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White House Sends Message to Grads

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White House Sends Message to Grads

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

June 12, 2006

Cedarville University was pleased to welcome Tim Goeglein, special assistant to the President of the United States and deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, as its commencement speaker on May 6. Goeglein was no stranger to the University, having visited previously to speak in chapel.

As he stood before the 656 graduates and thousands of parents, faculty, staff, and friends, Goeglein passed on a personal message from President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. The President wanted to thank everyone at Cedarville for their love and prayers and also challenged the graduates to go out and change the world.

For his address, Goeglein spoke on “The Duty of the Christian Citizen.” His message emphasized that duty to God and man involves engaging the secular culture, making a distinct, positive difference, and bringing moral values into the public square. He concluded his message with, “What is the purpose of your life as you commence from Cedarville University? To do your duty, to know God, and to love Him forever.”

Later in the ceremony, five graduates were honored with the University’s most prestigious student awards. The President’s Trophy, the highest honor for a graduating senior, recognizes leadership, ministry, community and campus involvement, athletic performance, and academic achievement. The 2006 recipients were Jillian Anderson, a communication arts and theatre major from Hudson, Iowa; and Matthew Shiraki, an integrated social studies education major from Cheltenham, Pa.
The second honor, the Faculty Scholarship Award, went to three students for maintaining perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their college careers. The recipients were Jillian Anderson; Gregory Lynch, a philosophy major from La Rue, Ohio; and Joanna Hinks, a mechanical engineering major from Waukesha, Wis.

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