Congratulations Graduates!


It was graduation weekend at Villanova the past two days, one of my favorite weekends of the year.

It’s great to see students celebrating the results of four years of hard work with their fellow classmates, friends, and family.

The speakers were inspiring, headlined by the commencement talk given by Madeline Bell, 1983 graduate of Villanova’s College of Nursing. Ms. Bell is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and was just appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 1.

It’s always a pleasure meeting the parents of the students I have taught; the pride they have in their children is obvious, as well as the gratitude they have for those who have helped their children to achieve such a milestone.

It’s invigorating to see these young adults, full of knowledge and ambition, ready to take on the challenge of making a difference in the world.

Villanova is a better place for you having been here, and I wish you a life filled with purpose, passion, and happiness.

Ignite change, go Nova.

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