Class of 2017, I would like to start by saying how humbled I am to be up here speaking on behalf of the senior class.
Seventeen years ago, my dad passed away from melanoma skin cancer, leaving my mom to take care of three young kids; my brothers were four and six, and I was about to turn two. During this time, we were surrounded by many family members and friends, but a certain group of people stood out the most. This group hailed from Saint Mary's – they were my mom's friends from her time as a student here and they were there for my family through it all. They have watched me grow up and these women continue to be a huge part of my life to this day.