In his remarks, President E. Gordon Gee urged students to be willing to take risks. “I believe that the greatest risk all of you will face is giving in to your fear of taking risks. Generations of CPASS graduates have dared to risk failure. And, by doing so, they have nurtured ideas that made our world better,” Gee said.
“It all starts with you being the best leader of yourself. You can't expect anyone to follow you if you can't take your own lead. You must be motivated to do so because you can't motivate anyone else if you can't motivate yourself.”
Gee also discussed how to overcome obstacles. “You have made bold choices. You have transformed your many passions into viable career paths. Treat everyone around you as a teacher, regardless of title or background. And in the game of life, your Mountaineer daring will guide you to your highest purpose. Above all, make every day that you live an opportunity to learn.”