What a wonderful day we had last Saturday, May 12, 2012! Three hundred and thirty-two undergraduate and twenty-two graduate degrees conferred to very worthy recipients. To see graduates mingling with each other, family, faculty and staff after the formal ceremony is truly one of the high-points of the academic year. Campus looked fabulous with flowers newly blooming, our lush lawns and playing fields freshly mowed, and the blessings of a glorious, warm, spring day.
While commencement marks an important milestone for each graduate, it is important to remember that it is not the end, but simply the end of the beginning of a journey. Father Richard Frechette’s commencement address challenged us to strive to “double major in faith and deep humanity”. His example is an inspiration. While few of us are called to dedicate our lives in the service of others as Father Frechette has, the class of 2012, in his words, “marches into the world today . . . to bring hope and to bring light to a dark world – to be bright stars in an otherwise dark sky – to create a world in which God’s Gospel of Life prevails.”
I have great confidence in the Saint Vincent College, Class of 2012. Their actions here over the past four years have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and to the values we hold dearly. Senior Class President, Mr. John Scialabba, highlighted some graduates hopes and dreams in his remarks. I believe the class will live up to Fr. Frechette’s challenge. We all look forward to hearing about their accomplishments.
Dr. John Smetanka,
Dr. John J. Smetanka has been a member of the full-time faculty since 1997 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Saint Vincent College, a position he has held since January, 2008.