New and returning students were welcomed to the 2021-2022 academic year by Convocation speakers who also lent advice, gave messages of support and asked questions.
President Philomena V. Mantella said each person gathered in the Fieldhouse August 27 should ask themselves, "Why am I here?"
"It’s an important question and the difference between walking through your life seeking versus knowing," Mantella said. "Knowing is great but seeking is even better because it’s continuous. The answer will inevitably be different for each of us, varied and deeply personal."
While the answers differ, Mantella said universal truths guide each person's journey, including how community and curiosity impact a person's path.
"Figure out and live your mission but recognize you live in relation to others. Look to our faculty and staff who are your guides on your journey," Mantella said.