Dean Arzola's words to the Graduates

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday October 1, 2015

The 2014-2015 Nyack College NYC Campus Yeakbook Theme, "Greater Things"

From the Dean to the Graduates

When we hear the phrase “greater things,” we usually think in quantitative terms. This is certainly natural. After years of undergraduate study, you have accumulated a significant amount of knowledge. But more stuff also tends to clutter or confuse our minds and our vision. So how might we both compartmentalize and integrate our lives in such a way that makes the intellectual music harmonic instead of cacophonic?

Perhaps another way of understanding “greater things” is through depth and clarity. Or what our tradition calls “wisdom.” The liberal arts provides a depth of knowledge which allows us to consider life from various disciplinary perspectives. The philosophic, the scientific, the literary, the artistic are myriad ways to more thoughtfully and more comprehensively ponder the intricacy of a thing. But, at least for me, it’s the prophetic dimension that deepens the awareness of its beauty. It’s the pathos that gives life to knowing and space for mystery. Let us ever strive to deepen and clarify our minds and our hearts.

Fernando Arzola Jr., Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

The 2015 Nyack College NYC yearbook:

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