Hauge prefaced her speech by noting that Helena is situated on lands historically occupied by tribes including the Blackfoot.
“I opened a Word doc to write this speech last summer. Despite all the times I opened it, ready to write something groundbreaking, authentic and deeply inspiring — that page stayed blank for months,” Hague said. “I finally decided to just start small, focus on the little things: what kept me coming back to Carroll every year, what made Helena my home. I think I speak for every graduate in this room when I say it is the people here.”
Hague recounted all the events and turmoil that occurred during her class’ time at Carrol. She said during their four years, Carroll saw three presidents, four new buildings, three building renovations, majors eliminated and master’s programs created. They also saw countless professors come and go, and they endured a global pandemic.
“While we always had each other, I don’t think any of us can look around this room and say we’re the same people that went on that freshman rafting trip,” Hague said. “Look around. We’re old now. We changed our major, maybe more than once. We read plays in the theater. We joined club and D&D campaigns. We stopped playing sports for the first time since we were six. We went from sneaking furniture out to Guad Hill to being the CAs who pretended not to see the freshmen sneaking furniture out to Guad Hill.”