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‘Clean Slate’

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September 6, 2013

An auditorium full of new students got a crash course in life at BSU during the annual convocation ceremony. Several speakers at the event celebrated the virtues of studying hard, getting involved, doing community service and becoming a part of the university community.

“Savor this moment, the slate is clean. How will you make your mark?” President Dana Mohler-Faria told the students.

The audience was comprised primarily of members of the class of 2017, as well as newly arrived transfer students. The annual event is held on opening day and marks the beginning of the students’ academic journey at BSU.

Louis Ricciardi, ’81, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed the newcomers to the BSU community, encouraging them to “experience all that’s available here.”

This year’s keynote speaker was Mark Daley, ’99, the co-founder of Propper Daley, an organization that works at the intersection of public policy and entertainment by partnering with companies, individuals, organizations and causes to drive positive social change. Previously, he’d worked on the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.


Mr. Daley’s speech was spiced with ample bits of humor, as he told the students about his time on campus. The study abroad trips, internships, and working in Washington, D.C., were all formative events in his life, he said. “The same opportunities are open to you now,” Mr. Daley said.

Student speaker Escarolyn Garcia, a sophomore, shared similar advice about getting involved on campus. She’s already reaping the rewards, she said: “It has given me the opportunity to shine.”


(Story and photo by John Winters; University Advancement; event video by TVS)