Rivier celebrates global engagement, home in Nashua at first Commencement as a University

NASHUA, N.H. – True to its core mission of ‘transforming hearts and minds to serve the world,’ Rivier will highlight both its global connections and its home in Nashua as it celebrates its first Commencement as a University in May. The University will present honorary degrees to three individuals—distinguished international scholar Dr. Philip Altbach; the Honorable Donnalee Lozeau, Mayor of the city of Nashua and the home of Rivier University; and Dr. Jamison Hoff, chair of the Rivier Board of Trustees under whose leadership Rivier secured “University” status and launched its first doctoral program.

Dr. Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, will deliver the address at Rivier University’s 78th Commencement on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Mass.

Dr. Altbach’s presence at the Commencement ceremony will celebrate the importance of global engagement, as the University recognizes the far-reaching influence of his scholarship and service. “We will recognize Dr. Altbach’s eminent career in international higher education, marked by distinguished and transformative thought in scholarship, policy analysis and teaching,” says Sister Paula.

Established in 1995, the Center for International Higher Education, is a global resource for information and analysis about higher education. In addition to his role as director, Dr. Altbach is J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor at Boston College. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program.

Since the transition to Rivier University, the institution’s core mission has been sharpened by initiatives in global engagement and outreach to international students. In addition, new academic programs in global studies and transnational security studies will enhance the ability of the University’s students and faculty to connect to the world in the classroom and beyond. “Our transition to Rivier University provides the opportunity to reintroduce ourself to the world with a renewed focus on academic distinction, global engagement, and student leadership,” says Sister Paula. “Nashua is our home, and the world is our classroom.”

In recognition of the importance of local community and its home in Nashua, Rivier will present an honorary degree to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau. In recognition of her leadership of Rivier’s home city, the presentation of this honorary degree will highlight the University’s commitment to serving as an economic development partner and providing community service opportunities for students to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of Nashua.

The University will recognize the leadership of Dr. Jamison Hoff, who will preside over her last Commencement as chair of the Rivier University Board of Trustees, having served in this role for ten years. In addition to obtaining “University” status and launching its first doctoral program under her leadership, Rivier successfully completed its first capital campaign and received the largest gift in its history, a $2 million gift from the Conway family to renovate and expand the Regina Library. In addition to transforming the academic center of the campus, the University also expanded and renovated the Muldoon Fitness Center under Dr. Hoff’s leadership.

“Honoring these three individuals represents our commitment to global engagement, the city of Nashua, and the leadership of our University,” says Sister Paula. “The power of their collective leadership stands as an inspiration to our faculty and students,” says Sister Paula.