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Based on what your predecessors report, your Ouachita education and experience have prepared you exceedingly well. Indeed, the investment in you by faculty and staff, the support of your family and classmates, the time and effort you have put forward and the grace of God help you go from this place with an advantage.

You can be confident about that advantage. The more you steward it, the more of an opportunity it will provide.

In preparing for Commencement, I ponder and pray that I might leave you, and each graduating class, with a few words of wisdom on this day – your day. I find them from advice shared with me during the past six decades by older and wiser Christian people.

For the Class of 2023, it is this: The most effective people are “learners” rather than “knowers.”



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