Commencement 2011

Colby-Sawyer Award

The Colby-­Sawyer Award is given to the senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of the college in personal dignity, intellectual growth, contribution to campus life and constructive influence on other students.

Nicholas “Nick” Ciarlante

Nicholas “Nick” Ciarlante, a Business Administration major and Political Studies minor from Stoneham, Mass., has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to the college from the day he arrived on campus. He immediately became involved with the Student Government Association (SGA) as a senator and served as SGA president for three years. As the student representative to Colby-Sawyer's Board of Trustees, Nick served on committees whose efforts will shape the college's future. He worked in Campus Safety and was a tour guide in the Office of Admissions, and served as vice president of Colby-Sawyer's chapter of Enactus.

“I have known Nick as a student in my classes, as a member of committees, and as a sparring partner in debates about political issues,” wrote one nominator. “In every facet of his academic and co-curricular life Nick upholds the values of our institution. Nick is hardworking, honest and tireless in the energy he devotes to the college community. Whether it is in leading a presentation about his trip to a conference in Washington, D.C.; offering reports on student life to the Board of Trustees; or invigorating the structures of our student government, Nick puts his seemingly limitless energy into making our community better.”

Senior Commencement Speaker

The Class of 2014 Commencement Speaker Medal is presented to a student who represents the character of the graduating class and will give an inspirational and engaging speech that represents the college's values and learning outcomes. The theme for this year's senior Commencement address is “A New Beginning.”

Nicholas “Nick” Ciarlante

Tireless in his devotion to the college and the pursuit of his goals, Nick has been an asset to the college community while always sporting a smile, a listening ear and bountiful understanding. He is, wrote one nominator, “the heart and soul of this graduating class.” His passion for Colby-Sawyer played out in countless ways during his time on campus: He was a vital part of the college's 175th birthday celebrations and dressed up as Santa Claus this Christmas to spread a little cheer around campus.

“Nick is truly a good person, a kind and empathetic individual,” wrote another nominator. “He looks out for others and often volunteers his time to those in need.” This fall, Nick will begin a master's degree in Professional Studies in Legislative Affairs at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. He hopes to run for public office and create legislation that positively impacts people on an even larger scale than the positive change he affected at Colby-Sawyer.

David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award

The David H. Winton Baccalaureate Award is presented to the graduate who ranks highest in scholarship among those in the graduating class.

Lindsey St. Louis

Lindsey St. Louis, a Healthcare Management major, transferred to Colby-Sawyer in 2012 with a strong academic record in biology and theater. She flourished at Colby-Sawyer, exhibiting exceptional aptitude in the classroom and a wide range of talents on the stage.

Full of energy that can light up a room, or an entire theater, Lindsey was able to balance her academic and co-curricular activities with grace. A Dean's List student and member of the Sigma Beta Delta and Alpha Chi Honor Societies, she served as a peer tutor at the Student Learning Collaborative and as a teaching assistant. She also volunteered in the Office of Admissions.

Lindsey's greatest impact on her student colleagues was the natural result of nurturing her own love for arts. Whether dance, theater or printmaking, as a member of the CSC Voices Gospel Choir or the improv group, Lindsey took full advantage of the arts at Colby-Sawyer. As president of the student-run Colby-Sawyer Players she was often noted for her mature and devoted leadership and her ability to work with others to accomplish a common goal.

A peer wrote, “Lindsey always handled a situation with calm maturity and respect for the other party. She always took a decisive stance on any issue and…always tried to be fair and understanding…when addressing the issue and…always made sure everyone's opinion was heard before moving forward. She is one of the most responsible individuals I know.”

Off campus, Lindsey is a board member of the Northern New England Repertory theater company, choreographer for a local children's theater company, and was a box office assistant at the New London Barn Playhouse. She took her love of theater to London, where she studied theatrical performance and British history for a semester. That travel bug is alive and well; she plans to travel for a month before pursuing opportunities in healthcare administration in the Boston area.

Her advice to those still in school? “Your time in college is short, so…get involved in clubs and activities your first semester, plan to travel abroad, try a new activity,” she has said. “The only experiences you'll take nothing from are the ones you never have.”