Jerry Strawser, interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost for Texas A&M University, gave the address at one of the university’s commencement ceremonies on May 10. His audience was comprised of graduates in business, veterinary medicine, and biomedical sciences. He encouraged students to practice gratitude, not fear failure, and to set goals in all areas of their lives.

“Keep the Aggie code of honor in mind,” Strawser admonished graduates. “An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those that do. I beg you, never let your goals come at the expense of those 13 words. I would argue, as much as I respect your academic areas today, if you did not learn those 13 words, your education at Texas A&M simply isn’t complete.”

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