It’s official…finally graduated! Bachelor of Arts, English and Theology. Since pictures are worth a thousand words (and I might get choked up if I write too much), here are a few photos of Baccalaureate and Graduation:
Elizabeth Milligan: roommate of four years, headed to Argentina to work in a clinic, future Physicians Assistant, and the only person who could ever appreciate late night memes of cats as much as I do. I will miss those moments where we are both dying of laughter and everybody else just looks at each other like "roommates, whatever."
The seniors of Alpha Sigma Alpha with the St. Ignatius statue ("Iggy"). The leadership, sisterhood, service, and all of that jazz packed into this picture would make the real Iggy proud.
The siblings came up for the weekend - Andrea and Sam!
Couldn't even begin to thank Mom and Dad for all of the care packages, the study abroad, the dirty laundry I always brought home, coming to my art show, and the million other ways they have supported me during my college career!
Samantha: Alpha Sigma Alpha sister, partner in crime, terribly mean prankster, and the only goodbye that made me cry like a little girl.
Picture with Father Curran, President of Rockhurst, shortly after he delivered one of the best homilies I've ever heard, ranging from quoting anthropologists to a hilarious list of country music song titles. I will miss regular doses of his wisdom and humor!
After graduation we did the "Hawk Walk" down to the Power & Light district to throw our caps and then celebrate! Also, we were led by bagpipers. In kilts. It was great.
Isy Perez: Actually graduated in December, survived his first round of law school classes at Baylor, is trying to revive the Whig party, is going to be a sharp, Jesuitical lawyer who I would want in my corner any day!
Some shady professors - Dr. Arthur, who I got to enjoy American Novels with and who helped me with an independent project on underground societies in literature, and Anne Pearce, the art professor who made my curating shows possible and lifted my spirits all semester with her quirks and kindness.
So there it is, the final days of the Rockhurst career. People keep asking me how I feel, and besides the occasional "terrified," this quote comes to mind, which is on our bell tower:
"You are called...to be men and women who reflect upon the reality of the world around you with all its ambiguities, opportunities, and challenges, to discern what is really happening in your life and in the lives of others, to find God there and to discover where God is calling you, to employ criteria for significant choices that reflect Godly values rather than narrow, exclusive self-interest, to make decisions in the light of what is truly for the greater glory of God and the service of those in need, and then to act accordingly.”
-Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
-Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
Sitting at Baccalaureate and Graduation, I mostly had this feeling that a tidal wave was gathering--but a good one. I think about how Emma is going on to get her Masters in social work, Sam is going to help teens on a reservation as they are between foster families, Isy might actually be a lawyer someday soon, Mike is probably a better man for knowing some philosophy, and so on down the line. We have learned a lot here, but most importantly, that learning has been directed towards something--towards finding God, serving others, and always the magis...striving for more in all good things.
And now, goodbye!
Go, set the world on fire.
-St. Ignatius of Loyola