Eric Holcomb, 51st governor of the state of Indiana, will deliver the address at Trine University's 135th Commencement on May 2. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. May 2 in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center on Trine's main campus, and is free and open to the public.
Commencement will mark Holcomb's second visit to Trine's main campus as governor. In 2018, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university during the Touchstone and Homecoming Celebration Dinner, and presented Brooks the Sagamore of the Wabash at the same event. In 2016, as lieutenant governor, he spoke as part of Trine University's Distinguished Speaker Series.
A lifelong Hoosier, Holcomb is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College in southeastern Indiana, where he majored in U.S. history with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era, and served as president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He served for six years in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer.
Holcomb currently serves as the policy chairman of the Republican Governors Association and in 2018 was named one of ten governors shaping the future of politics by The Hill.
Throughout his career in service, he has earned a reputation of being a consensus builder. He travels weekly throughout the state, visiting with Hoosiers wherever he goes about how to make Indiana an even better place to live, work and play. He has earned honorary doctoral degrees from Trine University, Anderson University and Ivy Tech. A lifelong basketball fan, Holcomb has shot and made a basket in each of Indiana's 92 counties.
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