Eckerd College Commencement
Speeches and Remarks

Invocation
Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Executive Director, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast and Campus Rabbi

President Eastman
General Petraeus
Members of the Board of Trustees
Distinguished Faculty & Staff
Parents... Grandparents.... Brothers.... Sisters..... Significant Others and most importantly...
The Eckerd College Class of 2010... on this glorious day and in this spectacular setting it is eminently appropriate that we should give thanks.

We give thanks for parents who nurtured you from infancy to this very moment. Who forced you to do your homework and made you eat your vegetables. Who mended your wounds and dried your tears. Who have given you love and support..... and paid the tuition. For your parents we give thanks.

We give thanks for the teachers and mentors who have taught and inspired you throughout your life and particularly during the last four years. Who challenged you to think beyond yourself, and to think for yourself. For those teachers gave of themselves... we give thanks.

We give thanks for Eckerd College itself; for this great institution which is now your Alma Mater, your nurturing mother. She has frustrated your and she has fulfilled you. From her you have received an education that will enable you to enter the real world, and values that will ennoble you to make the world a better place. For all that she has given you.... we give thanks.

And finally we give thanks to God.
In the Jewish tradition we say.... שהחינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה
We give thanks to God for giving us life, for sustaining us and for bringing us to this great and joyous day.

And in that spirit, let us pray:

Almighty God, Source of all goodness, we humbly ask Your Blessings upon these graduates.
Be with them as they leave these hallowed grounds. Bless them in all that they do and guide them along their way. Help them to recognize that the goal of life is not to get rich but to enrich the lives of others. While we pray they do well in all of their endeavors, inspire them to do good with all they achieve.

Bless them Lord with long life, good health, happiness, success and prosperity.

Amen

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