Knox Class of 2010 urged to be agents of change

From the Register-Mail:

The heavens opened over Knox College on Saturday but nothing could dampen the spirit of the Class of 2010 who gathered to celebrate their graduation.

Hundreds of students, parents, family, friends and faculty gathered inside the T. Fleming Fieldhouse at Knox on a day soaked in rain and emotion.

College staff made the decision to move the ceremony indoors to the fieldhouse early Saturday, instead of the traditional location on the lawn adjacent to Old Main.

Tina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, made the commencement address at the 165th Knox College Commencement.

Tchen poked some fun at herself when she joked that her presence may have been a letdown for the Class of 2010, given that recent commencement speakers have included President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, comedian Stephen Colbert and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

“I confess I have the same sense of bewilderment as you,” the rookie commencement speaker said.

A distinguished lawyer before being taking up her position in President Obama’s administration, Tchen spoke to the audience of the difficulty of change, as witnessed through her new job, on a day when the graduating class was preparing to embark on a big shift in their lives.

“No matter how much we want it or how many people voted for it, change is hard,” she said. “Change takes us out of our comfort zone but that’s the essence of change.”

Despite the difficulty of change, she urged the Class of 2010 to strive for it.