Greetings, Founder’s Day Lovefeast,
Good morning, and welcome back to your campus.
two weeks ago, at Moravian’s 261st Commencement,
we sent a bright-eyed class of freshly-minted Moravian
graduates into the world. They are an especially fortunate
group of young men and women.
Like thousands of other college graduates throughout
our nation, they are now armed with a first-class education,
with high hopes and dreams, and with the energy and
talent to bring those dreams to life.
grads, however, have something extra, something special
in their toolkits for life – a gift that
is at once intangible and empowering. And each Moravian
grad discovers that something special in a different
happens when an aspiring teacher learns in class
that her chosen vocation – and her College – carry
forth a 300-year-old legacy of John Amos Comenius,
the pioneer of modern education.
happens when a member of the women’s basketball
team walks the halls of Brethren’s House, and
finds those remarkable photos of her predecessors who
played here 70 or 80 years ago.
And it happens when a student musician steps on this
stage and adds her own voice to an extended, exquisite
musical chorus that has been sustained by generations
of Moravian students in this hall for more than 130
course, that something extra – that something
special – that our newest Moravian graduates
now have is an unbroken connection to a unique past,
a legacy that gives them meaning, direction, and inspiration.
It is a past that you represent so marvelously.
an important sense, then, your own classes of the
30’s, 40’s and early 50’s – and
the class of 2003 – share and affirm an important
and powerful truth: that an institution’s past,
and especially Moravian’s past, cannot be simply
remembered or acknowledged. It must be lived and renewed
in the hearts and minds of our most venerable and our
you so much for coming back – and for
a legacy that continues to lead and inspire us.