Brown: “Seek to achieve greatness and make a difference through service”
FREDERICK, Md. (May 21, 2011) – Today, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown delivered the 2011 Hood College Commencement Address, calling upon Hood graduates to “seek to achieve greatness and make a difference through service.” The Lt. Governor spoke to more than 335 undergraduate students and an audience of over 3,000 about why he chose to serve, in the Army and as a Maryland public servant, and encouraged graduates to find their own way to give back to their communities.
“Today represents a great achievement, but you are actually just getting started,” Lt. Governor Brown told students. “Your graduation is the beginning of a journey that will shape who you are and what you will do with your life. Now is the time to figure out what motivates you, to define your life’s goals, and to determine what contributions and the difference you’ll make in this world.”
The Lt. Governor continued, “You are a generation that isn’t defined by ideological labels, that is more open and understanding of different creeds, beliefs, lifestyles and experiences. We will look to you to continue tearing down the manufactured divisions of race, gender, religion, nationality and sexual orientation.
“Today we’re calling upon you, as the inheritors of the world that we’ve readied for you, albeit not to perfection, to turn your values, our values, into actions; actions into service. Service that will benefit and improve—if only a little—the world in which we live. So when you leave here today and tomorrow arrives, I challenge you to ask yourself, how will I choose to serve? How will I make a difference?”
The Lt. Governor also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during today’s ceremony. The full text of Lt. Governor Brown’s speech, as prepared for delivery, can be found attached. Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s portfolio on higher education and has worked with Governor Martin O’Malley to help more Marylanders access affordable higher education opportunities.