Commencement Weekend: May 18-19, 2013


Political commentator David Gergen connects students’ passion for service to Gettysburg's history

Gergen spoke to 639 graduates on May 19 at Gettysburg College's 178th Commencement

David Gergen, political commentator and former presidential advisor, spoke to 639 graduates May 19 at Gettysburg College’s 178th Commencement Exercises, connecting students’ passion for service to the history of Gettysburg.

“The spirit of Gettysburg College [is] a spirit in which all of you take justifiable pride,” Gergen said. “It has often struck me that this devotion to service and leadership, so carefully cultivated on this campus, is deeply rooted in the soil of the battlefields nearby. It calls to you these days just as the bugles called men and women to service in the war to save the Union.”

He provided examples of great service from the past – both in Gettysburg and beyond – and noted that many young men and women who have made a difference have served out of duty and honor. Gergen borrowed from the American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., saying that their “hearts were touched with fire.”

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