Let’s Talk … Carrying the Light: A BruIN magazine column from KCC President Dr. Paul Watson

My dear Class of 2024,

I have a few words for you…

Have you ever looked closely at our College seal? It is proudly displayed where, like the first Olympians, the olive branches reflect (academic) prowess, and are representative of a geographic region. The open book points to a search for knowledge and the flame immediately above it signals KCC’s and now your presence as a beacon of light and hope which aligns with the purpose of an education and our mission.

You see, you are an emissary of light and knowledge. And today I ask you, Class of 2024, to rise to the task of “carrying the light.”

This year’s 2024 Commencement Ceremony culminates your academic KCC journey, but I trust it also begins how you will use what you have learned here at KCC. How will you use the knowledge and skills acquired to make a positive impact in your neighborhood? In the world around you? Maybe it is to recognize your impact as you volunteer in your local community. Maybe it is as you bring needed expertise to the workforce. Maybe it will enable you to save a life. Or maybe it will provide solace and peace to a person in need of an empathic shoulder or ear.

Use your light to illuminate the path for others and inspire future generations to follow in your footsteps. Strive gallantly to lean into what you have learned.

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Take those words to heart and commit yourself to being a beacon of knowledge, compassion, love and progress in our communities and beyond.

Congrats, Class of 2024, may your words and, most importantly, your actions show the (KCC) light is being carried.

This column first appeared in the June 2024 edition of BruIN magazine. To read the issue online, please visit kellogg.edu/bruinmagazine.