AU Grads Noted as ‘Difference Makers’ in Commencement Speech

On May 11, Anderson University graduated over 400 students, culminating years of hard work and dedication to their educations. At the ceremony, held in the Kardatzke Wellness Center, President John Pistole and Governor Eric Holcomb spoke words of hope and encouragement to the new graduates, their families, and the Anderson community.

During the President’s charge, Pistole sent the graduates out with a piece of wisdom, “Embrace the values you have learned here and strive for excellence in all things.” He also welcomed them as alumni of the university and reminded them to stay involved with AU, even after they left campus.

He then welcomed the Governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb, who also received an honorary doctorate degree during the ceremony. Governor Holcomb shared many important lessons for graduates as they become a part of the world outside of AU, including the importance of pursuing a career with passion and that it’s okay to fail.

Governor Holcomb also thanked AU for having graduates that are “compassionate, caring, creative, grounded, giving, devoted, determined and difference makers.” Because Anderson graduates have these qualities, they are “exactly the characteristics that employers are craving at this very moment. You are Indiana’s secret ingredient to a bright and promising future.”

Watch our Commencement highlight reel below!

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in businessmusic education, and theology.

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