Carroll College conferred degrees on 228 graduates in Saturday ceremony

Lacey Middlestead for the Independent Record

Just as the familiar melody of “Pomp and Circumstance” began to play, the sun — as though on command — broke through the overcast sky and spotlighted the students clad in black robes and colorful sashes marching onto the field.

On Saturday, Carroll College conferred degrees on 228 graduates, including its first cohort of accelerated nursing students, during its 112th commencement ceremony held in Carroll College’s Nelson Stadium.

The ceremony opened with an invocation by Rev. Austin Vetter, bishop of the Diocese of Helena and chancellor of Carroll College. This was followed by a faculty address by Molly Sumridge, professor of anthrozoology.

Sumridge, was the first among many speakers during Saturday’s ceremony to reflect on the special challenges that the class of 2022 was forced to navigate.

“Basically since you arrived at Carroll, things have been a bit challenging,” said Sumridge. “When you come to college, you’re expected to create and maintain a schedule, keep up with your studies, make friends, and do some exhilarating things. Somehow the universe has misread the instructions…and instead rescheduled your studies, tested your friendships, and confused exhilarating for exhausting.”

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