In an op-ed published on USATODAY.com and in the May 9 newspaper, Butler President James M. Danko called on this year’s commencement speakers to stress the importance of humility.
“We’re in the midst of a presidential election cycle in which shows of bluster and displays of personal dominance have become prerequisites for advancing in the polls,” Danko wrote. “This dynamic of heightened antagonism could impress upon the next wave of degree-earners that getting ahead post-graduation means shouting loudly, projecting bravado and demanding more. In fact, the opposite is true: Leading with civility and respect, embracing vulnerability, and learning from failure is what genuine success is all about. That requires humility.”
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