Inaugural Greeting on behalf of the Rivier College Alumni
Classes of 1997 & 1998G
Good Afternoon- Rivier members from the past and present, honored guests, friends and family and most importantly Sister Paula Marie. Welcome!
My name is Aaron Dufoe and I am honored to speak on behalf of the 17,000 Rivier alumni spread around the globe. This is a tight-knit group of diverse thinkers that are constantly changing the world for the better. These are mothers and fathers, teachers, business leaders and community leaders all with a common link - Rivier College. It was at River where many blossomed intellectually and spiritually.
You now have the responsibility to lead this institution to prepare both our current and future students for whatever life has in store for them.
I can proudly say with 13 years of hindsight and three kids later that Rivier helped get me prepared and I know many of my fellow alumni feel the same.
This institution instills many of things that today’s society needs more of. For example:
- Moral obligations
- Family values
- And ethical business practices
This is where I challenge you, Sister Paula Marie. Not only do I challenge you to preserve and propel the great tradition of Rivier College – but I challenge you to continue building a foundation of principles and morals that can support and guide students through their education and prepare them for the challenges they’ll confront after they leave.
Sister, as I’m sure you’re aware this is an incredible responsibility. In this ever changing world, you now have the responsibility to:
- Preserve the integrity of this prestigious college and maintain a campus culture of dignity and pride
- Set forth the strategy that will go on to shape 2,300 minds this year alone
Fortunately, you’re not alone. With 17,000 alumni, you have 34,000 shoulders to lean on.
I thought I’d leave you with some advice past Rivier soccer coach Scott Thomas used to say to our team: "Just believe in yourself and your team, and nothing will stop you!" On behalf of the alumni around the world, we believe in you! And we’re hoping nothing stops you and your team!
Welcome and congratulations!