Shelburne resident earns appreciation award from Saint Michael’s senior class

Thato Ratsebe of Shelburne wins class appreciation award, left, shown with Class Officers Michael Herring and Megan Flann.

During Commencement Week activities May 11-14 at Saint Michael’s College, Thato Ratsebe of Shelburne, interim director of multicultural student affairs, received a Class Appreciation Award, presented annually to members of the college faculty and staff who have made a significant impact within the class.
In presenting the award, Senior Class Vice President Michael Herring recounted how Ratsebe earned her bachelor’s degree at Saint Michael’s in 2005 and a master’s in administration in 2008. She was a student leader through those years and served the residence life staff as Resident Assistant and Resident Director for two years. When the director of multicultural student affairs was granted a leave last summer to complete his doctoral program, Ratsebe was willing and able to fill in, performing a superb job in the role since last July, Herring said. “Whether functioning in the role of implementer and planner of educational programs or intervening in a student crisis, Thato brings maturity, grace and insight to her work,” he said.
Some 478 students received bachelor’s degrees and another 65 received master’s degrees at the college’s 105th commencement exercises, held May 14 in the college’s Ross Sports Center.

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