Class Valedictorian



2015 Class Valedictorian

Saint Mary’s College is proud to announce that Sarah Miller is the valedictorian for the Class of 2015. Miller is a music major and dance minor from Carmel, Indiana.

“I was surprised to learn that I am the valedictorian, and feel so honored to represent women that I have learned so much from throughout my four years at Saint Mary’s College,” said Miller. In the process of auditioning for graduate schools, Miller plans to pursue a master’s degree in vocal performance.

Having loved science from a young age, Miller originally thought she might become a medical doctor, but her love of music and her passion for vocals took over. She flourished at Saint Mary’s under the direction of music professor Laurel Thomas who became her “mentor, teacher, and inspiration.”

Thomas celebrates Miller’s self-discovery at Saint Mary’s and her success as an accomplished student of music. “When thinking about Sarah a quote from Harriet Tubman came to mind: ‘You have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Sarah has the personal strength, the patience to continually work toward her goals, the passion for music and learning that is vital to a life in the arts,” Thomas said.

Miller’s decision to attend Saint Mary’s College was in part due to what she calls the school’s perfect pairing of the voice and dance programs, the opportunities to be exposed to science, and the sisterhood that is immediately recognizable when visiting.

“I absolutely loved all of the girls I met when I toured Saint Mary’s, and immediately knew it was were I wanted to be,” said Miller. “The opportunities are endless, and I encourage current and incoming students to not only take advantage of learning in the classroom, but also from your peers outside of that environment.”  Miller did just that, as a member of the SMC Dance Team, as well as being involved with the choir, musicals, and operas, and spending a semester abroad in Rome, Italy. 

“Finding a balance in college can be difficult, but luckily you will always have the Saint Mary’s sisterhood as your support system.  My parents have always been huge role models for me, and I have also been able to grow so much here thanks to incredible friends, and the brilliant professors in the Department of Music.”