Apr 7, 2017

Closing Prayer for Commencement

Here’s a closing prayer for a graduation ceremony. It was written by Dr. Debra Mooney and posted on jesuitresource.org.

Closing Prayer at Graduation

Gracious and Loving God,

We ask, now, for your almighty hand to be upon our graduates
as they and their families celebrate this grand milestone.

May they find comfort from this community’s continued embrace and support
as they journey through life.

May they find strength in the excellence of their academic preparation.  

Bless their lives from this day on with goodness and success.
Enable them to stay true to their dreams for your greater glory,
to discern what is right, good and just,
and to use their gifts wisely and in service to others.

Empower them to walk into the future with faith, hope, & great love 
guided by your light so that they may use their talents
to, in the words of St Ignatius Loyola,
“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

Grace be to them, grace be to us all. Amen.

~ offered by Dr. Debra Mooney; 2016. Posted on jesuitresource.org. http://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/Graduation-and-Graduates.cfm