Thank you for the opportunity to speak briefly to you on this important day in your lives!
On behalf of the more than 26,000 Gettysburg College Alumni Association members, I’d like to extend heart-felt congratulations to the Class of 2013!
Also, I’d like to recognize and add a very special thank you for your achievement of 61% participation in your Senior Class Gift . . . which has resulted in over $17,900 in support for your alma mater. Both of these numbers represent a huge success for your class . . . you’ve established for yourselves a wonderful new tradition of giving back! Thank you!
For those of you who still want to support your class gift it’s not too late and you can help the College meet an anonymous challenge. A current member of Gettysburg College’s Board of Trustees has challenged all Gettysburgians – alumni, parents, faculty and friends – to show their appreciation and commitment to the College by making a gift to Gettysburg. If 1,832 people who have not made a gift to the College this fund year (June 1, 2012 – May 31, 2013) make a gift or fulfill an existing pledge during the month of May, the trustee will make a gift of $50,000 to the Gettysburg Fund. As of today, 838 alumni and parents are needed to meet this challenge.
Speaking of traditions, it has become the tradition that the Alumni Association present each graduating senior with the “Stole of Gratitude” that you wear today. As you know, while this is a gift to you . . . you, in turn, will honor the tradition by presenting the stole to someone—family, friend or perhaps a faculty or staff member—who played a significant role in helping you achieve your goals at Gettysburg College. I hope that you’ll take the opportunity following the ceremony to present the stole to someone that has made your Gettysburg experience special.
Most importantly, as graduated-alumni, the baton of responsibility for the future of Gettysburg College begins to pass your way. Your alma mater has thrived for more than 180 years through the ongoing engagement and support of alumni, parents, and friends. I urge you to become the leaders of your generation in sustaining that tradition, too!
In closing, I feel so lucky to have met probably better than half of you over the course of the last few years through our many campus-related events! And, I am honored to welcome you to very special Alumni Association whose members have played a large part in your Gettysburg experience and are ready and waiting to help you as you take your next steps.
Congratulations, Class of 2013!