreting major from Middletown N.Y., received the Academic Achievement Award for students earning a bachelor’s degree.
  • Carly Leannah, from Green Bay, Wis., and Chelsea Powers, from Massapequa, N.Y., both graduate students in the secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing program, received the Academic Achievement Award for students earning a master’s degree.
  • Mason Chronister, an administrative support technology major from Red Lion, Pa., and Christine Gerard, an applied computer technology major from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning associate degrees.
  • Kyle Murbach, a computing security major from Wheaton, Ill., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning a bachelor’s degree.
  • Carly Leannah, a graduate student in the secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing program from Green Bay, Wis., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning a master’s degree.
  • Kayla Stanley, an ASL-English interpreting major from Bellport, N.Y., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for interpreting students earning a bachelor’s degree.
  • Franly Ulerio Nunez, a laboratory science technology major from New York, N.Y., is the 2015 NTID college delegate for undergraduate students.

Other students who had recent achievements include: Nathan Scott, an applied arts and sciences major from Schenectady, N.Y.; Natalie Snyder, a biomedical sciences major from Rockville, Md.; Brett Morris, a game design and development major from Farmington, Conn.; Rachel Green, an ASL-English interpretation major from Springfield, Mass.; Catherine Lambe, an ASL-English interpreting major from Marcy, N.Y.; and Kyle Murbach, a computing security major from Wheaton, Ill., were named Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

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RIT/NTID students were honored with their families and friends at an academic awards ceremony May 22. NTID President Gerry Buckley, top row center, hosted the event.