May 6, 2001
Academic) Dean Hamby Barton always said the mark of an educated
person is not knowing information but being able to ask the right
questions. Behind the dean's comment is the understanding that
an educated person can stand just a little outside the culture.
You will be called a Moundbuilder from this point on. You may
choose to deflect with some embarrassment about a relatively unknown
mascot and a tradition of rock throwing which is not quickly described.
Yet I hope it is part of who you are. Being a builder can be a
very honorable and rewarding lifelong journey which you should
be prepared for as a graduate of this institution. Remember-together
Moundbuilders are expected to eventually build mountains."
Kim Moore '71, Commencement speaker