Commencement may have come and gone, but the words of wisdom Dr. Condoleezza Rice shared with High Point University’s Class of 2016 are timeless. She challenged the graduating seniors to hold an unwavering optimism for the future and use their education to make a meaningful impact on the world.
In case you missed it, here are five takeaways from Rice’s Commencement address last weekend:
Rice 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.