On Saturday, May 24th Elon’s 124th Commencement for undergraduate students was held under the oaks. Sports commentator Mary Carillo delivered the Commencement address. The former tennis star shared her wisdom from a professional sports and broadcasting career that has included coverage of multiple Olympic Games.
Carillo shared some advice with the graduating class stating, “”I’m not asking you kids to change the whole world. But if you’re kind, you’re doing far more than you know. There’s nothing more powerful than kindness,” she said. “If you’re kind to people, if you change one life because of how you treat someone, and if that person in turn is kind to someone else, that’s how this great spinning world of ours really changes.”
A total of 1,207 students received diplomas, and the class of 2014 is the largest in institutional history.
Elon President Leo M. Lambert closed the ceremony, and instructed members of the Class of 2014 to act as a family and to “take care of each other. Live a life of kindness, compassion and generosity.”
Later in the evening, the Phi Mu graduates all attended a grad party celebration, where the entire pledge class was invited. Senior Lauren Thebault remarked on the evening quoting, “ It was amazing- so bittersweet but we had a perfect day. It was beautiful outside and the party was the best night for us. It was so fun with all of us there together, and we had an incredible band that helped make the night even more special.”
We are so proud of our graduating seniors, and wish them the best on their journeys ahead!
Each semester our chapter hosts an event called Pastries with Professors. Members of Gammu Nu invite their professors over to the Phi Mu house for homemade desserts, fresh lemonade, and socializing. It is a great opportunity to show Elon faculty what the girls of Phi Mu are about.
This past Tuesday afternoon, the Phi Mu house was the place to be. The house was filled with delicious homemade treats, while teachers and students had a great time interacting outside of the classroom.
Academic chair Rachel Ewald was very pleased with the event. “Pastries with Professors was a huge success! We had over 20 professors come to enjoy our homemade treats and company. Sisters and professors really enjoyed taking some time off their busy work to snack on those yummy goodies and get to know each other better. Big thank you to the academic committee for all their help with the event!”
We wish everyone good luck on finals and the end of the academic semester!
As the end of the year approaches, our chapter loves to celebrate in style. Last Saturday, April 26, Phi Mu formal was hosted at Quarry Hills Country Club in Graham, N.C. The beautiful venue hosted members of our chapter, as well as their dates, for a night of fun.
Members of Gamma Nu enjoyed drinks and appetizers following their arrival to the venue, and were quickly swept onto the dance floor by the extremely talented Flex Band. The Motown band played classic and modern hits, and had us dancing through the night.
Sophomore MK Heaney thought that the band was a new and fun twist on the event. “My favorite part of formal was definitely the band. It was unlike anything we’ve ever done before and it made it unique and personal.”
Gamma Nu hosts two formals each year, with one in the fall and one in the spring. Planned by Social Chair Kendall Quinn, the formal was a night to remember.