Commencement Speakers

Commencement Speakers Commencement Speakers

Commencement speakers are a critical component of a successful celebration. Saint Mary’s is honored to have two distinguished speakers confirmed for its 2023 ceremonies: Kalina Bryant ’14 (Undergraduate Speaker) and Dr. Karina Walters (Graduate and Professional Studies Speaker).

These impressive scholars, educators, and public figures are sure to make Commencement one of the highlights of our two ceremonies and our graduates’ educational journeys! Read more about our two speakers, their backgrounds, and their accomplishments.

2023 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

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Kalina Bryant ’14

Kalina Bryant is a Forbes 30 under 30 North America Honoree, founder, podcaster, author, keynote speaker, and growth enterprise technology executive. Helping companies scale with their marketing and growth efforts. She helps drive social impact and company growth within organizations. She focuses on helping companies create long-lasting relationships through her marketing growth-driven playbook and closing the equity gap for underrepresented communities in the tech arena.

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2023 Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Speaker


Karina L. Walters, MSW/PhD

Karina L. Walters, MSW/PhD, is a renowned scholar and professor who will soon become the Director of the Tribal Health Research Office at the National Institutes of Health. She possesses expertise in behavioral and multi-level health interventions in culture, traumatic stress and health, historical and intergenerational trauma.

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