Category: Commencement

An open letter to SOMOS and MANOS seniors, May 2014

I make my living with words and, most times, I’m able to say something close to what I’m thinking and feeling. I am rarely at a loss for words, even if they’re not the right ones. Each year, however, I find myself inadequate even in this regard as some of you, ignoring my best advice,



The End is Nigh

That may sound a little apocalyptic, but I’m getting down to the two-week mark left in my college career, so forgive me. We’ve just finished our last week of classes, which usually is a happy moment, and this year it was happy but also tinged with nostalgia. “This is the last time I’m going to




Over and Out, For Now

As the academic year is winding down, it’s crazy to think that it’s been another year at W&M and another year closer to graduating. When I was a freshman, I looked up to the seniors as impossibly mature, put-together specimens of adulthood, and I thought it was impossible that I would ever be that old.



Reality Check

I almost fell off the sofa this morning when I checked my email and discovered a reminder to file for graduation. Wait. What. How did I become a second semester junior so quickly? And how am I receiving this cruel reminder that I only have three semesters left? And most importantly, why am I receiving



Candlelight Ceremony: The Class of 2013 Alma Mater

In 1904 James Southall Wilson wrote the Alma Mater of the College. Directly translated to “nourishing mother”, this hymn represents all that has been, is, and is yet to come for William & Mary and the Class of 2013! Tomorrow morning when your name is called and you step up on stage to receive your



The Two William & Marys

To the newest William & Mary alumni: Close your eyes and picture this campus. The William & Mary you see is the one you’ve built over the last however many years it has taken you to get to this point. You’ve certainly had help along the way. This place is filled with people who worked to


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Candlelight Address to the Class of 2013

Dear Class of 2013 and those who love and support you, I am so honored to have been asked to speak to you tonight on behalf of my faculty colleagues. This weekend is filled with such joy and celebration of your accomplishments—all that you have achieved leading up to and during your years here. I


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The Class of 2013 Banner

I walked towards the banner today. Slowly, watching it grow larger as I approached from the distance. The last time I saw this banner was four years ago… The day was hot and muggy. We were all decked out in our preppy attire eager for the grand convocation welcome, and exhausted from a week of




Three Days.

I have three magical days left of student teaching. Three days left to get in all of the hugs that I can. Three days left to gaze over the shoulders of second graders as they complete their morning handwriting practice. Three days left to see their eyes light up when they walk in the room


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2012: A Year in Review by Jordan

2012 was a great year, so far 2013 is sure to be even better! – Jordan