Emmanuel celebrated its 93rd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 9th, on the College's campus. Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap. gave the Commencement address and received an honorary doctor of humane letters for his extraordinary leadership of the Archdiocese of Boston and for his efforts to advance the Catholic Church's global mission.
Cardinal O'Malley was also presented with a plaque, announcing the newly named Cardinal Seán O'Malley Center for Mission + Ministry.
In his address to the graduates, Cardinal O'Malley explained how the current culture lionizes celebrities and the ability to acquire tangible things.
"This College exists to present a different ideal than celebrity culture," he said. "The College is truly a blessing for this church and the whole community."
He went on to say humans were placed on Earth to take care of each other for survival and that our task is to repair the world. Humans' very existence is the result of love and their success in life is being able to make a gift of themselves to others, he said.
Cardinal O'Malley added, "Jesus told us discipleship is not a solo flight."
With these thoughts in mind, he ended with the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta from her 1982 Commencement address to Niagara University: "My prayer for you is that you grow in the likeness of Christ, to love for each other."
President and CEO of The New England Council, James T. Brett, was presented with an honorary doctor of laws for his efforts in transforming the region into an economic powerhouse by building alliances among businesses and nonprofits while advancing regional interests in Washington, D.C.
Brett offered the students advice about advice, telling them to listen to it, think about it, decide whether or not to follow it and to look back and reevaluate the advice and how things turned out. He stressed the importance of working together and referenced John Lennon's famous song "Imagine," adding that the most successful people in the long run are those who would shake hands rather than raise fists.
Brett furthered this point by echoing the words of New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks when he said, "We should build our lives not by being better than others, but by being better than we used to be."
The College conferred 674 degrees during the ceremony, including traditional undergraduate Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as Bachelor of Science and master's degrees through Emmanuel's Graduate and Professional Programs.
Student speakers included sociology major Samantha Bissell '15 and Master of Arts in Teaching graduate Anne Stewart Huntington '15G. English Communication + Media Studies and Psychology major Nicole Onofreo '15 and Master of Science in Management grad Eleanor Morse '15G served as the tassel turners.
Assistant Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl was also honored with the 2015 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for her contributions to the Business + Economics Department.
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