K-State celebrates fall graduates; Marlin Fitzwater receives honorary
doctorate K-State Alumni
|Former White House press
secretary Marlin Fitzwater '65, '15 receives an honorary doctorate at the
Graduate School commencement ceremony Dec. 11. Watch a highlight video. (Photo: K-State Communications and
Graduation is an ending, but
also a beginning — an opportunity to go out into the world and do great things.
Although life will bring challenges, Marlin Fitzwater '65, '15, Kansas State
University's fall 2015 Graduate School commencement speaker and former White
House press secretary, encouraged students to face those challenges and push
themselves to succeed.
Fitzwater was presented with an honorary doctorate
at the Graduate School commencement ceremony Dec. 11 in Manhattan.
be afraid to use your degree,” Fitzwater said. “Let your knowledge give you the
courage to lead. The future is brighter in America than it may seem. We still
have the heart and soul for great adventures.”
ceremonies also took place Dec. 11 at the Kansas State University Polytechnic
Campus, followed by undergraduate commencement ceremonies Dec. 12 at K-State's
Manhattan campus. The university awarded 1,300 bachelor's degrees, 340 master's
degrees, 70 doctorates and 10 associate degrees. More than 300 students earned
their degree through K-State Global Campus distance education programs.
During his address, Fitzwater encouraged students to reflect on the value of
those degrees and the K-State experience as they begin a new chapter in their
|Students celebrate their
upcoming graduation at the K-State Alumni Association's annual Grad
Breakfast on Dec. 10. (Photo: David Mayes
“Kansas State University has given
you a great education, a mountain of opportunities and memories that will last a
lifetime,” Fitzwater said.
Raised on a small farm near Abilene, Kansas,
Fitzwater served as a press secretary for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George
H.W. Bush and played a key role in major moments in history, such as the Cold
War and Operation Desert Storm. He met with international heads of state, wrote
several books and dined at Buckingham Palace. Reagan referred to him as the
Fitzwater thanked K-State administrators for his
honorary doctorate and for starting him on the path to success.
was extremely proud of my first degree, and I’m just as proud of this one,”
Fitzwater said. “It validates my life’s work.”