Shown are some of the graduating seniors gathering for a group photo before commencement. Twelve of them met with university trustees to reflect on their Saint Mary’s experiences.

As the university strives to develop students for lives of ethical service and leadership, the Board of Trustees heard at its May 12 meeting from a panel of 12 graduating seniors representing a variety of activities, majors, and schools at the Winona Campus. (Four students were from arts and humanities, five from business, one from education, and two from science.)

The panel allowed board members to see and hear reflections from graduating seniors about their experiences at Saint Mary’s. The students spoke to what path led them to Saint Mary’s, and how their Saint Mary’s experience changed or impacted them. The students’ stories and heartfelt reflections impressed the trustees, highlighting the value of community, relationship, support for success, and the liberal arts for students attending the undergraduate College.