Kansas Governor Speaks at August Commencement

Sam Brownback at Commencement

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spoke at two commencement ceremonies at Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday.

Morning and afternoon commencement events celebrated the achievements of 1393 students who had earned associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

The title of Gov. Brownback's address was "Liberty, Responsibility: Keys to America's Future."

Brownback advised graduates to pursue their dreams not only for themselves, but for those whom they will serve by accomplishing the calling that God has put into their heart.

"If you don't become a teacher, if you don't become a minister, if you don't become a doctor or nurse, somebody else gets hurt...they don't get the service of what you give. The reason you follow a dream is for somebody else. That's the way a good dream is," Brownback said.

Gov. Brownback also received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from IWU, conferred by President Dr. Henry Smith and Chairman of the Board Carl Shepherd.


Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church, which has it's world headquarters in Indianapolis. The University was founded in 1920, and is committed to liberal arts and professional education.

More than 3,200 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University's main campus in Marion. Another 12,200 adult learners attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.