Hope and Transcendence 

I imagine 100 years ago several Winona “normal college” faculty were visiting with Rochester school teachers about ways to offer education courses in Rochester and the surrounding area. Well that happened, and then in 1920 Winona State started a nursing program in Rochester. The programs kept growing and the offerings expanded to meet the needs of local industry. More learning from industry experts and programs grew. Here we in our centennial years with over 7,000 living alums in the county and celebrating another commencement on Friday (May 5).

The graduates have accomplished a lot and they have a great future ahead of them. Their parents will be celebrating as will the WSU community of faculty, staff and students. This is my favorite time of year, hope is in the air. Actually, hope is always in the air in higher education, students are hoping for a better next semester, a better approach to life, a better future. The tools to bring people together and be tomorrows leaders, developing a path to a brighter future. There are few experiences that embody hope in the same way that education does.

It is this time of year that I recall a quote that fits the energy and hope of the season.

“Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.”
~ Václav Havel, “An Orientation of the Heart“

Enjoy the week – experience the hope and consider your role in transcending the world and mentoring a new graduate.

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