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Commencement Speeches by President Tanner

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.
It is now my privilege to address the graduates. This is a joyful, happy time for you graduates, your families, and the whole university as we rejoice and celebrate together.
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!”
President John S. Tanner
President of BYU–Hawaii

June 29, 2018
President John S. Tanner
President of BYU–Hawaii

April 21, 2018
President John S. Tanner
President of BYU - Hawaii

December 14, 2017
John S. Tanner
President, BYU-Hawaii

June 07, 2017
John S. Tanner
President, BYU-Hawaii

February 24, 2017