Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels challenged Indiana University graduates to embrace the discomfort of new beginnings and not to get complacent in life.
Daniels was the graduation speaker for IU’s winter commencement ceremonies in Bloomington Saturday. Daniels opened with comments acknowledging his soon-to-be new job as president of Purdue University, stating that he gave IU President Michael McRobbie the option of finding a new speaker to avoid anything awkward.
“I mean, there is no shortage of more interesting speakers he could have invited,” said Daniels. “Then I went and took a next job at a different university, and not just any university, and so, I thought it might be, well, as the Daniels girls would say, ‘a bit awkward.’”
Daniels then gave his charge to the graduates, saying they would have many commencements, or new beginnings, in life and with each change comes some discomfort.
“It’s at times of discomfort that we encounter the new and are taught and challenged and stretched by it,” said Daniels. “Each of your new commencements, and perhaps especially the toughest of them, will be the times through which you grow the most.”
Daniels told graduates that if taking the time to acknowledge and give back their good fortunes to those without is a little uncomfortable, then that‘s the idea. The IU winter commencement ceremony granted degrees to more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students who completed their degree requirements in September and October.