Editor’s Note: Sigma Phi Epsilon at UT Martin’s Chapter Counselor Logan Wilson penned the following letter to mark the end of the academic year and to issue a charge to our graduating brothers.
May 7, 2021
Re: Charge to Graduating Brothers of the Tennessee Kappa Chapter
Graduating Brothers, Alumni, and Friends,
As another semester comes to a close, I felt it prudent to take a moment to congratulate our graduating brothers and to thank them for their faithful and diligent efforts to better our beloved chapter. This past year has been rife with challenges, many of which have never been faced by any within Greek Life or within society at large. COVID-19 has proven a difficult adversary, especially within the context of higher education and student life. Despite this, each of our graduating brothers has played a crucial role in ensuring our chapter continues to thrive amid the most challenging conditions we’ve likely ever encountered. These young men have proven to be the very type of brothers sought out by SigEp chapters across the nation. They are diligent in their efforts, they are generous with their time and talents, and most importantly, they embody the meaning of Brotherly Love through their concern for their brothers and their desire to see each one succeed in their endeavors. For their part in contributing to the work set before our chapter, they have my deepest thanks and my most sincere admiration.
To the graduating brothers, I would issue this charge. Look back on these times as the best and happiest of your life. In times of joy, remember your brothers. Should you face adversity, remember your brothers. Sigma Phi Epsilon will always be your home, should you ever have occasion to return. Your brothers – from the oldest, who may have joined when our Fraternity was still young, to the newest, who is only just beginning his journey alongside us – will always love and support you. You have each proven that you understand what our Cardinal Principles stand for. You espouse Virtue through your words, Diligence through your actions, and Brotherly Love through your steadfast devotion to this Fraternity, even in times of adversity. If you continue to express these ideals in your daily lives, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. Never forget where you come from; many things in life are temporary, but brotherhood is forever. Thank you all once again for your diligence and care for our beloved chapter. May the words of our anthem, “Dear old Fraternity, all my life through, I’ll love and cherish the mem’ry of you…” resound with you as you journey through life, and may you always choose to have a brother alongside you.
Logan A. Wilson
Chapter Counselor, Tennessee Kappa