Ceremony of Lights 2007
Ceremony of Lights 2007

Dean John F. Sullivan's Remarks
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John F. Sullivan
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
August 10, 2007

Good Afternoon and welcome to Eckerd College. Parents, Grandparents, siblings, faculty, staff and friends of Eckerd it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you here to introduce the Eckerd College Class of 2011.

This is a day that the college faculty and staff have planned for with great anticipation. We recognize that there are a range of emotions that are being felt here today?happiness, sadness, excitement, trepidation, fear, and great confidence in knowing you made the perfect choice - for some, you have experienced all of these emotions in the last half hour!!! It's ok, though, those emotions are real and Autumn Term is structured to provide a thorough and gradual adjustment to college life and the academic experience. The student activators, faculty and staff are here to assist, be sure to ask them questions and participate fully in and out of the classroom.

As Eckerd's 2007 entering class, you are an impressive group. In overall numbers, your class is the second largest in the history of the College.

Members of this year's class have joined us from their high schools in Alabama, Argentina, Arkansas, Bermuda, Brazil, California, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Ecuador, England, Estonia, Florida, Georgia, Germany, Honduras, Iowa, Illinois, India, Indiana, Japan, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Russia, Switzerland, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia.

There are musicians, actors, leaders of youth organizations, captains and members of state qualifying athletic teams. In reviewing your applications, 8 indicated you were class presidents, 23 either participated in service trips abroad or studied on exchange programs and 211 were involved in community service. I suspect these numbers may actually be higher as some of you may have been too modest to tell us everything about yourself!

I could go on forever about each of your individual stories, but I won't?not because they are not important, but because I'm hot in this robe. It is suffice to say that each of you brings a unique set of talents, abilities and stories. I look forward to your sharing of these as part of the Eckerd community.

Students please rise.

President Eastman, Dean Chapin, Dean Annarelli, Dean Hardy, faculty and staff, it is my great honor to present the Eckerd College class of 2011.

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