Carson James Little and Gracyn Benck of Scottsdale have graduated with degrees in business administration and arts this May.
According to a press release, Little received a Master of Business Administration from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. at the 187th commencement on May 6. Benck received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. at the 177th commencement on May 26.
Lee University is a private, Christ-centered university in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Over the past three decades, Lee has experienced significant growth in academic programs, athletics, institutional facilities, student enrollment and faculty expertise and diversity, the release stated.
United States Senator Peter Welch of Vermont, Holy Cross class of 1969 alumnus, delivered this year’s address to the class of 2023 and received an honorary degree.
In his remarks, Welch said the social mission of Holy Cross — that achievements should be shared and used for the betterment of others — left an indelible mark on him.
“You are strong and ready,” he said. “Your shared experience at Holy Cross has made you so. The Holy Cross commitment to intellectual and open inquiry and using our talents for good is something this institution has preserved and passed on to one generation after another since 1843. This experience and commitment will make you the builders of tomorrow.”