Saint Mary's Seniors Prepare for Commencement and Futures
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, Ind.
May 16, 2013 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary’s College will hold its 166th Commencement at noon on Saturday, May 18 on Le Mans Green in front of the iconic Le Mans Hall. The Class of 2013 is made up of 374 women from 33 states and one other country (Korea). The seniors are ready for their next step in life, whether that’s a job, service opportunity, graduate school, etc.
Senior Class President and Outstanding Senior Award recipient Silvia Cuevas ’13, a business administration major, will move to Minneapolis to work as a business analyst for Target at the corporate headquarters. The Hammond, Ind. native said, “My mind and heart have been exposed to so many great things at Saint Mary’s and I cannot wait to begin my professional career as an alumna.”
Valedictorian Allison Sherman ’13, a computational mathematics major from Batavia, Ill., is headed to Northern Illinois University to complete requirements for state certification to teach high school math. “I am so glad that I decided to attend Saint Mary’s because I have had the unique experience of being surrounded by confident and ambitious young women these past few years. The atmosphere is empowering,” she said.
Social work major Monica Murphy ’13 of South Bend will leave for Africa in August with two other graduating seniors where they will participate in the Ghana Post-Graduate Program with the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The three will do service work for 11 months, which includes teaching children at a school and working with families. “I know that this experience is going to be challenging,” Murphy said. “But how can I understand the poor unless I live with them? The poor are strong people and I have a lot to learn from them as I pursue a life of serving people.” Click to meet other exceptional seniors.
The 2013 Commencement Speaker is social entrepreneur Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book, a non-profit that provides new books to children in need. The company is an example of Zimmer’s vision that social change can occur when the policy, business and social sectors intersect. The College will present her with an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Also receiving an honorary doctorate at Commencement will be alumna Jennifer Mathile Prikkel ’95, a philanthropist, mentor, advocate, and entrepreneur whose list of priorities includes women’s access to quality education and fulfilling employment. Prikkel is a former member of the Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees.
About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as business, nursing, art, chemistry, and social work. The College’s single-gender environment has been proven, in study after study, to foster confidence, ethical leadership, and strong academic success. Saint Mary's College ranks among the top 100 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” for 2013 published by U.S. News. Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College’s mission is to educate women and prepare them for postgraduate success whether it’s a first job, graduate school, or postgraduate service.