Graduation Speeches

 

Kepler Graduates’ Influence in Academia
Mark Urban-Lurain PhD

A Commencement Address by Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain

Welcome Kepler students, families, friends, board members and faculty.

It gives me great pleasure, and pride, to be part of this celebration in honor of the Nereids, Kepler’s second graduating class.

As Carol, Dennis and I discussed this evening’s theme – Expanding our Sphere of Influence – one of the images we had was that of ripples on water. The idea that each of you is a ripple in the river that is astrology – and life. Each and every one of you, through your hard work, sweat, tears and perseverance, arrives here today a different person than you were when you started your studies just a few years ago. The flow of your each of lives has been altered in ways you may not yet perceive. And will take you in directions you cannot begin to imagine.

Challenging Boundaries

NICK CAMPION

First of all, many congratulations to this year’s graduates for passing an extraordinarily rigorous and demanding course – and thanks to Kepler College’s founders who, in the last century, had an educational vision which is now being fulfilled.

This talk is about challenging boundaries. The boundary I wish to address is that between heaven and earth. What is it, I ask, about the sky, that excites human feelings about deity and soul? Is it, the excited shout of Pierre in Tolstoy’s War and Peace: ‘that’s me up there!’? I read this passage when I was sixteen and have wondered ever since what it means to be ‘me up there’. What does looking at the stars do to our minds? I want to address this problem partly by treading lightly around the views of some of our greatest philosophers.

 

Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries:
By Carol A. Tebbs, MA

Welcome Kepler College trustees, faculty, friends and students,

The group of graduates who sit before us are the true embodiment of our 2006 theme, “Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries”. The two women are Canadians, one born in Argentina, and our “alpha-male” is a local Washington resident. Though a small group, they represent the world-wide diversity of the students at Kepler College by nationality, age and gender. In case you are wondering at the term, “alpha male”, Roland Matthews is the first male graduate of Kepler College in three (3) classes. Fortunately, other men have taken up the gauntlet to study at Kepler College, and our first and second year classes are now equally men and women.

To expand on, “Opening Borders”, in the nearly seven (7) years Kepler College has been in operation, our students and graduates represent three (3) continents, eleven (11) nations, and many more ethnicities and cultures. They come internationally from countries spanning the globe, and in the U. S. from nineteen (19) states across the nation. The ages of our students have varied from seventeen (17) to (71), not possible in most other colleges that cater to youngsters away from home for the first time. Distance learning opens borders and is the key to the great student diversity we cherish so dearly here at Kepler College.

Kepler College
President’s Address
October 13, 2006

Welcome students, faculty, board of trustees and honored guests to Kepler College’s third commencement ceremonies.Tonight we honor the hard work and dedication of our students. We have three students here on stage tonight and one who is not with us, Johnathan Edwards, who only just completed the last requirements for his AA degree this past week.

Kepler College continues to change and grow into a strong academic institution. Each year since our opening in 2000, we have seen additions or improvements in our academic programs so that we can join the family of accredited colleges. Each year for our first four years, we had a new year added to our BA program. In 2005 we saw the start of our AA program and last year saw the start of our MA program, and this year we complete that program.

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