Sunday, May 13, 2012
By Anna Whetstone
Good morning fellow students, faculty, staff, family, and friends I am so honored to be able to be standing here speaking to you all, seeing the faces of all the people who have made these past 4 years so special. As I thought about this day with anticipation and excitement I began to get a little emotional but then I thought of a great quote from the one and the only Dr. Seuss… and yes, you are never too old to enjoy some Dr. Seuss, he said “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
So much has happened over these four years, some good, some bad but it all was worth it, and being here today is definitely a reason to smile. It seems like yesterday that I was walking across this same very quad after completing my first semester at Moravian College. I remember calling my mom in excitement for being done finals and she simply said, “great, now seven semesters to go!” Well seven semesters later we are sitting here celebrating the end to one great chapter in our lives, and the start of another amazing experience.
Through my time here I feel I have truly grown and, although maybe too late, I have realized some important things from my time at Moravian. I would like to share just a few of these realizations with you. And here are just a few I have realized, that when we were freshmen and told in college you can socialize, do school work, and sleep, but you can do only really 2 of the 3 effectively, it’s usually sleep that gets cut. So naps become extremely important, and I will always remember when I get to stressed to just take a nap.
I’ve realized that the professors here are absolutely amazing, and even though it may not seem like it at times, they put in just as much time as we did, or maybe even more, trying to teach us and help us understand. I will take all their words of wisdom with me as I enter in the next stage of my life.
I’ve realized the greyhound is a pretty cool mascot --have you ever actually seen one run?! I will most likely own one has a pet one day.
I’ve realized that we are never too old to go out and build a fort in the snow in the middle of the quad and to get overly excited when we find out we have a snow day, or even just a snow delay. Never let go of your childish side.
I’ve realized, that Thursday night after dollar drinks at Roosevelt’s probably isn’t the best time to start writing a paper that is due the next day. But the memories I have had with friends while not writing my paper will never be forgotten.
I’ve realized that one bad grade won’t break you in the long run but will only, hopefully, make you try harder next time. Never stop pushing yourself. I’ve realized that I will never look at a Moravian star the same, and every time I see one on someone’s porch or in their window I am immediately flooded with amazing memories of college.
I’ve realized that Moravian has such a rich history, and even though many say it may be haunted in certain places, being able to say you attended the 6th oldest college in the US is pretty cool.
Even though it may see cliché to say, we have such an incredible opportunity to take what we have learned here at Moravian and really go out and make a change in our world. It is no secret that over the past 4 years that we have been in school our nation has faced some of the worst economic periods (or times) in its history, but we now have the power to leave here and to turn things around and to really make a change, never give up.
One quote that I find is truly fitting for us as the class of 2012 as we prepare to go out into the real world is from the late and great Tupac Shakur: “remember one thing, through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that, so no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up, and handle it.”
Fellow classmates, today is about us, it is a day to remember. It is the day when we go from students to alumni, when we leave the safety of the class room and enter into a new world. You may not know what will happen in the next few years, but that is fine, what is most important to know or find out is what sparks the light in you, to do something that truly makes you happy, so you in your own way, can go out and illuminate the world.
“Senior year went by so fast
But before we knew it senior year was a thing of the past.
Yet the best times are still to come
While we close one old door and open a new one.
We will never forget these years
Even looking back through some tears
It’s time to go out and conquer our fears.
Now as we prepare to get our diplomas and put our books back on the shelves
I am so honored and proud to say congratulations to my fellow classmates of the class of 2012”