Molly Keyes Chosen as CSN’s 2024 Commencement Speaker

Molly Keyes, a shining star among our Applied Science graduates, has been chosen Student Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2024. Her story is one of perseverance, gratitude, and inclusivity, making her an ideal voice to send off our graduating class.

Keyes, 32, is of Irish and Filipino heritage. She graduated from nursing school in 2012, then went on what she calls a “journey of self-discovery.” She first thought transitioning into the Applied Science in Travel, Convention, and Event Planning program at CSN was a stepping stone toward becoming a physican’s assistant, but that’s not how it all worked out. She realized she’d become passionate about travel and tourism, thanks to Professor Vivienne Sario.

“Being selected as the commencement speaker is a true honor,” Keyes said. “I can’t wait to connect with the Class of 2024 and reflect on our journey together.”

Molly’s journey to this moment has been marked by both challenges and triumphs. She fondly remembers the support of her late father and the pivotal role of the scholarship that made her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science at CSN possible.

“I’m thankful for the supportive community here at CSN. It’s that spirit of inclusivity that truly helped me thrive,” Molly said, underscoring the welcoming atmosphere that sets CSN apart.

Sario, the professor, praised her not just for her academic prowess, but for her leadership and inspiration to her peers. “Molly embodies the spirit of excellence and resilience that we aim to foster at CSN,” she said.

Molly’s selection as commencement speaker is not only a personal triumph but a milestone for CSN’s Tourism, Convention, and Event Planning program. She’s the first student from the Hospitality Management Department to represent the department on stage.

She plans on continuing her education, pursing her bachelor’s degree next.

“I chose CSN for its inclusive culture and acceptance, which proved invaluable as I returned to school after a decade, initially apprehensive about judgment,” she said. “However, the warmth and support I received from both students and faculty reaffirmed my decision.”

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