Karla Burns ’16 attended the dedication and opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston. Burns was nominated to represent Holy Cross and her home state of Vermont by Jacqueline Peterson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. During the dedication, President Obama and other top officials paid tribute to the late Edward M. Kennedy.
In a surprise appearance, after the main ceremony, President Obama joined guests including Burns. “When he walked through the doors we were all shocked and humbled that he prioritized the time to speak with us.” Additionally, Burns was able to spend time with numerous government officials.
Burns with Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III.
Burns with Congressman James McGovern.
Burns with Boston Mayor Martin “Marty” Walsh.
Burns even took a selfie with U.S. Senator Ed Markey.
Burns with U.S. Senator John McCain . Reflecting on the day, Burns said, “It was an honor and a privilege to represent the Holy Cross community and the state of Vermont at the dedication ceremony of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. It was inspiring to be surrounded by politicians and student leaders from all over the country who share the common goal of serving our community. President Obama and Vice President Biden along with the other politicians present, opened my eyes to the responsibilities, we the student leaders, have to our country. We are the most educated and involved generation in history and thus, we have a real opportunity to make a difference. After graduating from Holy Cross, I truly aspire to live the mission of being a woman for and with others.”
Photos provided by Karla Burns ’16