On behalf of the more than 165,000 Boston College alumni, I am delighted to express our deep gratitude to Pat for his splendid gift. You cannot imagine the enormous pride and delight on the faces of our alumni when they visit the Cadigan Alumni Center for the first time. As they can readily see, the Cadigan Alumni Center has it all—spacious meeting and conference rooms, a call center, well-equipped office space, and an atrium that can accommodate occasions as grand as this evening’s or as simple as a relaxing conversation with a friend.
This striking building recognizes the central role that alumni play in the life of the University and reminds them that they always have a home at BC. That knowledge is as important for our alumni who live at a distance, as it is for those who reside nearby.
During the past year alone, the Alumni Association hosted 375 events throughout the United States and abroad, with over 43,000 alumni and friends attending. The Cadigan Alumni Center will serve to promote cooperation and coordination among the many staff members essential to the planning and sponsorship of such an extensive schedule of events.
Generous and supportive alumni—such as all of you—are always necessary to advance the fortunes and legacy of any great university and so your Alumni Association engages in a continuing effort to enlist more and more alumni in the vibrant and rich traditions which characterize Boston College and to make clear what so distinguishes this place: commitment to service; commitment to its Catholic, Jesuit traditions; and commitment to lifelong learning.
Our goal in the coming year is to help alumni expand and enhance their connections to BC and to increase their level of investment in its mission and in its future. The Cadigan Alumni Center will be the hub of these endeavors.
Pat, your enormous generosity and heartfelt expression of gratitude for the education you received at BC High and at Boston College inspire others to reach high and to support the University in its ambition to Light the World. You have already made the future of our Alumni Association look brighter than at any time in its history. Thank you.