President’s Baccalaureate Address 2015
Good morning! Welcome, everyone, to the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University and to the Baccalaureate service for the Class of 2015. And what a spectacular morning it is! Not only has God given us an iconic Indiana spring day, but...
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President’s Baccalaureate Address 2014
Good morning! Welcome, everyone, to the Chapel of the Resurrection and to the Baccalaureate service for the Class of 2014 at Valparaiso University. After so much effort, so many sleepless nights, so many prayers and hopes, wondering if this day...
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President’s NetVUE Chaplaincy Conference Address 2014

September 27
NetVUE Chaplaincy Conference

Good morning, everyone, and thank you, Beth, for your very kind and generous introduction. I am honored by the invitation of NetVUE and CIC and feel blessed to be able to share some thoughts with you...
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President’s Convocation Address 2014

August 26
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

May 19
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

Aug 27
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

May 20
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

August 21
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

May 15
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

August 23
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

May 16
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

August 21
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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