Welcome to the new members of our community, and welcome back to those who are returning. It is my pleasure to serve this year as the interim president of the University. I am looking forward to working with you during your journey at the University.
You make this journey not by yourself, but with fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators all of whom are deeply invested in your success. In addition, you make this journey with the support and prayers of your family members who have sacrificed to see you to this moment and who will love and support you during your years here. Remember also, that you make this journey with God at your side. He has promised to accompany you and He will be true to His word.
We hope and pray that your journey ends with a heart that has been transformed. This transformation is at the very center of the mission of this Catholic and Jesuit University. We want you to leave here not only with that cherished diploma, but also with a heart that desires to use your many gifts and talents in the service of God’s people on this earth.
This will take commitment and hard work on your part. However, know that members of our campus community and your family will work with you and support you. There may be times along the way when you experience a setback or get discouraged. When that happens, I ask you to remember the words of Pope Francis: “The most important thing in the life of every man and every woman is not that they should never fall along the way. The important thing is always to get back up…” I promise that you will have people with you on this journey who will help you to get back up and set your face once again towards your dreams and goals.
May God bless us all and may God bless The University of Scranton.
Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J.