Ceremony of Lights 2008
Ceremony of Lights 2008

Dean John Sullivan's Remarks
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John Sullivan
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
August 8, 2008

Good Evening 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 2012.

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.

Members of this year's class are an impressive group of scholars and leaders.

They have joined us from their high schools in Alabama, Alaska, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Brazil, California, Canada, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Ecuador, Estonia, Florida, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Luxembourg, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Sweden, Switzerland, Tennessee, Texas, United Kingdom, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia.

This geographic diversity is a distinctive factor of the Eckerd College experience. Your strength of character, your commitment to others and your approach to becoming an educated person will enrich you and Eckerd in numerous ways. We look forward to your contributions and to your membership in our 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 2012.

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