Honoring the Class of 2012’s Achievements and President Lance Carluccio
May 18, 2012
Kevin Dyson '90 received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Honors Convocation 2012
On May 17, the evening before the Class of 2012’s Commencement, Mount Ida College gathered for its annual Honors Convocation ceremony to recognize and celebrate the academic, leadership and co-curricular achievements of its graduating seniors. Surrounded by fellow students, family, faculty and staff, more than 40 graduating seniors and alumni received awards.
Distinguished Alumni Award
The first award to kick off the night was the Distinguished Alumni Award. This award recognizes an outstanding Mount Ida College alumnus/alumna whose personal life, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objectives of our College. Kevin Dyson ’90, who majored in business administration, and is currently Executive Vice President of Stores for Barneys New York, was presented with the award by President Lance Carluccio. Kevin graciously shared his own Mount Ida experience and how it shaped his career and inspired him to be active in the Mount Ida community as an alumnus. He served as a member of the Mount Ida College Board of Trustees for a period of time.
At the end of the ceremony, another much anticipated announcement was the Class of 2012’s valedictorian. This recognition went to Ginny Sanzo, who received a 4.0 grade point average. A funeral home management major of New England Institute, Ginny also holds the distinction of being one of the first graduating seniors to receive a bachelor’s degree through Mount Ida’s online degree completion program.
Honoring President Lance Carluccio
This year, the College honored President Lance Carluccio with a new All-College Award. President Carluccio is retiring in June and this award was a surprise to both him and the recipient. The Lance Carluccio Award was created to recognize a graduating student who has demonstrated the example, set by Dr. Carluccio, which includes academic accomplishment, a passion and curiosity for learning, and serving above and beyond the call of duty in performing a leadership role on campus. Michelle Richard, a fashion design major, was the first recipient to receive this award. As President of the Student Government Association, Michelle worked closely with Dr. Carluccio this year to advance the student government agenda, improve town-gown relationships and reinvigorate the Student Code of Respect.