Stults graduates from Concordia University

SEWARD, Neb. — Grace Stults of Monte Vista was among nearly 300 students to graduate with May degrees from Concordia University, Nebraska.

Graduates receiving a degree in August 2017 or December 2017 were also invited to participate in the ceremony. Rev. Dr. Robert Rosin of Ballwin, Missouri, presented the commencement address, and Concordia presented additional honorary awards and degrees.

In his commencement address, Rosin talked about giving “Fs” to the graduating class saying, “I’m going to hand out some Fs as you head out the door.”

“My first F is for futility, the silliness of expecting a finished world,” Rosin said. “It’s futile to think you know what’s coming and can orchestrate it. No fretting over what otherwise might be. Instead focus on the problems, challenges, and opportunities at hand,” Rosin said.

“Firefly is the next F. In Dante’s epic poem “The Divine Comedy,” in the section of “The Inferno,” Dante looks down into the seventh level of hell and sees a host of individual flames floating there in mid-air, each containing a soul in torment. He can’t stand the sight so his mind’s eye shifts to a shepherd sitting on a hillside, looking down now into a quiet valley with night setting in. There are countless fireflies blinking, flitting here and there, engaged for a moment, and then moving on,” Rosin said.

“F for foolish. Not stupid or ignorant, but more a childlike wonder. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

“Finally, futility, focus, flow, fun, family, friends, firefly and foolish is the report card. You can pursue them all because of one last F, the most important one: foundation. It has been there throughout this past year in your university’s theme from St. Paul in Romans 5: ‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace’.”

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