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
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
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 www.hendrix.edu.