Former Governor addresses BVU grads
Almost 800 students received degrees last Sunday from Buena Vista University, including students on the Storm Lake campus and from BVU's 16 centers across the state.
The afternoon began with the traditional processional through the Victory Arch, led by bagpiper Archie MacKay of Aurelia. Of the 794 degree recipients, about 530 took part in the commencement ceremony.
The commencement address was delivered by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who told the students to always reach for their potential.
"Go forward with pride and confidence," he said. "Remember the values and knowledge you learned at this great university."
Branstad said it was a great day for graduates. While many were eager to leave, he reminded them that their time left on campus was short.
"It means you will soon be leaving this very special place," he said.
Branstad is no stranger to the BVU campus, first receiving an honorary degree from then-Buena Vista College in 1983. The former governor has been on campus numerous times for the American Heritage Lecture Series, which brings in world leaders to speak on issues of freedom. Recent visits have included visits to son Marcus, who is a student at BVU.