Commencement 2018: Tips for Graduates from Honorary Cast

We asked the commencement keynote speaker, honorary degree recipients, honorary marshals, and student remarker what one piece of advice they would like to pass along to UMB’s Class of 2018. Here are some of their responses:

Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW
Director of Peace Corps
Keynote speaker

“Find your passion and take the risks to achieve it.”

Carolyn Frenkil
Community activist, businesswoman, benefactor
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

“Two pieces of advice come to mind. One, life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. Two, no one is in charge of your happiness except you. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride!”

Mary Catherine Bunting, MS ’72, CRNP
Retired nurse practitioner, philanthropist
Honorary Doctor of Public Service

“Do what you love and are passionate about. That is what you will do best and will be able to sustain for a lifetime. Recognize your gifts and your talent so you can use them to the fullest. I did not know that I had dyslexia until after receiving my master’s degree. I did understand that I was a visual learner and liked being active. Nursing was a perfect fit.”

Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB
Professor emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine
Honorary University Marshal

“As the many varied pressures of life increase, I would ask the UMB Class of 2018 to be kind and compassionate. Remember that with all of our individual differences and wonderful diversity, we are all one and we are all human. Kindness is possible in all that we do and compassion is essential to our very existence.”

Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, RN, FAAN
Retired chair, Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing
Honorary Faculty Marshal

“Follow your dream — but if the unanticipated occurs, embrace the opportunity to dream bigger, and then let life happen.”

Aarti Sidhu
Francis King Carey School of Law
Student Remarker

“Live life and pursue careers without fear [nirbhau] and without hate [nirvair].”

— Chris Zang

More on commencement

Read more about the commencement speakers and honorees and about all the commencement festivities.

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