Life is full of adversity but the ability to learn from a difficult situation and turn that hardship into an attribute is an important tool for success.
William Langford offered that message to graduates as speaker at the 127th annual Hastings College commencement ceremony Saturday at Lynn Farrell Arena. The Hastings native graduated summa cum laude from Hastings College in 1992 with an undergraduate degree in mathematics.
"What commencement speeches often do not tell you is life will kick you harder in the face," he said. "It will kick you harder in the face than you will ever know."
During the ceremony, the college conferred on Langford the honorary degree of doctor of laws. Alumnus James Thom and retiring professor Roger Doerr also received honorary degrees.