Geoffrey S. Mearns
Fall 2018 Commencement Remarks
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10 a.m.
Worthen Arena

'Serve your neighbors'

"You have pursued and obtained this education in order to get a good job and to provide for yourself and for your family. But no matter how you choose to earn a living, please continue to serve your neighbors. As I suspect that you already know, such service is very rewarding."

'Character matters'

“Always remember that professional success and personal satisfaction require more than knowledge and talent. To lead a meaningful life, you must embody certain core values, such as the enduring values articulated in the Beneficence Pledge. Be sincere, and speak the truth. Model integrity — and value integrity in others. Character matters. And so does heart.”

'We believe in you'

“Never forget the dream that brings you here today. Pursue that dream with passion and with courage. And pursue it with great optimism. We believe in a better future. We believe in a world that is more peaceful and more just. We believe in that bright future, because we believe in you.”