D. Raja, co-founder and chairman of Computer Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), delivered the Commencement Address, “What’s Important in Life?,” during which he shared the story of his own humble beginnings, his evolution into a servant leader and the importance of reputation.
“Reputation is the basis of leadership, no matter the job,” he said. “And reputation is the reflection of your character. Well, your character is only known to you. But your reputation is the reflection of your character through your words, actions and deeds.”
He also encouraged gradates, assuring them that everyone faces adversity at times, and that success can still be achieved through their reaction to that adversity.
“The older I get, the more convinced I am that success in life is not so much what happens to us, it is how we respond to what happens to us. We have the power to choose our response.”
- Kayla Diane Bleckley
- Jessica Marie Marabello
Marabello delivered the valedictory to the University on behalf of the valedictorians. Lance Hyde, a graduate of the Master of Business Administration Program from Cranberry Township, Pa., represented the graduate program students.
Two graduates, Charles Lee Cook, a biology (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Cheswick, Pa., and Aaron Berkley Palmer, a sports management major from Leesburg, Va., were commissioned Second Lieutenants in the Army of the United States of America during the Commencement ceremony.
Prior to the commencement exercises, the Rev. Dr. Richard E. Visser, a retired Baptist minister with more than 40 years of service, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “Being Salt and Light.”
“In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus tells His followers that they are ‘the salt of the earth’ and ‘the light of the world,’” Visser said. “In today’s brutal world, that is your calling. As salt can enhance and improve the flavor of food, you can improve the ‘flavor’ of people’s relationships and attitudes.”
Visser suggested “four D’s” through which to be effective salt and light in today’s world: depend on God to guide and sustain you, discover your spiritual gifts, determine where you can best use your spiritual gifts and do what you can.
The University awarded the following degrees to graduates: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
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