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Cedarville University Celebrates 108th Commencement

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Lynne V. Cheney, author, scholar, and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, delivered the commencement address at Cedarville University’s 108th commencement today. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

May 1, 2004

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University conferred 646 degrees today at its 108th commencement ceremony. Lynne V. Cheney, author, scholar, and wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, delivered the commencement address. Dr. Cheney, who has earned a reputation as a forceful advocate for improving education in America, offered the graduates five secrets to success. She challenged them to act with self-confidence, find true expertise, hold to a base of conviction, be aware and respectful of others` convictions, and know what success is. "Success", Dr. Cheney told the graduates, "almost certainly will be connected with work that you love, work that involves you deeply quite apart from whatever rewards it may bring." In addition, a number of special awards were given: the President's Trophy, the Faculty Scholarship Award, and the Medal of Honor. The President`s Trophy, the highest honor for a graduating senior, recognizes leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, athletic performance, and academic achievement. The 2004 recipients of the President`s Trophy were Gregory S.G. Guiler, a preseminary Bible major from Canal Winchester, Ohio, and Sarena J. Luke, a communication arts major from Kearney, Neb. Two students received Faculty Scholarship Awards for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout their college careers. These students were Erin M. Avery, a physics major from St. Cloud, Minn., and Benjamin R. Lynch, a mathematics major from Knoxville, Tenn. The Medal of Honor was presented to U.S. Rep. David L. Hobson (Ohio 7th Congressional District) in recognition of his leadership in national defense, military readiness and well-being, fiscal responsibility, health care, medical research, and serving his constituency with integrity and compassion. A U.S. Congressman since 1990, Hobson has served on the House Budget Committee and chaired the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. -30-