Pennsylvania Governor Delivers Commencement Address

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell addresses graduates during commencement.

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell gave the 454 members of the Class of 2008 his recipe for success during this year’s commencement exercises, marking the close of Susquehanna’s 150th academic year.

In his speech, Rendell encouraged graduates to set their own guidelines for success and to create high goals for themselves. “The most important thing is that you don’t let society or anyone else set the criteria of success for you,” he said. “You set it. You be the judge. You evaluate how you are doing, what your goals are. And if you reach your goals and you are happy in what you are doing, you will be successful at it. Don’t worry about anything else.”

President L. Jay Lemons reminded the class of their significant place in the history of Susquehanna. “Collectively and individually, the Class of 2008 has a significant legacy. Yet the best is before you. You leave here today primed for great achievement, distinguished leadership and heartfelt service in continuation of Susquehanna’s mission. Those three values — achievement, leadership, service — formed the foundation of our university from its opening 150 years ago and remain durable yet dynamic as we learn more about the world, shape it and are shaped by it.”


The contributing writer for People & Places is Julie Buckingham '09.

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