Commencement Exercises -- May 15, 2011
Fay A. Rozovsky ’73 & ’08Hon., President
On behalf of the Board of Governors of the National Alumni Association of Providence College, a hearty welcome and congratulations to the members of the Class of 2011 and their family and guests.
You are about to join the ranks of more than 49,000 members of the Providence College National Alumni Association. Members reside throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. They work in just about every field of endeavor, from doctors conducting leading-edge research to some of the most committed, passionate educators with a single-minded vision to help every student succeed.
In about three weeks, many of you will wake up and realize that what you have taken for granted over the last several years is no longer in place: your on-campus support network. You know, the young men and young women with whom you studied in Slavin Center or at the Phillips Memorial Library. Your buddies with whom you took part in intramural games or another activity on campus. You will have what some call today an "OMG" moment.
Now why do I say in about three weeks? Experience. I have witnessed this phenomenon personally and heard about it from others who, like me, saw their children graduate from Providence College.
Well alas, there is an antidote for this challenge. It is called the Providence College National Alumni Association. We have clubs and affinity groups in a number of communities across the country. All are eager to welcome you into their fold and to become a part of your new network. And, we have a really neat virtual connection called "Friars Online." It is a great resource for you to continue to remain in contact with cherished friends and classmates 24/7/365.
Your National Alumni Association lives by the motto, "Once a Friar, Always a Friar." Five years from now, many of you will return to PC to celebrate your first five-year reunion weekend. You will see classmates who met their future spouse on campus or who got that much-desired job through a contact in the Alumni Association. Remember, once a Friar always a Friar. We really do help and look out for one another.
And this phrase "Always a Friar" also applies to those wonderful people who made it possible for you to be here today. They are seated throughout this arena, beaming, with a well-deserved sense of pride and accomplishment. Many never attended Providence College but, because of their commitment to our school. they have become "Osmotic Friars," our Parents for Providence. Others are alumni, themselves parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
Graduates who have a member of their immediate family already among our alumnae and alumni ranks please stand and be recognized.
Once again, on behalf of the National Alumni Association, congratulations to each and every one of you. We look forward to you taking an active role in the Alumni Association nationally and in our local clubs and your continued support for our school, Providence College. Remember: Once a Friar, always a Friar!
May you and yours receive all of God's blessings.