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President's Charge to the Class of 2012

May 5, 2012: “Well here we are again—together under a tent. You may recall that the last time we did this was four years ago in September, 2008. That day was Convocation, the day most of you entered Colby-Sawyer College. Of course some of you might not have been here that day; you might have transferred here later. If so don't worry, my message should be as true for you as it is for those who were here on that late summer day in 2008.

"That day I told you about my grandparents' kitchen in Rumson, New Jersey; it was the place where they fed me Swedish meatballs, Swedish pancakes—what I now call crepes—pickled herring, the best chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies I have ever had, and my family history. It was in that kitchen that I learned a lot about just who I was and about where my family—on my mother's side—came from." read more…
 


President's Charge to the Class of 2011

May 7, 2011: “Almost four years ago, at Convocation, we sat under a tent more or less like this one and we welcomed you to Colby-Sawyer College. It was a relatively hot September day and I talked about the Red Sox, in part. I talked about how I was coming back from a game at Fenway Park which the Red Sox had won 2-1 over the Texas Rangers. And I talked about how, speeding up—well, driving up—I-89 I was listening to the radio. Kyla Pillsbury, your SGA president for the past two years, recalls that I was listening to my XM radio—now Sirius-XM Radio. Anyway, as I caterwauled off tune along with Mick Jagger or Thin Lizzy or Janis Joplin, it happened—traffic slowed. But why? Road construction.” read more…

Convocation Remarks 2010

September 3, 2010: “Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to Convocation. I'm Tom Galligan, president and a professor in the Humanities Department. We come together today to celebrate your arrival, to officially begin our academic year, and to honor the significance of the work we will accomplish together in the year ahead. Before we do all that I'd like to introduce some important people for you to know.” read more…

President's Charge to the Class of 2010

May 8, 2010: “Well, here we are. You will remember, I hope, that almost four years ago on a warm September afternoon, we started out together at Colby-Sawyer. And now after four years together, you are graduating. I hope you know that since we started together, you will always occupy a special place in my heart as my first Colby-Sawyer class. Now, you might recall that on that September afternoon almost four years ago, I told you about my daughter Jennifer who had just moved to New Hampshire and entering high school just as you were starting college.” read more…

Convocation Remarks 2009

Sept. 4, 2009: “Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to Convocation. I'm Tom Galligan, president and a professor in the Humanities Department. We come together today to celebrate your arrival, to officially begin our academic year, and to honor the significance of the work we will accomplish together in the year ahead. Before we do all that I'd like to introduce some important people for you to know.” read more…

President's Charge to the Class of 2009

May 9, 2009: “I know right now our students are thinking about one thing—graduation—and hoping we will move on with this ceremony so we can get to the conferral of the degrees. And we will. But for now, I want to ask you to take a deep breath, sit back, reflect, listen, and enjoy the moment because moments like these pass too quickly.” read more…

Welcome to Your Third Cup of Tea

Nov. 2008: “Welcome to your third cup of tea. I know by this time you are all perhaps just a little bit sick of the book “Three Cups of Tea.” You know it inside and out. Bear with me for the next few minutes. You know that it is about the great things one person can accomplish in the world if he or she has big dreams.” read more…

Convocation Remarks 2008

Sept. 5, 2008: “Your college career effectively begins now. We are honored you are here and we know you are optimistic, eager and enthusiastic, and maybe even a little bit nervous as this next step in your lives and your education begins. At times like these I sometimes think back to experiences in my own life, and that is the case today.” read more…

President's Charge to the Class of 2008

May 10, 2008: “Congratulations on your graduation from college. Congratulations to you for all you have achieved, and congratulations to your families, friends and other loved ones who have supported you, cheered you, cajoled you, pushed you, and loved you. I daresay that without them you might not be sitting here about to receive your diploma from Colby-Sawyer College.” read more…

Convocation Remarks 2007

Sept. 7, 2007: “You are the largest and one of the best and most diverse classes we have ever had here at Colby-Sawyer. We are already better because you are here. We are honored that you have chosen Colby-Sawyer as the place to pursue your college education and we pledge to do our part to continue to make every decision by asking how you—our students—will benefit.” read more…

President's Charge to the Class of 2007

May 12, 2007: “Thank you Anne. It is an honor and a privilege to be Colby-Sawyer College's eighth president and to follow in the footsteps of Presidents Leslie Sawyer, Eugene Austin, Everett Woodman, Louis Vaccaro, Nicholas Muller, Peggy Stock, and Anne Ponder, our wonderful interim presidents, Marjorie Bell Chambers and Philip Jordan and, my friend Doug Lyon, who served as Presiding Officer in 1995-1996.” read more…

Legends Dinner

Feb. 23, 2007: “Good evening. It is my very special honor to welcome you to this very special event—the Legends Society Dinner and this evening's recognition of four new Colby-Sawyer Legends. When I was a boy I loved Greek mythology. I saw the gods, the heroines, and the heroes as they were: bigger than life.” read more…

Convocation Remarks 2006

Sept. 8, 2006: “Welcome to Colby-Sawyer College and the opening of the 2006-2007 academic year. It is my job to deliver the president's message to you. As a rule, I love to get up in front of people and talk; I am always a little nervous, but I do like the challenge, the adrenaline rush and the chance to communicate. But today I am more than just a little bit nervous—today I am downright jittery.” read more…