Earl L. Jones Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of International Broadcast Systems, told Southern Utah State College graduates Saturday that the class of '88 is entering the global marketplace at just the right time to witness a true economic miracle.
Jones, speaking at the 91st SUSC graduation exercises, told the students that they are in a unique position to "reap the benefits from a true economic miracle: the departure of the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union from purely Marxist economies to those of developing, free enterprise systems."He told the graduates that virtually limitless opportunities will stem from the worldwide economies of scale and the excellence that is almost sure to be accelerated through global competition.
"I would urge the graduating class to go forward with individual confidence and conviction, for in the global marketplace there are no guarantees of success," said Jones.
Jones operates a Dallas-based television advertising and program distribution firm and does business in 56 countries. He is a 1970 graduate of Kent State University and has been a founding partner in five television stations. He is also part owner of the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.
Jones talked about his graduation in 1970. "How different this magnificent day we are enjoying here in Utah seems from the commencement exercises I attended at Kent State. Our graduating class faced a nation torn in two and devastated by civil unrest. We were a fragmented, divided society, and while many of our nation's wounds have healed since, the activism of that period seems to have somehow atrophied into a guilt-ridden national malaise through much of the '70s and has emerged with the realization that America is no longer the unquestioned world leader of the '80s."
He added, "The challenge for you, the graduating class of '88, is to take the lead in the global marketplace of the '90s."
Terry Alan Johnson delivered the valedictory address just one year after he delivered the valedictory address at College of Eastern Utah after completing his junior college requirements. Johnson finished his education as SUSC in only four quarters.
He told the audience that he got what he was looking for, a quality education in a setting where he could become friends with his professors and sit down and talk with the president of the college if he so desired.
Diplomas were awarded to 583 students, including master's degrees in education and accountancy. The school also awarded five honorary doctorate degrees, to Dr. Duane Gubler, Alice Christopherson Harris, Jay Dee Harris, George C. Hatch and Jones.
The Harris', residents of the Bear River Valley, have built a small retail business into a highly successful large equipment sales and leasing operation in four states. Dr. Gubler, a Santa Clara native, has been director of San Juan Laboratories in Puerto Rico for eight years. Hatch is chairman of the board of KUTV television and chairman of the Kansas State Network, and he is a past chairman of the Utah State Board of Regents.
Elder Marion D. Hanks, a member of the First Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a former member of the SUSC Board of Trustees, spoke to the graduates on Friday at baccalaureate services. He used the central theme of man being more than just a human being.
He told the graduates that all major religions share a common viewpoint that revolves around a belief in a Father in heaven and his relationship to his children. He said a common belief shared by all men he has worked with is that there is an important dimension beyond the physical, emotional man.
Elder Hanks counseled the students to be inquisitive and know the distinction between thinking and doubting.