It is my great pleasure to lead and to serve Salem College, an extraordinary intellectual community that is distinguished by its Moravian heritage. Guided by these traditions, we recognize the importance of rigorous education in the arts and sciences for women of all backgrounds and experiences; we celebrate diversity; and we affirm each student’s potential to contribute to good in the world. All who choose to study here and invest in Salem are expressing a belief in the value of intellectual curiosity, the acquisition of knowledge, the development of leadership skills, and the application of these skills in the service of the local community and the world at large.
I very much look forward to getting to know each of you and to sharing in your quest for knowledge, your commitment to service, and to Salem College. As we embark upon another new academic year together, let us do so with confidence, knowing that as active participants in the Salem College community we are members of the oldest and best women’s institution in the country.
D. E. Lorraine Sterritt, PhD
Naturalization Ceremony Speech
July 4, 2015