124th Annual Commencement

A picture-perfect day blessed 442 Saint Anselm College graduands and their families for Commencement exercises on May 20. With Alumni Hall as a backdrop, the Class of 2017 received diplomas and marched into their futures.

Commencement 2017For the first time in recent memory, the Chancellor’s Award for highest academic rank was presented to two students: Julia Hawkins of Barrington, N.H. (integrated studies and German studies double major) and Cassie Quattropani of East Hartford, Conn. (sociology and peace and justice studies double major). Each recorded a grade point average of 3.99 over their academic career.

Twenty-eight graduates were recognized as summa cum laude, 50 as magna cum laude and 139 as cum laude. Twenty seniors received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors.

Saint Anselm recognized its fifth graduating class for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Thirteen students earned their BSN, three of whom had previously earned a BA from Saint Anselm.

The Commencement address was given by Dr. Carolyn Woo, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Woo reminded graduates “You have come through with not just a degree and knowledge, but with a sense of purpose, you’ve come through with a great ability. Never forget the strength you have when you run into difficulties.”

Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, college president, noted the graduates’ opportunity to leave a legacy. “I have been honored to be part of your journey. Do not underestimate the importance of your voice in shaping the future of our college.”

Honorary degrees were presented to Dr. Woo, the Most Reverend Robert Barron, and Sister Thomas Welder, O.S.B.

Student speaker, Robert W. Merritt III, an English and Spanish major from Salem, N.H., spoke to classmates of their unique experience as Anselmians. The President’s Award for Service and Citizenship was presented to graduate Donald Stokes of Tewksbury, Mass.