Governor to Ball State graduates: Please stay in Indiana

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has urged Ball State University graduates to strive but fail, pursue careers that provide passion and stay in Indiana.

Posted: May 6, 2019 9:28 AM

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has urged Ball State University graduates to strive but fail, pursue careers that provide passion and stay in Indiana.

The Republican, a Hanover College graduate who married a Ball State alumna, delivered the "favors" during the commencement address Saturday at the Muncie school. He says the state "wants every single one of you."

As for failing, he says, you can learn more from it than succeeding.

The (Muncie) Star Press reports Holcomb was the first sitting governor to address Ball State graduates during a commencement.

Ball State alumnus, comedian and talk show icon Dave Letterman delivered a video message shown before the ceremony. Letterman joked he was 100 years old, just like his alma mater, and earned numerous undergraduate, master's and doctorate degrees as a student.

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