Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

By William O’Shaughnessy | Go to book overview

MOUNT ST. MARY COLLEGE 46TH
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

I never went to a single day of college. It is one of my
greatest regrets. Then again, I never learned to play the
piano either. And, at seventy-two, I’m still not able to
boot up a computer. “Computer illiterate,” I think they
call me.

Thus, it was with some astonishment I learned that a
marvelous college in the Hudson Valley thought me worthy
of a “Doctor of Humane Letters” honorary degree.

When I learned that Mount St. Mary College had recently
installed Father Kevin Mackin as its new president, I
understood. Mackin is a Franciscan. They forgive us gently
and generously. He’s also an educator of national
reputation, the same one who moved Siena College into
the big time in a few short years.

This is what I told the graduates and their families—2,000
in all—on that spring day, May 16, 2009.

I’m pleased to report that Mount St. Mary College in
Newburgh, New York, survived the day. It’s now one of the
“hottest” colleges in the region. Father Kevin’s magic
appears to be working again.

Mr. Chairman John Donoghue;

Father President Kevin Mackin, a great educator, a magnificent priest, a Franciscan, which says it all …;

Sister Ann, who served this Hudson Valley treasure so well and with such dedication …;

Mr. Jack Abernethy of Fox Television, a statesman of our profession of national reputation, a child of the Hudson Valley in whom we are all so well pleased by his high estate at Fox Television and Broadcasting …;

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