More than 1,700 graduate at WSU fall commencement

December 17, 2013

FAIRBORN — Wright State University President David R. Hopkins challenged graduates at the 2013 fall commencement to prove themselves “mentally strong” in the future.

“We want to prepare you to have not only the intellectual capabilities but the mental strength to deal with some of the great challenges you will face in your life,” Hopkins said. He then listed five components of mental strength:

  • Mentally strong people do not waste time feeling sorry for themselves.
  • Mentally strong people do not shy away from change.
  • Mentally strong people do not waste energy on things they can’t control.
  • Mentally strong people do not dwell on the past.
  • Mentally strong people do not believe the world owes them something.

“Your success will be based solely on your merit,” Hopkins said. “You will only earn what you have worked hard for. My wish for you is that you will always have the courage to be mentally strong.”

The 1,735 students who had applied for degrees, certificates or endorsements celebrated their accomplishments during the Saturday, Dec. 14 ceremony at the Nutter Center.

The fall commencement class included graduates ranging in age from 20 to 67, including 146 international students from 25 nations. The international graduates included natives of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Syria, Togo and Vietnam.

The graduating class included applicants for 1,052 bachelor’s degrees, 570 master’s degrees and 113 other degrees and certificates.

Saturday’s ceremony included recognition of faculty members K.T. Arasu (University Professor Award) and Joe Deer (Trustees’ Award for Faculty Excellence). ETHOS, an a cappella group made up of Wright State students, performed a musical selection.

Story courtesy of Wright State University