good evening my name is Joseph Appel and I’m Emma Quinn it is our honor to welcome you our friends our families esteemed guests and most especially the visionary class of 2020 to this unique form of celebration our Fordham community is currently scattered around the world but while we may be separated at a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty this celebration reminds us that no matter where life may find us your united by our memories and experiences as Fordham students from our first days admiring the skyline from the Keon Hall we’re lighting our candles at Eddie’s we have been immersed in the very best of what a Jesuit education has to offer both in and out of the classroom we have faced challenges triumphs good times and bad with the conviction that we have the strength skills and most importantly the bonds to shape the world our class the dough dreams Bicentennial class is made up of scholars leaders visionaries problem solvers and people for others hopefully we will be reunited once more to celebrate our graduation before we make our mark on the wider world while we are disappointed that we could not celebrate in person today we invite you all to take this time to reflect with gratitude on our shared experiences and look forward to our future impact as boundary pushers and world changers as we’ve heard so many times before but need to hear now more than ever let us all go out when it’s safe and set the world on fire please stand and join insignia opening hymn [Applause] in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit amen may the Grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all and with your spirit my sisters and brothers with all my heart and from the bottom of my heart I welcome you to this the Baccalaureate Eucharist that celebrates the many achievements of the class of 2020 you may know that this is the one hundred and seventy fifth baccalaureate Eucharist celebrated at the University

it is also the first baccalaureate Eucharist which has ever been celebrated remotely therefore let me suggest something to you if I might I would ask you to consider your homes which are made sacred by all the memories that you have in those homes I would ask you to make those homes and see those homes as chapels of the University Church and if you do so let me thank you for welcoming us into your homes now as we begin this Eucharist I know I speak for father McCarthy and father Salazar when I tell you that we are honored honored beyond words to be able to celebrate this great occasion with you and there is great reason for rejoicing today as we gather we celebrate the members of the class of 2020 the visionary class the class of 2020 the doujins bicentennial class you are a class that have enriched the university beyond measure with all the gifts that you brought with you when you arrived gifts of curiosity of love friendship and the great joy that you have in giving yourself to causes and two persons greater than yourselves we gather to celebrate you we gather to commend God in sending you to us we gather to commend you and all your futures to the loving God who called you to be sons and daughters of Fordham and now my sisters and brothers as we go more deeply into this Eucharist that is pause and place ourselves in God’s presence and in God’s presence let us thank him for all the graces and blessings he has bestowed upon you the members of the visionary class of 2020 and then let us ask him also for all the graces that you will need to serve him unselfishly all the days of your lives us and to hear the contrite of heart you came to a cost you are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us Remiel mighty God have mercy on us all forgive us our faults and failings and bring us at last to eternal life amen now my sisters and brothers let us join our hearts and bow our heads in prayer grant us O Lord we pray that being rightly conformed to the Paschal mysteries what we celebrate in joy may protect and save us with perpetual power then grant this we pray through Christ our risen Lord amen please be seated now to hear the word of God a reading from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah for I know well the plans I have in mind for you plans for your welfare and not for whoa so as to give you a future of hope when you call me and come and pray to me I will listen to you when you look for me you will find me yes when you seek me with all your heart I will let you find me and I will change your lot I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you the word of the Lord thanks be to God

always on my My Lord with me too my the more one’s called the Lord heard him and rescued them from all their distress good good a reading from the letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians put on then as God’s chosen ones holy and beloved heartfelt compassion kindness humility gentleness and patience bearing with one another and forgiving one another if one has a grievance against another as the Lord has forgiven you so must you also do and over all these put on love that is the bond of perfection and let the Peace of Christ control your hearts the peace into which you are also called in one body and be thankful let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another singing Psalms hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God and whatever you do in word or in deed do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him the word of the Lord thanks be to God Oh Oh to listen to our words yours the Lord be with you and with your serene from the holy Gospel according to John glory to You Lord this is my

commandment love one another as I love you no one has greater love than this to lay down one’s life for one’s friends you are my friends if you do what I command you I no longer call you slaves because a slave does not know what his master is doing I have called you friends because I have told you everything I have heard from My Father it was not you who chose me but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you this I command you love one another this my sisters and brothers is the gospel of the Lord praise to You Lord Jesus Christ first of all I want to thank father McShane for inviting me to join you in this baccalaureate mess and also for the honorary degree I’m proud to be a member of the graduating class from this distinguished Jesuit University and also part of the RAM family another reason I’m proud to be a member of the class of 2020 is that as you may know my nephew Charles Boscarino is also part of your class so I feel like I’ve been with you ever since your first week four years ago when I spoke with all of you in the Fordham prep auditorium I don’t know if remember that it was the last week of August there was a lot going on for your first week and you were all nervous and quiet and shy and hardly talking to one another in fact I asked Dean par Mac I said why is everybody so quiet and he said well no one knows one another and they’re kind of afraid of saying something dumb or not cool so I feel like I’ve been with you throughout these four years starting all the way back in freshman year as you navigated your way around campus and maybe visited Mugsy or Pugsley for the first time maybe splurged on the dinner you know once or twice or had your family take you out on Arthur Avenue and then in sophomore year as you got more settled and felt maybe more comfortable exploring New York City a little bit more and then in junior year when maybe like my nephew you spent some time abroad and then this year when you started to feel a little melancholy about leaving until a few months ago when your plans changed dramatically your plans changed in a big way so the first thing to say is that we need to admit disappointment and sadness over how the coronavirus has affected your senior year and my mind turns to a phrase from a gospel passage we read and Sunday Mass just a few weeks ago called the road to Emmaus in that reading from the Gospel of Luke two of Jesus’s disciples are leaving Jerusalem dejected and despairing after the crucifixion and death of Jesus and they utter what may be the saddest words in the whole New Testament we had hoped we had hoped they say that Jesus would be the Messiah we had hoped that he would really be the one we’d hope that things would go better and I bet I know that you may have been thinking some version of those words in the last few weeks we had hoped we had hoped we had hoped that we’d be able to say a real goodbye to some of our classmates we had hoped that we would have an amazing and fun last semester we’d hope that things would have been different for graduation and it’s okay to feel those feelings they’re natural human and real even Jesus’s disciples felt that but then in that Gospel story Jesus appears to them along the road to a mass and helps them see where they have been missing him he helps them see where and their sadness and confusion they had overlooked God and that’s what today’s readings help us to do to notice God even amidst the sadness and confusion that first reading from the Book of Jeremiah is one of my favorites believe it or not one of my friends has that verse tattooed on his arm Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the plans I have for you says the Lord plans for your welfare not for harm to give you a future with hope a future with hope in

other words even amidst the sadness confusion and fear God is on your side when you think about your future right now figuring out what to do looking for a job mapping out your life remember that it’s not just you struggling on your own no God is with you sometimes I like this metaphor it can feel like it’s just you and a little rowboat in the midst of the great big sea pulling on the oars by yourself but that’s not it at all to continue the metaphor God is right next to you in the boat pulling on those oars in the same direction now you might say well you know that’s a nice thing to say but how do I know that well just look at the people who have helped you in the last few months your family teachers friends they’re always that God has of helping you God’s plans for you are a future with hope even in hard times the second reading is also helped today you know in the midst of all this craziness is sometimes hard to know what to do we have so many conflicting feelings we might feel confusion panic despair so how are we supposed to respond well Paul’s letters to the Colossians gives us a roadmap of what to do be humble kind patient Paul even reminds us what the voice of God sounds like in these times it’s the voice of calm hope peace that’s the voice to listen to not the voice of panic or despair that’s not God’s voice listen to the voice of hopeful calm let the Peace of Christ rule in your hearts that’s great advice for any time but Paul’s letter reminds us that over all these things is something else something we hear about in the gospel directly from Jesus love love one another as I have loved you says Jesus now you know this already and you’ve already done this over the last four years you’ve looked for them you’ve loved your classmates you’ve loved I hope some of your classes and your professors and you’ve been loved by the friends you met it for them some of whom you’ll know and love for the rest of your lives maybe you’ve even fallen in love at fordham so you know what love is but in the last few weeks you’ve seen a dramatic presentation of what a deeper love is the sacrificing love that Jesus is talking about where have you seen that well in the many doctors nurses and health care workers who have offered themselves for the salvation of others just like Jesus did during the pandemic I can’t think of a more moving illustration of what Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel greater love has no person than the one who lays down his or her life for others that’s real love the kind of love that typifies what all Jesuit students are called to be men and women for others now not all of you will be called to live out your love in that way but this reading is no less important for you because the real message of your Jesuit education is just that love that’s what it means to be a man or woman for others a phrase you’ve probably heard the first day you arrived on campus it means to love so if you remember nothing more from your four years at Fordham University remember that being a person for others means to love and that will never change because my fellow members of the class of 2020 this is a strange time to graduate may be the strangest in Fordham’s long and distinguished history but in the end the fear confusion and panic that comes with the coronavirus is temporary those things pass away love is forever my sisters and brothers before we begin the prayers of the faithful on your behalf I would like to thank father Martin for his characteristically excellent homily he is as you may know not only a great writer but he’s a forceful preacher and we just experienced that now it is his great joy and he has told me it will always be a point of pride that at the end of this Eucharist he’ll become an honorary member of your class as we bestow upon him an honorary doctoral degree so thank you for Martin for your extraordinary presence with us today my dear sisters and brothers filled with hope inspired by the gospel and strengthened by the faith that we profess let us bring our prayers now to God our loving father for the church may the Holy Spirit continue to empower her in the pursuit of serving the poor as a community of hospitality reconciliation and love we pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer for civil leaders and candidates guided by the Holy Spirit may they lead with humility and wisdom and for members of the public may we set aside our differences as we work together to promote the common good

we pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer for the class of 2020 may we be united from our diverse backgrounds gifts and vocations as we use our education to serve others standing in solidarity with the oppressed discerning what is right and courageously seeking justice we pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer for healthcare workers and graduates preparing for careers in health care for essential workers caring for our communities and for all those struggling with loneliness and financial and security may baby protect it by God’s love and care and sustained by our support we pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer for all those who have supported the class of 2020 in our studies and endeavors maybe they know our thankfulness for all they have given us we pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer for all those who have died especially all impacted by kovat 19 and for all the loved ones of the class of 2020 may the perpetual light of God shine Italy upon them we pray to the Lord Lord hear our prayer loving God you have blessed us richly with your loving kindness and your wisdom our petitions speak of our desire to become who you have called us to be and to glorify you and all we do we ask that you grant our prayers through your son Christ our Lord amen please be seated [Applause]

my sisters and brothers please pray that our sacrifice yours and mine they be acceptable to God the Father Almighty may the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name for our good and the good of all his Holy Church amen graciously sanctify these gifts Oh Lord we pray and accepting the oblation of this spiritual sacrifice make us an eternal offering to you grant this we pray through Christ our risen Lord amen the Lord be with you and with your zipped up your hearts you lift them up to the Lord let us give thanks to the Lord our God it is right and John it is truly right and just our duty and our salvation at all times to acclaim you O Lord but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for with the old order destroyed the universe cast down is renewed an integrity of life is restored to us in Christ therefore filled with Paschal joy every land every people exalts in your praise and even the heavenly powers with the angelic hosts sing together the unending hymn of your glory as they acclaim [Applause] [Applause] you are indeed holy O Lord all your I’ve created rightly gives you praise for through your son our Lord Jesus Christ by the power and working of the Holy Spirit you give life to all things and make them holy and you never cease to gather a people to yourself so that from the rising to the setting of the Sun of pure sacrifice may be offered to your name therefore O Lord we humbly implore you by the same spirit graciously make holy these gifts that we have brought to you for consecration they may become the body and blood of your son our Lord Jesus Christ at whose command we celebrate these mysteries for on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread and giving you thanks he said the blessing broke the bread and gave it to his disciples saying take this all of you and eat of it for this is my body which will be given up for you in a similar way when supper was ended he took the chalice once more giving thanks he said the blessing and gave the chalice to his disciples saying take this all of you and drink from it for this is the chalice of My Blood the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins do this in memory of me my sisters and brothers the mystery of faith therefore Lord as we celebrate the memorial of the saving passion of your son his wondrous resurrection and ascension into heaven and as we look forward to his second coming we offer you in Thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice look we pray upon the oblation of your church and recognizing the sacrificial victim by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself grant that we who are nourished by the body and blood of your son and filled with His Holy Spirit may become one body one spirit in Christ and may he make of us an eternal offering to you so that we

may obtain an inheritance with your elect especially with the Most Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God with blessed Joseph her spouse with your blessed apostles and glorious martyrs our Father Ignatius and all the Saints on whose constant intercession in your presence we rely for unfailing help and may the sacrifice of our reconciliation we pray O Lord advance the peace and salvation of all the world be pleased to confirm in faith and charity your pilgrim church on earth with your servant Francis our Pope Timothy our Bishop theirs brother bishops in all the women and men whom you have called to serve your people the church listen graciously to the prayers of this family whom you have summoned before you in your compassion o merciful Father gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world to our departed brothers and sisters and to all who are pleasing to you at their passing from this life give kind admittance to your kingdom there we hope to enjoy forever the fullness of your glory through Christ our Lord through whom you bestow on the world all that is good through him and with him and in him O God Almighty father in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor is yours forever and ever my sisters and brothers at the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching we now dare to say earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for the kingdom the power and the glory are yours now and forever amen deliver us Lord we pray from every evil graciously grant us peace in our days that by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the Blessed hope and the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ for the kingdom the power and the glory are yours now and forever Lord Jesus Christ you said to your friends I’d leave you peace my peace I give you look not on our sins but rather on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your holy will who live and reign for ever and ever amen may the peace of the risen Lord be with you all and with your spirit and now my sisters and brothers in the chapels of your own home please share with one another the gift of God’s own peace my sisters and brothers behold the lamb of God behold him who takes away the sins of the world blessed are those who are called to the supper of the Lamb lord I would only say the word Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us let us therefore keep his feast

my Jesus I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament I love you above all things and I desire to receive you it’s my soul since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally come at least spiritually into my heart I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself hold me to you never permit me to be separated Oh and let us pray we are partaking of the gifts of this sacred mystery humbly imploring O Lord that what your son commanded us to do in memory of him they bring us growth in charity and grant this we pray through Christ our Lord amen good evening I am Eleanor Rodriguez from the class of 2020 at Rose Hill from the very beginning we were never simply going to be the class of 2020 but rather the visionaries going down in Fordham’s history as the doujin Bicentennial graduating class of our school since our first day freshman year we have shared a lot of history-making moments some will

be remembered throughout the world like the 2016 election megan Markel becoming an unbecoming a royal the me to movement the march for our lives and the u.s women’s soccer team winning the World Cup and fighting for equal pay other moments will simply remain as a part of the history of the class of 2020 we will remember blue who’s closing Starbucks opening McKinley construction the heartbreaking loss of fellow Rams standing with our dreamer classmates winning the RAM Crusader Cup at Yankee Stadium and hearing inspiring speakers like Angela Davis on campus we’ve seen a lot of changes experienced losses great and small and celebrated many victories as a 4-door retreat leader I saw how many of these moments deeply transformed our class I had the privilege of witnessing many of our classmates find their greatest most authentic selves throughout these times whether you attended a retreat or not during your time at Fordham I believe we all encounter God every single day these past four years in the faces of the people around us through these encounters we were becoming the men and women for others that we came to Fordham striving to be we became faithful friends courageous thinkers compassionate leaders daring activists and extraordinary classmates even as the visionary doe Durin’s I don’t think any of us envision Fordham’s a hundred and seventy fifth graduation ceremony under these circumstances expected or not we have proven ourselves brave enough to face the unknown and loving enough to do it together as we approach yet another change and journey further into the unknown it is my greatest hope that we can go forth in the world as our most brave and authentic selves to lead the world in more history-making moments as men and women for others we may now be remembered to the world as the kuruma class of 2020 but to me we are the faithful courageous compassionate daring extraordinary visionary dodin Bicentennial class of 2020 congratulations and I can’t wait to see you soon hello all my name is Hayley Williams and while @f CLC I’ve been involved with many activities mostly ministry and dance related none of those mean much right now none of the things I poured myself into sought Direction belonging and self-worth in have any power to change my present situation stuck at home under my parent’s roofs living basically by the same rules that I did in high school those scattered we are experiencing different outcomes of the same laws forced to leave our friends our freedom and our best laid plans in our beloved city condemned to never-ending zoom calls while our attention is jostle between professors families roommates our performances our travels our senior week our commencement gone I’d be lying if I said I was brokenhearted for us compared to all that’s happening in the world these days and Quarantine have made me apathetic and complacent my days lack focus and structure most of the time I achieved very little my actions seem to impact little outside of my own home after four years at Fordham what did I gain where is my purpose father McShane has one word that rebukes me and my sloth and indifference boredom students will leave being bothered simple yes but this is the most valuable lesson I learned in college we Harden so we can live our lives and not be hurt by the overwhelming amount of trouble we experience New York has tempted me to armor myself use my subway face as shields porta me to pursue peace I often ignored the suffering of strangers in my daily grind Fordham asked me to be a woman for others I could not be a whoredom student and be numb to the needs of my city my community I may not be able to name every Jesuit tenant but in my four years they have been pressed onto my heart with all the hurt and disappointment and loss plaguing our world I cannot let myself be unbothered by it we cannot let ourselves be unbothered as

long as we are present to the suffering of others in our common home we will have meaningful work and purpose we have reason to get out of bed there are people to care for there’s work to be done unless we start doing for the sake of giving rather than receiving we will continue to live in a world of scarcity my hope for the class of 2020 the visionary class is that we would take this time to imagine a world of abundance in doing so we’ll have much to do to bring a reality closer to our vision if Fordham taught me anything it’s that this world needs us to be bothered it needs us to ask the questions of how we can create a more sustainable innovative and generous culture how can we be stewards of compassion to our spheres of influence 2020 this world needs our talent creativity soft hearts sharp Minds it needs our hope you may recall that a few moments ago I mentioned that father Martin who was our preacher for this baccalaureate Eucharist was going to receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University at the end of the Eucharist in that memo which has come so I’ve asked father McCarthy if he would read the degree citation for father father Martin and I’m also gonna ask father Salazar to bring the hood and the diploma over to the altar so that we can bestow this honorary degree upon our dear friend father Martin who by the way has been longing all his life to become a member of the Fordham family this is a dream come true for him so keep that in mind as we do this James Martin of the Society of Jesus whether he’s penning insightful essays about Pope Francis swapping stories on camera with Stephen Colbert or welcoming first-year students to Fordham and other universities around the country father James Martin of the Society of Jesus experiences faith with the open wide wonder of a pilgrim and celebrates it with the sole wise heir you dition of a poet called to his vocation by saint jude and thomas merton father Martin entered the Society of Jesus in 1988 after growing dissatisfied with a career on the executive track at General Electric he began his novitiate serving the infirm in Kingston Jamaica an underrepresented youth on New York City’s Lower East Side after working with the Jesuit Refugee service in Nairobi Kenya he joined the editorial staff of America magazine where he practiced and over time perfected the pastoral compassion and spiritual contemplation that defined his work today widely considered one of the most influential religion writers of our time father Martin who was ordained a Catholic priest in 1999 has written extensively about faith mainstream and Catholic publications a trusted and measured voice amid increasing distraction and divisive miss he is a frequent commenter on networks as diverse as MSNBC and Fox News NPR and the Vatican radio and on social media if it were not beneath the son of man to speak plainly to people he once said it should not be beneath us if Jesus could talk about the birds of the air we can tweet an editor at large in America he is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books including Jesus a pilgrimage the Jesuit guide to almost everything between heaven and mirth my life with the Saints and building a bridge which Cardinal Kevin Farrell prefect of the Vatican’s de Castries for lady family and life hailed as a welcome and much-needed book that will help all chillers more compassionately minister to the LGBT community a spiritual counselor for artists and comedians politicians and priests executives and undergraduates alike father Martin has been a champion for a consistent ethic of life he encourages his fellow pilgrims to consider our faith and our world more deeply to remain at all times

most fully ourselves and to recognize God in everyone and in everything wherever we are or whoever we may be surrounded always by laughter and love and the promise of light for his continued ministry to people in power and on the margins and his manifest commitment to prophetic witness both in action and on the page we the President and trustees of Fordham universe in solemn convocation assembled and an accord with the chartered authority bestowed upon us by the Regents of the University of the state of New York declare for the James marking of the Society of Jesus Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa and that he may enjoy all the rights and privileges of this our highest honor we have issued these letters patent under our hand and under the corporate seal of the University on this the 16th day of May in the year of our Lord 2020 father Martin welcome to the Fordham family this is father Martin’s diploma and this is the doctor’ll hood that he will wear with pride humble Jesuit pride for the rest of his life I want to thank father McShane and the board of trustees of Fordham University for this great honor which I am accepting virtually as you can see it’s a wonderful thing to be officially a member of the Fordham community and also by tradition a member of the class of 2020 which includes my nephew Charles for all of you members of the class of 2020 congratulations and I will see you at our 50th reunion when you will be 71 and I will be 109 so try to speak up but more seriously truly thank you to Father McShane and the Board of Trustees for this great honor and in the words of a famous saying go Rams and now my sisters and brothers we come to the blessing of the graduates and the blessing of the congregation and descending out into the world I’m going to ask father Salazar and father McCarthy to stand on either sides of the altar so that they can join me in the bestowal of this blessing and in the in the silence the quiet or the chaotic joy of your homes which are now chapels extensions of the University Church I would ask our graduates the members of the class of 20 20 the visionary class the dough trends Bicentennial class to please stand as we pray for you and ask God our Lord to bless you God has created each of you to do some definite service he has committed some work to you that he has not committed to another you may not know your mission completely now but we pray that you will know it in the fullness of time you are a part of God’s great work you are a link in a chain a bond of connection between persons you are called to do good you are called to do God’s work you are called to be angel to peace and preachers of truth in your own place and you are called to keep his Commandments and to serve Him in all things therefore my sisters and brothers as you go forth from for to trust in the Lord and do not be afraid I would now like to ask the parents of our graduates to stand and join me in blessing the graduates by placing your hands on their shoulders as a sign of blessing at the same time I will ask father McCarthy and father Salazar to raise their hands in blessing as well Lord bless our graduates and be with them always let them shine as a light for others let them praise you in the way that you love best by giving of themselves spread light and love through them and with them teach them always to show forth your praise your truth and your will teach them to pray to preach your love without preaching not by words but by example and by their visible resemblance to your saints and the evident fullness of the love that their hearts have for you make them always men and women for others they through their lives and their example they might transform the world and build your kingdom the kingdom of justice the kingdom of light the kingdom of peace here in our midst and now I invite the whole congregation to stand all your siblings your grandparents everyone who has

joined you at home for this celebration go forth into the world in peace be of good courage and hold fast to the truth return no one evil for evil rather strengthen the faint-hearted support the weak help the afflicted love and serve one another rejoicing always in the power of the Holy Spirit and may the blessing of God who is Father Son and Holy Spirit come upon you and remain with you forever amen my sisters and brothers our Eucharist together has ended let us go forth now in peace and joy to serve the Lord and his people the church thanks be to God to the members of the class of 2020 congratulations I look forward to celebrating another baccalaureate Eucharist with you and for you in the fall [Applause]