“All real education is the architecture of the soul.” — William Bennett
The campus is fairly quiet this week. Final exams for the Spring semester are over; the dorms are mostly vacant. Those of us who are still coming to work are pleased at the bounty of parking spaces. And yet, there’s an air of anticipation and elation here on campus, too: Rivier University’s 82nd Commencement Ceremony is just a few days away.
Here are just a few things that have changed over the years: Rivier has gone from being a College to a University; from women-only to co-educational. Commencement exercises were once held on the original campus in Hudson; now they are held at a large arena. Once upon a time, one could only watch the graduation in person; now, it’s live-streamed for many more to virtually “attend.”
Here is one thing that doesn’t change: The excitement about the possibilities ahead for our graduates.
Here is some memorabilia from Rivier’s Commencements past: from the very first Commencement in 1936, to Archbishop Desmond Tutu being honored in 2000: