The Class of 2019 graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy during the Commencement Ceremony held Monday, May 20, at Robinson Auditorium in downtown Little Rock. The 122 graduates, accepted to more than 100 colleges and universities, collectively received over $14 million in scholarship offerings and will be attending 40 different colleges and universities across 17 states this fall. Additionally, this year’s graduating class completed 13,386 hours of community service for the greater Little Rock community during its junior and senior years.
Cathy Hastings Owen ’76, chairman of Eagle Bank & Trust, delivered the commencement address. She encouraged graduates to recognize and take advantage of the vast array of opportunities in front of them – both big and small – and to lead with kindness and humility. “As women today, you can do and be anything you want to be,” she said. “Believe in yourself. Find your unique superpower. But never compromise your ethics, name or integrity.”
Ms. Owen was introduced by Fourth Honor Graduate Sophie Bravo and Fifth Honor Graduate Ashley Suffridge. Fifth Honor Graduates Madison Perreault and Annie Quo offered the invocation, and Third Honor Graduate Sophie Chier presented the class essay, “Those Who Dare.” The salutatory address, “The Highest Appreciation,” was given by Second Honor Graduate Anna Kate Manchester, and First Honor Graduate Angel Sagardui delivered the valedictory address, “Shoot for the Moon.”
Monsignor Francis I. Malone, chancellor for ecclesial affairs for the Diocese of Little Rock and pastor at Christ the King Church, presented the diplomas as MSM Principal/CEO Karen Flake ’65 announced each graduate and the college she will attend. They were joined on stage by Angie Collins, MSM principal; Theresa Hall ’78, superintendent of Catholic schools; and Greg Hartz, MSM Academy Board of Directors chairman.
The Class of 2019 leaves Mount St. Mary Academy with diplomas in hand and mixed feelings of joy, anticipation, sadness and gratitude. In the spirit of its class song, “I’ll Always Remember You” by Miley Cyrus, this year’s graduates will remain tied by the moments they shared together at the Mount – “memories they’ll hold in their hearts forever” – which will serve as the foundation and inspiration for continuing to live Mercy beyond the gate of Mount St. Mary as women of wisdom, compassion and integrity.
View photos from the beautiful celebration at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDsSon8.
Congratulations, Class of 2019! “The best school we know of” couldn’t be more proud of you, and we are excited to see all that you continue to accomplish.
Mount St. Mary Academy, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, develops young women with a moral and intellectual foundation rooted in Catholic tradition. Mercy-minded and college-prepared, our students meet the future with wisdom, compassion and integrity.