It is with the intertwined feelings of joy and sadness that we send off our Class of 2016 graduates to pursue their callings. We will miss seeing them in our classrooms and halls, but we are excited to send them out, knowing they are ready and that the time is right.
As they pursue a wide array of interests and fields of study – from medicine to the military, from business to biotechnology – we know that their liberal arts education has prepared them for success. In her Valedictorian address, Allie Good spoke about the impact that her fellow students have had on her during her career at Covenant. “We have grown together, laughed together, worried together, cried together, and celebrated together. We have deep roots that spread throughout years of growth and learning and friendship, and I am truly grateful for each and every one of you.” This theme of community was also emphasized by fellow graduate Azra Dees in her Salutatorian speech. Dees offered a prayer that “we never forget each other and the time we spent here together. I pray that we never forget that we are loved.”
Allie Good’s closing remarks are a fitting way to remember the Class of 2016: “This is what
I hope we find as we go out and ‘conquer the world.’ I hope that as we depart and go our separate ways that what Covenant has imparted to us, is the example of a truly Christ-centered, loving, unique community. I hope that in our lives beyond these walls, we all seek and find something like this, a community that we can consider a family. And I know that if we ever get lost and need a little reminding, we can always follow our feet back home.”