S. Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, University President

From Our President

May 26, 2015

Just one week ago we prayed with, toasted, and conferred degrees on some eight hundred students. As in the past, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts provided a near perfect venue for Commencement with lots of beautiful space for photo-ops of all sorts memorializing the occasion. May 19 also proved to be near perfect in the weather category, and so our graduates could also avail themselves of various historical backdrops for photos that are found only in the City of Brotherly Love!

This year's Commencement was a "first" in two specific ways. Personally, it was the first time that I, as President, had the honor and privilege of degree conferral and the opportunity to greet each student personally as they passed across the Kimmel stage. Institutionally, this year's Commencement class included our first three doctoral candidates. Imagine the pride of the University's Golden graduates from the Class of 1965 as they witnessed this historical occasion marking a major turning point in the life of their University!

Being in a venue in which the creative gifts of so many artists impact the lives of those who share their performance also served to inspire some reflection on the unique gifts which each of our graduates possesses. As we offer the graduates of the Class of 2015 our sincere congratulations for their many accomplishments, we also send them into the future with the hope that their unique gifts now manifest through their Iives and careers will always give testimony to the Value of Family to the world around them. Our prayers and best wishes go with our graduates along with the hope that they will return to Holy Family often in spirit and in fact.

As May 20 dawned, we found ourselves back on campus and looking to the future in the challenges of each day. Our developing strategic plan promises to provide an exciting road map of next steps, crafting the mission and vision in terms that promise transformation while honoring tradition and value. Each new piece to the mosaic of life at Holy Family University adds a dimension and perspective that renews the Value of Family for all.

Renewed by the success of our graduates; rejoicing with our students who continue; revitalized by the arrival of new students, the campus community is eager and excited at the possibilities which the future holds. Stay tuned!

Sister Maureen McGarrity
President, Holy Family University