December 17, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 17, 2011 — Drury University conferred degrees to 393 students during Winter Commencement today, Saturday, Dec. 17 in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. 345 students received undergraduate degrees and 48 earned master’s degrees.
President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), Brian Fogle, was the graduation speaker. Fogle, who was named the 2010 Springfieldian by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, received the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.
Drury's Jann Holland (right) reads the proclamation honoring Brian Fogle with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
“I challenge you today to live deliberately,” Fogle told the graduates. “Success comes not from how many friends you’ve accumulated on Facebook, but how you respond to their hopes, their dreams and their pain. Life, real life, comes not from the digital persona or an avatar, but from the joy of deep connections. Like Thoreau, live a life knowing that you lived, truly lived. Go forth today and love, live and hug often.”
Fogle is a native of Aurora, Mo., and, prior to joining CFO in 2008, Fogle had a long career in banking and higher education. When he received the Springfieldian award, the Chamber of Commerce noted Fogle’s long history in giving back to the community. Highlighted was Fogle’s work as the founder of First Night, a non-alcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration, and his work in Stockton after the 2003 tornado that devastated the city.
Drury has awarded honorary degrees since 1906. Fogle joins a list of notables who have received honorary degrees, such as: composers Rodgers and Hammerstein (1949), comedian Bob Hope (1973), Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling (1973), Bob Barker (2007), and former presidential candidate Sen. George McGovern (2008).
Fogle addresses graduates in the O'Reilly Family Event Center
Saturday’s ceremony was the second graduation in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Commencement moved to the new facility in May of 2011. For decades, Drury’s graduation ceremonies were held in Weiser Gymnasium.
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