The 627 members of Anderson University’s Class of 2010 were encouraged on Saturday to “live your ideals graciously and generously” as they received diplomas at the school’s 92nd Commencement.
The commencement message came from William G. Enright, an Indianapolis theologian, philanthropist and author who was awarded one of two honorary diplomas. Also honored was Dr. Mark W. Fulton, founder of Mission Haiti Inc.-Midwest, which provides medical care at clinics in the impoverished nation.
Fulton, a dentist who practices in Anderson, was lauded by Donald G. Boggs, chairman of AU’s Department of Communication and Theater Arts. “Dr. Fulton’s work has given hope to the poverty-stricken and exemplifies God’s love for all people,” Boggs said.
Enright outlined a similar path for graduates.
“Generous people are the people who see the holy in the human face,” said Enright, executive director of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and director of the Lilly Endowment.
Enright outlined traits of generous people from Aristotle to Bill and Melinda Gates and found what he called four milestones that he admonished students to incorporate in their lives after graduation:
“Follow your passion, ask the ‘why’ question, take time to think, and practice hospitality,” Enright said.
Enright explained that the “why” question was important to remember through life.
"As we grow older, we tend to stop asking the ‘why’ question, but it’s the ‘why’ question that opens the window to understanding,” he said.
Anderson University President James Edwards saluted Enright for being “at the heart of so many things that happen in the great city of Indianapolis.” Enright also is the former senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
Among the graduates Saturday was Gail Brant, 87, the oldest graduate in the school’s history. She was among 13 graduates of AU’s honors program, another first for the school.
- 5: Doctors of ministry
- 12: Masters of divinity
- 10: Masters of theological studies
- 3: Masters of arts and intercultural services
- 6: Masters of arts and Christian ministry
- 9: Doctors of business administration
- 111: Masters of business administration
- 18: Masters of science and nursing and MBAs
- 17: Masters of education
- 4: Masters of music education
- 334: Bachelors of arts
- 35: Bachelors of science in nursing
- 47: Bachelors of science in organizational leadership
- 10: Bachelors of music
- 6: Associates of science
—Dave Stafford is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Photo credits: Don Knight. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.