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the academy journal has happened at Bryn Athyn College and the rest of the Academy over the past 7 years. But I am so proud of what the faculty, administration, donors, leadership, and students have accomplished. And I hope that my service on the board and advice on legal matters has helped. In reading about good and truth, I looked at Arcana Coelestia. In number 2258, Swedenborg writes that Divine truth is judgment and Divine good is mercy. Reading this took me back to liv- ing in New York after 9/11. I was lucky—even though my office was very near the World Trade Center, I didn’t lose anyone I knew at the towers. But it was still an unsettled, disturbed time for the whole city. Like most New Yorkers, I wanted there to be something I could do to help, but there wasn’t really that much. I spent some time at the big assistance center at pier 94, helping people fill out requests for death certificates - I figured that lawyers can help with forms, although I had sec- ond thoughts when they told us during training that we absolutely could not cry (“not crying” is not really part of my core skill set). The assistance center was an incredible example of what can hap- pen when you combine good and truth--so many people combining their love for their neighbors and their knowledge of how to provide help cre- ated an amazing resource for people. Anyway, one of the things that was off-kilter was that the subways weren’t running like usual, and I ended up taking a car downtown much more often than usual. And I would watch every time for a certain synagogue on the upper west side. It had the words of Micah 6:8 carved around the top of the building. “What doth the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” And, somehow, think- ing about those words made the day, made the city, seem less unsettled. Even when things have gone very wrong, I believe that using truth and good to walk humbly with your God will lead you to use and happiness. So here we are at commencement: the end of one journey and the start of many others. You’re heading off now to pursue further studies, start new careers, and generally find your place in life. My wish for you today is that in all those pursuits you “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Degrees and Awards Conferred ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE RECIPIENTS Gabrielle C. Anderson Psychology Emphasis East Landsdowne, Pennsylvania Julia Cooper Pre-Nursing Emphasis Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania Amanda Bevan Pre-Nursing Emphasis Bensalem, Pennsylvania Julia Lee Ford Education Emphasis Jenkintown, Pennsylvania Rachel Elizabeth Bostock Psychology Emphasis Treasure Island, Florida Steffi C. Linares Geronimo Social Sciences Emphasis Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 16