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Eckerd College Commencement
Speeches and Remarks

Elizabeth "Lizzie" McGurk '08

Holy and Creator God,

Bless us today with a sense of your presence as we graduate from Eckerd College. We ask that you pour out your peace to the hearts and minds of all in attendance at this joyful gathering.

Loving God, we thank you for the love and support you have shown us throughout our undergraduate years:

For the encouragement and acceptance of our families,
For the trust and life-long fellowship of our friends,
For the wisdom and guidance of our professors and faculty, and
For the direction of the Holy Spirit as we decided the course of our education.

Holy Wisdom, we know that you are the power behind all understanding, and we recognize that all the knowledge we have acquired here has been given by you, the giver of all things. For this we are thankful. Help us to be thankful not only with our lips but with our lives by giving up our selves to your service.

We ask now that you bless us so that what we have learned will take root within us. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose so that we might bear fruit in the world.

Today as we are honored, we ask that you commit our hearts to joyfully honor and serve you now and always. Use us as You will to Your glory and for the welfare of Your people.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

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