The University celebrated its 137th Convocation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Students, faculty, and staff gathered together to welcome the Class of 2021 and officially begin the 2017-18 academic year.
After assembling in Corrigan Courtyard and hearing opening remarks from Michael Miller, vice president for student affairs, and a blessing from Sr. Chris Patrinos and ASHNU president, Edtivia Rutherford, attendees ascended the steps to the Public Market for a celebratory meal and words from our community.
The theme for this year’s Convocation was Remember, Rejoice, Renew. Our president, Jeanie Watson, and alumni speakers Omar Sanchez ’02, M.Ed. ‘06 and Sr. Martha Rolley ’72 spoke on that theme and its relation to the rich history of HNU, their lives, and their careers.
Here are a few of the inspiring words our speakers had to share that day:
“I like to think that we renew the spirit and courage of our founders—and the history of Holy Names itself—each time we teach a class or encourage a student...Each time we exhibit radical hospitality, stand up for what is right, reach out to the poor and marginalized. Each time we make a difference for the good in this world.”
—Jeanie Watson, PhD, Interim President of Holy Names University, Convocation 2017
“Raise the bar for yourself and others, and in doing so, believe you can change the world.”
—Sr. Martha Rolley, ‘72, Director of the Learning Design Team at Apple
“I want you to take full advantage of HNU. Create relationships here on campus that will help you become the best version of yourself. Always remember where you come from, but rejoice in the new and the fact that you are here now and resolve to make the most of it.”
—Omar Sanchez ‘02, M.Ed. ‘06, Men’s Basketball Coach at HNU