Thousands and thousands of young people — proud in gowns and mortarboards — are walking across platforms this spring, like every spring, to receive their college diplomas. Graduation speakers are standing at podiums, talking about the gifts the students have and the possibilities and challenges before them.
These are days of hope — for anticipation of meaningful work, satisfying relationships and making a difference in the world. At colleges related to churches, such as St. Olaf in Northfield, Minn., where I teach, speakers often frame these prospects in the language of vocation.
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