To the Alumni, for maintaining such a caring and prudent hand in our dealings with the interns.
To the many sponsors, for which their involvement creates the milestones on these students’ journeys. We see your shared enthusiasm about our agenda each year you decide to partner with us.
Thank you, to the parents who provide the very necessary ingredients for achievement. Great intelligence and a good heart can only come from your example.
Thank you Senator Royce West. For believing in us all. For setting us on a glide path, not only forward but upwards.
Much appreciation again for Dr. Emmett J. Conrad and his wonderful wife Eleanor for being the very lifeblood of this monumental initiative. One can only hope to achieve the same acumen and accolade but with your support we can certainly go even farther.
And a special thank you to the students for being exceptional. I have personally seen your resumes and seen the looks in your eyes when talking about your own futures and it does nothing less than inspire me.
It is with great honor and privilege that I pray with and for you all.
[…every head bowed and every eye closed please…]
“Our Father, which art in Heaven”
“Hallowed be thy Name”
…how sacred and magnificent your name.
“Thy kingdom come”
“Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven”
…because we need your will completely in our lives.
“Give us this day our daily bread”
…because You are so fundamental to our survival and sustenance.
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us”
…because it in this combination only that we are worthy of your forgiveness.
“And lead us not into temptation”
…renew our individual discernment.
“But deliver us from evil”
We ask you this blessed afternoon for your blessings, your mercy, your strength, and your grace.
We ask you for traveling grace as we go our separate ways.
From Prairie View to NYU, we need your grace for our journeys.
We thank you for this occasion and these blessed participants.
They are exceptional only because of your divine selection.
But most of all these things they are necessary to your purpose.
We thank you.
Let all those who’ll do justice and love mercy say Amen.