St. Ambrose University today graduates 680 students schooled in the university’s 131-year tradition of excellence, compassion and service.

The Davenport landmark is the college of choice for so many Quad-City students, we forget its international reach. Today’s commencement includes graduates from 164 Iowa and 129 Illinois towns, 14 states and five nations. These graduates march from today’s i Wireless Center commencement into a world desperate for their skills and civic commitment.

The St. Ambrose degree carries an ethic for service that is as much a part of the curriculum as literature classes. The university provides constant opportunities and encouragement for students to work in our community. Ambrose students gave 61,425 community service hours in the 2012 school year, according to the school’s recently released impact study. That volunteer work transforms neighborhoods and lives throughout the Quad-Cities, beginning with the lives of the graduates.

Thirty-eight percent of SAU alumni stay in the Quad-Cities, putting their education and service ethic to work in our schools, shelters, civic boards and elected offices. Today’s class is the latest in St. Ambrose gifts that keep on giving to our community.

Last year, St. Ambrose generated $188 million in business spending and paid salaries totaling $73 million for 1,913 jobs in the Quad-Cities. The university paid $356,000 in sales taxes and $2.8 million in property taxes throughout the region, with most going to Davenport.

Those big numbers impress, particularly from a non-profit that many mistakenly believe pays no local taxes. But the quantifiable financial impact is a tiny part of St. Ambrose’s annual gifts to our community. University-led community collaborations in health sciences, business, arts, faith and politics touch almost everyone.

We congratulate St. Ambrose University’s 2013 class, along with the faculty, administration and support staff whose work fills our community with graduates who know their education provides much more than just employment skills.

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This fall I will transfer to St. Ambrose. It's not a maybe--it's a done deal. It will be the finale year of my BA in Journalism and Political Science. A double major. I completed my first three years at Ashford University. I love Ashford; however, St. Ambrose's greatness became apparent as soon as I first received a email from an academic advisor. My fondness grew every step I took closer to becoming an Fighting Bee. Now that I am already a pending student, I'm proud to concur with everything this editorialist has written. St. Ambrose is going to be my best year in college. If you thinking about becoming a student jump right in. It will be the best decision of your live.

Proud SAU alum

I am pleased to see the editorial from the Quad City Times.

A 1975 graduate and former staffer at my alma mater, SAU has come a long ways just in the past generation. The former college, becoming a university in 1987, has grown significantly in stature, respect, and financial strength since the mid-1980s. To see it then vs. now is as stark as night and day. But the love for and loyalty to the school from its alums and friends, and the commitment to its mission of service, ethics, and personal development and growth, have remained constant.

Now having been able to look from outside since I left my Director's position in 1998, the prism of more than 30 years since I first worked with the school as a volunteer, and having worked with some of the world's finest institutions since 1998, I can say now, more than ever, St. Ambrose is uniquely special. No one does better what St. Ambrose does.

No one.

My career and those of many of its proud alums are a testament to that.

Mike Jansen, ’75, ’89 MBA, ’91 MAcc

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