A Message to the Class of 2017

I am pleased and proud to offer my very warmest welcome to the families and guests who join us today, along with my heartfelt congratulations to our graduates on this auspicious occasion. Today marks Saint Anselm College’s 124th Commencement Exercises. A diploma will soon be in your hand, symbolizing the hard work that you have completed over the past years. Although you will leave campus today for the last time as a student, please know that you are always welcome to return. I hope that you will never forget this Hilltop that became your home.

Many of your professors, members of the administration, staff and the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey who have guided and supported you on this journey are here today to partake in the collective celebration that is Commencement. Also present are your parents and families, whose guidance and compassion 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.

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. Whether it was a service opportunity that changed your career track, an encounter with a presidential candidate, or a moment of jubilation that came with carrying your team to victory, each graduate who ascends the stage today brings a personal story of joy, heartache and perseverance, sometimes against the most difficult of obstacles. With this celebration, we also remember in prayer the parents, grandparents and other family members lost by these graduates who cannot be here with us today.

Members of the Class of 2017: I have the honor of handing you a Saint Anselm diploma, after which you will go forth into the world. On behalf of the Saint Anselm College community, I wish you the greatest success and happiness as you pursue graduate studies at institutions including Boston University, Columbia, and Northeastern, start law school at the University of Notre Dame, or begin careers in schools, hospitals, corporate headquarters, political offices, and non-profit agencies, and serve in streets and villages of the most vulnerable across the United States and around the world.


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.