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Caroline Carrington-Pratt Continues Alumna Legacy

Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award

Caroline Carrington-Pratt first came to Notre Dame College more than two decades ago—as a toddler. She attended Tot Spot, the College’s daycare center when her mother, Pamela Sarina Carrington, who graduated from the College in 1993, was a student.

Pratt became a second-generation Notre Dame alumna this spring when she graduated summa cum laude from the College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication.

Recognized for her versatility in the classroom and campus life, Pratt is the 2013 recipient of the Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award. She accepted the honor at the College’s undergraduate commencement ceremony.

“In planning and executing her academic program, Caroline demonstrated initiative and assertiveness,” said Tony Zupancic, M.A., associate professor of communication and Pratt’s academic adviser. “Not content to take the easiest or shortest route to a diploma, Caroline sought out intellectual and artistic challenges and excelled.”

Pratt began her undergraduate career at Notre Dame with scholarships in academics as well as choral and instrumental performance.

She started as a history major, but after learning she loved writing and speaking as much as researching and reading, Pratt switched to communication. She graduated with a major in that field, but kept history as a minor—and added a second minor in philosophy.

Always asking more of herself and giving much to her College, Pratt joined the choir as a soprano, but switched to alto because the group had greater need in that vocal register. She played clarinet in marching band and transitioned to bass clarinet for concert band. She became a woodwind section leader in 2011.

Pratt served the College as a writing tutor for the Dwyer Learning Center and a note taker for the Academic Support Center. She worked as a barista at the Falcon Café and an office assistant for the education department.

This spring, she traveled to Nicaragua with classmates as part of International Immersion Experience, a course conducted at the College through a collaboration with International Partners in Mission.

In 2010, Pratt became editor-in-chief for Notre Dame News, the student newspaper at Notre Dame, where she created a rewards-based system for staff writers and developed a repositioning plan to strengthen the medium’s mission, structure and brand.

Pratt worked her first internship in Texas, where she designed and executed a national recruitment program for dairy haulers. In her second, she provided communication services to an integrated marketing firm in Cleveland.

At Notre Dame, Pratt won the Carl and Dorothy Harig English and Communication Award in 2012 and the Marguerita C. Banks Award for Excellence in Communication in 2013. She was named Distinguished Student of the Year for 2012-2013.

Originally born in Hudson, Ohio, Pratt grew up near Dallas. She plans to remain in Ohio and expects to work in corporate marketing.

“I consider Caroline Carrington-Pratt to be one of the finest students I have encountered over decades of teaching. Her joy for life, her intelligence, her imagination and her creativity will serve her well,” Zupancic said.