Valedictory Speakers

Tischler, William E

Thank you, Dean Cyboron.

President Wright, members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, fellow graduates, family, and friends: Aloha and good evening.

Standing here this evening as a representative of the Military Campus Program is truly an honor. This could not have been possible if it were not for the unwavering love and support of my wife. Krista, of all my life’s accomplishments, becoming your husband has been without a doubt the most rewarding. I love you, and I thank you for who you are.

The relationship between the military and HPU is a symbiotic one. Today’s military cannot exist without educated people to lead it; just as our education system cannot exist without dedicated people ready to defend our freedom to learn. It is with a great deal of respect that I express my thanks to the Military Campus Program and its selflessly devoted faculty. You not only tirelessly apply yourselves to educate us here at home; you continually go above and beyond to educate our brothers and sisters in harm’s way around the world. I am overwhelmed by your commitment to our success.

I would also like to express my sincere appreciation for all of the spouses, family members and friends in the audience tonight. It has been through your strength and motivation that our self-confidence has endured this difficult journey. Norman Vincent Peale wrote: “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” Thanks to you, we are here as living proof that the secret is out.

To my fellow graduates, I say congratulations. We have survived all of the stress, long hours, and hard work that accompany a college education. The tools we worked so hard to obtain are now firmly in our grasp. So I ask you, how will you use them? If knowledge truly is power, then the world’s most powerful tool is an educated mind. I challenge all of you to use that tool and accept the responsibility to shape your future. We have the ability, we have the compassion, and we have the integrity to take the world in our hands and form a better tomorrow.