Ancilla Alum Szymusiak to Deliver Address at College’s Commencement

April 26, 2011

04/27/11  Ancilla College alum Mary Szymusiak (AC ’95) will deliver the 2011 Commencement Address, the College announced today.

Szymusiak, the President and CEO of Wheatfield-based company Tefft  Bridge and Iron, will share her wisdom during the College’s commencement ceremony, held Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at the Ancilla Domini Chapel.

“It is a privilege returning to my alma mater to help celebrate a momentous day for the graduating class of 2011,” said Szymusiak.  “When I think of my fond memories of Ancilla, I am just as appreciative today for a high quality education that is offered in our community.  I tell people with pride that Ancilla was truly the cornerstone of my educational foundation.”

A former junior high and high school teacher in the North Judson – San Pierre School District, Szymusiak has remained heavily involved in the Ancilla community alongside her husband, Jim.  Both have spent numerous years helping with the PHJC Bazaar and attend mass on campus each Sunday.  They also frequently visit many of the retired Poor Handmaids at Catherine’s Cottage.

Szymusiak has managed to balance her professional and personal lives, successfully raising a family while overseeing a growing, nationally-renowned company.

“Ancilla College is excited to have one of its outstanding alums come back and deliver the 2011 Commencement Address,” said Ancilla College President Dr. Ron May.  “Mary Szymusiak is an example of what our alumni can do after graduating from Ancilla.  In addition to serving as President and CEO of Tefft Bridge and Iron, she is deeply involved in community activities.  She has found a way to balance her work, family, and community activities in a way that is reflective of the Poor Handmaid mission and values.  I know our 2011 graduates will benefit from the wisdom she will share with them on May 7.”

Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.