Lighting of the Candles
Return to Program and Remarks
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
August 8, 2008
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 in this moment by joining us in the passing of the light. When all the candles have been lit, Dean Marjorie Hardy will lead us in the Litany of Commitment found in your program.