Ceremony of Lights 2005
Ceremony of LIghts 2006

Lighting of the Candles
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Suzan Harrison
Associate Dean of Faculty
August 11, 2006

According to the Book of Genesis, light is the oldest gift - a sign of the victory of meaning and being over chaos and the void. In the academic world you are now entering, light also symbolizes knowledge and truth. Tonight, as we light these candles, we do so as a way of expressing our commitment individually and as a community to those values that will sustain us as individuals, nourish us as a community of learning, and enable us to serve the needs of others. As your faculty mentors pass among you to share the light of their candles, I invite you to join in passing the light to one another. We also invite family members and guests to share this moment by joining us in passing the light. When all the candles are lit, I will ask you to read with me the Litany of Commitment found in your program.

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