portrait grid of the six Seniors to Remember

This year's Boston College 'Seniors to Remember' include (clockwise from top left): Shakalah Thompson, Cara Hughes, Lizzy Congiusta, Monica Sanchez, Augustin P. Rac, Riley Odams.

  • Elizabeth Congiusta: An elite hockey player with a deep interest in neuroscience and working with children with disabilities,  Congiusta dived into an environmental and social justice research project with the same enthusiasm and discipline required by high-level athletics and academics, and scored some impressive but sobering results. Read more about Lizzy

  • Cara Hughes: Service has been a significant part of Hughes’ identity at BC, whether doing hands-on work at housing sites in Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia as an Appa Volunteer or guiding classmates through retreats. Hughes has always wanted to do something that helped people—and nursing, she says, is helping people in their most vulnerable moments. Read more about Cara

  • Riley Odams: Odams took a non-traditional path to college, joining the Army National Guard out of high school and working as an intelligence analyst for the government before enrolling at the Woods College in 2018, where he discovered a passion for the law. Read more about Riley

  • Augustin P. Rac: A Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Dell Scholar, Rac began his journey to a BC degree in 2013, when the 17-year-old left his hometown in Guatemala in a small group of about a dozen migrants. Once in the U.S.,, his foster family helped him to finish his high school degree. He became a U.S. citizen last November. Read more about Augustin

  • Monica Sanchez: A Colombian-born first-generation college student who has relished opportunities for intellectual and spiritual formation, she has channeled the pride she feels for her heritage into a means for helping others—her engagement with and service to both the BC and wider Hispanic/Latinx community earning her the University’s Saint Oscar A. Romero Scholarship last year. Read more about Monica

  • Shakalah Thompson: A native of Jamaica, Thompson describes her Boston College experience as transformative, unlocking new levels of depth, compassion, strength, confidence, and leadership qualities—reflected in her selection last year for the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, which honors superior academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, community service, and involvement with the African American community and African American issues. Read more about Shakalah

University Communications | May 2021