Spring 2013 Rome students boarded a flight back to the United States on Tuesday, May 7, after being dubbed the "Crusher Class" by Peter Hatlie, vice president, dean and director of the Rome Program. Each semester, Hatlie names the departing Rome class based on their semester together. He recognized this year's class for "crushing" a Rome semester full of historic papal events, as well as academics and travel.
"This class was incredibly enthusiastic," said Peter Blute, Rome assistant. "Whether it was academics, visiting Rome, attending papal events or traveling, they made the most of their semester."
Students finished exams on Monday morning and then packed their belongings before the Rome semester convocation ceremony, which included a Mass celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Fucinaro and Hatlie's address. Convocation concluded with a dinner of swordfish and a smoking, volcano-shaped profiterole (an Italian cream puff) for dessert. The evening concluded with fireworks and the announcement of class superlatives.