Long Encourages Graduates To “Dream Big”

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long encouraged graduates to “Dream Big” during his keynote address at the University of Arkansas’ College of Education and Health Professions commencement ceremony held Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.

Long spoke to more than 600 graduates from the College of Education and Health Professions, a college comprised of five academic departments with more than 100 faculty members, the university’s intramural and recreational sports department, and 17 research and service units.

During his remarks, Long shared some of his own personal journey from competing as a NCAA Division III student-athlete to becoming one of the nation’s most respected athletics directors and the inaugural chair of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

Long told the graduates to maintain focus on their vision for success and not be limited by the expectations of others. “No one follows small dreams or ideas, not even yourself,” Long said. “So dream big! Go for it! Follow your dreams and pursue them with passion.”

He encouraged the new graduates to model perseverance in their personal and professional lives as they encounter challenges along the way. Long went on to share his strong belief that a positive attitude is a key to success and encouraged the graduates to conduct themselves with honesty, integrity and character.

“Never forgot the lessons you have learned here, the people you have met and the friendships you have forged,” Long told graduates in his closing remarks. “The University of Arkansas is indeed a special place and now you are part of its legacy. And soon you will receive the greatest honor bestowed to our graduates, your name will forever be emblazoned on Senior Walk.”