Dear College Community,
The pinnacle of one's college experience is often commencement day. Held on May 18, 2017, Saint Paul College's Commencement Ceremony was an extraordinary evening. Graduating approximately 1400 students, with nearly 500 students who attended the ceremony with friends, family, faculty and staff, all there to proudly witness this fine event. The profound economic impact these graduates will have in our community and beyond is simply immeasurable.
This year's commencement was a wonderful and magnificent celebration. It is the culmination of our students' hard work and determination in earning their certificates, diplomas and associates degrees. Our graduates are well on their way in their life's journey, eager to start their new jobs and join the workforce in new careers; many are transferring to four-year institutions. I like to think of it as delivering on the idea, that when our students start at Saint Paul College, they can go anywhere.
In my commencement remarks, I shared a quote that really resonates with me about "The Value of Service" from Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore:
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."
I believe that we are a college that lives the value of service, and that as a community we experience great joy, especially on occasions such as commencement.
We demonstrate an ethic of service and care each and every day. I see evidence of this in our hallways, classrooms, labs, offices and the grounds of Saint Paul College. I am truly grateful to be here, where our faculty and staff provide valuable service to each other and to our students daily.
Rassoul Dastmozd, President and CEO
Saint Paul College