CHANCELLOR’S MESSAGE – Graduation 2012

‘Choice’ is a defining feature of being humans. However, like most things, there are a few exceptions. Hence, there are a few situations in life where we do not get to choose. For example, we do not get to choose our parents or when we are born. These are wrappings that come with the gift of life.

You the members of the Graduating Class of 2012 have little to do with the local, regional and international economic circumstances into which you graduate. Indeed, these are harsh times in most places. However, you do have a choice with respect to how you deal with these harsh times. The basic choices are that of becoming a victim of or a victor over the times. You must know this by now. Miconians have never chosen the path of the victim but with purpose and perseverance have chosen the path of being victors, notwithstanding the times and circumstances.

This evening you join a pantheon of Miconians stars. You have a light that must shine on some point of darkness in the world. Your challenge is to find that place and shine that light, whatever the circumstances, for therein resides the purpose and fulfillment of your existence. Life is about purpose in whatever place and at whatever time.

Having been to the Mico you have breathed its spirit. It is an indomitable spirit that does not surrender when beset by difficulties, nor is not defeated when mistakes are made, nor is afraid of any foe. The spirit of the Mico is that of service to and in the community, wherever those communities are to be found.

So as you face life with all of its challenges, contradictions and choices my counsel to you is look within and be kind to yourself. Look around and care for and about others.  Look up and find the faith and inspiration to persevere whatever the circumstances.

God bless you.

Professor Emeritus the Honourable Errol Miller CD OJ Ph.D. LLD