During Saint Anselm College's 124th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 20, commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo addressed 442 members of the class of 2017, and Dr. Steven DiSalvo presided over his fourth commencement as president.
Dr. DiSalvo noted to the class of 2017 that, although they "will have turned a page on an amazing chapter" in their life today, no matter where their journey takes them, they are always welcome at Saint Anselm College, and always an Anselmian.
"I wish you Godspeed in your life's journey. Have faith in the future. And may God guide each and every one of you today and for the rest of your lives as proud graduates of Saint Anselm College. I leave you with one final thought: College is for four years. Saint Anselm College is forever."
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Speeches & Remarks
||Robert Merritt - Student Address
Today marks the end of our college chapter. It's been filled with long nights, sometimes of laughter, sometimes of tears, but for the past four years we've been a part of something great. Only we got to go to college on the Hilltop – the place we would find ourselves referring to as "home,"...and the place where we would meet people that would become like family, and help shape us into the people that we sit here as today. Only we got to spend four years here, being taught not just the fundamentals of human kind, but about life, the whole life: the body, the mind, and the spirit.
||Faculty Award - American Association of University Professors, Presented to Don Rhodes
This professor's service to students extends beyond involving them in research, and teaching them. He established a chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society on our campus to recognize them. An excellent and dedicated teacher ... He is known for spending long hours in the lab with any student who seeking extra review time. He also enjoys a solid working relationship with, and is greatly respected by, the Biology laboratory staff.
||Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo - President's Address
It is with great pride and joy that I welcome you to our 124th commencement exercises and offer my personal congratulations to the Class of 2017 on the completion of your academic degrees. The rigorous path to obtaining a Saint Anselm degree is not designed to be an easy task. Your academic studies have prepared you well to enter the workforce or to continue with graduate studies. Our curriculum, rooted in the liberal arts, has sharpened your oratory abilities, critical thinking skills and theological foundation.
Photos: Commencement 2017
Video: Commencement 2017