This post is dedicated to all my students who are graduating this year. You are my first batch of students in my college teaching life. I feel sentimental looking back at the time when you were just freshmen students back then. And here you are today, graduating college and going out into the real world!
In the colors of our school song, let me share with you three things.
At the end of the race, when we reach the finish line, we aspire for the gold. You have literally reached the finish line of your college life. The finish line of waking up early. The finish line of lack of sleep and food just to submit all the requirements on time. The finish line of physical tiredness.
But it also signifies the beginning. The beginning of waking up early. The beginning of lacking sleep and food to reach deadlines. The beginning of physical tiredness.
The journey continues.
Let this verse be your strength when you need the extra push to move forward.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
This symbolizes the brightness of your minds. Brightness does not mean graduating with honors. It doesn’t mean you are smart. It means maximizing the skills and talents that you have. It means that just like the Parable of the Talents, you make the most of what has been given to you. Don’t just bury it on the ground. Double it. Triple it. What you have is God’s gift to you. What you make out of it at the end of time is your gift to God.
Let this verse guide you to renew your minds and set it on what is truly important.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:2
As I would like to borrow from the Jesuits, the purest and most important part of any fire is the blue flame. There is goodness there deep inside of you. Sometimes, you’re not aware of it. Sometimes, you don’t believe it. But the real truth is this. There is goodness in your heart. Because God is there. And His love is as pure as the blue flame. Keep the fire burning to spread that goodness. Share God’s love to the world.
Let this verse be the prayer in your hearts.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God and put a new and right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Dear ladies, I thank God for the privilege of encountering you in your college life. More than teaching you, you have taught me a lot – about life, about love. As your journey in the world continue, may your minds and hearts be set on what is truly important. As you have been blessed, be a blessing to the world! On your graduation, much love and prayers for you all!