Miles C. Collier, Chairman of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees
President Eastman, Congresswoman Castor, honorary degree recipients Dr. Porter and Dr. Stripling, distinguished faculty, families, and guests, and Graduates of the Class of 2008, welcome to the 45th Commencement of Eckerd College.
Yesterday afternoon the Board of Trustees granted the awarding of 582 bachelor's degrees to individuals who have earned their place in the Eckerd College community of scholars.
It is a tribute to the College's 50th Anniversary that we are graduating the largest number of residential program students in the College's history.
Congratulations, residential and PEL students, Class of 2008!
Graduates: We are proud of you today.
You have already distinguished yourselves in your studies, in your careers, and in your service as Eckerd College students.
We know that tomorrow you will continue to bring great pride as well as annual fund donations to Eckerd College as our alumni.
Remember: You will always have a home here.
And remember, too: The lasting strength and prosperity of this home we call Eckerd College depends henceforth in part on you, who now call her alma mater.
We hope you will return often. In fact, your faculty, your mentors, staff and trustees hope we will see you at your first alumni reunion in November, when we celebrate the arts, the College's campaign, and our 50th anniversary.
Class of 2008, congratulations!