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Honors Convocation Speaker Advises Students to “Follow Your Passion”

Honors Convocation Speaker Advises Students to “Follow Your Passion”

Buffalo, New York – March 16, 2016 – Robert Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, speaking at D’Youville’s annual Honors Convocation on March 9, told a full house in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall that Sister Denise’s nearly four decades of leadership of the college “has been nothing short of remarkable.”

He noted the $100 million invested in the campus and how the college has contributed to the neighborhood and community. He said D’Youville is an important community asset, “one that strengthens our regional economy by training workers for advanced career in growing industries while also providing increased stability for the West Side Renaissance.”

“We at the Oishei Foundation are proud to have partnered with you,” said Gioia. He then presented Sister Denise with a bouquet of flowers.

Gioia reviewed the history of John R. Oishei, the individual, and how he developed the automobile window shield wiper and founded the Trico Company in Buffalo.

“He remembered to uphold his civic duty and considered it a privilege to become a philanthropist. The Oishei Foundation has invested over $300 million to help improve the quality of life in Western New York,” he said.

He advised the students to “follow your passion and don’t let anyone or anything distract you. Be true to yourself and be determined.” He added “surround yourself with great people and learn how to listen. Communication skills are just as important as technical skills.”

He told the students to not be afraid to admit a mistake and to do so is not a weakness, it is strength.

“Continue to work hard…and focus on the value of your education which will be the foundation for your success and remember to support the community around you.”

This was D’Youville’s 57th annual Convocation where students were recognized for achieving various academic honors.