More than 10,000 seniors, family members and friends attended High Point University’s 2016 Commencement proceedings on Saturday.
The 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered an inspiring message a packed Roberts Hall lawn.
This week, underclassmen are preparing for summer internships, jobs, study abroad trips and more, while the Class of 2016 is moving on to the “real world.”
But as the weekend’s hustle and bustle calms down, you may have questions. We have answers. Here are 10 things you may be wondering after Commencement:
1. How can I view the ceremony digitally?
Visit the HPU commencement website. There, you can view highlights from Rice’s speech, check out HPU President Nido R. Qubein’s advice for new graduates, and watch the send-off video that recaps the Class of 2016’s past four years at HPU.
A DVD of the weekend, including these highlight videos and a full recording of the Commencement proceedings on Saturday, will be mailed to the graduates over the summer.
The Friday night question-and-answer session, “A Conversation with Condoleezza Rice and HPU President Nido R. Qubein,” was filmed by UNC-TV and will air at a later date. Shortly after it airs, the recording will be added to highpoint.edu/innovators and shared on HPU’s social media platforms.
2. What happened to Lewis the bald eagle?
Lewis soared over the Class of 2016 to symbolize the ideals of free enterprise, independence and the ability to pursue new opportunities in America and abroad. He took a right turn on his journey and was found safely later on the International Promenade. We think he wanted a tour of campus!
3. Where are the grads headed?
The Class of 2016 graduates are commencing prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU.
4. What sort of advice did Dr. Rice offered graduates?
Rice challenged the graduating seniors to hold an unwavering optimism for the future and use their education to make a meaningful impact on the world. Here are five takeaways from her Commencement address:
5. What media attention did HPU’s Commencement attract?
HPU was featured on NBC Nightly News, Fox National News and CBS This Morning, as well as many other national news outlets such as The Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, Business Insider, USA Today College and NBC News’ “Washington’s Advice to Millennials.”
6. How can I connect with other alumni?
Graduates can connect with fellow alumni on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. You can also come back to campus during HPU’s fall and spring alumni weekends. For more information, contact Hayley Harris, HPU’s young alumni and student engagement officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-841-9548.
7. How do I get featured in a Class of 2016 Profile?
The Office of Communications is proud to share the accomplishments of HPU students. Please fill out this form to share your career or graduate school plans with us and you may be featured on our website.
8. Who else has spoken at HPU’s Commencement ceremonies?
HPU’s legacy of bringing inspirational speakers continued this year with Rice. She became part of an extraordinary lineup of HPU Commencement Speakers, including broadcast legend Tom Brokaw; Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor; former First Lady Laura Bush; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple; Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor; Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin; and Muhtar Kent, CEO of the Coca-Cola Company. View all past speakers here.
The words of wisdom they offer graduates on the HPU campus live on. In fact, just this past Sunday morning, an excerpt from broadcast legend Tom Brokaw’s 2015 Commencement address at HPU was featured on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
9. Where can I view photos?
Check out HPU’s Flickr album that recaps the entire weekend, including President Qubein’s senior send-off speech “Onward with Faithful Courage,” the Baccalaureate service and the Graduation Ceremony. Photos from the commissioning ceremony are on Flickr as well.
You can also find photos of individual graduates on stage receiving their diploma with President Qubein, and holding their diploma in front of the HPU backdrop. Graduates can locate their graduation photos online through GradImages.
Contact GradImages’ Customer Service Department by calling 800-261-2576 if you have any questions or need assistance.
10. How can I update my contact info?
Graduates can update all of their contact information, including mailing address, phone number, email address and more, by emailing their info to email@example.com.
Have a question that isn’t covered here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.