“Welcome to our freshman and transfer students, and those of you not from here, welcome to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, our little place we call Philadelphia,” said Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, during his address to new students and their families at La Salle University’s Opening Convocation ceremony on August 23, 2012.
Mayor Nutter’s address kicked off an academic year full of events geared towards honoring and celebrating the University’s 150-year promise of faith, education, and service. With that promise in mind, Nutter urged students to take full advantage of all that the University and the City of Philadelphia has to offer, and to “please actively get engaged and involved in the education of others; each one teaching one, and reaching back and pulling someone else back up.”
View Mayor Nutter’s address in its entirety at http://youtu.be/_kbOM5r30ec.
Among Philadelphia schools, the only higher education institution that has been granting baccalaureate degrees for more consecutive years than La Salle is the University of Pennsylvania. In recognition of the University’s role in Philadelphia’s past, present, and future, Mayor Nutter presented La Salle President Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., ’70, with a proclamation, declaring August 23, 2012, “to be the official opening of the La Salle University sesquicentennial celebration in Philadelphia, and (I) urge all citizens to be aware of La Salle University’s 150-year history as an outstanding higher education institution and its place as an indispensable part of the fabric of our city.”