That magic moment. Mount Saint Mary’s University wrapped its 90th anniversary with its annual Commencement ceremony, held May 9 at Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium. Overall this year, the University awarded 192 associate in arts, 647 bachelor’s, 213 master’s and 28 doctoral degrees.
Mount Saint Mary’s University wrapped its 90th anniversary
with its annual Commencement ceremony, held May 9 at Los Angeles’ historic
Shrine Auditorium. President Ann McElaney-Johnson welcomed 701 graduates from
the Class of 2016 who walked the stage at Commencement.
More than 6,000 students, faculty, family members and
friends attended the ceremony. Overall this year, the University awarded 192 associate
in arts, 647 bachelor’s, 213 master’s and 28 doctoral degrees.
“I feel a special connection to our graduates,” said President
McElaney-Johnson. “As did so many of you here today, I came as a new member of
the Mount Saint Mary’s community four years ago. During our time here, we
chartered a strategic plan that I believe will serve you well as alumnae. It
invites you to a life of meaning—a life that matters.
“God bless you as you continue your educational journey to
use your knowledge and skills to better yourselves, your environment and the world.”
Commencement keynote speaker Lucy Jones, scientist emerita
with the U.S. Geological Survey and a visiting research associate at the
California Institute of Technology, echoed that sentiment, saying “You are
heading out into the world – into our community – to make a life for yourself.
Everything you do for yourself will be a thread in the fabric of our community.
In helping yourself, you help all of us.”
During her distinguished
career, Jonesdefied gender
stereotypes to become one of the world’s most recognizable and influential
seismologists and the leading voice of earthquake science and earthquake
safety. She retired in April 2016 after a 33-year career with the U.S.G.S. where
she directed a team whose work led to the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake disaster
drill that last year involved more than 21 million Americans.
Sisters of St. Joseph
of Carondelet receive the Mount’s top award The Mount awarded its highest honor, the Carondelet Medal,
to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the University’s founders and
shapers of Mount Saint Mary’s enduring mission. The award was presented in
recognition of their personal and professional achievements, their
contributions to enhancing the lives of students through their dedication and
support of Catholic education, and the foresight of the founding sisters who 90
years ago laid the groundwork for the University.
Bathsheba Zewde challenges fellow graduates Representing the baccalaureate graduating class, Bathsheba Zewde
‘16, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, called on fellow
graduates to make a difference:
“Let’s not let history repeat
itself in our generation. Let’s make genocide, oppression and racism things of
the past…Let’s declare ‘not in my generation.’ Rape, human trafficking and
injustice will not progress in my generation. Homelessness, poverty and
alienation will not progress in my generation. Hate, bitterness and agony will
not progress in my generation. If hate was able to bring this much destruction,
let’s not underestimate the intensity with which love can reconstruct this
Tribute speakers representing the Mount’s other degree
Graduation day festivities kicked off with a morning Graduation
Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, located adjacent to the Doheny
Campus, in which Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez delivered the homily and a
special graduate blessing.
For a look at the Commencement festivities, visit the Mount’s
12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
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