Apr 20, 2010

Commencement 2010: Fusing together entertainment, enlightenment and graduation

by Amanda Sullivan


He is brutally honest. He is harshly criticized. He stands on his convictions. He is “the fusion of entertainment and enlightenment.” Glenn Beck will take the stage on May 15 at Liberty University to address the class of 2010 as the commencement speaker, according to Jerry Falwell Jr.

Beck’s brazen personality and politically conservative stance make him a well-known force in both the political and entertainment world. He has a self-titled T.V. show, which airs on FoxNews, and a nationally syndicated talk show “The Glenn Beck Program.” His lack of censorship in his field has created a “love him or hate him” attitude among viewers and listeners.

"Only those afraid of the truth seek to silence debate, intimidate those with whom they disagree, or slander their ideological counterparts. Those who know they are right have no reason to stifle debate because they realize that all opposing arguments will ultimately be overcome by fact," Beck said in his book, “Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.”

In addition to Beck, Falwell also confirmed that Dr. Paige Patterson will speak at commencement and will deliver the baccalaureate address. Patterson was a close friend of Dr. Jerry Falwell and is the eighth president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“Liberty University is blessed to have two national conservative leaders speak at our 2010 commencement ceremony. Dr. Patterson is one of the patriarchs of Christian higher education and Beck is one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the principles upon which this nation was founded. Both speakers continue Liberty’s long tradition of commencement speakers who are making a positive impact on society in all walks of life.”

For more information about commencement, read next Tuesday’s edition of the Liberty Champion.

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