By Joel | April 30, 2010
After four wonderful life-changing years at Canisius, I am now about to graduate, embark on a new journey and leave the college which I have long-considered my second home. It is a mix of emotions. I am excited to see a new chapter unfold, yet I am also sad to know that this entails saying goodbye, at least temporarily, to friends, professors and staff I have met at Canisius. It is hard to believe that four years have passed just like that, like a blink of an eye.
As we draw closer and closer to commencement, I find myself out of words to completely express my deepest gratitude for an institution that seem to have taken me in its wings and prepared me to fly. Not only did Canisius equip me with tools of international relations and business but also inculcated in me a heart for and with others, a sense of generous and radical compassion that no other could have impressed on me. Thank you Canisius for four great years; thank you for the opportunities you have afforded us; thank you for the education and the purpose you have helped us all to realize.
Here in El Salvador, the people have a very beautiful phrase (para seguir adelante), which translates to move forward, to continue, to carry on. And as I sigue adelante, Canisius will always be a special place for me. I am proud to call it my alma mater and prouder still to have had part of my formation as an individual with it. And like the former U.N. Secretary-General Doug Hammarskjöld, I would like to say, “For all that has been, thanks; and for all that will be, yes!” Go Canisius! Go Griffs! Go Jesuits!