The week of May 20 brought thousands of people to Stevenson to celebrate and honor our graduates during our Baccalaureate, Nurses’ Pinning, and Commencement ceremonies. As I looked out across the crowds gathered to mark these milestones, there was pride, some tears, and certainly quite a few cheers and shouts. However, behind them all were thoughts and reflections on hard-won accomplishments and the memories of the people and the experiences that shaped a new generation of Stevenson graduates.
In this issue of Ventures, we take a closer look at some of the ways our university community supports our students’ success and creates pathways to their achievement. One powerful example is the experience of our Mock Trial team. Our feature article gives you a detailed look at their successful rise that now positions them for national-level competition. Growing out of our Legal Studies program, Mock Trial brings the curricular and the co-curricular together in a truly exceptional way. The tireless dedication of faculty mentors and the spirit of teamwork are key, and our students are now competing against some of the best Mock Trial teams in the nation—and honing their legal skills in the process.
We also acknowledge the incredible successes of our alumni, faculty, and student-athletes in this summer issue of Ventures. We have an alumnus working for the nation’s tech giants to envision the way technology will transform our daily lives; faculty whose research and scholarship are adding to our students’ understanding of the world; and an NCAA All-Time Record Holder on the men’s volleyball team.
As we close out one academic year, salute our newest alumni, and look forward to welcoming the Class of 2023 this fall, I wish you a safe and enjoyable summer.
It truly is a great day to be a Mustang.