“For everything there is a season, and a time for everything under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Brent took part with his fellow graduates in the tradition of Candle and Rose the evening before Commencement.
The end of another season has arrived at Dominican. For my fellow graduates of Rosary College, the past few weeks are categorized by closures and openings, by low points and high points, by loss and renewal.
For some DU Students, the completion of an undergraduate education does not necessarily include a “letting go” of community. For others, saying “goodbye” to the Dominican community is an emotional task.
I suppose the most difficult part is finding solace (a coming-to-terms) with the reality of moving on. The many celebrations that seniors participated in helped to make saying goodbye much easier. The Senior Celebration of Academic Excellence, the Ministry and Service Celebration, and Baccalaureate Mass each gave my peers and me chances to affirm the value of our academic careers at DU.
Now as a recent graduate of this institution, I am truly proud to be a Dominican Star. But why do I feel this way? It must be because I know I am always welcome at this second home.
Take the library as an example. While I have spent several hours and learning course materials and perfecting papers, many other events have taken place within the walls of Rebecca Crown Library.
In many ways it has acted as a family room where guests are warmly invited to be their true selves, a place of preparation and celebration. In this space Buddhist monks have constructed a sand mandala while also performing cultural music. The Interfaith Cooperation Committee has used it as a temporary space for a walking-labyrinth. On any given weekend, wedding groups take photos on the spiral staircase. How awesome it is that families begin in this library! On the Friday before Commencement, in this same library I have enjoyed champagne and berries with the university president and my fellow soon-to-graduates.
The Alumnae/i Department is another example of home-away-from-home. If I am in the area, and with some time to spare, I know I am welcome there. My supervisor, Joanne Eberwein, is just one of the staff members who I am glad to catch up with.
One has chosen a fine institution when the Alumnae/i Relations staff wants to build relationships with students before they graduate.
This coming June, for one last time I am looking forward to working the Alumnae/i Reunion Weekend. When my 10th or 15th commencement anniversary rolls around, I will definitely attend one myself.