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Thousands of IU graduates received degrees and a mission

May 17, 2017

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[Video: Graduates processing in robes and mortarboards]

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[Video: President McRobbie speaks at a podium during commencement]

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[Video: Students process into large arena for commencement]

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[Video: Graduates are lined up to go onto stage and receive degrees]

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[Video: Graduates processing into Lucas Oil stadium]

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[Words appear under the commencement speaker Tamika Catchings: Over 20,000 degrees awarded]

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[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]

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In just over a week, Indiana University awarded more than 20,000 degrees, a record number. The new alumni left their campuses with their degrees and a mission.

In his commencement address, IU President Michael A. McRobbie offered the Class of 2017 his congratulations and encouraged them to “venerate the truth. Search for it. Defend it when it is challenged.”

The graduates who heard his charge were young and old, first-generation college students, children of IU alums, and some graduating with more than one IU degree.

Among them were an IU Bloomington student who found her passion in fashion design, a mother and daughter from IU Northwest who earned the same degree, an IU Kokomo graduate who completed her degree on time despite life-changing tragedies, a young woman from IU South Bend whose graduation meant achieving her dream of becoming a nurse, an aspiring dentist from Cuba who felt his accomplishments at IU Southeast honored the sacrifice of his parents, an IUPUI grad who discovered that education can break the cycle of poverty, and an IU East graduate who plans to use his nursing degree to help others in need.

They came from all across Indiana, the nation and the world, and they all became IU graduates.

Thanks to their time at IU, they are prepared to impact the future with what McRobbie described as a “broad education in a wide range of subjects that are central to understanding the human experience. It is an education that aspires to truth.”

McRobbie emphasized that society has a vital need for them to devise solutions to its grand challenges.

“Our society needs policymakers, scientists, public servants, business executives – the kind of leaders you will become – who have an understanding of the importance of truth,” he said.

As alumni, they will have the opportunity to take their knowledge of the truth and use it as they reach the goals their new degrees will help them achieve. McRobbie encouraged the new graduates to remember, as they reflect on their time at IU, the university’s commitment to truth.

“Remember the work at the heart of your alma mater: the search for truth and the dissemination of knowledge to generations of students – students like you – whose characters are molded by the values of this great institution,” McRobbie said.


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Mary Keck

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