The Guilford College community is holding those who have been touched by the tragic killings in Parkland, Fla., in the Light. We mourn for students, parents, faculty and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as we all try to imagine our lives without those 17 precious individuals — forever gone from this world.
As we watch and listen to your students, we are encouraged by your resolve that these lives will not be lost to a mere headline. The change you seek aligns with the values we hold at our core: justice, stewardship, community, diversity, equality, excellence and integrity. You have sparked a movement across this country, uniting students from all regions, backgrounds and beliefs with two words — Never Again.
So students, wherever you are, do what you must to carry forth your message in a manner that respects the lives of the 17 innocents lost to this tragedy and reflects the peace you seek. If you are applying for admission to Guilford College, regardless of how this is presented in your school record, it will be understood by us as an indicator that you have chosen the path of justice, of community, of excellence, of stewardship, of diversity, of equality and of integrity.
That you have become part of the Guilford LOVE — Living Our Values Everywhere — movement, even before enrolling, will be positively received in our admission process.