Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Southern Utah UniversityIn the 2022 class, if you question the freedom that Americans enjoy, you need to be inspired by the “strong advocacy” of the Ukrainian people in the ongoing fight against Russian invaders. I have.
“If you realize the power and blessings of the rights we enjoy are sour for a moment, the right to say what we are thinking, the right to worship as we like, free from the knocks of the secret police. The right to be night, and the arbitrary power of the nation, and to have the right to choose who will rule us, take a look at the recent news and die for the right we have. Find inspiration from those who are willing to do it, “said Rice, featuring a speaker at the University’s 123rd Annual Graduation Ceremony on Friday.
It “shows that there is nothing like the blessing of freedom. See their example as an affirmation of freedom and its power,” said Rice, who is considered an expert in the Soviet Union. rice field.
Even in difficult times, Rice urged SUU’s 2,309 graduates to believe that the future will be better than it is today.
“Ironists, not cynics, are those who imagine the world as it should, and strive to make it happen. Those who are willing to give everything to protect their freedom. Never forget the sacrifices. Accept the institutions that protect freedom, worship them, and use them for peaceful change, “Rice said.
Rice was the 66th Secretary of State of the United States from 2005 to 2009, the second woman and the first black woman.
Rice, a professor of political science, has been an undergraduate student at Stanford University since 1981 and was its president from 1993 to 1999.
From 1989 to 1991, Rice was a staff member of President George HW Bush’s National Security Council. In 1986, while serving as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as a Special Assistant to the United States Chairman of the General Staff.
One day, members of SUU’s graduation class may also have public service opportunities during a speech at SUU’s America First Event Center in Cedar City, she said.
“It could even be in an unimaginable position,” Rice said, looking back at the White House ceremony as Secretary of State.
“When I stood in Ben Franklin’s room in 2005 and swore as Secretary of State, the constitutional oath that once counted my ancestors as three-fifths of men was the justice of the Jewish Women’s Supreme Court, Ruth. Sweared by. Bader Ginsberg, I wondered myself, “What was the old Ben thinking about this?”
“Well, of course, he wouldn’t have imagined it, and frankly, I wasn’t a little girl who grew up in isolated Birmingham, Alabama. I don’t think Ruth had imagined it because he was trying to tell, so public services have incredible potential. “
Rice told the graduates to be careful of those who do not have the privilege of attending college.
“Remember that there are people who are just as talented, just as smart, and have never had this chance. For whatever reason. It didn’t work for them, so this It’s time to celebrate achievement, but it’s time to put a sense of qualification aside. For those of us who have enough privileges to get it, we use it well and use it as much as possible. Must be shared, “she said.
She said it was the responsibility of the educated person.
“I would like to challenge you to work in the world around you and use your education to make that world better. For some reason you are living a difficult life with problems. There is no better antidote to qualifications than engaging with fewer people than you, “she said.
According to Rice, the family’s higher education history dates back to the grandfather of a peasant in Eutaw, Alabama (pronounced Utah). “It’s not a joke,” Rice said.
Her grandfather, John Wesley Rice Sr., died two months before she was born. “But for some reason, he feels he’s been there all the time on my journey. You see, he’s an educated person and needs to get something that no one can rob him of. I did my best to do anything. “
He paid cotton for his first semester at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“After his first year, the school told him,” So how are you going to pay for your second year? “And he said,” Well, I’m cotton. Is gone. ” They said, “Then you are out of luck.”
But a caring young man asked how his fellow classmates could afford a college.
“They said,’Well, they have so-called scholarships, and if you want to be a Presbyterian minister, you may also have a scholarship.’ My grandfather said He didn’t miss the beat, he said, “You know, that’s exactly what I had in mind.”
“And my family has been college-educated since then and attended Presbyterian churches,” Rice said.
On Friday, Rice added another PhD (albeit an honor) to her Vita.
She and Eric O. Levitt, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Leavitt Group, the largest family-owned insurance firm in the United States, and former chairman of the SUU Board of Directors, receive an honorary doctorate from the university. it was done.
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