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Stamford Student Earns Degree From Clark University

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STAMFORD, Conn. - Stamford’s Samantha A. Blank received a degree from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday, May 18.

Blank graduated with a Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning.

During the 110th Commencement exercises, Clark awarded 544 bachelor's degrees, 472 master's, and 24 doctoral degrees. Clark Class of 1976 alumnus Ron Shaich, founder, chairman of the board, and CEO of Panera Bread Co., received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and delivered the commencement address.

"So here's the question for today ... what really matters in creating a successful career and a successful life?" Shaich asked the Class of 2014. "If there's one lesson that I take from my 30 years as a business builder, it is this: Knowing what matters dramatically increases the probability that you will produce the outcome you desire."

Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, spoke at the master's and doctoral degree-granting ceremony. Crow, who is nationally recognized for innovative leadership and his commitment to a "reinvention" of the American research university model, lauded Clark University for charting a different academic path. Crow told new graduates they need to do more than just criticize the status quo, they should identify problems from different perspectives and foster change.

Crow received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, as did Cynthia Enloe, research professor in Clark's International Development, Community, and Environment Department and a renowned feminist who teaches and does research on women's politics.

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