ADRIAN, Mich. – Adrian College is pleased to announce that on Sunday April 29, 2012, over 300 graduates received their diplomas. For the second year, commencement was held on the mall at the center of campus before more than 3,000 attendees.
Beneath the new pergola on Commencement Plaza, Adrian College alumnus Richard D. Kibbey introduced the 2012 commencement speaker, Mr. Pat Boone.
Boone described himself as a “fellow student” and discussed his journey of lifelong learning. He noted that he was a professional entertainer with over 50 years of experience in Hollywood, always understanding that he was somewhat of an outsider to the well-known ways of the entertainment business. He knew there was a perception that he was too straight-laced, too conservative, and too religious. Despite those perceptions, he was able to “entertain families”, without sacrificing his “moral upbringing or the biblical values” which shaped his decisions. Those decisions included foregoing the offer to make a movie with Marilyn Monroe. Boone told the class of 2012 that he was never “in” when it came to show business.
Boone never lost sight of his pursuit of a college education. His lifelong journey, following his role as a Hollywood star, husband, and father, included a priority of finishing a college degree.
“I had decided that the best way I could live this one life was to stand in the crossroads of other young lives and try to point [them] toward Heaven, no matter what professional course they may take.”
Boone described the way in which he could play a role in persuading young people to aim high, and to be the best that they could be. He stated that there was one certain way to find the path to success,
“Make God your agent. He gave you your talents and can help develop your skills. He can open the doors of opportunity that no one else can.”
As he concluded his address, Mr. Boone reminded the graduates of the guidelines for successful living, achieving goals and avoiding the traps that often derail success.
“I urge you to continue being students,” Boone said. “Walk into your future, fellow students, and go with God.”
Preceding his address, Boone was recognized for his lifetime achievements and was presented with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
Ms. Hildreth Houston Spencer, Legacy Friend, Educator, and Philanthropist and Mrs. Ingrid Cornelius Roberts, Legacy Friend and Philanthropist were also recognized for their contributions to the college, as they were, (Roberts posthumously), awarded the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
In a new tradition, the first Faculty Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Robert Husband, Ph.D., Zoology was also announced. The esteemed Dr. Husband joined the faculty in 1964, and remains an active researcher and collaborator on campus.
The College congratulates all of its 2012 spring graduates, acknowledges their accomplishments, and wishes them success in their future endeavors.