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Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks during Indiana University’s winter commencement ceremony Saturday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Daniels tells IU graduates to get out of comfort zone

Daniels, left, enters the floor of Assembly Hall before Saturday’s commencement at IU.

– Gov. Mitch Daniels is challenging Indiana University graduates not to get complacent after leaving school.

Daniels delivered the winter commencement speech Saturday at Assembly Hall on the Bloomington campus. He told graduates that college can be the ultimate comfort zone but now they’re moving beyond that in the first of a series of commencements over the rest of their lives.

Daniels said in prepared remarks released by his office that “every commencement means leaving behind the familiar and entering ... into the unknown.” He says that’s a good thing because they will grow the most when they are challenged.

Daniels also urged the graduates to help those less fortunate, not merely by writing a check but also face to face, because they will grow from that, too.

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