May we learn and practice compassion and courage. These virtues will help us become more like Christ0—which is, as John Milton says, the ultimate purpose of education. The “end” of learning is, Milton writes, is “to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to become like him” ( Of Education). May your education help you to become like Christ in courage and compassion.
Today I want to talk to you about seeing and believing. We often say that “seeing is believing.” In the spiritual realm, however, the reverse is also true: “believing is seeing.” Believing helps us see things with our spiritual eyes and senses.
It is now my privilege to offer the graduates a message. This is never an easy task. As Senator Bob Dole once quipped: “Being a commencement speaker is like being the corpse at a funeral. They need you in order to hold the event, but nobody expects you to say very much.” So I shall be brief.
This is a wonderful day. I love graduations. They are joyful occasions for you graduates as well as for your families, friends, and faculty. It’s a delight to celebrate and eulogize you graduates today for your remarkable achievement. You have now completed your final, final exam at BYU-Hawaii and today add a new degree to your résumé! Congratulations! A line from Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwoky” comes to mind: “Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”