Valedictory Speakers

DesJardin, Richard

Thank you Dean Cyboron.
President Wright, members of the Board of Trustees, distinguished faculty, family, friends, and fellow graduates: Aloha and good evening.

I would like to begin by thanking those at HPU responsible for giving me the opportunity to briefly speak before you on this special occasion, our graduation. The HPU faculty and staff continue their dedication in support of the Military Campus Programs and for that I am thankful. Without their efforts, understanding and guidance this momentous evening would not be possible.

I would like to thank my beautiful wife, Christina, for her tireless support during my academic endeavors. Through her love and commitment, I am a better person and without her I would not be standing here today. My adoring daughter Alayna, while she is to young to understand this night, thank you for the joy and happiness you have brought into my life. To my parents, thank you for providing the foundation on which I have built my life. The love and support you have given me, and my family, is immeasurable. I thank you both.

It is a tremendous privilege to represent my fellow military campus graduates. I am honored to stand before you today and recognize my fellow classmates: service men and women of the United States military, defense contractors, government employees and family members. In pursuit of a higher education, with steadfastness and perseverance, you have made unique sacrifices and have conquered tremendous challenges.

The 40th President of the United States, the late Ronald Reagan, once said, "Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise, by means of which, enough men and women, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having."

The graduation ceremony signifies a key to unlock the door of tomorrow, a key to success in your search for an enriched and complete life. As each of you walk across this stage tonight, I challenge you to look forward to the future and use your education as a guide to truly understand "what is worth having."

Congratulations graduates, Good Luck and God Bless!

Mahalo Nui Loa.