For the graduates, this moment marks a clear ending and a clear beginning. The task set before you four years ago is now completed in full. To the class of 2012: Well done, and congratulations.
Some of you may have taken a little longer than four years to complete
your studies. One graduate has said that he completed his degree in
only two terms: Clinton’s and Bush’s.
In some ways, it is fitting that I share this distinction with Truett
Cathy. The Romney campaign comes to a sudden stop when we spot a
Chick-fil-A. Your chicken sandwiches were our comfort food through the
primary season, and there were days that we needed a lot of comforting.
So, Truett, thank you and congratulations on your well-deserved honor
There are some people here who are even more pleased than the
graduates. Those would be the parents. Their years of prayers,
devotion, and investment have added up to this joyful achievement. And
with credit to Congressman Dick Armey: The American Dream is not owning
your own home, it is getting your kids out of the home you own.
Lately, I’ve found myself thinking about life in four-year stretches.
And let’s just say that not everybody has achieved as much in these last
four years as you have.
That’s a theme for another day. But two observations. First, even
though job opportunities are scarce in this economy, it is not for
nothing that you have spent this time preparing. Jerry Falwell, Senior,
long ago observed that “You do not determine a man’s greatness by his
talent or wealth, as the world does, but rather by what it takes to
discourage him.” America needs your skill and talent. If we take the
right course, we will see a resurgence in the American economy that will
surprise the world, and that will open new doors of opportunity for
those who are prepared as you are.
Read more at The Washington Examiner.