Page 18 - 2012 Lycoming Summer Magazine

r. David Warren, president
of the National Association
of Independent Colleges
and Universities, peppered his keynote
address with references to President
Harry S. Truman during Lycoming
College’s 164th commencement
ceremony on Sunday, May 6. He told
the 249 seniors that Truman had three
boundary decisions,” dropping the
first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan,
racially integrating the United States
military and firing General Douglas
When Merle Miller, Truman’s
biographer, asked him how he responded
to the pundits, politicians and others who
were leery of his decisions, Truman said
he told them, “I have done the best I can
do. I have no regrets.”
Warren informed the seniors that
to be able to say those words is to have
found a centeredness in one’s life, an
axis that connects one’s head with one’s
heart around which one’s life can rotate.
He says the point and the purpose of
a liberal arts education is to help each
person to find such a center, to find an
axis and to know how then to live and to
work in an honorable way.
Now into each life will come
boundary decisions,” said Warren,
who received an honorary Doctor of
Divinity degree from Lycoming. “Some
will be highly personal. Some will
be political and social and economic
and cultural. But already this class of
has made one personal boundary
decision. You made it individually and
you made it collectively. You chose to
come to Lycoming College. And as a
consequence, you are marked. You are
marked by the experience of this place.
Those people sitting adjacent to you and
all around you have at some level shared
a common experience. But you also have
had to craft your own time and your own
way and wherever you go, the mark of
Lycoming College will be with you.”
Also receiving honorary degrees were
Gene L. Dodaro ’73, comptroller general
of the United States, Doctor of Laws;
Bishop Neil Irons, Lycoming emeritus
trustee and executive secretary of the
United Methodist Church’s Council of
Bishops, Doctor of Humane Letters; and
Dr. Marshall D. Welch Jr., a longtime
benefactor of the College, Doctor of
Senior class speaker Megan Bullick
of Phoenixville, Pa., a double major in
creative writing and French, told her
classmates, “An old friend of mine once
told me that the most enjoyable advice
he could offer was to always be honest.
Class of 2012, that is the challenge I offer
to you: be honest to yourself, and be
honest to those around you. It’s simple
enough, and that integrity will carry us.”
The Rev. J. Marco Hunsberger, who
served as Lycoming’s campus minister
from 1989-2007, was the baccalaureate
speaker on May 5.