It’s a pleasure to be with you all tonight, to see the faces of our graduates and the family and faculty who’ve supported you on your journey at Webster. No doubt much will happen in your lives between now and the time of our traditional Commencement at the Muny in May, but that day is always a truly beautiful one — and a little warmer, too — so I encourage you to mark your calendars for May 13, 2017, and join the Webster University community with your family and friends for our traditional Commencement ceremony.
Certainly we hope you leave here today with a feeling of pride in your accomplishments and pride in this community. From academics pursuits to the many backgrounds of the people who call this institution home, Webster is indeed a diverse community. We endeavor every day to ensure it is an inclusive one. These are part of Webster’s core values etched into our mission, guiding the decisions we make as leaders, and informing the services we provide to our students.
Hopefully you see yourself and Webster in the words of your fellow students captured in that video. We feel it reflects Webster as a microcosm of the world itself. Your part of a student body and alumni network with campuses on four continents. That diversity and geographic reach creates both a challenge and an opportunity to find new and innovative ways to welcome, include, and connect people of all backgrounds, cultures and nationalities.
So we thank you for being a part of it.
As members of the Webster University community and as students pursuing your degrees, we know you have experienced moments of tremendous joy and celebration in the past year, as well as moments of trial and heartache.
Through it all, we can say with confidence that our graduates at Webster campuses everywhere—from here in St. Louis to Washington, D.C., in Little Rock, Switzerland, Ghana and more are rightly proud of what they have accomplished. They are also grateful to the faculty and staff who supported them along the way.
And of course, they value the support of their family and friends who have stood beside them as they pursued their degree.
So at this time, I’d like to ask that we recognize those family and friends: Will everyone who is here tonight as a guest of a graduate please stand up and let us thank and recognize you? Please, stand and let us see you. It is a great gift you have provided, supporting these graduates as they pursue their dreams.
From all of us at Webster, we thank you.
- President Beth Stroble at the Fifth Annual December Toast, December 16, 2016
Tonight it is my pleasure to introduce to you into a new way for us to say thank you to each and every one of you. You are all obviously familiar with the Daniel Webster Society as our way to recognize those faithful donors that make gifts to us on an annual basis. During this year off from this event, we and the Daniel Webster Society Board have been thinking about the fact that while Mr. Webster was a wonderful leader, he actually had no association with Webster University. Not only that, but as Kara pointed out earlier, we are a Global university and Mr. Webster is not well known to any of our international alumni and friends. Tonight we build on the long and successful history of the Daniel Webster Society by introducing its new name and its new look: The Webster Society. Let me be the first to welcome each and every one of you into The Webster Society.
- President Beth Stroble addressing Daniel Webster Society dinner attendees, November 10, 2016
"Good evening and welcome to our 2016 Homecoming - Reunion and Family Weekend. Paul and I are pleased to be with you as we recognize this evening's honorees and celebrate Webster University at 101 - with students - current and former - parents, family, and dear friends."
"Though we continue to evolve and change, at the very heart of Webster - are inquisitive students meeting with talented faculty - learning together, asking questions, understanding cultures, evaluating assumptions and arguments, communicating ideas and developing plans to solve problems. It is the inspiration that happens - on both sides of learning - that has been the hallmark of Webster since its founding, and that continues today. No matter if you walked at Commencement 50 years ago or last Spring...We are all Webster."
- President Beth Stroble in an excerpt from her remarks at the 2016 Homecoming Dinner and Dance
"I think those brave Sisters of Loretto would be proud of us and what we have become. It's remarkable, really, when you look back and see how Webster has grown and transformed throughout the years from educating that first class of five students, to today's student body that now numbers around 17,000 students worldwide.""I would like to personally welcome our newest Golden Circle members - the Class of 1966. From your first days on campus, to now, you have shared a very special bond that remains incredibly strong five decades later. Reading through your bios, the common theme that came through was that all of your Webster memories, your fondest one is the close, lifelong friendships you made here."
- President Beth Stroble addressing the Golden Circle inductees as part of the 2016 Homecoming festivities
"I am biased for working a plan, for getting things done. I am biased toward a belief that we cannot take time for granted and that the need to address any challenge is urgent. I am biased in favor of engaging the world rather than hiding from it—a bias affirmed and confirmed by my time at Webster. I am for Webster, all of Webster, first and foremost."
-President Beth Stroble, addressing Webster University staff and faculty at the 2016 Fall Convocation
"I think it is important to acknowledge, as we gather today, that recent events, locally and globally, have certainly had the attention of this community. These events are a stark reminder that the work of creating and sustaining communities that embrace global diversity and that further peace and prosperity for all is far from finished."
-President Beth Stroble, opening the 2016 Spring Convocation
"My desire is we will meet the needs of very diverse populations of students, and that is adults, it's entering freshmen, it's working adults, it's veterans, and it's individuals who want to be globally competitive because that is a growing need. Opening up Webster students to the world and opening the world to Webster Students."
-President Beth Stroble, in an interview with STL LIVE TV about Webster University's future in the centennial year, July 9, 2015 (Video via STL TV)
"The most precious gifts are the ones you give away. Anything you hoard is really not yours. That’s what being a university president is all about. Webster was founded by women for women, before women had the right to vote.”
-President Beth Stroble, at the Walker Speaker Series Presents "Women in Leadership", April 1, 2015
Dr. Stroble moderates the panel with Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop founder, Kathy Mazzarella, Graybar president and chief executive officer, (Video via the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology)
"A mentor of mine, years ago, told me 'leaders invite others to the table.' What we know from books like Lean In, and so many others, is so often when young women are invited to the table they fail to say yes. So be ready to step up, not only, as President Obama says, to the table but at the head of the table."
-President Beth Stroble, about being named YWCA Leader of Distinction, December 12, 2014
"We will create a bridge between our storied heritage and our prosperous and thriving future. Welcome to Webster University's centennial year. Welcome to Webster University--your home."
-President Beth Stroble, opening the celebrations for Webster's centennial, July 31, 2014.