CSJ graduate

College of St. Joseph was honored to grant degrees to 58 graduates on May 18 at the college’s 55th commencement in front of a lively crowd at the CSJ athletic center.

CSJ President Richard Lloyd conferred degrees upon the graduates.

The commencement speaker was Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who portrays the Most Interesting Man in the World in the popular television commercials.

Goldsmith’s comments ranged from life lessons to funny anecdotes. He quickly set the tone early telling the audience, “It’s nice to play the most interesting man in the world. But my mom really wanted a doctor.”

Goldsmith interspersed a toolbox of tips for students throughout his speech. The first item in the toolbox stressed the importance of reading.

“If you want to be interesting, be interested,” Goldsmith told the graduates. “Life is a journey. It’s like a parade. I think people watch it go by. … Get into it. It’s your parade. It’s your life.”

Goldsmith said he was interested in the opportunity to talk at CSJ because of his interest in service and charitable work. He cited CSJ’s Provider Scholarship Program as an example of what drew him to the college.

“You are surrounded by very special people at this college,” Goldsmith said.

Other tips from Goldsmith for their toolbox include:

  • Never be without a dog.
  • Be a contributor.
  • Don’t quit.
  • Don’t waste your time.
  • Surround yourself with an “A” team of people.
  • Life it too serious to be taken too seriously.

“Be in the moment. The past is past. The future hasn’t happened. … This is your time,” Goldsmith also told graduates.

Dr. David Balfour, Academic Dean, led the processional. Carol Hebert, SSJ, of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team, delivered the invocation and President Lloyd gave the benediction.

The pianist was Chuck Miller, playing “Priest’s March from Athalia” by F. Mendelssohn, during the processional, and Pomp and Circumstance during the recessional.