Valpo in Quotes

My advice to you today is quite simply, to believe … Believe in something bigger and bolder than yourself … Be open to the beliefs of others, allowing your own beliefs to evolve and change.

Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International Inc., 2016 May Commencement

All of us as individuals trust in the process of sharing ourselves with the rest of us — our talents, our traditions, our time — and something beautiful happens when naturally we become a part of this diverse ‘we’ … Represent yourself here. Be yourself, your most authentic, real, beautiful self. We’ll be better because of it.

Nura Zaki ’17, student body president, 2016 Opening Convocation

We each came to college as an embodiment of our family and now leave individually as who we are meant to be. The sharp degree of individual and social change we have experienced is significant, enough to make us question what our place in the world is.

Benjamin L. Hoemann ’16, 2016 May Commencement

This campus has something special. It has subtle inspiration about it that almost whispers to you, ‘anything is possible, you can do it.’ The culture, the atmosphere, the faculty, the administration all add up to the unique Valpo experience that cannot be found anywhere else.

Trenten Tanber ’17, 2016 Honors Breakfast

We will never find the highest returning investments in our communities sitting behind a desk … Today, the way we will bring our communities back, all of us, is by going out and saying, ‘where are people struggling, and what is the next smallest thing we can do to make that a little bit better?’

Chuck Marohn, founder and president of Strong Towns, as part of the Institute for Leadership and Service’s Pathways to Purpose Speaker Series

This is a watershed moment for Valparaiso University. We are embarking on a history-making effort that will help secure the future of this University that means so much to each of us. When completed, Forever Valpo will strengthen our leadership position among the world’s best faith-based colleges and universities.

Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., president of Valparaiso University, at the launch of Forever Valpo: The Campaign for Our Future