Dr. Hoeh, vice chairman of the AU board of regents, replaced scheduled speaker Joseph Tkach, chairman of the AU board, who had undergone emergency surgery several days before graduation and was unable to attend.
Dr. Hoeh, himself a pioneer student in the beginning year of Ambassador in 1947 and one of two of the first Ambassador graduates in 1951, spoke to the AU class of 1995 about "the importance of people in the information age."
Dr. Hoeh urged the graduates to "seek out those who give you guidance and inspiration and then to transmit what you have learned in turn to others you will meet."
After the presentation of awards, degree candidates were presented by Michael Germano, dean of academic affairs. President Ward conferred bachelor's and associate's degrees, and graduates receiving their diplomas on the stage were presented by Jeb Egbert, dean of student affairs.
After the recessional of graduates, an open-air reception in their honor took place on the sunny plaza south of the administration building. Family, friends and faculty members gathered around the splashing swan fountain to offer their congratulations to the newly degreed, the general enthusiasm undampened by the high humidity and temperatures soaring into the '90s.
Participants had light refreshments and nonalcoholic champagne, raising their glasses in the traditional toast to the graduating class.
Commencement speaker Hoeh led the toast by saying, "To all of you in this class of 1995 who have traveled so very far, I wish you the wisdom, good judgment and self-control to see this decade through and into the next century with your contributions."