President’s Convocation Address 2014

Date: August 26, 2014
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

I can’t imagine life without Google. How about you? With a few keystrokes and a click of the mouse, the whole world of information is right at my fingertips. A life without Google? How would I look up the weather, order a book, research trends,...
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President’s Baccalaureate Address 2013

Date: May 19, 2013
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

Good morning! Welcome, everyone, to the Chapel of the Resurrection and to the Baccalaureate service for the Class of 2013 at Valparaiso University. So, graduates-to-be, here you sit at the nexus of your past and your future. How does it feel?...
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President’s Convocation Address 2013

Date: Aug 27, 2013
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

On February 10, 1982, 46 Apple employees gathered with CEO Steve Jobs to celebrate another milestone in creating the Macintosh personal computer. The hardware cast was ready for mass production, so it was time for some champagne, some speeches, and...
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President’s Baccalaureate Address 2012

Date: May 20, 2012
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

Good morning! Seniors and graduate students, family members and friends, faculty members and colleagues, this is the day for which we have toiled. This is the time that we have longed for and imagined together when the work seemed so hard and the...
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President’s Convocation Address 2012

Date: August 21, 2012
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

Rejoice always! It is wonderful to be back in the Chapel of the Resurrection after a summer of closed doors, construction fences, cranes and jackhammers. Although we’ve only begun our three-year restoration and expansion of the Chapel, it is a...
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President’s Baccalaureate Address 2011

Date: May 15, 2011
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

Good morning! Well, seniors and graduate students, this day is finally here! It doesn’t quite seem real, does it? Yet, here you are, sitting all together in the Chapel, perhaps like you did for Convocation on your very first day of school at...
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President’s Convocation Address 2011

Date: August 23, 2011
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

What an auspicious occasion! What an extraordinary celebration! Valparaiso University does many things exceptionally well, but I can tell you that we just get better and better at ceremonies and processions! Well done, Marshall Shingleton! Well...
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President’s Baccalaureate Address 2010

Date: May 16, 2010
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

Good morning! It doesn’t quite seem real. Here you sit. With these awkward robes on. Maybe more than a few butterflies in your stomach. Your family is here. Maybe your girlfriend or boyfriend, or your fiancé. People you love. People who love...
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President’s Convocation Address 2010

Date: August 21, 2010
Location: Chapel of the Resurrection

Fifty years ago. 1960. The first day of classes. Here. President O. P. Kretzmann stood where I stand. The Chapel was packed. It was probably hot. I don’t know what President Kretzmann said on Convocation Day in 1960. But I do know who heard...
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