Mary Baldwin Graduates Will Miss Their Sisters

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

For the past four years, the women graduating from Mary Baldwin College have been through thick and thin together.

Class Vice President Sienna Fleming considers her classmates family.

"We have a really big sister kind of vibe," she said.

"Even though we all came in gateways, if we see each other out on the street, we're bonded by Mary Baldwin."

On Sunday, they had to say good bye to their friends.

The joy of moving on to the next stage of life, overshadowed by impending loss.

"I'm very excited to be at this point in my life but it's very emotional losing friends," said graduate Cearra Mechem.

Fleming said that having to deal with the loss was overwhelming.

"You make close bonds, you know, your freshman year, your senior year. And then you have to leave and get away from people and move and make new friends."

As these ladies move on to jobs or further schooling, they know it will be hard to maintain the connections that have influenced who they've become.

"Their journey's are different than mine," said Mechem.

"We all have said we want to try and keep in contact but things happen. Life happens. It is kind of scary to think about losing those friendships."

Even as they say what may be their final goodbyes, the sisterhood of Mary Baldwin graduates all go out into the world sharing the same determination to impact the world.

"I'm hoping that we can really make a difference like they taught us to do," said Fleming.

She hopes her sisters will remember their time at college and continue through life with the values they gained during their time at Mary Baldwin.

"I'm just hoping we can make big steps and be the wonderful women that we are on this campus. Strong, bold women. And take that to real life."

This year marked the 170th graduation ceremony for Mary Baldwin.

The college also saw their biggest graduating class ever, with 393 students getting their diplomas.


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