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Governor Pat McCrory's Commencement Address

May 11, 2013
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North Carolina Governor Patrick L. McCrory '78 delivered the Commencement address at Catawba College's 10 a.m. Commencement Exercise on May 11.

Showing off a pair of red boxing gloves given to him by his friend George Foreman, the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, McCrory relayed a story about his own failure to win the North Carolina gubernatorial election in 2008.

Quotes: "Don't be afraid to fail and if you do fail, try again, but do it strategically."

"Now as you leave here today, stay focused on what you want to accomplish. Be strategic. Be hard-working. Be ethical. That what makes our country great. That's what makes our state great. That's what makes Catawba great, and you will be great in your future."

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