From Huffington Post:
At this time of year on America’s college campuses, seniors are counting the days until graduation — always a multi-layered moment filled both with celebration and with sadness.
But what our seniors may not realize is that their professors, coaches, and mentors are counting down too, often with similarly mixed feelings.
It’s still March, but already I find myself feeling wistful about the approaching graduation of students I first met three short years ago during their first year at Franklin & Marshall College. There’s the young man whose passion for astrophysics led him to discover a rare extragalactic pulsar. There’s the young woman who founded a new forum for students to pursue intellectual inquiry. There’s the sociology major teaming up with a professor to present papers on criminology at scholarly conferences.
Each of these students — and countless more — have taken full advantage of our academic resources while developing themselves personally through community life in our College Houses, performing arts, sport, work, study abroad, and campus citizenship.
When I reflect on the meaning they have made from these experiences, I feel a great deal of gratitude for the many influences that brought them here.