McCrory challenges Wingate grads

May. 17, 2014 @ 04:21 PM

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory was keynote speaker at Wingate University’s 118th Commencement held Saturday on the Academic Quadrangle.

“Failure is a necessary ingredient of success,” McCrory told the audience of more than 5,500, “but only if one of the lessons it teaches is the ability to bounce back.”

McCrory shared about losing the 2008 N.C. governor’s race and the rejection he felt afterwards. He said he was encouraged by the words of boxer and friend George Forman who went through a hardship of his own.

Foreman gave McCrory a pair of boxing gloves and wrote the words: “With this hand I missed a lot, but I kept swinging.” McCrory told the graduates “never give up, keep swinging during the up times and the down times and understand that you’re going to go through some changes in your life.”

Wingate graduated its largest class ever with a record 622 graduates, awarding bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

Seven students earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

This year, the University awarded two new degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM).

The class of 1964 celebrated its 50th anniversary by leading the class of 2014 in the procession.