A Message to the Class of 2015

Dr. DiSalvo in the Alumni Hall bell towerI am pleased and proud to offer my very warmest welcome to the families and guests who join us today and my heartfelt congratulations to our graduates on this auspicious occasion. Today marks Saint Anselm College’s 122nd Commencement Exercises. This year’s ceremony is very special, as we also mark the 125th anniversary of the college. Since our founding in 1889, generations of Anselmians have graduated from the Hilltop. In their memory, and in the spirit of our founding fathers, you join their ranks as the proud recipient of a Saint Anselm College degree.

Today represents a collective triumph, not just of the Class of 2015, but of your professors, administrators, staff and monks of Saint Anselm Abbey who have guided and supported you on this journey. From the admission officer who first inspired a young person’s interest in Saint Anselm and the dining hall employee who served up encouraging words as well as meals along the way, to the teacher who graded the last exam and will serve as a mentor for decades to come, today is a shared celebration. Sharing in this gratitude as well are your parents and families, whose caring presence has sustained you over the past four years in ways large and small, and who now proudly watch as you prepare to take your next steps forward, strengthened by that foundational love and support.

In mentioning all those who contributed to your success, I cannot fail to mention one whose dedication to you and to the college has been second to none. Today, I am privileged to confer upon Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., an honorary degree, in recognition of his 24 years of service as President of the college. As you take your leave from this magnificent hilltop campus that was founded and is loving sustained by the confreres of Father Jonathan, may your shared alma mater and Anselmian identity inspire and guide you in the years ahead.

Commencement represents hundreds of individual journeys of personal and academic growth, of goals set and achieved, majors selected and abandoned, discoveries made, relationships formed and horizons opened. Each graduate who ascends the stage today brings a personal story of joy, heartache and perseverance, often against the most difficult of obstacles. With them, we remember in prayer today the parents, grandparents and other family members lost who cannot be here to celebrate with us today. We also remember the tragic loss of Kayla Bertolami, your classmate, whose parents will receive her diploma in her memory today.

Members of the Class of 2015: I have the honor of handing you a Saint Anselm diploma, after which you will go forth into the world. On behalf of your professors, I wish you the greatest success and happiness at Tufts Dental School and the University of New Hampshire School of Law; in California, England and South Korea; in hospitals, banks, schools, defense contractors and software companies; in the heady corridors of political power and the heartbreaking streets and villages of the most vulnerable.

We send you with God’s blessings upon you and your families and upon the remarkable life of creative and generous service that lies before you. For you have learned in your four years what generations before you have also come to know: Anselmian today. Anselmian tomorrow. Anselmian always.

An Easter Reflection

Flowers bloom as snow melts awayDespite the fact that the ground remains white, signs of spring abound around us. Robins have arrived and can be heard singing in the early morning, crocuses are budding through the frozen earth and the sun is now setting later in the day. The church calendar, too, tells us that the joy of Easter is drawing near through the passion and resurrection of our Lord this Holy Week.

The short break ahead allows each of us an opportunity to take pause and reflect. We recognize that, as sinners, we strive to do better, to serve others and to embrace our true selves. The world in which we live moves at an incredibly fast pace. Much will be done these next six weeks from the completion of classes to preparation for graduation. As you gather with family and friends this Easter Sunday, may you celebrate the love, kindness and hospitality we know as Anselmians.

May God continue to guide and bless us throughout the Easter season and beyond.

Wishing you all a very special Easter from our family to yours,

Steven and Eileen DiSalvo

Meeting Our Family: An Open House "Date"

Admission representatives hold 2019 admitted student packetsFebruary 14 – Valentine’s Day – brought several hundred prospective students and their families to campus for our Early Admission Open House. As I contemplated my remarks late last week, I was struck by Cupid’s arrow with a bit of inspiration…

Applying to college can be a lot like dating.

Somehow you found us – maybe it was a picture, or something you read. Perhaps somebody introduced you to us.

And after a bit of careful consideration – maybe you talked with your parents and with your friends – you decided that you were interested in a serious relationship with us.

So you wrote us a love letter. And you told us that you wanted this relationship. You told us a lot about yourself.

And then we wrote you back with some good news.

But the decision in front of you can be tough. We know you’re seeing other people right now. You probably have dates with some of our friends in Worcester, or Easton, or Winooski…

So the next step in our relationship is to invite you to meet our family.

We’re thrilled that you are considering Saint Anselm College, and appreciate that you have brought your family to meet ours.

Now you have the opportunity to meet our students, faculty, and staff, and some of our alumni. You may fall in love with this place, with our Anselmian community, with the people who live and work and study here. I hope you do.

You may fall in love with an academic program, a service opportunity, the arts, athletics, or politics. Perhaps you will fall in love with the food, our beautiful campus, or an upperclassman who you walk by on a tour.

There is much to love about Saint Anselm College.

I certainly hope that every applicant finds something to love here. For so many of our students and alumni, this campus becomes more than a four-year date, it turns into a lifetime of love for the Hilltop, and the friends, and memories that they make here.

To all of our admitted students, and to your families, I wish you the best as you make your final decisions. I hope to see many of you in August at New Student Orientation.