50th Anniversary Events

50th Anniversary Opening Convocation Remarks

The remarks of Ms. Grace A. Gair '08

President, Eckerd College Organization of Students | Watch Video

Grace A. GairGood evening Eckerd family and friends. As President of the Eckerd College Organization of Students it is my honor to represent students during this special time in the College's history.

During this celebration of Eckerd's 50th year, there will be a lot of reflection on the tremendous founding and vision this school has embodied since 1958. As a current student, however, I am continually captivated by the unique and unmistakable "Eckerd spirit" that has grown, changed but continues on in the lives of every community member.

Just as was true of that founding group of Eckerd pioneers, our faculty, staff and administration continue to challenge students to become the thoughtful and productive citizens the world needs - and Eckerd students still rise to their challenges.

So as we begin Eckerd's 50 year celebration, I am proud to say that our small, private liberal arts college by the sea, has only grown a little older, but remains the same passionate, innovative place it was when it greeted its first students. I hope that the spirit of Eckerd will not only remain in your heart but will also always be a part of your life.