Anna Eleanor Roosevelt delivers Commencement address

With a backdrop of Sebago Lake and the White Mountains, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the granddaughter of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, addressed Saint Joseph’s Class of 2013. “Your education through Saint Joseph’s College has not only prepared you for your chosen field, by design, it has prepared you for life,” she said. “It has prepared you to think – to discern among competing demands – so that you can make the world a better place.”

Roosevelt continued, “If you live your life in the context of others; if you deliberately consider the part you wish to play in the world; if you have declared first what you stand for, then how you will live your life to support your values, you will have the context needed to create achievable, meaningful goals. You will have a framework into which your work fits, in many different settings. Serendipity will be your friend; luck will be your companion.”

In her closing remarks, Roosevelt echoed the voice of her grandfather, Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “My charge to you this morning is the same charge my grandfather put forth when he addressed the Class of 1932 at Oglethorpe University, in the grip of The Great Depression: ‘We need enthusiasm, imagination, and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely …. We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world, which you will find before you. May every one of us be granted the courage, the faith, and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking.’

“Congratulations. You will have the best life, changing the world day by day.”

Roosevelt, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Saturday’s Commencement. Jim Killoran ’80, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, N.Y., and Kevin McCarthy, president and CEO of Unum US and chief operating officer of Unum Group, each received an honorary Doctor of Public Service, as well.

Dr. James Dlugos, the College’s president, presided over the Commencement exercises. “Commencement is always a wonderful event,” said Dr. Dlugos. “We’re delighted to share in the accomplishments of all of our graduates with all of their families and friends.” This is Dr. Dlugos’ first Commencement at Saint Joseph’s, having joined the College in July of 2012. 

In all, Saint Joseph’s celebrated the achievements of 179 on-campus students and 337 students from the online division. The College conferred 12 associate, 297 baccalaureate and 208 graduate degrees. The graduates come from 43 states, the Philippines, Canada and South Korea.

May 14, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 · dsvenson@sjcme.edu