Mount graduates 465 at 202nd commencement
James Rada, Jr.
(June, 2010) Commencement is over. The
students have gone into the "real world" and the Mount St. Mary’s Class of 2010
now looks to fulfill its dreams.
English Major and Emmitsburg
News-Journal's English Editor Jackie Quillen flashes a thumbs up sign after
receiving her diploma.
"I don't fear failure, I fear complacency,"
graduate student Edward Krumpotich said during his remarks. "The Mount taught
The Knott Arena was filled on May 16 with the
family and friends of the 465 graduates and undergraduates who received their
degrees during the 202nd commencement. It was also filled with many personal
University faculty members presented their
children with their degrees. Chris and Amy Jeffers, husband and wife, both
received their degrees together. Jason Spitzer proposed to his fiancée just
after she received her degree. Little Owl, a member of the Crow Nation in
Montana, became the Native American graduate of the university.
"I know it can be hard in times of economic
trouble when we tend to take care of only our own little space, but I hope that
you will keep yourselves open to the entire world and all its peoples,"
commencement speaker Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services. "You
can see so clearly, whether it’s on the internet or on the shelves of Wal-Mart
or in the recent financial meltdown, that we are all more connected than ever.
So feel that solidarity, particularly with people that you might think you have
nothing in common with – a subsistence farmer in Niger, a coffee grower in
Guatemala, an earthquake victim in Haiti, a homeless person in Baltimore or
Washington. You will not regret it."
Despite the struggling economy, the graduates
set forth on their journey in the world. Hackett didn’t promise them that it
would be easy to secure work with their new degrees, but he did tell them if
they, "Engage with the world in a meaningful way each and every day. If you do
that, whether you win or lose, you will be victorious."
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