On Sunday, April 28, the girls of Pasquerilla West Hall gathered as a community to celebrate the dorm’s graduating senior class with a mass at the grotto.
Each year, the dorm plans a mass to honor the graduating PW girls, and this year co-coordinators of the event, Lindsey Marugg and Hannah Reiser, wanted to create a more unique experience by moving it to the grotto.
“We started thinking about the senior mass back in the fall semester and knew we wanted to make it something special. When we started to formally make our plans in February, we decided that the grotto would be the perfect spot,” Marugg said.
With the support of PW rector, Mary Jane Hahner, Marugg and Reiser began working with the Basilica and university operations to ensure a mass could be relocated from a dorm chapel to an outdoor grotto setting.
“Once the location was confirmed, the next step was for us to choose a priest to say the mass,” Marugg said. “Fr. Pete McCormick immediately came to mind. He is known for giving such great homilies and for being an inspiration to students so we wanted the best for this occasion.”
At the mass, Fr. Pete expressed to the seniors that although the journey ahead of them may seem “scary” he views it as an “incredible opportunity to grow and do great things.”
In their four years at Notre Dame, the 101 PW Hall seniors have accomplished great things, and with the community gathered together Sr. Mary Jane Hahner awarded four outstanding girls.
The first recognition was for the Office of Student Affairs Citation of Merit Award, specifically given to a senior resident of the dorm who exemplifies service to the hall. RA, Lindsey Marugg, received this honor.
“It means a lot to me to receive this award going through the entirety of living in PW from freshman year to being an RA this year, really coming full circle,” Marugg said.
The second award was the Hall Spirit Award. The ND Alumni Association created this award in 1989, and the residents of each hall vote for one member of their dorm community who they recognize as embodying the spirit of Notre Dame and making the dorm a better place to live. RA, Sara Bega, won the award for PW this year.
“I couldn’t have imagined anyone else winning the award for Hall Spirit,” Senior, Megan Buckingham said. “I remember all the way back to freshman year when she would be the girl leading our dorm in cheers at the pep rallies in the fall. Her energy and enthusiasm made us all have a great experience living in PW.”
The third award, The Distinguished Woman Award, was given to a senior resident of the dorm who throughout her time in the hall showed great visibility and leadership in the dorm community. RA, Hannah Reiser, received this honor.
“I’m lucky to not only call Hannah my classmate, but also one of my best friends. She totally deserves this award because she is so reliable and always there to help or to be a friend to everyone in the dorm,” Marugg said.
To conclude the awards ceremony, Sr. Mary Jane Hahner presented the PW Tara Deutsch Award. Deutsch was a member of the Class of 1993, but died suddenly of heart disease in her senior year. Each year the recipient of this award is chosen based on her dedication to friendship, concern for others, and commitment to service and learning. Aoibheann Thinnes received the honor this year.
“I was completely surprised to receive it, but very honored especially at the PW senior mass with all my friends who have been here with me all for years. It was just very special,” Thinnes said.
Friendship was one of the main themes throughout the mass, and Senior RA, Jasmine Johnson spoke of that in her reflection speech after communion.
“Over the past four years we’ve provided sisterly experiences such as advice about which shoes to wear and even emotional support of the ups and downs of everyday experiences. I’m sure my fellow seniors will agree with me when I say that the memories and friends made in PW will not easily be forgot, and for good reason,” Johnson said.
The Senior Mass was filled with love, friendship, and celebration, encompassing what life is like in Pasquerilla West Hall.
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Audio: Senior, RA, and Co-Coordinator of the mass, Lindsey Marugg, discusses the mass more in-depth.
Video: Visually experience how the PW Hall community celebrated the seniors at mass on Sunday, April 28.