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Vice Admiral tells OSU grads to assign a mission, get after it

Sat, December 13, 2014

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus told Oklahoma State University graduates to “assign yourself a mission and get after it” during OSU’s 130th commencement ceremony Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus delivered the commencement address Saturday at Oklahoma State University’s 130th commencement ceremony.

Nearly 1,700 students completed graduate and undergraduate degrees this fall at Oklahoma State University. The graduate student ceremony was held Friday night and two undergraduate ceremonies were held Saturday. During the first ceremony Saturday, former OSU Regent Dean Stringer received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Pybus was presented the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws during the second undergraduate ceremony.

“Work hard, keep your options open, take time for fun, and help others along the way,” said Pybus, who was introduced to a rousing ovation. He is the deputy commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Florida. A Stillwater native, Pybus is the highest ranking senior Navy SEAL in the country.

Discussing the extraordinary commitment of the men and women of the U.S. special forces, Pybus told the graduates, “Don’t quit. Be tough when you face adversity in your life. Remember, that which doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

He added, “never, ever underestimate the contributions you make. You are extremely valuable to the world. With patience, focus and the help of others, you will do amazing things.”

The first commencement ceremony Saturday recognized graduates from the College of Education, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The second ceremony honored graduates from the College of Human Sciences,  the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the Spears School of Business.