During Saint Anselm College's 121st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17, commencement speaker Bob Schieffer addressed 417 members of the class of 2014, and Dr. Steven DiSalvo presided over his first commencement as president.
Dr. DiSalvo thanked the class for making his first year at Saint Anselm a special one, and reminded the graduands that no matter where their journeys take them, they are always welcome on campus. He advised graduates, "While the world around us may move at a rapid speed, I urge you to remember all of those Saint Anselm hours, and find time to cultivate those habits that made your time with us so special."
Bob Schieffer, the award-winning journalist who was the anchor and moderator of the CBS News' Sunday broadcast, "Face the Nation," recalled his many visits to New Hampshire, starting during the 1976 presidential primary season. He has covered nine primaries in the state, and last visited Saint Anselm College in 2007.
We have worked many long days for this, but ultimately it was four short years. Congratulations! Look around you. No really, look! Because this is a day we will never forget. When big moments happen in our lives, we always remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. I'm sure we all remember the first time we were all together as the class of 2014.
Faculty Award - American Association of University Professors, Presented by Beth Salerno, Ph.D.
Each year at graduation the campus chapter of the American Association of University Professors recognizes one member of this talented faculty for particular excellence in teaching and scholarship, contributions to the academic community through active and positive relations with colleagues and students, and an involved concern for humanity.
You arrived four years ago with great expectations and a bundle of energy. You will leave campus today having fulfilled a dream, having made discoveries about the human condition while celebrating your lifelong commitment to serve others. You began as an individual trying to find your way amongst the crowd and today you stand as an active, valued member of a vibrant community. You are no longer the young person that set foot on this campus four years ago. You have blossomed into a mature adult ready to conquer the world. You have been transformed.
All of your adult lives you have been students. For the past four years-for some of you a longer time-you have been students at Saint Anselm. But when you leave here today, you will be graduates of Saint Anselm. And that has a nice ring doesn't it? As you leave here today, many of you will find yourselves under enormous pressure - to make something of yourself. To be successful. But I believe you'll be happier if you just find something you like to do and set about doing it. If you're good at it, the success part will take care of itself. And the main reason you ought to do anything is because it's fun.
Video: Commencement 2014
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