Father Jonathan Welcomes 540 To Campus
August 28, 2008
Following a morning of unpacking and meeting new faces, Saint Anselm’s 540 new students were welcomed to the college community by Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., college president (listen to remarks at end of post). In all, 508 first year students have enrolled, along with 30 transfer students and two visiting students: one from Ireland and one from Japan.
“You have worked so hard to get to this day. You have earned a place in our community, and we are so very happy that you are here,” Father Jonathan said as he welcomed the class on the college quad under a bright blue sky.
“We believe in you, and what you are capable of accomplishing, otherwise you wouldn’t be here. We also believe that we have an outstanding program of liberal arts education that will help you to become truly well-educated men and women, citizens of our democracy who are engaged in our communities, leaders in our free society who will know right from wrong and will have the courage and the will to build a civilization of love. We believe that we offer you an education that will help you be in awe and wonder of the world around you for the rest of your lives.”
“The journey you begin today will lead you to much more than the acquisition of a college degree, it will lead you to the freedom that comes with an education. Not every man and woman in our country has the opportunity that is before you today. There are many that never get to make this journey, so savor every step of your journey, beginning with your very first step today. In this place, where you will with the support of all of us here, that will build the bridge that will connect your past to your future.”
The day began with the arrival of the freshman class and transfer students. Overloaded cars and vans quickly filled parking lots, as the morning unfolded. Upperclassmen spent their morning as parking attendants, tour guides, and were quick to lend an extra set of hands to complete the load in. A number of upperclassmen have already returned to campus, serving as Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders.
Through Sunday morning, the new students are the sole focus of the campus community. With a schedule featuring a barbeque, an introductory round-robin to campus services, a day of community service and a semi-formal class dinner in store, the students are sure to remain busy.