Haupt Addresses Mount Union College Class of 2002

April 08, 2010

Community service is no longer a choice - it is a responsibility, according to Atty Fred. J. Haupt, who delivered the Commencement address at his alma mater, Mount Union College, Sunday.

A record 429 Mount Union graduates were challenged to become leaders in their communities and to do their fair share to make sure those communities are better off because of community service. "If there was ever any question in your minds as to the importance of volunteerism and community support, September 11 both called our attention to the need and to the thousands of individuals who stood ready to serve that need," Haupt said.

Congratulating the graduates for their many accomplishments, Haupt urged them to put the past behind them and live for the future. "If you want to survive, you must invent your future, not manage your past.," Haupt said.

Citing the fact that one of three individuals born in the U.S. will achieve a four-year baccalaureate degree, Haupt referred to the class of 2002 as the chosen few. According to Haupt, as members of the chosen few, graduates assume an awesome responsibility not just for their own futures but for the futures of family, friends and community.

Haupt was honored at the Commencement ceremony with an honorary doctor of laws degree, awarded by Dr. John L. Ewing, Jr., president of the College. Haupt was presented for the degree by Dr. Jack DeSario, professor of political science at the College. An Alliance native, Haupt has served on the College's Board of Trustees since 1978 and as board chairman since 1992. A 1963 Mount Union graduate, Haupt has helped guide the College to unprecedented growth in enrollment and endowment during the past ten years.

Dr. Michael Olin-Hitt, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, presented the candidates for their degrees and they were greeted on the platform by Ewing and Haupt. The 429 graduates represented the largest number of graduates in Mount Union history eclipsing the previous record of 412 graduates who received their diplomas in 2001. Krista Davis, the senior class president from Dover, spoke on behalf of the class of 2002.

At the baccalaureate service in the morning, Bishop Bruce Ough, resident bishop for the Ohio West Area of the United Methodist Church and member of the College's Board of Trustees, delivered the address. He challenged graduates to use their God-given powers of education and privilege to make the world a better place.

The day's activities concluded with a post-commencement reception in the Peterson Field House.

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