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Watch: 107th Simmons College Commencement Highlights 2012

American writer Ralph Ellison states: It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow. And as we began our career at Simmons, we made the decision to change and without knowing, we embarked on a journey of growth. - Undergraduate Student Speaker Tatiana Johnson '12

On Friday, May 18, 2012, Simmons College conferred more than 1,200 degrees during its 107th Commencement ceremonies. Speakers Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA, and Carla Harris, managing director in the strategic client group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, imparted valuable advice to Class of 2012 graduates who are leaving Simmons to embark on the next chapter in their lives.

Read on to relive the memorable day through videos, photos, and more!

Continue reading Highlights from Simmons College Commencement 2012.

Faces of the Future student Sandy Lor '14 talks about how she has grown academically and personally during her first two years at Simmons.

Our Faces of the Future students from the Class of 2014 are halfway through their college careers. It seems like only yesterday these four accomplished women agreed to blog about their Simmons College experiences. The transformation they have made in the past two years has been incredible to experience with each woman.

To follow along as they compete for athletic championships, conduct chemistry research, excel in academics and lead clubs and organizations has been thrilling. We can't wait to see where the next two years (and beyond) will take them.

Visit the Faces of the Future blog to catch up with Sandy, Tania, Naomi, and Andree.

Our seniors are graduating on Friday, May 18, and although we are sad to see them go, we wish them the best of luck in the future. Many of our soon-to-be graduates already have jobs lined up. Some will be traveling near, and some far. Either way, we know they will go out and make a difference in the world.

To our graduating seniors: Don't forget Simmons when you leave this place, and please keep us updated with what's happening in your life. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and join the alumnae/i network to keep in touch. Best of luck and congratulations!

Watch the video created by Simmons College to contribute to the It Gets Better Campaign in support of The Trevor Project, an organization aimed at preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth.

Columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the It Gets Better campaign as a response to a rash of LGBTQ suicides, which were the result of bullying and harassment at schools and campuses across the country. The project aims to turn the tide of self-destruction by reaching vulnerable youth with the voices of survival and accomplishment. This video is Simmons' contribution to this important effort, by adding our voices of hope, encouragement, and achievement.

Simmons student ambassador Sarah O'Reilly '14 was involved with the project at Simmons from the beginning. She says movements like this are so important for college campuses.

"College is the place and time in which people start to grow into the people that they will live their lives as," says Sarah. "This project gives the people who have been voiceless in the past a way to speak out and be a part of a positive force in the community. It also helps to show people the parts of their own lives that are getting better and raises awareness of discriminations and hateful behavior."

Simmons' It Gets Better team is hoping this project will continue to grow, and create open dialogues around LGBTQ issues. To follow the movement at Simmons be sure to Like the Simmons College It Gets Better Facebook page and watch full interviews of the project's participants on the Simmons College It Gets Better YouTube channel.

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