Each May, I have the privilege of presenting Bucknell University diplomas to our newest graduates. The broadly educated students of the Class of 2016 will be well prepared to make our society a better place through their work in the arts, design, entrepre- neurship, the sciences, engineering, business, the social sciences, the humanities and more. Many in the class are only able to attend Bucknell, and thus gain the very best kind of academic
preparation, because of the financial support the University provides them and
Financial aid is in fact so crucial for our families that we assigned the highest
goal of all priorities in the WE DO Campaign for Bucknell University to endowed
scholarships. Now, an alumnus has made an unprecedented commitment toward
that goal; it will transform the lives of generations of students who cross the
Commencement stage toward promising futures.
In January, Bob Malesardi ’45 and his wife, Doris, pledged $20 million to be
dedicated solely toward endowed financial aid. This is the largest commitment in
University history, one that will benefit Bucknell and its students throughout the
life of this institution. You can read more about it on Page 6.
I am in awe of this remarkable act of generosity, as is the wider Bucknell family.
With the announcement of the pledge came an outpouring of gratitude from across
our global community. Alumni and students have shared that they were moved —
some to tears — by the news. A few said they hope to one day be able to follow in the
Malesardis’ path by making their own gifts toward financial aid and scholarships.
This spirit of giving will ensure that our University becomes the very best version
of itself, something we can only achieve when a Bucknell education is accessible
to students from all walks of life. Bob and Doris have significantly increased our
ability to fulfill this responsibility we have to the students of today and tomorrow
and, for that, I am eternally grateful.
John Bravman, PRESIDENT
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
ART DIREC TOR/DESIGNER
AND CLASS NO TES EDITOR
CON TRIBU TING EDITORS
Paula Cogan Myers
Heather Peavey Johns
Christina Masciere Wallace
Molly O’Brien-Foelsch M’98
EDITORIAL ASSISTAN TS
Lauren Repke ’ 19
CLASS NO TES
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