WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS (May 28, 2021) Sophie VanSeveren of Davenport, Iowa, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross.

VanSeveren is among 748 Bachelor of Arts degree candidates Holy Cross celebrated at its 175th Commencement held in person on Friday, May 21, on the College's Fitton Field.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat and Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, delivered this year's address virtually to the Class of 2021 and received an honorary degree.

A distinguished career diplomat with 35 years in the Foreign Service, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield reminded graduates that their education has equipped them to make a positive difference in the world and to do everything in their power to keep hope alive.

"Class of 2021: I have hope — I have light in my eyes — because of you," Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield told the graduates. "When I think of your promise, your potential, I swell with pride. With your Holy Cross mentors and role models by your side, I believe you will become men and women for others. I trust you will go where you are needed. And graduates, I know you will keep hope alive."

In addition to Thomas-Greenfield, Holy Cross also awarded an honorary degree to Holy Cross alumnus Dr Michael Collins ('77), chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and senior vice-president for the health sciences for the University of Massachusetts. Dr Collins also offered a reflection for the Class of 2021.

About Holy Cross:

The College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts, is among the nation's leading liberal-arts institutions. A highly-selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has made a positive impact in society by graduating students who distinguish themselves as thoughtful leaders in business, professional, and civic life.

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