Two hundred ninety-four students received Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, in the annual Commencement held on Saturday, May 13 on the College’s Townhouse Green. Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo delivered the Commencement address, reminding graduates that true success comes from lifting up those around you, just as the graduates achieved success through the people who supported them. “To be a successful person, you need to recognize the people that have invested in you, that have seen something special in you, that have given all they have for you to become whoever you want to be,” said Kidjo. “No one, I say no one, succeeds alone.” She followed her remarks with a song of thanks, which she performed from the podium a cappella. St. Mary’s College of Maryland President Tuajuanda C. Jordan, PhD, and Board of Trustees Chair Susan Lawrence Dyer presented honorary degrees to Kidjo and Nancy Ruyle Dodge. One of the most powerful artists in international music today, Angélique Kidjo dazzles audiences with her striking voice and theatrical stage presence. She merges the West African traditions of her childhood […]
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