The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, urged Marymount University graduates not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence, but rather dedicate their lives to the pursuit of holiness.
It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy, Bishop Burbidge said. On the contrary, it will bring the fullness of life you seek.
Bishop Burbidge addressed 440 bachelors degree candidates and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Marymount Universitys 67th undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 20 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
He noted that the Universitys vision statement includes the commitment that Marymount will distinguish itself by its engagement in the world.
This is very important in a world marked not by engagement but by confrontation, he said. How often do we close ourselves off to what another has to say or seek? We drown out the voices of those with whom we disagree without even hearing them or engaging with them. Engagement might also be described as authentic communication.
He encouraged the graduates to embrace a culture of engagement, beginning with those around them.
Take time to notice those who need you to engage them, and also take time to notice in the presence of your daily lives those around you whom Pope Francis calls the saints around you, reminding us that its a journey always in community, side by side with others, he said.
Bishop Burbidge urged the degree candidates to make time for prayer every day in order to avoid chaos and experience serenity, which will help them see Gods presence in their encounters with others.
Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, addressed 269 masters degree candidates and 53 doctoral degree candidates at Marymounts Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 19 at Constitution Hall.
The older you get, the clearer it becomes that the best part of working hard and achieving success is making a difference in the lives of others, said Donohue, who has been president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since 1997.
He shared a phrase hes repeated throughout his life and had inscribed on a window he and his wife donated to Marymounts Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel: If you can, you must.
If you can help others, you mustbecause most cant financially, he said. They rely on those who can. So if you can achieve the success required to give backyou must. And trust me, each of you can to some degree, especially now that youre graduating from Marymount.
He said the graduates can do this through their work itself, time spent volunteering, financial generosity, or all of the above.
Marymount President Dr. Matthew D. Shank and Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Edward Bersoff conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters degrees upon Joseph Maurelli, retired board chair.
To the graduating class I would say, that the world appears to be, in my opinion, desperate for integrity in its leadership, Maurelli said. I implore you, do not lose your moral compass. You have many, many choices as your career grows; pick the right road. And remember, its not what you think or what you say that will define you, its what you do.
Other commencement weekend activities included a doctoral hooding ceremony and reception, a commencement Mass, Recognition Day awards ceremony, a presidents reception, and the Malek School of Health Professions nursing pinning ceremony.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, is shown with Marymount President Dr. Matthew D. Shank.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington urged Marymount University graduates not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence, but to dedicate their lives to the pursuit of holiness.
Proud members of Marymount Universitys Class of 2018.
President Shank congratulates a graduate.
Marymount University held its graduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 19 and its undergraduate ceremonies on Sunday, May 20 and at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.