“I am in awe as I stand before you in this auditorium, an auditorium with so much history,” Trietley told the audience in Viterbo’s main theater. “As I look out and see all of you, it’s truly an inspiring sight, and I wish that you could stand here with me and see this sight.”
“I am living proof of the power of Catholic higher education to change the trajectory of one’s life,” Trietley said, noting that no one had gone to college from his family before he attended St. Bonaventure University in New York State. Trietley got into the school on an ROTC scholarship.
The inauguration is the high point of four days of celebration at Viterbo, which includes Saturday as a day of service for people at the university.