Words of wisdom from faculty, alumni and President James P. Loftus, PhD

 

“First, congratulate yourself on your accomplishments. You've worked hard and are on your way to great things. While you're closing one chapter in life, you are also opening a new one. It may be intimidating, but the possibilities for where you can go are truly endless. Do not be discouraged if an original career plan doesn't work out, it just means you are meant to do something else. Your time as a student may be over, but continue learning. This world has a lot to offer – be adventurous! Finally, continue your journey and hold your head high knowing you are capable of fulfilling your dreams and becoming successful. You are a Cardinal Stritch University graduate now – make us proud!”

-Carrie Wofford (B.S. Business Management, ’15)


 

   

 

 

 

 

Hetzel

 

“Congratulations, Graduates of 2016. This is the time of happy endings and bright beginnings.”

-Dr. Carole Hetzel
Associate Professor, Chair, Undergraduate Psychology Department

 

 

 

“The two pieces of advice I’d like to impart, graduates, came to me by way of that most enchanted, golden vessel: the fortune cookie. First, Your character is your destiny. While you may not control the events of the future, you certainly own who you’ll become on the road there. In choosing to live mindfully, compassionately, and authentically – fully embracing the magic that is all yours – you’re creating the scaffolding that will deliver you to a destiny full of peace, love, and light. Second, It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck. Even while waiting for it. You all have post-graduation aspirations – the perfect career, the ambitious move, the hardy salary – that justify the challenges of college. For many, those ideals won’t materialize immediately and more groundwork awaits. Yes, waiting really can be the hardest part. But recognize that all the decisions you make leading to the realization of your goals actually position you to receive them. And if you hit patches of doubt or uncertainty, or if the cart leaves the tracks altogether, just remember the first piece of advice, and you will find your way.” 

-Laura Misco
Assistant Professor, Department of English and Writing

 

 

Schramka (final)

 

“The best advice that I can give is, ‘Be open to change, and be who you are. And if you like what you do, you’ll still have to work hard, but it doesn’t feel as much like work.’”

-Kevin Schramka (M.A. Religious Studies, ’07)

 


Dee Sposito

 

 

“Stay the course. Stay your course. Be open to what comes your way. Do what’s in front of you. Certainly have some kind of long-range goal, but be open to the serendipity of life.”

-Dee Sposito (B.A. English, ’73)

 

From President James P. Loftus, PhD

 

Dr. Loftus"Let me take this opportunity to say “Congratulations” on your remarkable achievement in graduating from Cardinal Stritch University.  As is my privilege and opportunity, not only to confer upon you the degree which you have earned, but to offer some perspective on your duties and responsibilities as a graduate, particularly a “Stritch” graduate. Might I suggest that you:

 

View Your Work Through the Lens of Ministry. Take what you have learned and serve others. You can do so from the nurse’s station to corporate office to the classroom. You have been blessed with an abundance of talent, share it with those with whom you work.

 

Find a Mentor and Take Some Risks. I am sure you will continue in your desire to learn so find someone who will share, ask tough questions, and influence your development. Step out of your comfort zone, try new things, be adventurous, give ‘new and different’ a try, you’ll be amazed at the love and forgiveness you will receive.

 

Be Thankful – for the challenges you face. Be comforted by St. Francis de Sales, “Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”

 

Congratulations. Wishing you success in all that you do."

- President James P. Loftus, PhD

"Congratulations, now your life really begins. Remember to seek God first in all that you do, and remember that He has a plan and a path made especially for you. Now go and conquer the world – no pressure!"

-Dr. Gina Haughton (M.E., ’05; Ph.D. Leadership, ’14)
Assistant Professor, College of Education and Leadership

“Trust. Trust yourself enough to pursue your dreams. Trust the education and experience you've had in helping you come to this point in your life. Trust in the basic goodness of others. Trust that the relationships you've built will not fail you. Trust yourself to reach out and support others when they need your help. Trust that the path you are on will take you exactly to where you should be.”

-Dr. Michelle Gilgannon (M.A. Religious Studies, ’04)
Assistant Professor, Chair, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy

“College is meant to prepare you for the life ahead and Stritch gives you many tools for success. But nothing can cement your stability like experience. In all facets of your life (friends, family, work, etc.) be sure to learn from the good and the bad. That can make you more positive, open minded and resilient. Treat others well, be sure to appreciate your parents and put down your cell phone.”

-Casey Renn (B.A. Business, ’06) 

“Congratulations, Graduates of 2016. This is the time of happy endings and bright beginnings.”

-Dr. Carole Hetzel
Associate Professor, Chair, Undergraduate Psychology Department

“The two pieces of advice I’d like to impart, graduates, came to me by way of that most enchanted, golden vessel: the fortune cookie. First, Your character is your destiny. While you may not control the events of the future, you certainly own who you’ll become on the road there. In choosing to live mindfully, compassionately, and authentically – fully embracing the magic that is all yours – you’re creating the scaffolding that will deliver you to a destiny full of peace, love, and light. Second, It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck. Even while waiting for it. You all have post-graduation aspirations – the perfect career, the ambitious move, the hardy salary – that justify the challenges of college. For many, those ideals won’t materialize immediately and more groundwork awaits. Yes, waiting really can be the hardest part. But recognize that all the decisions you make leading to the realization of your goals actually position you to receive them. And if you hit patches of doubt or uncertainty, or if the cart leaves the tracks altogether, just remember the first piece of advice, and you will find your way.” 

-Laura Misco
Assistant Professor, Department of English and Writing

 

“The best advice that I can give is, ‘Be open to change, and be who you are. And if you like what you do, you’ll still have to work hard, but it doesn’t feel as much like work.’”

-Kevin Schramka (M.A. Religious Studies, ’07)

“Stay the course. Stay your course. Be open to what comes your way. Do what’s in front of you. Certainly have some kind of long-range goal, but be open to the serendipity of life.”

-Dee Sposito (B.A. English, ’73)

From President James P. Loftus, PhD

 

"Let me take this opportunity to say “Congratulations” on your remarkable achievement in graduating from Cardinal Stritch University.  As is my privilege and opportunity, not only to confer upon you the degree which you have earned, but to offer some perspective on your duties and responsibilities as a graduate, particularly a “Stritch” graduate. Might I suggest that you:

 

View Your Work Through the Lens of Ministry. Take what you have learned and serve others. You can do so from the nurse’s station to corporate office to the classroom. You have been blessed with an abundance of talent, share it with those with whom you work.

 

Find a Mentor and Take Some Risks. I am sure you will continue in your desire to learn so find someone who will share, ask tough questions, and influence your development. Step out of your comfort zone, try new things, be adventurous, give ‘new and different’ a try, you’ll be amazed at the love and forgiveness you will receive.

 

Be Thankful – for the challenges you face. Be comforted by St. Francis de Sales, “Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”

 

Congratulations. Wishing you success in all that you do."

- President James P. Loftus, PhD