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US: Iowa Senator Tom Harkin inspired Maharishi University graduates with his 'Top Ten Rules To Live By'
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11 June 2013
In true David Letterman-style, United States Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa presented the Maharishi University of Management Class of 2013 with his top-10 list—Harkin's Top Ten Rules To Live By. Senator Harkin gave the Commencement Address after receiving an honorary doctorate from the University and inspired everyone with his humorous wit and down-to-earth wisdom.
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FAIRFIELD, IOWA, USA — Iowa Senator Tom Harkin received an honorary doctorate from Maharishi University of Management before delivering the Commencement Address at the start of M.U.M.'s Graduation exercises, which took place Saturday, May 25, 2013, in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge.
The University's 38th Commencement graduated its largest class ever of 334 students from 54 countries, out of the 88 represented on campus. The Class of 2013 included 251 graduates and 83 undergraduates. Click this link to see a menu of videos from M.U.M.'s Commencement 2013: http://www.mum.edu/commencement-2013.
Senator Harkin was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa degree for his extraordinary lifelong service and compassionate and progressive leadership for the state of Iowa and the United States of America. He has served in the U.S. Senate since 1985 and also served in the House of Representatives from 1975–1985. He is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and is the seventh most senior Senator overall.
Senator Tom Harkin receives a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa degree from M.U.M. President Bevan Morris for his extraordinary lifelong service and compassionate and progressive leadership for the state of Iowa and the United States of America.
In his introduction, M.U.M. president Dr. Bevan Morris said, ''We honor you for a lifetime of service to the State of Iowa and the United States of America, and your compassionate and progressive leadership. You have recognized that the quality of American life is shaped by the quality of American education.''
He said that Senator Harkin has been a very good friend of the University and greatly enjoyed all his visits here. ''He has given us advice and encouragement for all the University's programs—for natural methods of prevention of disease, organic agriculture, sustainable living, our Sustainable Living Center, as well as to our town, which is rising to being one of the greenest in the nation, under the leadership of Mayor Ed Malloy.''
Senator Harkin began his commencement address on a humorous note. He thanked the University for this distinguished award and said, ''I come before you with a measure of humility. I realize I was probably selected to be your speaker today because Oprah wasn't available.'' This elicited a lot of laughter as he was referring to Oprah's visit to Fairfield last year, which she aired, including a profile of the Maharishi School on the M.U.M. campus.
He then went on to say, ''But I do want you to know of my highest respect and admiration that I have for this university, for what you have done, what you have become here, in Iowa, the nation, and the world, and especially for what I consider to be the best holistic approach to education and wellness in life at any university anywhere on the globe.''
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