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ON the HILLTOP Commencement 2012 “Always give and love generously.” This was Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B.’s parting message to the Class of 2012 at the college’s 119th commencement exercises in May. While touching on the beauty of the campus and the spring day, the outgoing abbot and chancellor’s words encouraged the 386 graduates to consider a more unique and exotic place: the place of the heart. “Return to this space to make sense of things and to make decisions that will affect you and those around you,” he advised. “Look at what your Anselmian education has done to assist you in making those decisions, and continue to develop this space in yourself every day.” Dr. Ward Holder, professor of theology, received the award for excellence in faculty accomplishment. Psychology major Isaac Saidel-Goley ’12 received the Chancellor’s Award for the highest academic average. Politics major Liam Concannon ’12 gave the student address. The diplomas were awarded by President Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., who Photos by Gil Talbot reminded the graduates that being an Anselmian would not end for them upon graduation. Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B., received an honorary doctorate of human letters. Honorary degrees also were awarded to Marcia Sink, executive director of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) New Hampshire, and attorney William Tucker. Seven graduates were unable to participate. They were representing the college in the NCAA Division II East Regional Baseball Championship. “Though we miss them here, we wish them a great game and an even greater victory! Go Hawks!” said Father Jonathan. The seven in absentia members of the class were awarded degrees in a separate ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., with honorary doctorate degree recipients Marcia Sink, William Tucker, and Abbot Matthew Leavy, O.S.B.

Isaac Saidel-Goley

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Alumnus, Abbot and Chancellor - Fall 2012  
Alumnus, Abbot and Chancellor - Fall 2012  

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