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Charge to the Graduates

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Bishop Amos, members of the Board of Trustees, honored guests, colleagues from faculty and staff, family and friends of our graduates, and most especially, our graduates: Today, we recognize you, our members of the Class of 2013, for this commencement ceremony represents for you the culmination of long years of study.

This path of study was completed along many roads - perhaps the traditional path from high school, or while working, raising a family, caring for family members, or any of many other responsibilities you've managed along this journey. We congratulate you for hard work, perseverance and success.

You joined Celen a short time ago in thanking the many who have supported you along the road to completing your degree at St. Ambrose. If you remember to do likewise in the years to come - to thank and give thanks for those in your life who love and believe in you - then you will be sure to know great happiness. Humble gratitude is a gift for both the giver and the receiver.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I congratulate you on your achievements and say how thankful we are to have you as part of our St. Ambrose community, now our newest alumni.

Take from here a commitment to service and to giving back to the community, something that has been part of our long history as a university. In that way, you honor our mission of "enriching lives."

And wherever life takes you, hold this thought close to your heart: your connection with St. Ambrose does not end with receiving a diploma here today. Being an Ambrosian will always be a part of who you are. And you will always be a part of St. Ambrose: A part we will hold very dear to our hearts.

May God bless you on your way. Congratulations.