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Commencement 2013​: Commencement Exercises

Welcome to the PC Family

By Colleen Cronin Duffy ’83, President, National Alumni Association

Thank you Doctor Lena. I am honored to be the current President of the National Alumni Association of Providence College. On behalf of the 52,000 alumni that I am privileged to represent, I am pleased to officially congratulate and welcome the Class of 2013 today, as you become alumni of our great alma mater.

Although Commencement marks the end of your undergraduate years, it also is a beginning or the commencement of a new chapter in your relationship with Providence College. The collegiality that you feel through the friendships that you have made, the support that you have enjoyed from the Dominican Fathers, and the overarching spirit of the PC family that you have come to cherish, does continue after today. In fact, it continues for your entire life.

I am fortunate that I enjoy the spirit of the Providence College family every day in my own home having married another Friar, my husband Frank ('83). I also am fortunate because I live right next door to my PC roommate and her husband, Sharon ('83) and John ('84) Kennedy, both PC grads. I mention this because today, I am so very fortunate and proud to welcome their daughter, my next-door neighbor and your classmate, Christine Kennedy, to the alumni ranks! (Congratulations Christine!) Our legacy connections are very strong and they are important. Members of the Class of 2013, please join Christine and stand to be recognized if you have a parent, sibling, or any other relative who is a Providence College graduate ... Thank you!

All of you are beginning or commencing a life-long journey as Providence College alums. There are so many ways to stay engaged through our vibrant and growing Alumni Association. We have a robust class agent program. The 2013 class agents will keep you abreast of the milestones that you achieve and the happenings on campus at Providence College — in short, they keep you connected, so update your contact information as it changes!

We also have a strong network of 15 alumni club chapters throughout the country from Boston to Southern California. And yes, we are going global — having just launched the first international alumni club in London! If you are relocating for your job or continuing your education, there may be an alumni club in your new area. They will help you make a soft landing and provide invaluable resources, so check out the information that you will receive with your diploma today.

Through our alumni chapters, our young alumni are able to network and grow professionally, provide service to the community, enjoy the camaraderie of cheering on our teams or participate in the arts, mentor new students, or share Mass.

Additionally, our young alumni are key participants in the planning of Alumni & Family Weekend, Reunion Weekend, and other major College events. Most recently, they more than doubled their attendance and contributed to the success of our annual gala, A Night in Black & White, which raised more than $850,000 for Providence College.

This is your alumni association now, we hope that you will embrace all it has to offer and thereby strengthen it — because you are our future leaders.

But for today, relish in your success, enjoy the tremendous pride and love that your families have for you, and please know that there is an entire alumni community who share in your wonderful accomplishments!

Congratulations, and welcome to the Providence College Alumni family! Thank you. 

Learn more about other Commencement Weekend events and the Class of 2013 on the Commencement page.
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