Lou Holtz: Undergraduate Commencement Address 2015

Lou Holtz: Undergraduate Commencement Address 2015

Published on May 13, 2015

2015 Commencement Address at Franciscan University of Steubenville delivered by Lou Holtz, former NCAA football coach and former ESPN analyst. Holtz received an honorary doctorate in Communications.

The class of 2015 was the fourth-largest in University history.

More about Commencement and the class of 2015: http://www.franciscan.edu/News/Commen…

Lou Holtz delivers Franciscan grad talk

May 10, 2015
By MARK LAW – For The Weirton Daily Times (mlaw@heraldstaronline.com) , Weirton Daily Times

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STEUBENVILLE -Legendary football coach Lou Holtz brought humor and life lessons as the speaker at the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 67th commencement on Saturday at the Finnegan Fieldhouse.

More than 660 students received graduate and post-graduate degrees.

Holtz told the graduates he is able to give life lessons because he was once 21 years old.

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Lou Holtz, left, legendary football coach, spends some time talking with the Rev. Sean O. Sherridan, TOR, Franciscan University of Steubenville president, prior to the university’s 67th commencement on Saturday at the Finnegan Fieldhouse. More than 660 students participated in graduation ceremonies. — Mark Law

“You have never been 78,” he said.

Holtz said the students have been fortunate to share their faith in God.

“I assume you will have a good personal life and want to feel secure in your future. You don’t have to sacrifice your faith in God,” he said.

He said life doesn’t have to be complicated, saying there are only seven colors in a rainbow. He said there are only seven musical notes and only 10 numbers. But he said great works of art and music was created with only a few colors and notes.

“It doesn’t need to be complicated,” Holtz said about life.

He told the graduates they only need four things in life: Something to do, somebody to love, something to believe in and something to hope for.

He also said there are three rules the graduates must follow the rest of their life.

“Do what is right. There is never a right time to do the wrong thing,” he said.

Holtz told the graduates not to go through life being bitter.

“Keep a positive attitude. You will have problems and difficulties in life. Don’t tell people about your problems. Ninety percent don’t care and the other 10 percent will blame everything on God. Don’t let people tear you down. Don’t let other people control your attitude.”

Holtz said the second rule is to do everything to the best of your ability.

“Everyone can be the best they are capable of. You have the right to fail. Every part of life has obligations to do the best you can do,” Holtz said in reference to marriage, parenthood and professional life,” he said.

Holtz recounted his early years growing up in Follansbee. He said his father only had a third-grade education but his parents taught him life is about choices.

He said his family was poor but he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth because of the life lessons his parents instilled in him.

The third rule is to show people you care, Holtz said.

He told the graduates to smile at every person they meet for the rest of their life.

“If you follow those three rules you will make right choices. If you do the right thing, people will always be on your side. You will be successful and make a lot of money and then you will die and it will be over. Hopefully (your life) will be significant. Significant is when you make other people successful,” he said.

Holtz said if you want to be happy for a day, go golfing. If you want to be happy for a month, buy a car. If you want to be happy for a year, win the lottery.

“If you want to be happy for a lifetime, put your faith in Jesus Christ,” Holtz said.

Holtz is the only coach in the history of college football to take six different teams to a bowl game, win five bowl games with different teams and have four different teams ranked in the top 20 poll. He was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Holtz is the author of three New York Times best-selling books. He recently retired after a long tenure as a college football studio analyst on ESPN.

Holtz prior to the commencement speech talked about his days as a TV college football analyst.

“I will miss the camaraderie with people. It is better for people to ask why you retired than when are you going to retire,” he said.

Holtz said he will miss the attentiveness he has given to football. He said he has been involved in football since the fourth grade.

He said it will be nice to do want he wants to do as a retiree. He said he will continue to go to college football games and looks forward to spending time with his wife, Beth.

Holtz said being a college football analyst kept his mind sharp at the age of 78.

“It caused me to think at my age. I had no script. I had to keep all the names and stats in my head. It kept me thinking.”

Holtz was presented an honorary doctorate in communications “for his service as a public leader and sports authority unashamed of his Catholic faith.”

 

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