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Centennial Saints

2010-05-09T00:14:00Z Centennial SaintsBy EVE BYRON Independent Record Helena Independent Record
May 09, 2010 12:14 am  • 

Jubilant Carroll College graduates grinned broadly and waved their diplomas high Saturday as the 265 new alumni celebrated earning their degrees.

The class of 2010 will be known as the “Centennial Saints,” noted Carroll President Thomas Trebon, because they’re the 100th class to graduate from the college.

“This weekend marks the grand finale of the college’s Centennial Celebration, and this makes you, Carroll’s Class of 2010, our centennial graduates,” Trebon said to the standing-room-only crowd of friends, families, faculty and students in the college’s P.E. Center. “In addition to your accomplishments in earning your degrees over the past years of hard work, this is an achievement that you and your families should all be proud of.”

The year-long Centennial Celebration’s tenets of “Learn, Serve, Lead” were reflected in honorary doctorates awarded to Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and to Bernard Amadei of the University of Colorado, who founded Engineers Without Borders–USA.

Juneau, who symbolized the lifelong desire to “Learn” is the first American Indian to be elected to statewide executive office in the United States. She told the students that her parents always stressed getting a good education because of the doors it would open and opportunities it would present.

“Strive to make your states, communities and nations be better places,” Juneau said. “I look forward to your leadership in the future and seeing you on all kinds of stages as you serve.”

Amadei, whose organization provides engineering services for struggling communities throughout the world, also urged the students to serve others, saying they should teach others to fish.

“And that’s more than just having someone sit around a river. Your job is to make sure there’s water in the river and there is fish in the river,” Amadei said. “It has to do with social justice, and the fishermen of the world need your expertise.”

Blair Parker, president of the Associated Students of Carroll College and the class’ student speaker, encouraged her fellow graduates to take chances, improvise and evolve as they move forward, similar to how Carroll has grown in the past century.

“Carroll has achieved so much in its past 100 years, surviving all the trials, tribulations and unknowns,” Parker said. “We are so blessed to have 100 years of love, dedication and family behind us and we have the inspiration of those who couldn’t be here to celebrate with us.

“… We must draw strength from those people we lost along the way. Carry their spirit with us. Live for them and for us and with that love we can never fail.”

The college’s Borromeo Award for outstanding community service was conferred on Dr. LeRoy Byrd and his wife, Irene Byrd, both from the Carroll class of 1960. Dr. Byrd is known as the “Saint of the Hallways” at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash., where he has specialized in internal medicine since 1970, and the couple is renowned for their service work and giving to the homeless, the sick and the poor. In 1993, Dr. Byrd was inducted into Carroll’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Michael Murphy Award for a graduating senior standing out for a life of service went to Louis Joseph Bartoletti, a biology and Spanish double-major from Sheridan, Mont., who has participated and led a number of Carroll student dental outreach trips to Haiti and Latin America.

Reporter Eve Byron: 447-4076 or

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    bigfootmt1964 - May 09, 2010 8:51 am
    congrats tony l. and to all staint grads

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