October 1

Academic Convocation 2014

Veritas Auditorium, Berchmans Hall
10/1/2014 04:00 PM
10/1/2014 06:00 PM

Join President Mary Reap, faculty and students as we join together to officially welcome all students to the academic tradition of Elms College.

This year we will be honoring Kathleen Riddle '74, winner of the 2014 Sr. Margaret James McGrath Distinguished Alumni Award. Kathleen is co-founder and president of Outreach, a non-profit agency providing behavioral health and drug and alcohol services in New York City. From an original grant of $60,000 for three employees, Kathleen facilitated Outreach's growth to 240 employees and a budget of over $16 million, and Outreach has been named "One of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State" for the past five years.

Aswad Thomas '09 will be the keynote speaker. Aswad, who survived being shot in an attempted robbery, will give students an inspirational look into his life and speak to the power of higher education and forgiveness.