NORTH CANTON Ambassador Tony P. Hall addressed more than 3,000 guests and 400 students as this year’s keynote speaker for the Walsh University spring commencement ceremony April 29.
During the formal ceremony, more than 400 graduates were awarded their associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, joining the 211 graduates from Walsh’s winter commencement ceremony for a total of 617 graduates for the 2017-18 academic year.
In attendance for the outdoor ceremony were Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas Palmer, Board of Directors chair Sara Lioi and members of the Walsh community. Commencement weekend activities also included a baccalaureate Mass on April 28.
During the ceremony, Walsh honored Ambassador Hall with an honorary doctorate and Br. Guillermo Dávila, FIC, with the university’s Founders’ Award. In addition, the senior address was delivered by Tower of Excellence recipient Staff Sgt. Jan Almasy, who received his bachelor of science in nursing with a minor in psychology. Almasy is a member of the 179th Airlift Wing, Force Support Squadron, in Mansfield, and holds the rank of staff sergeant in the U.S. Air National Guard.
A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights worldwide. He serves as executive director emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger.
"Take time to think. Thought is the source of power," Hall said. "Take time to read. It is the path of wisdom. ... Take time to pray. It is the greatest power on earth. Take time to play. It is the secret to perpetual youth. Take time to give. It's too short of a day to be selfish. ... Take time to love and be loved. It is a God given privilege."