Austin Dignan


Magna Cum Laude

Austin, it’s been wonderful working with you this past year. Your intelligence, consistent preparation, and professionalism have been great assets in Classical Lit and Literary Devils. Good luck with your next steps and keep in touch!

— Dr. Kelly Lehtonen


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House of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Notes for Austin

Austin, my one complaint about your graduation is that we spent only one semester together in Foundations of Politics! I still remember your insightful comments and questions a year and a half later. Continue to pursue the truth wherever it might lead and striving to live a virtuous life. Congrats on your graduation!

Austin, thanks for all of the hard work and the energy you brought to the Shakespeare class this past fall — and for being a part of our English program these past few years. I wish all the best for your future, with many more chances to hike around Dream Lake and Hallett Peak (great picture!).

Congratulations Austin!

I am so happy I was able to get to know you this past semester. Arts & Ideas and Lit Devils was much better knowing I had a friend in the class. You are an incredibly talented poet and I’m excited to see where life takes you!

Congratulations Austin, so proud of you!!! May God bless you in all your future endeavors!!!


When I ran into you about six times in target my freshman year and you grew more and more annoyed with each interaction, I knew we were going to be friends. I’m genuinely so thankful I have gotten to know you. You’re absolutely hilarious and brilliant with all of your philosophical words that hold no significance to me whatsoever.

Mostly, I just want to say that you’re going to do amazing things. You’re such a great friend and I’m lucky to have you in my life. Happy grad, pal!!

Friend, I am so very proud of you. This is such an accomplishment and as I struggle with my own final paper, I can fully appreciate how hard you’ve worked to get here. Your future is bright and I am so excited for this next chapter of your life. Also excited for more strange adventures and deep conversations. Love to you always.

Congratulations, Austin! You’ve always been such an impressive, outstanding young man. So proud of you and know you are, and will continue to be, a difference maker in this world. Can’t wait to see how your future unfolds.

Enjoyed your papers in PWS class. I hope you keep writing and send pitches our way at Best wishes, Prof. Glader

Austin, I hope you will indulge me in this badly lit throwback to 2015. We were obviously deep in thought here, which is very fitting. I think these awkward high schoolers would be pretty proud of all we’ve learned and accomplished. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and hope that you will continue to think lots of deep thoughts just for the sake of enjoying them.

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