When Browne went to the zoo outside his doorstep, he could see almost every type of animal. When he went to bed at night in his grandparents’ apartment, he could hear the lions roaring and the sea lions croaking.
Isabel Capeloa Gil, the first female president of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, gave the keynote speech, in which she encouraged the attendees to do their best to drive the world forward.
“You graduates of the class of 2018 have great talent and promise because of who you are and what you have experienced in our community,” University President Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., said.
The University will also present an honorary degree to Drew Gilpin Faust, the outgoing president of Harvard University.
“The fact that we come from different backgrounds both socially and financially makes this campus unique, so it’s hard to see how this portion of the BC community’s needs are being overlooked at one of the most memorable portions of their undergraduate experience,” said Lauren Kaufman, CSOM ’18.
“The Committee could arrange with BC Dining, like organizations such as Arrupe and an annual class trip to Israel and Palestine do, to collect donations from students.”
“To our graduates I say: please accept the sacred invitation to live in the light of service,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey.
Casey will be presented with an honorary law degree at the commencement event.
Kiara, a rising senior, wanted to walk at this past year’s graduation so that her mother, who is suffering from Ovarian cancer, would have the chance to see her graduate. Her request was denied.