Monday, May 16, 2016

Letter to Our Graduating Seniors-2016

May 17, 2016
Final Letter to Graduating Seniors
I love graduation at Maryville College.  I love the ceremony and traditions which have unique meaning for our graduating seniors.  A number of years ago, I started writing a letter to our teacher licensure students which I always give them on Wednesday evening during their final exam before graduation on the following Sunday.

May 11, 2016
From the desk of Dr. Terry L. Simpson…
Since you have now completed your last final exam at Maryville College, may you have a wonderful celebration with those who care deeply about you and your future.  We have worked hard together to make you the best teacher that you can possibly be, but it is now squarely on your shoulders.  We have equipped you to be a leader and not a follower.

When you finally receive your official Maryville College degree, please remember that no one owes you anything.  Rather, you are obligated.  You are one of the 10% of the world’s population with a college degree.  You are obligated to make a positive difference in the world around you.  You are obligated to be unconditionally dedicated to our children.  A wise teacher once said, “To whom much is given, much is required.”  
When you are named “Teacher of the Year,” you must call Dr. Orren, Dr. Lucas, Dr. Mertz or me before you call your mother!
Finally, for the last time, “Bless you my children.”

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