Christina Repoley ’02 challenged the Class of 2014 to listen for the “sound of the genuine” within themselves.
“If we deeply listen and accept our callings – and they are all different and all vital – we are not guaranteed an easy time or success or anything at all really, except the assurance of knowing ourselves and being fully known, of feeling alive to life and love and relationships with those around us,” she told graduates and their loved ones at Commencement on Saturday, May 17.
Guilford’s newest alumni turned their tassels in the College’s 177th year under the ancient oaks in front of King Hall.
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Like the Class of 2014, Christina is about to begin a new adventure. She is eight months pregnant with her first baby.
“This birth and this baby will be unique, will have a genuineness all their own, unlike any others before,” she said. “And ultimately, your life will be totally unique to you. You will struggle and wrestle and wonder what you are doing and wonder what you learned. I pray you will listen deeply to the sound of the genuine within you as you move forward from this place.”
Read Christina’s speech, “Hearing the Sound of the Genuine.”
Graduates Sarah Dreier-Kasik and Jodie Geddes spoke on behalf of the Class of 2014; President Kent Chabotar delivered the Charge to the Class.
“It may be scary to graduate, but we have a community, our entire Guilford College community, standing behind us cheering us on,” said Sarah, a business major and the 2013-14 president of the CCE Student Government Association. “… We leave today strong, truly strong, Guilford Strong.”
Read Sarah’s speech, “Guilford Strong.”
Jodie, a community and justice studies major from Brooklyn, N.Y., urged graduates to trust what they have learned at the College. “Remember this place when you leave Guilford: the canvases you have created, the words you have spoken, the laughter and tears released. These are the moments that will guide you.”
Read Jodie’s speech, “Without Fear.”
Kent officiated at his 12th and final Commencement as president and delivered his 12th charge to a graduating class. His remarks, “Lessons Down the Road,” included 10 ideas to guide graduates. His final piece of advice: know when to quit.
“General Douglas MacArthur once said that old soldiers never die, they just fade away. The same goes for college presidents,” Kent said. “And to paraphrase the general a bit further: Like an old soldier, I now close my presidency and just fade away, an educator who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty.”