A Prayer for the CCAD Class of 2020

By Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Ahrens

Sr. Minister

First Congregational United Church of Christ

444 East Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Never stop learning and never stop changing the world.”

Nelson Mandela

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."

Marie Curie, chemist and physicist

 “I have learned to trust the Millennials to lead us forward even though I have not figured out how they do it.”

Tim Ahrens, a finding in his doctoral dissertation, 2015

Artistic Creator of the Universe and each one of us, Thank You for the Class of 2020 from Columbus College of Art and Design. Each person has grown across the years in the process of creativity and we give you thanks.

Thank you for all who helped this amazing collective of artists and designers grow because no one gets anywhere all alone. 

It truly “takes a village” to raise artists and designers.

Thank you for all the village people who raised these beautifully gifted ones. 

Thank you for parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, children, partners, teachers, and friends who believed in each member of this class even on days when they had lost faith in themselves. 

Thank you for those who provided paints, pencils, sketchbooks, and iPads when no one else saw the artist being born and taking form within each person.  

Thank you for those who smiled upon them and smile still—providing encouragement in the creative process of growing up. 

Thank you for all the faculty, staff, and trustees of CCAD. Each one of the family we know as CCAD has shown resolve to make this college, this class, and each student the best person they can be and has provided them with the tools they need to succeed. 

Thank you for this community of support which has surrounded each member of this class through their years here. 

In these difficult days, when the campus is empty and students, faculty, and staff have been separated from one another, help everyone to remember all the good times, the hard times, the ups and the downs, the crumbled papers of failure, and the canvases filled with beauty; all the textures on the floor as well as the outfits on the runway.

Guide each member of the Class of 2020, that their work may overcome cruelty and bring our world more peace and tranquility. 

Guide them, that they may be bright stars in the universe of art and design.

Guide them, through their life’s work, that they may add something new to the evolution of art and design thus creating a spark in someone somewhere to make this world more beautiful, too.

Finally, God of ceaseless new beginnings, we pray your blessing, power, and courage for each member of this class, that they might come to know the fullness of your love and share that love with others.