Stephens College Trustee Sara Herrnstadt Crosby ’76 challenged graduates to dig deep within themselves and explore how the College’s Ten Ideals might become actions throughout their lives.
“As you leave Stephens and venture out, I challenge you to find your Courage, the Second Ideal, and incorporate into your lives courage to change, to grow and the persistence to practice it every day,” she said during the December Commencement ceremony on Friday.
Crosby shared her own story of coming to Stephens with a dream of acting and pursuing that dream before transitioning into a career in social work. Throughout her keynote address, she shared how the College’s Ten Ideals—Intelligence, Responsibility, Courage, Independence, Creativity, Leadership, Respect, Sensitivity, Belief and Support—have come into play in her life.
The Ideals were also the theme of the undergraduate speech. Madeline Carl and Meredith Jacob, who both earned a B.F.A. in Digital Filmmaking, praised their Stephens education for fostering in them a sense of independence, responsibility, respect and leadership.
“Our time at Stephens has taught us to truly embrace all of these Ideals and we are so grateful that we have had this experience,” Carl said.
Stephens President Dianne Lynch conferred roughly 50 bachelor's and master's degrees during the ceremony, held in the Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall.
Sandra Silva, who earned a Master in Strategic Leadership, represented the graduate class during her remarks. She shared her own story of trying to pursue a graduate degree while balancing other work and life obligations. To everyone graduating, she encouraged the class to “go out and share your journey with others. You will add more rich experiences to their life story and to your own. You will change their world and, believe me, you will change yours.”
Watch the Commencement ceremony video here.
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