(MENA) The second ever graduating class of the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain, walked across the stage in front of the Maddox Building on Thursday, May 9th with Dr. Krystal Thrailkill, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs reading each name from the list of thirty varying degrees or certificates that were handed out.
Dr. Joe Steinmetz, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville was the guest commencement speaker for the event.
Steinmetz based his theme on “Now What?” to the approximately 385 graduating students. Steinmetz challenged the graduates on what would they do now with their life, the path that it took to get to this point in life.
The chancellor added that time can slip away if they are not careful and that the students have a valuable opportunity to take advantage of.
Steinmetz added that by continuing their education, going into the military or directly into the workforce are some of the choices that they have for that next step in life.
The University of Arkansas System President, Dr. Donald Bobbitt also attended the commencement exercises
Steinmetz offered suggestions as to what students should strive for. Encouraging graduates not to be afraid to step out of their comfort zones. Look for new and challenging doors and to do something more rewarding and satisfying in their career.
Success and satisfaction was another area of suggestion to the crowd in attendance. Steinmetz shared that being good at what you are doing, making a difference and about keeping the passion.
Being a lifelong learner, doesn’t always mean you know it all. Life gets boring if you stop learning and encouraged the graduates to want to learn more.
Steinmetz stressed to never do anything alone. He emphasized to thank others and to endure support and to give a hand along the way to others.