Thank you for giving the class of 2011 the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and learn new disciplines. Help them now to apply what they have learned in positive and productive ways.
Help them to see that the end of one journey is just a beginning of another. Grant them the wisdom to discern next step and start up scenarios. Grant them the courage to test their new skills and stretch out in new directions. Grant them the strength to try their dreams and keep trying until they come true.
Lord, we know you have plans for their lives, plans not to harm them but to prosper. We pray today that they will discern the call you have upon their lives and the future that you have in mind. Protect them from those that seek to destroy their potential and derail their dreams.
May the blessings of Christ go with them today as they celebrate this achievement and those to come. May they always find strength in their faith in God and turn to God when they need strength beyond human capacity In Jesus name, AMEN
A prayer for all graduates especially our Joi, Master of Science, Columbia School of Journalism Columbia University, NYC.