Spring Comes to SFSC
Spring is an exciting time of year, no matter where you live. It brings a refreshing atmosphere, new hope, and a lively spirit of renewal. I don’t know that I can explain it — it’s just there.
For us as SFSC, we celebrate spring in various ways. We precede our annual spring break with College Week, a time of special out-of-classroom activities for our students. Special events are planned, and we all share a feeling of excitement. Spring break week allows a time for catch-up and a respite. It reminds us that we need to get ready for the exciting times that lie ahead.
More celebrations follow, prompting more excitement. Some of those events are Student Awards Day and the upcoming annual Athletic Awards Banquet where we honor our student athletes. Then comes the end of the academic term. Final exams and final projects are, indeed, excitement-producing activities.
Following these events come other celebrations — the SFSC Foundation’s 30th Annual Spring Gala and Annual Auction Gala in April and Cultural Programs’ Appreciation Dinner in May. These events help us reflect on success that occurs through creativity and generosity.
The big event in the life of an academic institution is Commencement. It is the ultimate celebration of what we are called to do – the essence of our existence. It comes in May, following the grueling period of final exams. Commencement is a tradition in higher education in which we formally celebrate the accomplishment of completing a program of study through a formal recognition and the awarding of a credential.
The point of this writing is that, whether one can explain it or not, spring is an exciting time for everyone, and we should strive to enjoy the splendor of the season with a reflective mindset that suggests to us the importance of our combined efforts in producing favorable outcomes, all stemming from the privilege of belonging to and working in a learning community. What an awesome privilege. Nothing is more important than knowledge acquisition in its various forms. We derive joy and excitement from observing the delivery of that knowledge through one’s work and the breakthrough potential opportunities learning affords for all of us, students, staff, and faculty alike. For me, it’s a daily celebration, no matter what the season. Truly, hope springs eternal.