A Speech On The Rotary Club

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Greenwood Rotary Club May 2, 2016 It’s honor to be with you again. This is an exciting time for our university and our community, and we have a lot to be thankful for. • Spring commencement is coming up in a few days, and we will be awarding around 2,600 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our total for the academic year will surpass 4,000 for the fifth year in a row. Providing more college-educated workers and leaders for our state is a top priority. • We just produced our 18th Truman Scholar. It is the second year in a row that one of our students has earned that high honor, recognizing the nation’s top students planning careers in public service. This spring we also had a new Goldwater Scholar, a prestigious national honor for students in science, engineering and technology. • Our baseball team is back near the top, ranked in the top five nationally—and shutting out Ole Miss in the Governor’s Cup last week. • Our women’s basketball team had its best season ever, reaching the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. • The support of our alumni and friends is amazing. A few months ago our current Infinite Impact capital campaign reached its $600 million goal, three years ahead of schedule. And as you may have read or heard, last week we announced a new goal—$1 billion by the end of 2018—the largest campaign goal ever for an educational institution in Mississippi. • And I am personally thankful that the Legislative session is over. As I told our IHL Board of Trustees during its
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