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Ann Romney Keynotes SUU Graduation Ceremonies


Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts, delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2014 at Southern Utah Universitythis morning. She quoted evangelical Christian Pastor Rick Warren in urging the graduates to live a purpose-driven life. She recalled the day when her husband, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, got the call from Kem Gardner asking them to take over the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

“I was very sick,  Mitt was running a very successful business, the timing was terrible, it made no sense at all, and yet, we went. We left everything behind. It was crazy,” says Romney. “It was also the best move we ever made…because it came with a higher purpose.”

Romney says she and Mitt made lifetime friends and her multiple sclerosis went into remission due to the therapy and many blessings she received in Utah during the Winter Games. Ann Romney became Southern Utah University’s newest honorary degree recipient during the ceremonies. She continues as an advocate for MS awareness and research.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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