Daniel Rowe of Gray to Deliver Valedictorian Message at Saint Joseph’s College Commencement Exercises

Daniel Rowe Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Daniel Rowe, a 2013 graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School, will deliver the Valedictorian Message during Saint Joseph’s College’s 2017 Commencement exercises on May 13.

A resident of Gray, Maine, Daniel is a student in the College’s Honors Program and will graduate with a double major in Human Resource Management and Accounting. Currently interning at ON Semiconductor in South Portland, Daniel has taken advantage of many opportunities to gain hands-on skills and experience during his four years at Saint Joseph’s. He worked in several off-campus HR departments, as well as the College’s Human Resource Office, gaining a broad understanding of the field he will enter after graduation.

According to Laurie Murphy, Assistant Professor of Human Resources and Daniel’s advisor, “Daniel’s talent, combined with his innate motivation, dedication, personable manner, and desire for constant learning will undoubtedly pave the way to an amazing and fruitful career.” 

Daniel chose the Human Resource Management major because he loves working with people, mentoring others, and leading groups to success. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s College prepares him well for that career goal.

Daniel said, “Saint Joseph’s College has provided me the amazing opportunity to learn my chosen profession in the classroom, and also to apply that knowledge while working in the College’s Human Resources department. I feel I can now step out of academia fully prepared to enter the world of business.”

In his valedictorian address, Dan plans to talk about the importance of finding a balance outside of the “daily grind.” He said, “I want to focus on volunteerism, and how involvement in my community has affected me more profoundly than I could have ever imagined.”

Daniel’s community service activities include coaching at Gray-New Gloucester High School, supporting the Gray-New Gloucester Youth Football program, helping to raise funds for the Gray Public Library Association, and volunteering almost every week throughout the last five years at the Maine Wildlife Park.

Daniel is currently pursuing several potential career opportunities hopes to remain in Southern Maine while working toward his Human Resource certifications.