Amundson receives achievement award Delivers USD commencement address Dr. Loren H. Amundson, founding chairman and professor emeritus of family medicine at The University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, delivered the commencement address at The University of South Dakota on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. in the DakotaDome.
Amundson's address was entitled "We Finish To Begin." He also received an Alumni Achievement Award during the ceremony. USD President James W. Abbott and Regent Shane Penfield conferred degrees to approximately 450 candidates for graduation. Amundson, who earned a bachelor of arts degree from USD in 1953, asked graduating students, "Where will you be headed in life as this ceremony ends today?" Amundson speculated the answer partly lay with the degree they were about to receive.
Quoting Vince Lombardi, Amundson further predicted that, "the quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to the commitment of excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
Amundson allegorically summarized his message through the use of a metaphorical story titled, "Five Lessons from Geese."
The story reiterated Amundson's emphasis that "people who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the trust of one another," and that "if we have as much sense as geese, we too will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strongest."
Amundson concluded his speech by dedicating his favorite poem, The Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole, to the commitment of past and present faculty who helped shape the future of USD graduates.