Student Commencement Speeches Available Online
Read the 2012 Senior and Valedictory addresses online
NEW YORK, May 21, 2012—The King’s College is pleased to release the two student speeches delivered by Jonathan Clark and Clara Limback at the 64th Annual Commencement.
Delivering the senior address for the Class of 2012 was Jonathan Clark. During his speech, Clark reminisced about his time at King’s and also encouraged graduating seniors to pursue truth humbly:
“We must remember that Truth exists, no doubt, but our minds and souls are limited and too weak to know it completely. We can know truth enough to still make steely declarations like “We will fight them on the beaches,” or “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” or “The Lady’s not for turning.” But man is frail of body and mind. Never think you have monopolized knowledge of truth. We can know truth, but incompletely. Living in the paradox means balancing between the juvenile zeal of 2008 yet acknowledging this wiser search for Truth if we are to avoid cynicism or resignation. This is the mysterious paradox of being human.”
Clara Limback delivered the 2012 Valedictory address. Her speech focused on the importance of walking humbly with the Lord and pursuing excellence over title.
“Our desire to influence our society is good, yet it can also be a stumbling block. The philosopher, Aristotle, said that virtues can actually become vices when they are sought for the wrong reason. Honor, for example, is a virtue but can become a vice when sought purely for the sake of personal glory. Aristotle, a pagan, recognized where human motivation can lead. Christianity shows where human motivation comes from; it is closely connected to our heart. As Christians, we King’s students must gain positions of influence but must do so in the right manner. It is when we seek places and titles of influence above all else that we run amuck.”
You can download both of these speeches by following the links below. Files are in pdf format.
Click here to read Jonathan Clark’s senior address.
Click here to read Clara Limback’s Valedictory address.
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