May 26, 2011 — “In every walk of life, we must try to eradicate human behavior based on blind prejudice and bigotry, and replace it with human decency,” prominent Holocaust educator Dr. Helen N. Fagin told the 167 members of New College of Florida’s Class of 2011 as the College celebrated its 45th Annual Commencement on the great lawn of College Hall. Watch the video of Dr. Fagin’s commencement address.

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Watch the video of New College of Florida’s 45th Annual Commencement.

Click here to read Dr. Fagin’s full remarks.

Click here for New College President Mike Michalson’s message to the graduating class.

The ceremony, which included light breezes and a spectacular sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, drew more than 1,500 parents, alums and friends who gathered on the bay front to celebrate this year’s graduating class. Continuing tradition in New College’s 50th Anniversary year, students expressed their individuality with a colorful assortment of costumes, outfits and accessories in lieu of caps and gowns.

The 2011 graduating class includes six Fulbright Fellows – who will travel to Namibia, Russia, Taiwan, Germany and Mexico — and a recipient of a State Department Critical Language Scholarship, who will study Punjabi in India. In addition, two New College graduates received teaching assistantships from the French government, and two others were awarded Spanish Government English Language Teaching Assistantships.

Click here for the full story on the New College’s 45th Annual Commencement.

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