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Over 2,100 students graduate at Wright State University’s 2017 spring commencement

April 29, 2017 Commencement Address given by the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives

This article by  Seth Bauguess, dated April 29, 201

Led by Provost Thomas Sudkamp, Wright State University celebrated the commencement of more than 2,100 students and their families at the university’s spring graduation ceremony Saturday, April 29, at the Wright State Nutter Center.

Sudkamp recognized the thousands of students, families, faculty and staff for their years of hard work in pursuit of a goal, and in some cases a dream, that sets the table for the rest of their lives.

Sudkamp spoke about the symbol of a handshake — a Wright State commencement tradition —that he then carried on later in the ceremony, to give graduates their first handshake from their alma mater in congratulations for completing and excelling in their momentous journey.

Cliff Rosenberger, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and 2012 graduate of Wright State, addressed students with an inspiring address as the commencement speaker.

“Everything in your life up to this point has helped you prepare for what comes next. Do not fear what you are called to do and never forget where you came from,” said Rosenberger. “It is only through a diverse people coming together that we can ever hope to tackle the challenges and embrace the changes that lie before each of us.”.

Rosenberger also reminded students of a common saying, “opportunity is not a lengthy visitor,” as he encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities they have as college graduates.

“Don’t forget to keep things simple, but also be innovative and sell yourself. Remember the power of the individual to make a difference,” he said.

“Remember to dream, don’t settle, never allow yourself to quit or give up, give back, help people in need. Success, chase it. Respect, earn it. And love, embrace it. If you can remember to work with these principles in mind, and make decisions like I’ve spoken about, I have no doubt that you will each help make this world a better place,” said Rosenberger. “Don’t sweat the small things, love, laugh, work hard and play hard and always keep it simple. And welcome to the family.”

Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and 2012 Wright State alum Cliff Rosenberger gave the commencement address.

Rosenberger also offered his thoughts on Wright State University as an institution.

“I know this institution, and it boasts some of the best faculty and obviously you as some of the best students,” he said. “I am confident that just as you each are about to experience your new beginnings in life, Wright State is on track for a new beginning as well that will carry it on for years to come.”

“I know Wright State will emerge from this recent test stronger and well positioned to continue its tremendous service to the university’s number one priority — the reason we are here today — you, the students,” said Rosenberger.

Wright State’s 2017 spring graduating class includes graduates with 1,346 bachelor’s degrees and 766 master’s as well those awarded associate degrees and post-master’s certificates.

The class features graduates from 58 Ohio counties, including 1,471 from the 16 counties anchored by Wright State’s Dayton and Lake campuses. Graduates hailed from 23 total states.

The class also includes 304 international students from 19 nations, with India boasting the largest number of foreign graduates with 190. The graduating students from the class ranged in age from 19 to 61.