by Victoria Wresilo
Friends, faculty, and students gathered to wish Father Kevin Mackin good luck and to say their goodbyes after his six-year presidency at Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) on April 24 in the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary located in the Domincan Center.
The mass began with a film featuring all of the work Mackin has accomplished during his time at MSMC. Many students and faculty spoke on his behalf, saying their thanks to Mackin for everything he has done, which includes installing six new tennis courts, a turf field, and buying and renovating the Domincan Center for incoming students.
All of Mackin’s accomplishments have made a big difference on this small campus.
“I think it’s inspiring to see someone make so much change in such a short amount of time,” junior Kaitlyn Hogan said. “He has done so much for the students and the betterment of the college as an institution.”
Students at larger colleges may never meet their school’s president, but for MSMC students, Mackin wasn’t just a president in his office, but a friendly face often seen around campus. He attended numerous athletic and charitable events, as well as Mount Olympics while sporting the junior class’ red t-shirt to the competition.
“He always waved to everyone on campus and he just had this sense of happiness to him, always so cheerful,” said graduating senior Jess Cowell.
After the mass refreshments, were served at a reception where many thanked Mackin and shook his hand for the last time.
Although this is goodbye for Mackin, all of his work will be remembered for years to come, and for that, we thank him.