Casey Kilroy, daughter of Kevin and Cheryl Kilroy of Irwin, Pa., is the 2003 recipient of the Carpe Diem award, the highest honor given by Mercyhurst College to a traditional-aged student.
The award is given in recognition of intellectual competency, personal integrity and, especially, leadership impact. The winner is considered to be an outstanding graduating senior who has had the most positive impact on the life of the Mercyhurst community and who best exemplifies the college motto "Carpe Diem" to "Seize the Opportunity." The name and criteria for this award were established by the Sisters of Mercy under the leadership of Mother Borgia Egan, the founding president of Mercyhurst College.
Kilroy received the award at the Sunday, May 25, Mercyhurst commencement ceremony before delivering the class address to her peers.
She graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science, and will return next year to complete her musical theatre degree before going on to graduate school.
As a musical theatre major, Kilroy has graced the stages of Mercyhurst College many times, entertaining the community with her melodious mezzo-soprano range and her strong acting ability. As a political science major, she is equally convincing in the political arena, parlaying her skills as founder of the Young Democrats chapter at Mercyhurst, representing Mercyhurst at the Democratic National Convention in 2000, and working tirelessly on campaigns for Pennsylvania senatorial and congressional candidates.
Casey’s leadership and commitment have made their presence felt campus-wide through her roles as a Mercyhurst College Ambassador, member of the Senior Class Gift Committee, a student assistant in the public relations department, and as president of Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honors organization.