MISHAWAKA — Passion was the buzzword at Bethel College’s graduation ceremony this weekend featuring U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.
Walorski delivered a commencement speech to students Saturday afternoon, May 3, at the college’s Mishawaka campus. The class of 2014 included 533 graduates who participated in Bethel’s two commencement ceremonies. Author and Bethel alumnus Todd Gongwer spoke to the adult program graduates earlier in the day.
“Do your thing,” Walorski told the graduating seniors. “Whatever your passion is down inside of you, there’s no more days to ask permission. There’s no more tests to take. It’s your time, graduates. This is your day. This is your future. Go do what you’re going to do to change your part of the world.”
Walorski said Saturday was a day of celebration for graduates and their families. She shared stories of Hoosiers she has encountered during her time in office who have accomplished a lot “with a little passion and a ton of hard work.”
Walorski, whose husband is an adjunct professor at Bethel, said she would leave the graduation ceremony full of confidence and hope for the future of the nation.
“Graduates, our world is so much better today because of what you have accomplished here today,” she said. “This is about you. You’re ready to unleash the power that only the lord put inside you. It’s passion. It’s deep, and it speaks to you.”