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More than 400 students graduated from HU during our 10th Annual Commencement Exercises held at the Forum Auditorium in downtown Harrisburg. That’s up from nine graduates during HU’s first commencement in 2007.

Kumar Garg, a Senior Fellow at the Society for Science & the Public, delivered an absorbing keynote speech to the class of 2017. Garg, who helped shape science and technology policy for President Barack Obama’s administration for nearly eight years, told the class of 2017 he is counting on them to make a difference.

“Everything is easier in life if you work really hard. As you start your careers, you should take the hardest job you can find, and one that will demand the most of you. Hard work transforms us — it literally rewires our brains — and shows us our own potential,” Garg said.“You have much more power to change your circumstances, your community and the world than you imagine. And in this turbulent time, you can showcase the importance of reason, of facts, and of science, to forge positive change,” he continued. “This world needs you in the arena. You can be a doer. You can help build a great team. And you can make a dent in the universe. I believe in you Class of 2017! I am counting on you Class of 2017! So, let’s get going!”

After receiving their degrees, graduates reflected on their time at HU amid hugs, smiles and pictures.

Two car accidents left Charles Alan Shearrow II with multiple traumatic brain injuries.

Shearrow, who had a tough time finding a university that would accept him following the accident, found a home at HU. He earned a bachelor of science degree in geospatial technology.

“Recovering and actually finding an institution that was willing to work with me was difficult to find,” the Harrisburg resident said. “Once I got in with HU, and found geospatial technology, I was able to excel in the field, and go beyond what doctors and my parents believed that I could.”

Roger Broadwater, of Philadelphia, said his time at HU comes down to experiences and people, adding “it meant an opportunity to learn more about myself, and exactly what it is I want to do.”

Congratulations Class of 2017!

We are proud to call you Alumni!

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