Amariah Bashir and Remy Bou will speak for the Bachelors and Associates degree students during the 2022 Commencement on May 12.
Two Philadelphia-based graduates have been named the 2022 Manor College Commencement Speakers.
Amariah Bashir, a senior from Northeast Philadelphia, will speak on behalf of the Bachelor’s Degree students. Remy Bou, a sophomore from the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, will speak for the Associates’ Degree graduates.
Manor College’s annual Commencement Ceremony takes place on May 12, 2022 at 1 p.m. The Commencement Speaker will be Dr. Robert Orsher, a veterinary surgeon with decades of experience in the Philadelphia area. The institution will additionally confer its first honorary doctorate degree in Manor College 75 year history to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Here’s more information about each of the speakers:
Remy Bou, Class of 2022, will deliver the commencement address as the representative for those graduating with an Associate’s Degree from Manor College. She is graduating from Manor College today with her Associate’s Degree in Pre-Nursing.
Remy is a member of the women’s volleyball team and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Remy came to Manor College from Bishop McDevitt High School and grew up in the East Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.
She came to Manor College after attending an event on campus. Remy was drawn to the relationship students have with professors in class settings.
“When you go to a big college, it’s hard to get in contact with the professor,” Remy said, “but with the ratio of Manor College, the professors were always able to help me.”
Remy discovered a passion for caregiving at a young age. Her grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer when Remy was a child. She passed away when Remy was 14.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that experience,” Remy said. “Working towards a goal to learn more in the medical field and help people find peace and serenity brings happiness to me.”
After graduation, Remy is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing and aspires to be a nurse practitioner. Her advice to Manor College graduates is to “study and put your all into your education.”
“Use the resources that are available to you,” Remy said. “Reach out to your professors. Reach out to the tutoring center. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Keep your chin up and keep working hard. There are plenty of people to lend a helping hand.”
Amariah Bashir, Class of 2022, will deliver the commencement address as the representative for those graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Manor College. He is graduating from Manor College today with his Bachelor’s Degree in General Business Administration.
Amariah came to Manor College from Northeast High School in Philadelphia. He came to Manor College in 2018 because of the college’s small class sizes and proximity to home.
“I didn’t want to get lost in some dorm at a big university,” he said. “I had some teachers who recommended Manor to me and, after I went for a visit, it was a great fit.”
Amariah is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Most recently, Amariah was an intern with The Swarthmore Group. During the Spring semester, he cycled through the company’s departments, including marketing, compliance operations and portfolio management.
“After this internship, I have a straight tunnel vision of what I want to do with my career,” Amariah said.
After taking some time off to work this summer, Amariah plans to pursue his Masters of Business Administration.
Amariah’s advice for future and current Blue Jays is to have faith and keep working.
“God has everything planned out for you, no matter what,” Amariah said. “I had no money to pay for college, no job and everything was messed up. I didn’t lose hope. I just kept working, prayed and did my best and things lined up how I wanted them to be. It’s really easy to get discouraged by the current events in your life. Just focus on yourself and be the bigger picture you want to see.”