Today, Vice President Mike Pence delivered the Commencement address at the 46th Commencement ceremony of Liberty University. Mr. Pence was warmly received by the gathering of over 50,000 at Williams Stadium on the Liberty University campus, including 8,416 graduating students in attendance. The University graduated 20,731 total students, 80% of who earned their degrees in Liberty University’s award-winning online programs.
The speech by the Vice President included a rousing call for religious tolerance at a time when free speech and religious freedom are under attack in America. Vice President Pence said, “Today you have a President and an administration that are standing strong for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the unalienable right to life … America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever. The truth is, we live in a time when the freedom of religion is under assault.”
In addition, the Vice President challenged the graduating class to value the timing of their graduation as they enter the workforce while the nation’s economy is soaring under the leadership of President Donald Trump. “Class of 2019, you picked a great time to graduate because after two years of the leadership of President Donald Trump, confidence is back, jobs are coming back… in a word, America is back and you’re just getting started!,” he said.
In his remarks at the Commencement, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. reflected on the spirit of entrepreneurialism instilled in the University by its founder, the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr.: “Graduates, I hope that your time at Liberty has also placed (the entrepreneurial) spirit including a real love for people in you. Liberty was built by entrepreneurs who took huge risks, and if you do that in your life and aren’t afraid of failing, you’ll be shocked at what you can accomplish.”
SOURCE Liberty University