June 5, 2013: Congratulations, Class of 2013

On Saturday, May 11, I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Saint Joseph’s students as they transitioned to college graduates. On a stage in front of several thousand friends and family members, individuals were recognized for what they’ve accomplished in the past and what they’ll do in the future.

As a community of educators, learners, mentors and friends, we revel in the knowledge that the impact Saint Joseph’s graduates have on the world is great. And the multi-generational, multi-national Class of 2013 is well prepared to continue this tradition.

Whether beginning their career journeys or complementing professions already started, every one of the 516 graduates of 2013 came to Saint Joseph’s with confidence and trust in the College. At Commencement, we journeyed beyond that, to courage and hope, the very words from the College seal.

Fortified by the values we pledge to as a Catholic learning institution, the entire Saint Joseph’s College community makes it their goal that our thoughts and actions as individuals reflect the promise to make the world a more peaceful, nurturing and prosperous place for everyone. Whatever comes next in their lives, the Class of 2013 will continue to make a difference in the lives of everyone they meet.

This was my first Commencement as president of Saint Joseph’s College, and I look forward to the many more in the years to come. Congratulations, Class of 2013. May God bless all that you do.

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