April 27, 2017
Dr. Shawn T. Beaman, a Saint Vincent College graduate who is now the chief anesthesiologist at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital and associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, told members of the senior class and their families and friends that “your faith will support all of your future endeavors particularly when you inevitably face future challenges academically, professionally and personally” at the annual spring honors convocation of Saint Vincent College on April 26 in the Saint Vincent Basilica.
He said that there are three lifelong benefits of the education they’ve worked so hard to earn that he wanted to discuss. “These particular benefits transcend the academic,” he said. “They are principals that have gently permeated your learning here at Saint Vincent College in subtle ways. These aspects of your education are in no way accidental, in fact, they’ve been intentionally woven into your curriculum. They are a clear benefit of attending this Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college.”
“The first is that of service,” Beaman continued. “Since the minute you arrived on campus as freshmen, you have been surrounded by a community of service to one another. A culture of service envelops Saint Vincent. I challenge you to bring the rich culture of service here at Saint Vincent with you to your next destination after graduation and further into your eventual career.”
“Secondly, over your time here at Saint Vincent, you have been subtly immersed into an environment of hard work and discipline,” he noted. “Ora et labora is espoused by the Rule of Saint Benedict. It is hard work and discipline that founded Saint Vincent, allowed you to succeed to commencement and that will support your success for the rest of your careers.”
“Finally, the opportunity each of you have had to witness true faith here at Saint Vincent is capable of supporting you for a lifetime,” he said. “Many of you have come to a greater understanding of your Catholic beliefs while here at Saint Vincent studying and living in this impressively faith-filled community. Others of you have grown in your own faith other than Catholicism by living in a community that celebrates these beliefs and the inherent goodness in all religions. The simple faith in the goodness of others and the love and friendship they can offer is present around every corner at Saint Vincent.”
“I challenge you to go forth from Saint Vincent relying upon all that you’ve gained from Saint Vincent including the powerful education you received in service, hard work and discipline and faith,” he concluded.
Photo: Dr. Shawn T. Beaman, left, and Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B.
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