Members of the Class of 2004 congratulate one another after the ceremony; photo by Davor photography.


President Helm addresses the Class of 2004 during Baccalaureate on Saturday evening.


Dr. Sheldon Hackney, former president of the University of Pennsylvania, offers the Commencement address; photo by Davor photography.

“That the concept of freedom has such a powerful hold on our imaginations is both wonderful and worrisome. It tells us who we think we are, and it reminds us of whom we must not become.... Liberty, in short, is a communal enterprise. If it does not include all citizens alike, it will soon not exist for any but the fiercest animals in the urbanized jungle. Liberty changes from time to time and place to place, so it is always contingent and never completed, always in need of being remolded to face new enemies or take advantage of new opportunities. Freedom thus depends on an alert and healthy democracy. The task of the citizen is to be engaged – to cherish and nurture freedom to protect it from its friends as well as its foes."

–excerpted from Sheldon Hackney’s Commencement address to the Class of 2004

 


ABOVE: A flute quartet provides music for the Baccalaureate ceremony.
RIGHT: Richard Brueckner '04, escorted by his proud parents, receives his degree.
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