NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is urging University of Oklahoma graduates to consider public service and shape history as they move into their next phase of life.
During his commencement address Friday night, Gates said some of the most fulfilling public service happens not in Washington D.C. and war zones, but in classrooms, hospitals and communities around the country.
No matter how jaded or egotistical, he says that deep down public servants are idealists and optimists who believe they can make a difference.
Gates recognized and thanked graduates enlisted in the military who he says will go on to use their newfound knowledge to become future leaders.
Gates also spoke highly of OU President David Boren, who he has known for three decades.