Grove City College granted degrees to 585 students as they walked across the stage today at Grove City College’s 134th Commencement.
The College also granted honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to former Florida Gov. John E. “Jeb” Bush, who delivered the Commencement Address, speaking on “America’s Promise in Uncertain Times,” and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Dr. Ron Moore, senior pastor of The Bible Chapel who addressed graduates at the Baccalaureate service on Friday night.
Bush, giving his only commencement speech of the season, hailed Grove City College and offered up some advice to the class of 2014. He told graduates that the world has changed rapidly in their lifetime and will continue to do so. He urged them to embrace change -- in most cases: “Always keep the courage to remain true to your convictions and your faith.”
Bush spoke about the promise of education in America and the importance of hard work. “Education can be the great equalizer. It can create that meritocracy and level playing field envisioned by our founders,” Bush said. But, he told graduates, “never consider yourself too good for hard work.”
Commencement also featured and address by Julia Haines ’14, of Hockessin, Del., who spoke on “Taking Grove City With Us.”
“We don’t settle for good intentions; we are doers, and we are taking great habits with us into a world that needs servants, leaders, workers and Christians,” Haines said in her speech. “It’s difficult to maintain high standards, but I believe that each one of us can say that after Grove City, ‘good enough’ will never again be good enough for us.”
Of the 585 graduates, 226 (39 percent) have College honors and 273 (47 percent) have departmental honors in one or more majors (nine of them are graduating with dual degrees, 12 are juniors graduating early).
English was the most popular major of the graduating class with 6.5 percent taking it up, followed by communication studies (6.3 percent), mechanical engineering (6.2 percent), biology (5.3 percent) and molecular biology (5.1 percent).
Fifty-one percent of the 2014 graduating class was made up of female students and 49 percent by male students.
Many of Grove City College’s students come from around the country with over half (56 percent) hailing from outside of the Keystone State.