LAIE, Hawaii Young Women General President Margaret D. Nadauld gave BYU-Hawaii's December graduating class three principles for a successful life at the university's winter commencement ceremony Dec. 15.
These "three important matters for your consideration as you now go forth to serve," she said, are family, life-long learning and living a gospel-centered life, she told the 188 students from 26 countries and 18 states. This was the largest December graduating class in the school's history.
"It is enormously important to your future and the future of democratic nations for you to be vigilant caretakers of your home and family," said Sister Nadauld, a member of the university's board of trustees. "This most basic of institutions is ordained of God for the benefit of all mankind."
Continuing, she advised both men and women on assuming their roles in the family. "May you accomplished, capable, well-educated women never apologize for following the traditions that have made our society strong, the traditions of vigilant watch care over home and family as your No. 1 priority. May every man here . . . write on his heart forever the words of prophets of God telling him that his primary duty is to be the protector and the provider in the family setting."
As for learning, the Young Women president asked, "Do you realize that in today's world, knowledge is doubling every 5 1/2 years? Because of this fact, you must understand that in order to be productive, to make a living for your family, or to be competitive in the job market, you must continue to learn. That is equally important for women as it is for men."
She then recounted several ways in which learning can continue after graduation reading good literature, attending lectures, taking additional classes, and learning "so you can bless others."
"For your own benefit and for the benefit of others, be true to the Christian values and high standards taught at this great university," Sister Nadauld counseled. "Be true to the testimony of Jesus Christ which has blessed your lives to this point.
"Go forward with faith rooted deeply in Christ," she concluded. "Be His disciple, be one God can depend on at all times, and in all things, and in all places. And as you go forward on this memorable day of accomplishment, I pray that you will invite our Father in Heaven to go with you."
Patrick D. Dalton Jr., a former professor at BYU-Hawaii, received the Distinguished Service Award from BYU-Hawaii president Eric B. Shumway. Brother Dalton taught biological sciences for 22 years, from 1963 to 1985. His career on campus began as director of farm operations in the 1950s, when the university was the Church College of Hawaii.