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Manor graduates over 160 during annual Commencement Exercises

Speakers encouraged Manor graduates to “do unto others,” “stand up and trust yourself,” pursue your own success,” and “give back” when the college held its annual Commencement Exercises on May 16.

Over 160 Manor College students became Manor alumni at the annual Commencement Exercises on a warm Thursday evening, May 16, 2013, marking the official end to the 2012-2013 school year.

Students received Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as certificates. Sixteen students were recognized for appearing on the Dean’s List for four or more full-time semesters while 11 were recognized for reaching it for three semesters.

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Tanya Sorenson delivers the Commencement Oration
during Manor’s annual Graduation on May 16.A graduate
of the Veterinary Technology program,
Sorenson graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
4.0 Vet Tech Grad Delivers Oration

A native of Buffalo, NY, Tanya Sorenson graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program with a 4.0 GPA and delivered the evening’s Commencement Oration, where she thanked her teachers and fellow students and credited Manor with giving her the opportunity to come back to school and change careers after originally receiving a psychology degree from another school.

At Manor, Sorenson was the captain of the Horse Care Team, a member of the Vet Tech Club, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and tutored fellow Manor students. Tanya also was chosen to go on the Project Happy Running Paws trip where she helped vaccinate, neuter, and spay animals at the Hopi and Zuni Indian Reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. Lastly, she did her externships at Cornell University in small animal anesthesia and at the New Bolton Center (University of Pennsylvania) doing nursing, surgical assisting, field service, equine sports medicine, and herd management.

At Manor, Tanya received the 2011 Basilian Scholarship, the Compassionate Animal Care Award, the Shelter Animal Service Award, the Best Classmate Award, Certificate of Excellence for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association Leadership Award, and was on the Dean's list for all five semesters at Manor.

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Leonard L. Mazur delivers the Commencement Speec
at Manor College’s graduation on May 16.
Do Unto Others and Pursue Success

A long-time entrepreneur and visionary in the pharmaceutical industry, Leonard L. Mazur, this year’s graduation speaker, had numerous words of wisdom to impart to the graduates. Some of his advice he called “Rules of the Road” – advice to follow upon entering the corporate or working world, including “respect others,” and “treat others as you would like to be treated.” Mazur also told graduates to be sure to tell their superiors what they want to achieve in terms of success and, once they have achieved success, to “give back.”

Mazur is currently the Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of Akrimax Pharmaceutical Co., but began his business career with Cooper Laboratories while completing his master’s in business administration. While at Cooper, he was involved in the creation of Cooper Vision, which ultimately became the largest eye care company in the United States.

In 1995, he founded Genesis Pharmaceutical, which is a company focused on dermatological products. Following Genesis, he established Triax Pharmaceuticals, which became a top ten company in the prescription dermatological market and was ultimately acquired by Precision Dermatologicals.

Mr. Mazur holds both a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from Temple University. He has been awarded a US patent for a cholesterol lowering drug and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Temple University’s Diamond Achievement Award and Manor Colleges’ Community Leadership award

Stand up and trust yourself

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Manor College President Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM,
delivers her annual commencement address to the graduates of 2013.
Before conferring degrees on the graduates, Manor College President Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM gave her annual speech in which she posed the question, “Are you going to stand on your own feet before God and the world and take responsibility for your own life?”

Sister Cecilia encouraged the graduates to be true to themselves and not, “follow those who always want you to wait for their approval.” She also warned them not to let the “commentators” – the media, social media, Hollywood and Madison Ave. – remake them according to someone else’s values, but to be critical thinkers and to trust themselves.