BUENA VISTA, VIRGINIA
Elder Nolan D. Archibald, an Area Seventy and executive chairman of the board of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., offered the commencement address at Southern Virginia University’s graduation ceremony April 30.
Welcomed by more than 900 people including 128 graduates — the largest graduating class since Southern Virginia University adopted an LDS-centered focus in 1996 — Elder Archibald suggested to the class of 2011 that they set and achieve goals throughout life.
Elder Archibald, who received an honorary doctorate in the humane letters during the commencement ceremony, reminded the graduates and those in attendance that every person on this earth has been endowed with enormous potential.
“Each of us has different talents,” he said. “But intellectually, each of you has the capacity to accomplish almost anything that you will set your heart on if you’re willing to put forth the essential effort.”