More than two centuries ago, a 19-year-old left home to follow a dream. He came to a new place far away, remade himself as a student and scholar, learned from many mentors, took action on that knowledge, and became a leader and a hero.

The lifelong philosophy he forged during that time was so important to him he had its Latin translation emblazoned on his family crest.

“Cur Non.”

Today, at the college that bears his name, we embrace that philosophy every day. We challenge our students to move beyond the familiar, the comfortable, the easy. We dare them to become thinkers and leaders themselves. We offer them opportunities to jump into the thick of things, to take risks, to care deeply.

We repeat to them the immortal words of the Marquis de Lafayette: Why Not?

Why not you? Why not here? Why not now?