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Growing together

| Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Dear Saint Mary’s Belles,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s College, I am thrilled to welcome the students of the class of 2024, transfer students, returning students and graduate students! As your new president, I share your excitement for the beginning of this academic year. And while we are all experiencing a new “normal,” it does not alter how powerful your time at Saint Mary’s will be. You will be immersed in a rigorous academic community that will both challenge and support you. Our faculty, staff and administration have been preparing all summer and are eager to help make your transition successful. I ask that you do everything in your power to keep them, yourself and your fellow students safe and healthy.

Saint Mary’s is an institution founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. We emphasize the education of the whole person, encourage self-discovery and promote an open-hearted and inclusive community. You have so many opportunities at Saint Mary’s. Every semester offers an occasion to discover new ideas and forge new possibilities, both inside and outside the classroom.  Check out the co-curricular activities the tri-campus community offers. Engage with people who have different backgrounds, experiences, beliefs or opinions. Approach them with a spirit of curiosity and be open to learning with them and from them. By doing this, you will make our community and our world a better place.

One of my aspirations for you is that you will make this an active and activist year. Explore the curriculum and try some things you’re not already good at. Become broader. Become deeper. Consider what the world needs, and then solve a problem — or take a stand on something you believe in and work for change. If you do this, then you, too, will have experienced the spirit of Saint Mary’s, the Saint Mary’s that over 20,000 alumnae around the world experienced during their time here.

For over 175 years, Saint Mary’s has proudly educated students to make a difference in the world. You are part of this tradition. It is your turn to make history at Saint Mary’s. I challenge you to prepare for leadership, both here and in a world that needs you. And I look forward to accompanying you on this exciting journey, through all the joys and uncertainties.

Best regards,

Katie Conboy, Ph.D.

president, Saint Mary’s College

Aug. 2

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