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Eckerd College Commencement
Speeches and Remarks

Elizabeth Shannon '05

Let each of us come to our God in prayer …

Gracious God,
giver of all knowledge and understanding
God of so many names
and such immeasurable love
With happy and humble spirits, we give thanks
for this magnificent day
And festive occasion.

Despite our exuberance,
It is with heavy hearts that we remember
And grieve for the fallen member of the Class of 2005,
Our classmate, tammate, and friend, Pete Akintola.
We pray for all those who loved and continue to mourn for him,
Grant them peace.

God of love, bless this day with gifts
with lessons, with understanding, with friends, and with family.
We mark this day as the end of one journey,
and the beginning of another.
Help us to take the lessons we have learned from this place
and share them with the world.
Always willing to reflect the multitude of
ideas, cultures, and perspectives
that have been a part of our time here.

Liberating and nurturing God
help us to work for peace
strive for justice
and ensure the rights of all people, in all places.
We ask for your blessing on all travels to come
and that we may never forget this day.

In your mysterious and wonderful honor we lift up this prayer.


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