USM Bids Farewell to Class of 2013 at Commencement

5/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary marked the close of another academic year and the completion of this leg of the class of 2013’s educational journey at USM’s Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11, in McGilley Field House on the university’s main Leavenworth campus.

“Today, we recognize what you have strived to do,” USM President Sister Diane Steele told the graduates in attendance. “We are proud of you, we are proud of what you’ve accomplished, and we are proud to send you forward in our name.”

About 200 graduates—representing a portion of the university’s total 2013 graduating class—walked at Commencement 2013. Members of the graduating class hail from Kansas to the United Kingdom, from multiple countries and every geographic region of the United States. They came from a wide variety of backgrounds and are headed toward an equally wide range of bright futures. In reaching their God-given potential, USM’s graduates overcame obstacles of all kinds.

The Commencement ceremony was preceded by a traditional Baccalaureate Mass in Annunciation Chapel. And during the ceremony, reflections were provided by student speakers Kristina Wuthrich-Hoffman, a biology major from Chubbuck, Idaho; Laura Peacock-Whiteside, of Overland Park, Kan., who earned her degree in elementary education at USM’s Overland Park Campus and Patricia Ingraham, of Lenexa, Kan., who received her Master’s of Arts in Education.

“Our professors have prepared us in the classroom to face the world and think for ourselves. Their compassion and involvement in our educations have played a major role in our success... We wouldn’t be here without them,” Wuthrich-Hoffman told the crowd. “We started as strangers from all over the country and now we all share the bond of Saint Mary.”