Anna Ludkiewicz ’19 was named NEC Rookie of the Week at Sacred Heart University as she notched her first collegiate goal in the nick of time in the Pioneers’ conference lidlifter at Merrimack. The rookie’s game-winning tally came with only 2:34 left in regulation by taking a long pass in the middle of the field, dribbling through a duo of defenders before finding the back of the net for the 2-1 win.
Farewell to the class of 2019! MacDuffie celebrated its commencement ceremony with song, speeches, and cheers at Abbey Chapel, which sent 77 graduates from 15 countries to their future endeavors.
“[MacDuffie] taught us that we are valuable members of society and that our voices deserve to be heard,” Student Body President Talia Wiesel said, encouraging her classmates to use their voices and the tools for success learned at MacDuffie as they go forth in the world.
“I have so much respect for everyone here today. All of the amazing graduates, and all of the faculty, family, and friends that have helped us to get to this point,” Head Duty Prefect Olivia Ramirez-Weissbach said. She invoked MacDuffie’s CIRCLE values of community, integrity, respect, creativity, leadership, and excellence in her speech.
English Department Chairperson Carol Tomkiel, chosen to be this year’s faculty commencement speaker, told the graduates she hopes they will “hear the call to your own authentic life.”
Along their future journeys, Tomkiel urged graduates to make and keep true friends, “someone that can see the jewel down inside of you.”
(Photos courtesy of Grynn and Barrett)
Good food, good conversation, sharing fond memories…sounds like Reunion Weekend!
On Friday, we welcomed Marisa Maleck ’03 and presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Award at an afternoon Assembly. Marisa is an attorney who, among other achievements, has served as Clerk of Courts for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her speech to the student body was a contemplation of the CIRCLE values and how they have influenced her life.
On Saturday evening, we held a wine and beer reception, complete with displays of old yearbooks and other MacDuffie memorabilia unearthed in our History Project. Following the reception we enjoyed an elegant dinner provided by SAGE Dining Services. At dinner, our Volunteer Award was presented to Carol-Ann Boardway Chapin and Michael Chapin for their MacDuffie community efforts.
Congratulations to our award recipients, and thank you to all who attended the events. We look forward to next time!
Every fall, we gather “life at MacDuffie” photos and articles from the last year, collect class notes, and create the Alumni Magazine. This year’s issue has been dropped in the mail, and we also have a digital edition available. Happy reading!