Wabash College’s fourteenth president, Andy Ford, spoke at the final Chapel Talk of the year. Much of the audience was made up of seniors who were anxious to hear the president that rang them in as freshmen speak one last time. Click here to listen to the podcast.
President Ford began by explaining he doesn’t really like to speak in public but was persuaded by the Sphinx Club to make an appearance in the Chapel he hadn’t spoken in since Baccalaureate 2006.
“It’s good to be back,” he said.
“Freshmen, remember the first time going home after you started here? It looked the same but felt different. Finally you realize you are what’s different,” Ford stated. “I feel that way today.”
In addressing the seniors, Ford reminded the men “life is what you make it.”
Although many of them have been big fish here at Wabash, he said “When you are a guppy out in that big ocean, it doesn’t matter. It’s not about the ocean. It’s about what you make of it.”
His final encouraging words were for the seniors to move on and let the next group of students take up the leadership roles they once had at the College. “But, come back, and when you come back, it will be different and so will you.”