Monday, May 20, 2013

Saint Joseph's Graduates 516 by Michelle Libby

On May 11, Saint Joseph’s College honored the achievements of 179 on-campus students
and 337 students from the online division. The College conferred 12 associate, 297 baccalaureate and 208 graduate degrees. The graduates come from 43 states, the Philippines, Canada and South Korea.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the president and CEP of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and the granddaughter of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and was the honored speaker at the Saturday’s event.

In a press release from the college, Roosevelt said, echoing the voice of her grandfather, “My charge to you this morning is the same charge my grandfather put forth when he addressed the Class of 1932 at Oglethorpe University, in the grip of The Great Depression: ‘We need enthusiasm, imagination and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely…We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world, which you will find before you. May every one of us be grated the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking.’”

Two others were given honorary Doctorates of Public Service, Jim Killoran, a 1980 history and sociology graduate of St. Joe’s and is the current director for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester in New York, and Kevin McCarthy, the president and CEO of Unum and chief operating officer of Unum Group.   

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