Hooding Ceremony 2010

Uploaded by csdEIU on 01.03.2011

♪ [music playing-- no dialogue] ♪♪.
(male speaker). We, the faculty, present to
you, the graduates, the academic hood and place it
over your head symbolizing our academic blessing and
recognition that you have met or exceeded the
rigorous standards set by the profession and have earned
the right to be called the masters of your discipline.
(female speaker). On behalf of your families,
friends, and EIU family, may I say how proud we are of you.
As you go through life, keep in mind that struggling is
an important part of any [unclear audio] experience.
In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop
your ability to fly.
Beloved graduates, we all make ripples in this world,
whether we know it or not.
This is both amazingly exciting and at the same time
a tremendous responsibility.
Be intentional about the ripples you make in the pond.
Know that your opportunities are limitless and happening
around you at every moment.
Know that the ripples of your life impact others
in an exponential way.
Congratulations, beloved graduates.
Until we meet again, my friends, your EIU family will be watching
the pond closely in awe and wonder as you make your ripples.
♪ [music playing-- no dialogue] ♪♪.
(male speaker). I've been having lunch and
meeting with other faculty members this last week,
and there's one thing that most faculty members have in common,
and that's about April we're usually ready for most of the
students to go home for the summer.
But this particular year as we're talking we all came
to one item, one consensus.
We don't want to see you leave.
Parents, friends, family members, you should be very
proud of the students that are sitting here in front of you.
We are, they are fantastic students.
They are going to make a difference, they are going to
have a ripple effect on people's lives and on this world.
And I just want to let you know how everyone here,
we the faculty, are so very proud of being able to
serve you for the last several years.
You're fantastic students.
It's been an honor to work with you, and
I wish you all good luck.
♪ [male vocalist performs "You Raise Me Up"] ♪♪.
♪ I am tall when I am on your shoulders, ♪
♪ you raise me up to more than I can be. ♪
♪ You raise me up to more than I can be. ♪♪
[audience applause].