At the very end of a long line of Mount St. Mary College graduates May 21 was nursing major Hope Yaworowski.
A familiar face on the Mount’s Dean’s List, she was the last in the long procession of grads as they made their way from Aquinas Hall to the Dominican Center Field. More than 500 degree recipients were honored at the annual commencement ceremony.
If not for Anthony Valenti, who was accidentally separated from his fellow math majors, Ms. Yaworowski would also have been the final grad to receive her diploma from Dr. Jason N. Adsit, president of the college.
The day before, the college honored nearly 80 graduates of its nursing program at a pinning ceremony. In accord with tradition, the pins were presented to graduates by chosen family members and friends. Thanks to alphabetical order, Ms. Yaworowski was again at the end of the procession and the last one to be recognized. That didn’t dampen her enthusiasm as she received her pin from her mother and father.
“Thank you to my parents and family for always supporting me,” she said. “You taught me that hard work always pays off and pushed me to achieve my goals.”