Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lynn urges new grads to be inspired by their alma mater

Calling her address not just a graduation speech but also a tribute to her alma mater, Dr. Naomi Burgos Lynn, chancellor emerita of the University of Illinois at Springfield, urged members of Maryville College's Class of 2010 to draw courage from the traditions and history of the 191-year-old institution and do what is just, right and fair.

She entitled her address to approximately 225 graduates who participated in the ceremony “Proudly Stands Our Alma Mater,” drawing inspiration from the first stanza of the college's 69-year-old song.

Lynn, who graduated from the college in 1954 and currently serves on its Board of Directors, was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the ceremony.

Lynn was featured in a Maryville, TN Daily Times article on May 17, 2010.

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