"People say I'm windy, but I didn't bring this," said Wayne Crawford, delivering greetings from the MVC Board of Trustees.
"There is no prouder moment for some families than to see their son or daughter graduate from college," he said.
And he urged graduates to remember to thank their families for their support.
"When this graduation is over you have an opportunity to thank your family -- don't mess this up," he said.
"We stayed with it and finished what we started," he said.
A number of annual award winners were announced, including the Charles L. Bacon Distinguished Service Award, which went to Samuel Njoroge Njuguna, from Nairobi, Kenya, and to Tammi Elaine Kumpf, from Oxford, Pa.
Marilyn Belwood, faculty senate president, received the excellence in teaching award, and Diane Weinrich received the president's staff excellence award.
An honorary doctorate was awarded to commencement speaker Thomas Dyer, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia.
During his remarks, Dyer told the story of how he came across and purchased an old MVC diploma at an antique store.
It was awarded to a 1923 graduate.
He said the fact that the diploma had landed in a store was a bit sad.
"But the recipient might be pleased to know his diploma would be mentioned here today and will be herished at least as long as its purchaser is around," he said.
He noted that the campus is much more diverse than it was when the 1923 diploma was awarded.
But that diversity has enriched the education students receive, Dyer said.
He urged graduates to continue their learning.
"Learn why the world wags and what wags it," he said.
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