Greetings from the Graduating Class
Daniel Quattlebaum '13, Program for Experienced Learners Graduate
Good morning. President Eastman, distinguished guests, trustees, faculty, staff, family and friends, and of course my fellow graduates: On behalf of the Program for Experienced Learners it is my honor to welcome you to this landmark fiftieth Commencement of Eckerd College on beautiful South Beach Field.
It has not been easy. For some the greatest challenge was starting college, oftentimes a great distance from where they consider home. For others the challenge was making the sacrifices necessary to come back to college. And still, for others the greatest challenge was maintaining the course and remaining in college amid adversity.
Regardless, there is at least one and possibly multiple pivotal moments that have guided us all here today. I would like to share one such moment with each of you, my earliest memory of my time here at Eckerd College.
A faculty member, whose words I will never forget, stood onstage and stated, "Four years seems like a long ways off, but regardless it will come and go. What will you accomplish during that time?"
Those words are very true. We cannot prevent time from passing, but we can control what we accomplish during that time. I often reflected back on this statement in order to provide the encouragement and direction necessary to achieve my goals here at Eckerd College.
On behalf of all my fellow graduates, I want thank the Eckerd faculty and staff who made the time spent here at Eckerd so rewarding. I also want to thank those in the audience or elsewhere who played pivotal roles in making today's graduation a reality for each of us.
Fellow graduates, today as we celebrate the accomplishments of the past four years, I want to extend this challenge to the next four years, and the next ten and twenty years after that and beyond. The time will come and go; what will you accomplish?
Congratulations Eckerd Class of 2013!