President Richard F. Wilson - Closing Remarks

May 5, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the Illinois Wesleyan University graduating Class of 2013!

In a moment, we will rise and sing together the Alma Mater. With several years of practice, our expectations are high that you will know the words--but just to be safe we have printed them in your program.

Following the Alma Mater, we will adjourn and enjoy the graduation tradition of strawberries and scones. 

I would also like to remind you that an easy way to see faculty members following this ceremony is to locate the departmental signs that are scattered around the Quad. There is a map of departmental locations in the back of the program. 

Finally, I want you to know that it has been a great personal privilege to serve as President of Illinois Wesleyan during your time on campus. I have come to appreciate the many special talents and skills represented in this class.

I lift my cap to the Class of 2013 and offer one final admonition:

  • Search for what is true
  • Stand for what is just
  • Strive to make a difference

Congratulations and good luck!