Baccalaureate Address
“You and the World”

President Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
May 11, 2012

Members of the Regis College Class of 2012, parents, family members, friends, Regis faculty and staff and Trustees,

Celebrating the Baccalaureate liturgy
Celebrating the Baccalaureate Liturgy

Penny Glynn

A few short months ago I spoke to the campus community about bringing Regis College into the light of being better known, and taking our light out from under the bushel basket described in the Gospel and, “this little light of ours, we’re going to let it shine.”

I return to that theme on this wonderful occasion because you are that light of Regis College making a difference in the world. Briefly, I would like to speak with you about heading out into a world that is so very complex and changing so rapidly.

Are you ready? That 1975 song by Diana Ross I liked so much, a theme from “Mahogany,” comes to my mind:

Do You Know
Where you're going to?
Do you like the things?
That life is showing you
Where are you going to?
Do you know?

Are you ready? That song asked whether the listener had hope. Today, unemployment issues, people suffering in war zones. “Do you know where you’re going to, do you know….?

BSN & Roses
BSN & Roses

People suffering, unemployment issues, new opportunities.

Father Paul welcomes all
Father Paul welcomes all

You were born around the time of Operation Desert Storm when technology meant we could watch live bombing on CNN. You were in the third or fourth grade when 9/11 happened, and you have grown up in a world of terror and adjusted to its parameters.

At the same time you have truly grown up with an absolutely wonderful, global awareness. You see yourselves as citizens of the world. You recognize the world in your own diversity and family backgrounds right on this campus, and you reach out, often through technology, around the globe.

I think about my youngest son, a rising senior in college, and how he worries all the time about making a difference. He is typical of your generation. Wanting to make money… and wanting to give back. Environmentally conscious… and entrepreneurial.

Praying for the future
Praying for the future

As I have known you, you are entrepreneurial, whether in your combination of majors and minors here, or in your ability to create new ways, new jobs.

You have known already in your time a broadening view of civil rights you’ve seen totally face transplants, you’ve watched countries rise and fall and change borders as well as leaders.

You bring a critical, imaginative and even visionary eye to the world. And I say, you are ready. You know where you are going.

Remember as you forge the relationship between you and the world, that Regis College is your alma mater, your “sweet mother,” in the next great adventure you undertake. Be happy and proud and let us know where you are and what you are doing.

Class of 2012, Godspeed!

Regis College Commencement 2012: Baccalaureate Address