Villanova Commencment Address by Ken Hackett

Ken Hackett

CRS President Ken Hackett addresses the graduating class of Villanova. Photo by John Welsh courtesy Villanova University.

CRS President Ken Hackett addressed the graduating class of Villanova this spring. The following is an excerpt from Ken’s speech. The complete pdf transcript is available from Villanova.

Look out beyond your immediate surroundings and engage the world. Catholic tradition tells us that we are one human family. Globalization is showing us that we are interconnected politically, economically and socially — for good or ill. Many of you have experienced a world beyond Pennsylvania, beyond the Main Line, to our cities and around the world. You have done service trips and seen a chunk of the world in service. You know that people, after the externalities come off, are the same no matter where they live.

Whether you are making millions or are hardly making ends meet, do something for others. It will make you feel great. It will make you feel like your life is worthwhile. And you may make a difference in someone else’s life.

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