Olivia Gulino, Contributing Writer
As a graduating senior, I have spent much of my time this past semester counting down the days to that particular Sunday morning in May. But this numerical exercise has also been accompanied by an increased awareness of the place that is the University of Dallas, and, more recently, a perpetual game of “remember when” as I take my final steps around campus as a student.
No institution is perfect, but being a student here is a special blessing — at least the way I see it. And just as music is there to usher in new stages in life, so it is also there to roll the closing credits and to say goodbye.
1. “Graduation (Friends Forever)” — Vitamin C: Let’s just get this one out of the way.
2. “Send Me On My Way” — Rusted Root: Poll the class of 2014, and you’ll find both those with their bags packed and those with their feet firmly rooted (pun intended) on the Mall in protest. This song goes out to both camps.
3. “Youth” — Matisyahu: “Fan a fire for the flame of the youth,” because the “youth is the engine of the world.” No matter where May 18 takes us, the world is calling for our voices and for our actions.
4. “Now Is the Start” — A Fine Frenzy: Moving on and away is not all bittersweet nostalgia. It’s also an opportunity brimming with potential and a chance to go and live the life you were meant to live.
5. “You’ll Be In My Heart” — Phil Collins: Don’t laugh. This is a great song.
6. “Sunshine Roof” — The Innocence Mission: We are “moving into squares of sun” with “light on everything to come.”
7. “The Parting Glass” — Irish traditional: This folk tune, which Ed Sheeran and The Wailin’ Jennys have beautifully covered, says everything: “Come fill to me the parting glass / Good night and joy be with you all.”
So, here’s to you, UD. Thanks for the memories.