White House Staffer Encourages Knox College Graduates to Embrace Change

From WGIL radio:

A prominent attorney who is now part of President Barack Obama’s administration told Knox College graduates they are inheriting a nation that’s changing.

Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Tina Tchen, was the speaker at the college’s commencement Saturday. The ceremony, at the T. Fleming Fieldhouse, was moved inside for only the third time in the past 30 years because of rainy weather.

Knox College awarded 343 diplomas to graduates from 25 different states and 18 different countries. Tchen, an attorney in Chicago and a women’s activist when she was selected to serve in her current role, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Knox.

Tchen told the graduates they are now in a position to change, and change is not easy – it’s hard on a personal level as she found out when she left her job after three decades in Chicago – a city she loves, for a new challenge that’s been very rewarding.

“Change takes you out of your comfort zone, but that’s the essence of change,” Tchen said. “If you aren’t challenged, if you aren’t nervous, if you aren’t even scared, then you’re not changing enough. And if you aren’t changing, you aren’t growing. W.E.B. DuBois said you must be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”