Graduation Day

Today is Graduation Day at UST Law School. We’ll begin with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Law School Atrium at 10:30. After a light brunch for the Mass attendees, we will gather for the graduation ceremony in the Minneapolis Convention Center, and then return for a reception at the law school.

Law school graduation day is always a very special day. We get to celebrate the young (and some not so young) people we have taught, learned from, laughed with, and watch grow over the last three years. I rarely get through the day without a few tears.

There are many things I could say to the graduating class. But I can’t think of anything better than the words I have copied outside of the door of my office. They are from a letter written by Ita Ford to her niece and goddaughter a few months before Ford, along with two other women, was kidnapped, abused and murdered by the military of El Salvador. Ford wrote:

I hope you come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you…something worth living for, maybe even worth dying for…something that energizes you, enthuses you, enables you to keep moving ahead. I can’t tell you what it might be — that’s for you to find, to choose, to love. I can just encourage you to start looking, and support you in the search.

Prayers and blessings to the UST Law School Class of 2013! Count on my support as you go continue your discernment of what it is that is worth living for, what it is that will energize, enthuse you and keep you moving ahead.