Abby Mynatt

Abby Mynatt of London Morehead State University’s student speaker at Saturday’s spring commencement exercises.

Morehead State University’s student speaker at Saturday’s spring commencement exercises told the audience that graduation represents both a closure and a beginning.

Abby Mynatt, of London, said the commencement “is a celebration of what we have already accomplished. But graduation goes on until the last day of your life. You truly graduate when you show compassion, when you show love and when you show your humanity.”

MSU President Wayne D. Andrews conferred degrees on more than 1,100 candidates, including Mynatt, during the ceremony at the Academic-Athletic Center. A chemistry major, Mynatt was a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree.

Mynatt said the recent tragic events at Virginia Tech reminded her that every day is a miracle and each is special. She credited Morehead State’s faculty for preparing students not only academically, but also in the areas of compassion and humanity.

“There lies a dedication to each other that we can’t always sense, but it’s this link that binds us all to one another in momentous occasions like these or in tragedies like Virginia Tech. These bonds will connect us no matter what direction in life we each decide to take.”

Board of Regents Chair James H. Booth of Inez, presented the honorary Doctor of Public Service degree to Paul E. Patton, former governor of Kentucky.

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