92nd Annual Commencement – Honorary Degree – Anne & James Gallagher

92nd Annual Commencement – Honorary Degree – Anne & James Gallagher


and in James Gallagher I am pleased to
confer upon each of you the degree Doctor of Laws honoris causa I want to let you know what a lucky
audience you are my husband and I flipped a coin as to who would speak
today I I won the flip and my speech will be very brief first of all I would
like to thank sister Carol Jean and the Board of Trustees we both would like to
thank you for this wonderful honor I would also like to send a shout out to
all the faculty and the administrators in this institution who have worked so
hard to make it the special College that it actually is then I’d like to say to
the Graduate graduates congratulations it’s your day enjoy it to the hilt and
take time out to pause and really reflect on it and then as time goes by I
would say take time to reflect all the people that helped you along the way
it may have been a high school teacher that took extra time and talked to you
about where they thought you could go in your careers and maybe encourage you to
try to attend college thank your families for their love and support over
the years you’ve been here there may be a administrator an advisor
a faculty member here at chestnut hill who gave you special attention and
helped you collect your thoughts on your talents and where they would be best
used and how to start your careers going forward and lastly I’d like to add a
little piece of advice find yourselves as you’re out in the
your career working hard pause and try to using a phrase you well know pay it
forward find something outside of yourself to mentor maybe find work to do
in a community and leave the path behind you a better
path I’ll say a word about a book I believe it was written by David Brooks
who I think a lot of you may know the name he researched personal happiness
the bottom line that he came to was that have people that are the most happy in
life have found something bigger than themselves to put your energies into
that and it makes your life a wonderful life thank you very much one piece of advice of the class of 2019
always have the smartest member of your family speak for you

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