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Congratulations to the
Class of ‘21! (HONK!)
The sound of car horns isn’t too unusual in Los Angeles.
On May 10 and 11, rather than in response to traffic, car horns
created a celebratory cacophony for Mount Saint Mary’s
Commencement ceremonies held outside near the Doheny
Campus to accommodate health and safety guidelines while
honoring the Class of 2021.
Families and friends celebrated graduates from the safety
of their cars and watched the proceedings on several large
drive-in movie screens. Four separate ceremonies were held
over two days to ensure that the University met the protocols
established by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
Graduating speaker Eric Weintraub, who received his MFA
in creative writing, welcomed the usual list of attendees and
added, “Toyotas, Hondas, Fords and all vehicles with us
today,” which elicited laughter from the students and honking
from the cars behind them in lieu of applause.
Robert Perrins, PhD, vice president of academic affairs and
provost, delivered the official commencement address for
all four ceremonies. Ever the historian, Perrins discussed how
Commencement addresses given during the last pandemic
failed to mention the health crisis affecting the world. He noted
that the effects of this pandemic made it clear that society is
“a lot more fragile, broken, and actually fundamentally flawed
than most of us would like to admit.”
His inspiring call to action, imploring those graduating
to become the greatest generation in history and pursue
solutions to social inequities, was far from the ordinary
Commencement address. Perrins received so much positive
feedback that his speech was included in a digital memory
book that was sent to all 2021 graduates.
In addition to Weintraub, graduating student speakers
included virtual speaker Ivette Jackson, MA in humanities;
Alexis Sio, BSN; Julia Miscan, ABN; Michelle Manzano,
BS in social work; and Daniela Ahumada, BA in accounting.
Anyone wishing to view the ceremonies — or to hear
Perrins’ speech — can go to msmu.edu/commencement.
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