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Spring 2017 WIU Commencement Address: "A Tradition of Tough"

May 16, 2017

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"A Tradition of Tough" by Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas

"At Western Illinois University the T stands for Talent, O is for Opportunity, U is for understanding, G is for Gratitude and H is for Hard Work ... As graduates of Western Illinois University, you are full of talent, so go forth and make your own opportunities. You have learned to be understanding towards others, so reach out to provide opportunities for them. There are many people who have made this day a reality, so be grateful. Finally, continue the hard work, dedication and perseverance that made this day possible. This blend of Western tough will produce a lifetime of success and accomplishments." {2017 Commencement Address text here}

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