Commencement Week is a wonderful time at Lourdes. It is the culmination of our students' hard work, dedication and achievement. The energy and enthusiasm of our graduates coupled with the pomp and circumstance of faculty, staff, administration and board members processing in their regalia at Baccalaureate and Commencement are moments that remain with me.

As we say "welcome" to our newest alumni, we also prepare to "welcome" our first residential students and intercollegiate student athletes this fall. The excitement on campus is contagious.

Faculty and staff members alike are busy finalizing their strong academic and vibrant campus and residential life programs. The enthusiasm of students and their parents to be part of these important milestones in Lourdes' rich history is evident.

This vibrant edition of AtLourdes is representative of the new changes on campus. We want to offer the entire Lourdes Community the opportunity to not just find out what's happening at Lourdes but to experience the learning opportunities themselves!

In this summer edition, those opportunities include interesting details and facts about students participating in a World War II class, a cultural education about the Holocaust, a first-hand account of meeting and corresponding with Anne Frank's father, a reflection of the contribution of two of our Sylvania Franciscans and mission work in Peru, Louisiana and North Carolina.

During this summer, I invite you to visit Lourdes and experience first-hand the excitement and energy of the Lourdes Community. Now more than ever, the opportunities are endless!

Robert C. Helmer, PhD, JD