With the simultaneous swish of 298 tassels, graduates of the LDS Business College moved from the academic world to the professional world Thursday.
But Bishop Keith McMullin said that, even after gathering their diplomas during commencement exercises in Assembly Hall on Temple Square, those students have an obligation to keep on learning."Much remains for you to learn," said Bishop McMullin, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Make learning your lifelong pursuit."
Bishop McMullin, who worked as an investment and financial analyst with Ford Motor Co. and for 20 years in the Church's Welfare Services Department, told graduates that LDS Business College does not focus solely on "book learning," but hopes to help its students develop their spirits and minds.
As part of that development, he offered four signposts to help graduates chart their courses after leaving school.
First, he said, the graduates should pursue truth. People should not be afraid of wholesome change, Bishop McMullin said, but they must remember that truth is pure, constant and complete.
"New ideas can be intoxicating and misleading," he said. "Be deliberate and judicious in your pursuit of truth."
As a second signpost, graduates should strive to manage wisely, Bishop McMullin said. He urged the students to think of the long-term consequences of their actions and beware of the sometimes contradictory promises of things of the world.
"The days ahead will test your wisdom and your discipline. . . . To manage wisely means to start small and build with time."
Bishop McMullin said that, as a third signpost, graduates should strive to live right.
"Live right by embracing virtue. . . . Decide now what you stand for," he said.
Finally, he said graduates must work to leave a legacy for the future.
Today's society suffers from "dumbing down," Bishop McMullin said. This lowering of standards, designed to leave no one out, ends up harming everyone.
In order to leave a legacy, he said, graduates must rise above themselves.
College President Stephen K. Woodhouse said they also should remember that the Lord has invested in them through their education.
"Be careful that you don't establish, as the standard for `the good life,' something that is temporary and fleeting . . .," Woodhouse said. "We urge you to use the skills you have developed here to more fully follow God and build the kingdom."
Sister Julia L. Hogan, a 1994 graduate of the college, received its 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Hogan started her career as Trolley Square's first marketing director, then quit to raise her two sons and a daughter. She later re-entered the work force and, since 1993, has worked as director of marketing for the ZCMI Center Mall.
Aron D. Anderson, a business major from Canon City, Colo., who finished his years at the school with a 4.0 grade point average, was the graduate speaker. Nilsson Lau, an accounting graduate, played a piano solo.