Banister Tells Master's Graduates That Success Comes from Within

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo alumna the Rev. Dr. Iris Banister told students at the college's master's commencement May 7 that they will continually seek success in their careers "because you can, and if you understand your CAN options, then inside of that CAN you will indeed find success."

Banister was the keynote speaker for the ceremony during which the college conferred 51 master's degrees. Geneseo offers master's degrees in education, accounting, and communicative disorders and sciences.

During her address, "Success Comes in CANS," Banister emphasized that success comes from within.

"Success lives in you, and within you are all of the raw resources, talents and skills that you acquired here at Geneseo and other places," said Banister, who received a master of science degree herself from Geneseo in 1970. "You combine them together in different combinations for various situations and circumstances and - voila! - success."

Banister told the graduates that "success is not something that you get. Rather success is what you bring, what you draw out of youself, your vision, your imagination and your skills and talents put into motion - the what of success, your cans and can dos."

Banister is an accomplished author and motivational speaker. She earned a doctorate in Theological Counseling from the Master's International School of Divinity in Indiana and also has a bachelor of science degree from Jarvis Christian College in Texas. She is a member of Geneseo's College Council, a group of community members appointed by the governor to advise the college's senior administration. She also contributes as a board member and gives volunteer service to many non-profit, community based organizations.

The college's 145th undergraduate commencement is scheduled May 14 during which the college will confer an estimated 1,275 undergraduate degrees during two separate ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jeff Clarke, chief executive officer and president of Travelport and a 1983 SUNY Geneseo alumnus, will deliver the keynote address, "Choices for Your Next Decade." The college also will confer an honorary doctor of humane letters degree upon renowned poet and librettist J. D. "Sandy" McClatchy, professor of English at Yale University.

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