GOFFSTOWN — St. Anselm College graduates on Saturday were told that the skills they’ve acquired over the past four years will allow them to solve the problems of the next generation.
On the heels of a seemingly endless stretch of rainy weather, 431 graduates, faculty and visiting family members were treated to a much welcomed sunny day as the college celebrated its 126th commencement ceremony.
Seated on the quadrangle in the shadow Alumni Hall, 348 bachelor of arts degrees and 83 bachelor of science degrees were conferred by St. Anselm President Steven DiSalvo, who will leave St. Anselm next month to become president of Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.
“I now look beyond the Hilltop to the challenges ahead, and I will take with me those values of optimism, faith and perseverance so vital to the Anselmian spirit from my time here as well,” said DiSalvo in his address to graduates.
Pointing to what he referred to as “extraordinary levels of polarization” at home and abroad, DiSalvo told graduates that the skills they’ve acquired during their years at St. Anselm will be crucial to solving the problems of the next generation.
“We are relying on you to create positive civil discourse, find cures for devastating diseases, take care of an aging population, build bridges to the future and keep us safe from threats that we know of today and those we have yet to even imagine.”
St. Anselm history professor Hugh Dubrulle, a published author and fixture on multiple governing bodies and working committees, was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Additionally, graduating senior Madison Scavotto received the Chancellor’s Award, with St. Anselm dean Abbot Mark Cooper noting that Scavotto was the first student since 1996 to graduate with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.
Delivering the commencement address was St. Anselm Class of 1973 alum Robert Weiler, a former chair of the institution’s board of trustees and current executive vice president of tech giant Oracle.
In his prepared remarks, Weiler laid out a list of five values that he encouraged students to adopt as they enter the working world. Weiler called on the graduates to strive to be objective, maintain an open mind, to look at learning as a lifetime pursuit, place an emphasis on building a life and workplace culture that “recognizes others for their contributions,” and fully commit to getting work done.
“Many commencement speakers talk about following your passion,” said Weiler. “Maybe in the ideal world, but I’ve never really woken up and said, ‘Wow! My passion is work!.’ Work is hard, work is really hard, and even though you have to work, don’t stand on the outskirts. Embrace it, get inside the ring and engage.”
Referring to the mix of workers from different generations that occupy the job market of 2019, Weiler said that even such traditional values would still continue to be the keys to success in every facet of life.
“Organizations are grappling with how do you deal with the many expectations of each category of worker,” said Weiler. “At the end of the day, the same timeless personal traits will yield success: those who work hard, who work smart and go the extra mile will be rewarded.”