It is my honor to invite each of you to join the 232 years of Pioneers who have preceded this class as members of the Transylvania University family. By way of formalizing our tradition of excellence and your participation in a community of scholars, we have something we would like to give you.
“Think about the light that you are sharing with others, and always strive to ‘dwell in possibility.’”
Throughout the days and weeks ahead, you will learn much about Transylvania’s extraordinary history and heritage. You will hear about the many great Americans who helped build this university. Men and women like Thomas Jefferson, Henry Clay, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Lulu Bee Morton, and a host of others.
Over the generations, our faculty and graduates have contributed to the development of every profession and endeavor vital to the success of our society. Yet, despite our past glories, all of us gathered here today are certain that each of you has the potential to bring even greater honor to this remarkable institution.
Undoubtedly, many individuals have helped you get to this point in your life. During your time at Transylvania, you will meet many more people who will assist and inspire you. As we conclude this ceremony, we would like to present you with an important memento, one that represents the community of scholarship that is Transylvania.
Our ushers will guide each row of the Class of 2016 up on stage where the President and Deans will present each of you a Transylvania coin which is inscribed on one side with the university’s motto: In Lumine illo Tradimus Lumen (In that light, we pass on the light).
We believe the education that Transylvania students receive yields enlightened individuals. Each generation of Pioneers benefits from the light of those who came before, and in turn offers the same to those who follow.
We hope that four years from now, as you prepare to walk across the stage at graduation, you will consider giving the coin to someone important to you.
Someone who helped you along the way.
Chances are strong that designating a single person from your collegiate experience will be one of the most difficult things you undertake.
Keep the coin close. Take it out occasionally and consider the quote it holds by Emily Dickinson—think about the light that you are sharing with others, and always strive to “dwell in possibility.”
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