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June 27, 2020
May we learn and practice compassion and courage. These virtues will help us become more like Christ0—which is, as John Milton says, the ultimate purpose of education. The “end” of learning is, Milton writes, is “to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to become like him” ( Of Education). May your education help you to become like Christ in courage and compassion.
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June 27, 2020
My dear friends, the Lord has blessed you to obtain a wonderful education so that your contribution may be great. May you now press on in faith, moving forward the Lord’s work wherever you live throughout your lives. The Lord has prepared you, here at BYU–Hawaii, to contribute to this great work.
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December 13, 2019
President and Sister Tanner, distinguished guests, graduates, spouses, family, and friends, it is a joy to be with you today on this very grand occasion. I honor and applaud your academic achievements.
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December 13, 2019
I testify that the Holy Ghost is already preparing you for every quiz or examination you will face and that in the end, the Savior will plead our cause, after all we can do, based on His merits. And I testify that He is mighty to save; He is gracious and merciful. And He has all the answers we will ever need if we will only listen.
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December 13, 2019
Today I have decided to speak on joy and daring to be different, whether that be academically or spiritually. President Thomas S. Monson has said, “The choices we make determine our destiny.”
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December 13, 2019
It is now my privilege to address the graduates. This is a joyful, happy time for you graduates, your families, and the whole university as we rejoice and celebrate together.
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June 29, 2019
Today I want to talk to you about seeing and believing. We often say that “seeing is believing.” In the spiritual realm, however, the reverse is also true: “believing is seeing.” Believing helps us see things with our spiritual eyes and senses.
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April 20, 2019
It is now my privilege to offer the graduates a message. This is never an easy task. As Senator Bob Dole once quipped: “Being a commencement speaker is like being the corpse at a funeral. They need you in order to hold the event, but nobody expects you to say very much.” So I shall be brief.
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December 14, 2018
This is a wonderful day. I love graduations. They are joyful occasions for you graduates as well as for your families, friends, and faculty. It’s a delight to celebrate and eulogize you graduates today for your remarkable achievement. You have now completed your final, final exam at BYU-Hawaii and today add a new degree to your résumé! Congratulations! A line from Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwoky” comes to mind: “Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
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December 13, 2018
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

December 13, 2018
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June 29, 2018
President John S. Tanner
President of BYU–Hawaii

June 29, 2018
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April 21, 2018
Atu Tonga Maile Falevai
Graduate of BYU-Hawaii

April 21, 2018
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April 21, 2018
President John S. Tanner
President of BYU–Hawaii

April 21, 2018
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April 20, 2018
Faculty & Students
BYU–Hawaii

April 20, 2018
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April 20, 2018
Sister Jean B. Bingham
Relief Society General President

April 20, 2018
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April 20, 2018
Mark B. Woodruff
Assistant to the Commissioner of the Church Education System & Secretary to the Boards

April 20, 2018
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December 14, 2017
Faculty & Students
Brigham Young University-Hawaii

December 14, 2017
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December 14, 2017
Elder Ronald A. Rasband
Member of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

December 14, 2017
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