Office of the President
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
local: (727) 864-8211
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
fax: (727) 864-1877
The Reverend Douglas H. McMahon,
Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain
Go now, with courage and hope, for the blessing is found in community, and in learning, growing, and serving.
Even as the flames of these candles are extinguished, our commitment to knowledge, understanding, and wisdom-- and our commitment to one another and our God-- burn brightly in our hearts.
We know our promise to be a light in the world is no idle commitment for there are many who desire to see this flame extinguished. Ignorance, prejudice, violence, hate, greed, apathy and hopelessness are crouching at the door---"all the evils we deplore."
Yet, evil will not have the last word. We go forth to grow and change, to be changed and to change the world. We go out remembering the blessing, seeking the blessing and to be a blessing. Even when the sun sets and the night seems so dark, there is always another day, always a new day of grace and of glory, wisdom and courage. You are the light of the world. Burn brightly. Go in peace. Always walk together. Amen.