Greg Weiner with students

April 28, 2022

Greg Weiner

I hope we’ve given you an engaging look at the many opportunities an Assumption education affords students – from preparation for their first job to formation for the rest of their lives.

I hope you’ll indulge me in a quick story that illustrates the unique value of an Assumption education. I majored in government in college, because I thought I wanted to work in government – which I did go on to do. Someone had suggested the Foreign Service as a potential career, so I took a class called Communism in Eastern Europe. I still have the textbook. It was filled with all kinds of technical information that anyone going into government would need.

But I took the class in the fall semester of 1989. Six weeks into the semester, the Berlin Wall fell and every bit of technical information in that book became instantly irrelevant. But when I went on to work in the U.S. Senate, I found The Federalist Papers to be every bit as pertinent as they had been when they were written in 1787 and 1788.

Here’s what that means to me: A university education should prepare you for your first job. Assumption’s does. The best way to do so is to combine technical information – which changes with astonishing speed – with enduring ideas.

That’s the heart of Catholic liberal education. It’s what an Assumption education is about.

There’s never been a better time to be a Greyhound. With the recent opening of the Richard J. and Sophia Catrambone Health Sciences Center – Assumption’s newest state-of-the-art academic building – in addition to the transition to Assumption University, in June 2020, and the establishment of the D’Amour College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Grenon School of Business, the Froelich School of Nursing, the School of Health Professions, and the School of Graduate Studies, students are offered more degree options that will be both challenging and enriching and will reflect their ambitions and the changing needs of our economy.  With 35 majors and 49 minors, options and opportunities are abundant at Assumption. 

These programs of study will prepare your student for a meaningful career and a meaningful life.

A pathway to post-baccalaureate studies is also a feature of an Assumption education. Our dual and accelerated degree programs enable students to easily transition from their undergraduate studies into one of our graduate programs. Students also have pathways for specialized studies at well-recognized universities such as the University of Notre Dame, Washington University, and Duke University, to name just a few of the institutions with which we have articulation agreements.

And there are so many other opportunities, from our renowned campus in Rome, Italy, to service learning here in Worcester.
I’m a parent of college-aged children. I know what you’ve invested in yours. And I know that choosing Assumption is a profound trust. It’s something we hold sacred.

I am proud to lead Assumption University – an institution with a tradition of 118 years of excellence in Catholic higher education. There is no higher honor than to help our students find their light and share it with the world.

Thank you for your consideration of Assumption University. Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have about what an Assumption education means, and what it will mean for your student’s future. God bless you.  

Greg Weiner, Ph.D.
Interim President
Assumption University