Tri-C Commencement Speaker Urges Grads to Help Others
December 18, 2015
Kenneth Dunn believes that everyone can make a difference.
And as the speaker at Cuyahoga Community College’s fourth annual Fall Commencement, that is the message he shared with the more than 1,500 students graduating at the Dec. 17 ceremony.
“[It is] people helping other people who have brought about positive change in the world,” Dunn said.
He said that even though people seemed divided today, he maintained hope. He balanced recent tragedies, like the shooting in San Bernadino, Calif., with a positive message from the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. “Look for the helpers” during catastrophes, he said, citing show host Fred Rogers. “Because if you look for the helpers, you know that there’s hope.”
Dunn encouraged graduates to look for their own helpers as they strive to find their places in the world. “There will always be good people in the world who are willing to aid and support you. You can find help, and you can find hope,” Dunn said.
Dunn spent 20 years working in clinical health education before deciding a career change was in order. He wanted to work as a physician’s assistant, so he undertook a vigorous science curriculum before enrolling in the physician’s assistant program, which is offered through a partnership between Tri-C and Cleveland State University. He earned his Associate of Science degree at the ceremony.
During his tenure at Tri-C, Dunn held leadership positions with Phi Theta Kappa and the Western Campus student government. He led the effort to make the Western Campus food bank a member agency of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Dunn closed his speech asking graduates to understand how important each and every person is. He urged everyone “to be that help and to be that hope . . . that can change this world for the better. For why else are we here, if not for each other?”