6/28/2008 - Reich tells graduates to 'Save and Savor' their world
By Michael J. Brooks
A capacity crowd jammed Alumnae Auditorium on the campus of Judson College in Marion on Saturday for the college's 170th annual commencement.
Judson President Dr. David Potts presided and awarded diplomas to the graduating seniors.
Potts noted that the class of ĺ08 had distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom.
"You have served, led, studied and persevered," Potts said. "You've made a difference in this community and you will make a difference in your world."
Birmingham radiologist and Judson alumna Dr. Caroline Anderson Reicháserved as commencement speaker.
Reich graduated from Judson summa cum laude with majors in chemistry and mathematics, and earned the M.D. and the Ph.D. degrees from Emory University.
Reich commended the graduates for their engagement in the Marion community and elsewhere as emissaries of Christ, and encouraged them to both "save and savor" their world.
"It's hard sometimes to work all day, but have time to enjoy the sunsets," she said. "But God has given us a beautiful world to enjoy."
Reich likened life to the juggler who has glass balls and rubber balls in the air.
"The rubber balls can be tasks at work that you don't get to one day, but they hit the floor and bounce back and you can do it tomorrow," she said. "But the glass balls are things like your family and your health. These take special care."
Reich said that sometimes the glass balls collide or break, and we must "embrace the unexpected" and improvise, all the while trusting in God's leadership.
"We should rely on God's Holy Spirit to give us discernment in life," she said. "Our ability to discern good from evil is limited apart from him. Trust him and seek his kingdom first, and he's promised to help you through the difficult decisions of life."
After conferring degrees, Potts presented the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Non-Student Award to Reich and the student award to Rikki Enzor of Centre.
Clara Tew of Marion received the J.C. Faulkner Award and Katie Brooks of Covington, Wash. received the Bible Award for outstanding Christian service.
Enzor also received the Scholarship Award for having the highest academic average in the class.
Professor of art Ted Whisenhunt won the Lula and Alton Holley Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching.
Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.