Congratulations, English graduates!
As the year comes to a close, I’d like to send a special note of congratulations to our graduating seniors. I know that many of you have already made exciting plans for the next year, while others will be braving the job market at a very challenging time. For those of you whose plans are not yet settled, remember that you can continue to take advantage of the Career Center’s services for years after you graduate – speak to career counselors, attend job fairs, and make use of the ASK network. You’re also more than welcome to stop by the department to speak to your former professors! I hope you will stay in touch — keep an eye on The Underground or join the Facebook group, Friends and Alumni of DePaul’s English programs, to find out about readings and other events.
On behalf of the department of English, I would like to wish you well in the next steps you take as you move on from your studies at DePaul. I hope that you are leaving this program not only with sharpened reading, writing, and analytical skills but also with an inventory of works of literature that you found moving, surprising, disturbing, or beautiful.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
I’ll sign off with a poem that seems appropriate for the occasion:
Poetry as Insurgent Art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
I am signaling you through the flames.
The North Pole is not where it used to be.
Manifest Destiny is no longer manifest.
Nemesis is knocking at the door.
What are poets for, in such an age?
What is the use of poetry?
The state of the world calls out for poetry to save it.
If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.
You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words…
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2011!!!
We wish you great success in your future endeavors.
We have one tiny, little, insignificant request….
as our brand-new alumni/alumnae, we encourage you to stay in touch–let us know what you’re up to–whether you’re working, studying, interning, or writing (or all four!)
Angel Woods email@example.com
Editor – The Underground