Each year at convocation a member of the faculty helps start the academic year by sharing advice with students. This year’s faculty speaker was Philosophy Professor Pat Kenny. He let students know it was okay to feel a little out of place initially and they were surrounded by people who wanted to help them. He stressed the importance of having the humility to admit what they didn’t know and the courage to learn.
Kenny knows what it’s like to feel out of place. He’s a native of Galway, Ireland who came to the United States in 2001. Seven years later he started teaching classes full-time at OCC. Earlier this year he became a United States citizen.
You can hear Kenny’s brief and meaningful message here. After convocation, we brought him into the recording studios in the Electronic Media Communications major where he read his speech while we recorded it.