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Eckerd College Commencement
Speeches and Remarks

Closing Remarks
Dr. Donald R. Eastman, III

Men and women of Eckerd College , the end is near. And though I wish you each and all every blessing, and while I am moved to echo Emerson's words to the young Walt Whitman, "I greet you at the beginning of a great career," I will miss you, individually and as a class.

Class of 2006, I handed you your medal to begin your college career at the Ceremony of Lights on August 16, 2002, and today I handed you your diploma to end it. The first was a gift; the second was earned. Last night we sang at Baccalaureate the same words we have sung at Convocation each year: Grant us wisdom; grant us courage - for the facing of the hour; for the facing of the hour.

Residential and PEL graduates, fellow students who have arrived at this glorious day by so many various paths, we hope that your years at Eckerd College have prepared you for a life of ceaseless change, ceaseless service, and moral courage – “for the facing of the hour.” We will know by your work if we have succeeded.

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Bon voyage.

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