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Happy Trails, Class of 2019!

CONWAY, Ark. (May 11, 2019) – The Hendrix College Class of 2019 was recognized for the culmination of four years of learning, growth, and hard work on campus today at the 135th Hendrix College Commencement ceremony in the Wellness and Athletics Center.

Hendrix awarded more than 300 undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees and five Master of Arts degrees in accounting. Read the full list of graduates

Before recognizing the newest class of graduates, the College conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree upon David Knight ’71. A current member and former chair of the Hendrix College Board of Trustees, Knight serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Stephens, Inc. His nearly two decades of service to the College have included involvement in the College’s pioneering work with the Rwandan Presidential Scholars program, which has expanded into a partnership of a dozen U.S. colleges and universities with Bridge2Rwanda, an organization he helped to establish and has served as a board member. His contributions to the College also have included gifts to the Aspire Scholarship Program, with specific support for students from KIPP Delta Collegiate High School.

Knight also delivered the commencement address to the students. He shared that his time at Hendrix contributed to developing a strong personal value system that he has relied upon since his time as a student. “I have confidence that your Hendrix foundation will remain with you, as well, and be there when you need it to draw upon in both joyful and challenging times,” he said.

He urged the new graduates to strive for balance in life, an increasingly difficult challenge in a world where technology makes it possible for work to follow them almost anywhere. “It took a while for me to learn that I do better in my professional life and am much happier if I set aside time for family, friends, hobbies, and the occasional adventure,” he said.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit