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Vincent F. Harrington

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Vincent Francis Harrington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – September 5, 1942
Preceded byGuy Gillette
Succeeded byHarry E. Narey
Personal details
Born(1903-05-16)May 16, 1903
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
DiedNovember 29, 1943(1943-11-29) (aged 40)
Rutland, England
Cause of deathHeart attack
Resting placeCambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
Political partyDemocratic

Vincent Francis Harrington (May 16, 1903 – November 29, 1943) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from Iowa. Harrington was commissioned in the United States Army Air Forces after the Pearl Harbor attack, resigned from Congress when President Franklin D. Roosevelt disallowed members of Congress from serving in the military at the same time, and died of natural causes while on active duty in England. A Liberty Ship was named in his honor.

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you you you you you you you you you you you you you I you you you Good morning. I'm F. King Alexander, LSU President and is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the two hundred and ninety second commencement ceremony at LSU to open our ceremony I invite you please to rise stay standing for our national anthem sung by miss Laura Brown who is graduating today with a Doctor of Musical Arts it in Miss Brown is accompanied by our LSU brass quintet under the direction of dr. Joseph Skillen. At this time I ask that you join me in a moment of silence in honor of our LSU students faculty and staff who passed away during this past year. Thank you. Please be seated. Before we get started I'd like to introduce just a few members of our platform party Governor John bel Edwards our commencement speaker. Mr. Glenn Armentor LSU Board of Supervisors Valencia Sarpy Jones LSU Board of Supervisors dr. Kevin cope president of our Faculty Senate mr. Jason Votto incoming student government president mr. Zac Fairclough past president student government and a graduating senior today miss Michelle Lowery president elect of the staff Senate other members of our leadership team dr. Rick Kovac executive vice president and provost dr. Jason draughty vice president for strategic communications dr. Kirk Keppler vice president of student life and enrollment dr. Constantine Senecas associate vice president research and economic development dr. dan lies L executive vice president for finance and administration dr. bill Richardson vice president for the LSU AG center and and Dean of the College of Agriculture dr. Isaiah Warner vice president for strategic initiatives dr. jane cassidy senior vice provost dr. Matt Lee vice provost dr. Derrick Rivera's vice provost and mr. Cliff Inouye president and CEO of the LSU Alumni Association the road to graduation isn't traveled alone there are many individuals in a student's life who helped pave the way to success many of whom are tied closely to LSU many of whom are also a part of the students lives outside the classroom and outside the campus and our University guest today first I'd like to recognize the parents grandparents spouses children and other honored guests here to celebrate this wonderful achievement we applaud you not only for your loved ones success but your tireless support along the way to this important educational milestone today's commencement marks one of one step' completing a journey of a lifetime that they will be able to use for a lifetime but it also is the beginning of a new adventure for you and your graduate please stand if you are a parent grandparent spouse family member or special guests so that you can be specially recognized in today's ceremony Our faculty represent another critical guideposts along the road to graduation University faculty aren't just exceptional scholars scientists and researchers they also are skilled educators committed to providing an educational foundation to every student who crosses their path at this point I ask that our faculty please stand to be specially recognized by our audience and our graduates this is the first of many ceremonies throughout this day that will celebrate an important graduating class the class of 2016 and 17 here are some interesting statistics about this class that we all can be proud of the total number of graduates in this class will exemplify the largest graduating class in the history of LSU the largest undergraduate and graduate graduating class in the history of LSU the largest african-american graduating class in the history of LSU the largest female graduating class in the history of LSU the largest Hispanic graduating class in the history of LSU the largest Pell Grant first generating Grad first-generation graduates in the history of LSU and if you are a first-generation graduate the first in your family to graduate would you please stand to be specially recognized it's also the largest veteran graduating class in the history of LSU and if you are a veteran graduating today would you please stand to be specially recognized or a commissioned officer going into our armed forces this is truly an impressive class of graduates I'd like to recognize one graduate in particular zach Faircloth immediate advice or immediate past president of the LSU student body who will share a few parting words on behalf of this significant and historic class of graduates zach morning everyone good morning everyone it's early I know it's early well if I've learned one thing at LSU it's that I still have a whole lot to learn so instead of offering some advice about how to live your life courtesy of a 23 year old graduating undergrad I thought I'd give you a little bit of insight on the relationship we have with LSU and the unique perspective that only an LSU grad can offer about the institution universities are a strange place an LSU in particular difficult to explain from the outside looking in and while every individual seems to grow and change during their time at LSU much the wonderful aspects that LSU remain the same from year to year in the heat of oppression will flock to their dorms once again to meet their new roommates on August 21st a freshman from a high school 30 students will sit down and doctor was choosen thousand-person biology class beat some of their newest best friends on Saturday September 9th they'll pile into Tiger Stadium for the first home opener of the year and sing : Baton Rouge at the top of their lungs the next week another student will run across campus to meet their new best friend the Himes testing center and then another student will stumble upon the subway in the basement of Foster I tell everyone about it and be a legend for being the first one to discover it another student will change their major three times than the first semester like I did and then of course one student will accidentally spend every single dollar of their Paul points from the first month and be left eat in the dining hall for every meal for the rest of eternity yes history will repeat itself but here's what we see from the inside looking out looks different we come to campus for different reasons some had a parent or sibling that was an LSU Tiger may be here today some love the ability have a flagship experience really close to home others liked having the flagship experience a little bit further away from home some came on a campus tour and fell in love with it some met a faculty member that was ready to change their life and we all came here for different reasons but chances are we stayed at LSU for a very similar one we felt like someone cared about our personal success immediately we found people invested in seeing us succeed in and out of the classroom for me that was dr. drew arms dr. Dave kurpius Dean Earl provost Kovach dr. Keppler president Alexander dr. Wayne parent miss Michelle Lowry miss Angela Guillory dr. Jason draughty mr. Zac Lemoine and miss Ashley Arceneaux and I want to urge you all now to think about who those people are for you that they got you this far and if you haven't already say thank you to those people because we wouldn't be as successful as we are right now without them so to continue on what it's like to be a LSU student departing and giving you an inside outlook because of all these people investing their time and energy into us we develop this very human need to repay the favor and it's to be a strong return on investment and that doesn't necessarily show itself in a small percentage point change in a graduation rate instead we start to leave a legacy make a mark on the institution we've become builders of our own identity of the people around us and of LSU itself we tried to discover something new in the lab we joined organizations and salt leadership positions we've pulled the all-nighter to get the A+ instead of the a we mentored others in hopes that they had the same experience we're studying abroad to expand our horizons and understand the world we spent extra hours working a job to balance paying the rent and making the grades we made new friends friends we otherwise wouldn't have met we volunteer and served others because we love our community most importantly we pushed ourselves outside of our comfort zone to emerge as stronger more well-rounded individuals in just four or five short years LSU parents family and Mentors we hope our work in legacy we leave has made you proud and so from the class of 2017 I ask that you remember us might be easier than you think as a matter of fact I'm willing to bet the class of 2017 is the most memorable yet we're resilient class not so quietly we took the brunt of the plus/minus grade in grading implementation everyone laughs at that one uh for future generations and we're glad to do that for y'all we're the same group that sold 16 budget cuts in the last nine years an unprecedented tops cut just before our senior year and that was just the beginning the summer preceding our final year was a challenge far beyond when any of us could have expected what over 20% of LSU faculty and staff lost their homes this class took action we over stalked the LSU food pantry for the first time in its history we raised tens of thousands of dollars and we donated even more time we believe in resiliency and compassion for one's fellow man we're also builders we believe in growth we understand the value of growing the institution and leaving our mark in that way so I want to offer just quickly how much the physical campus has changed the first time we stepped on we have a brand new Olin Career Center we have a brand new bookstore we dedicated a new Women's Center we dedicated the new soon-to-be Clarence L Barney jr. african-american cultural center we dedicated the new William Brookshire Veterans Center the new animal and food sciences lab we renovated the French house in the Honors College got a new name the Ogden Honors College we have a new tennis and gymnastics facility we have the new Patrick F Taylor engineering building which is now the largest academic engineering building in the entire country we have the new you rec which tops any Health and Wellness Center in a thousand mile radius and we did manage just a few library renovations but I was talking to the governor and he said a major renovations coming soon don't worry yes yes we grew tremendously the class of 27 but in our time though the most important thing is we developed a passion and a love for being a tiger and that that was graduate students helping to discover gravitational waves we hosted the first presidential symposium on campus and as a matter of fact where president Alexander's first graduating class he started back with us in 2013 we became the largest and most diverse graduating class as you heard and this class's accomplishments are just miles and miles long individually but I'd be remiss if I didn't mentioned that we brought in the new football coach and the new Tiger this summer yes the class of 2017 has left quite a legacy and every individual here knows he or she what legacy he or she will leave but importantly we're going to remember LSU as well because at LSU we developed this uniquely Louisiana appreciation for the little moments in life as a result we're always going to remember walking through the quad on that typical iconic picture worthy day we're going to remember the feeling you get when the football team runs out and we scream that it never rained in Death Valley even though it was in a downpour we're going to remember the satisfaction of pulling the all-nighter and getting the grade we needed seeing the stress relief dogs and middles and middles and during finals week sitting next to an athlete superstar in a class who's just a greater person and a student as they are an athlete welling up with pride when you quietly sing along with the alma mater blaring from the bell tower at noon every day heckling the poor right fielder at LSU baseball games seeing some older man with a pretty good jump shot at the gym then realizing that's the president of our university he's just another Tiger playing basketball going to the Living Expo to collect enough t-shirts and cups to get you through the year because we didn't have time to do laundry or dishes taking a lap around the LSU lakes just to get away for a while and nervously passing through a free-speech alley especially during those crazy SG campaigns I hated those having someone yell go Tigers at you just because you're wearing purple and gold not remembering the names of people because you've met so many but you smile anyway and the friends you've met that will stand alongside you for the rest of your life and today class of 2017 when you turn your tassel know that LSU will remember you as well we've all played a part in contributing the story that is LA shoo and those that came before us laid the groundwork and those that come after us we'll add to it as well but as LSU moves on to its next chapter I'm confident that ours is one that will always be remembered Tigers of 2017 as we walk across the stage today and into the next phase of life let's be thankful for the time we had here at LSU just as we are leaving a legacy behind here at LSU a piece of LSU will always be with us thank you and go Tigers Thank You Zack we appreciate all you have done for LSU and for our student body congratulations on your graduation today now I'd like to just briefly address this our graduates today prior to introducing our governor as our keynote speaker on this special day it's an honor for me to stand before you and officially recognize this important milestone ceremonies such as this which began over six hundred years ago were created to signify to society that an individual had mastered an academic field of study fast-forward to today where we not only celebrates your academic mastery but we present your accomplishments to the community to the state of Louisiana to this great nation congratulations graduates let us take a moment to explore however that this achievement does not belong solely to the Graduate sitting before us today though it's it is reflective of their hard work and dedication it is also belongs to all the family members that I mentioned earlier who have sacrificed so much to see this day arrive it belongs to the citizens of Louisiana our upstanding faculty and staff our over two thousand and fifty LSU alumni and friends around the globe who believe in your capacity to make society a much more vibrant intellectually stimulating and sustainable environment I'd like to for you to take a moment to look around you at your fellow classmates and keep in mind as you do so as of today you will be among this nation's top thirty to thirty second percentile and educational success even more importantly however as of today you will be among the world's top seventh percentile in academic achievement and educational success in other words the attainment of a college degree places you in the enviable position both right here in the United States and around the world for our graduate students the figures are even more selective than even more impressive throughout the world the reason I share these facts with you or twofold first to remind you of what a significant accomplishment this truly is for you as individuals and for your family members after today your life will truly be changed second more importantly however it isn't to remind you of yours possibility and obligation to all those in need of similar educational opportunities that would undoubtedly enable them to maximize their potential both as individuals and global citizens as one of the world's most educated citizens with the greatest potential to help others you now are being handed the mantle enabling you to provide widespread hope and global opportunity through your individual and collective intellectual ability you are needed to free others from the bonds of human ignorance and Prejudice you're needed to make the right societal choices that expand prosperity and reduce inequality you are needed to provide the ideas that will help feed and shelter and expanding world population and to build the industries and economies of tomorrow you are needed to ensure that the next generation of students and children have more not less educational and economic opportunity than previous generations have enjoyed no matter if you live in Louisiana Los Angeles London or leo's in short you are needed to make the world a much better place you have the tools the skills and the talents to do so and the benefits you read can impact not only your life but have ripple effects around this globe every one of us here today has great faith in you and what we know you can accomplish for so many others with the wisdom that you have the LSU family wishes you the best of luck in these endeavors and will take great pride and all that you accomplished and all you achieve and remember that you are never alone in this path toward greater success and global impact your alma mater forever stands strong behind you congratulations graduates On January 11 2016 Governor John bel Edwards was sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of Louisiana the governor grew up in a meet Louisiana and is one of eight children with four Parish sheriff's and his lineage he has learned the importance of public service at a very early age governor Edwards graduated in 1988 from the United States Military Academy in West Point the governor served eight years as an Army Airborne Ranger on active duty with the United States Army and commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg North Carolina he went on to graduate in the order of the coif from LSU's law center as a graduate of LSU and set up a civil law practice in his hometown of a meet at night in 2008 he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from district 72 where he served for eight years until the voters of Louisiana elected him governor in November of 2015 at this time would you give a welcome Governor John bel Edwards back to his alma mater and give them a great LSU welcome thank you all in good morning thank you members of the class of 2017 members of the Board of Supervisors President Alexander faculty parents friends everybody here congratulations on reaching this momentous occasion I think it's important just to take a moment and thank all the moms and the dads and the aunts and the uncles or grandparents everybody that has supported the graduates of the class of 2017 financially or otherwise over the past four five six seven years however long it might have taken the first thing I want you to do when we leave however for those of you who can is to give you mama a big hug and tell her how much you appreciate her because Mother's Day may not come until Sunday but this is her day to and to the graduates today who are also moms happy Mother's Day to you as well I know it's not easy balancing the responsibilities of being a parent as well as a student in fact I was the father to two children whenever I started law school here at LSU but through a lot of hard work and on those sleepless nights you've made it here today and now you've got this special moment to cherish and to share with your family I also want to thank President Alexander the incredible faculty and staff here at LSU you all have done an excellent job under difficult circumstances in fact circumstances that more difficult than they needed to be quite frankly more difficult than they should have been but you've ensured that everyone who enters the gates of LSU has access to a high-quality education and all of the opportunity that that then affords them and yes they've been known to have a good time as well you know one of my favorite parts of attending graduation ceremonies is to be able to look at all of the members of the graduating class and see a true snapshot of Louise as future well I want you to know our future looks very very bright from here as King mentioned it's noteworthy that this class has broken numerous records this year he told you the largest graduating class in the history of the university but it's also the most diverse class in the history of the university in terms of the number of women african-american Asian Americans Hispanics American Indians there are 53 parishes represented in this class from Louisiana 50 different countries and at least 47 states plus the District of Columbia having the opportunity to deliver this commencement address at LSU is certainly a privilege for me as it would be for any Louisianan and as much of an honor as it is to stand here as governor the great state of Louisiana the truth is I had my eyes on another job one that pays much better by the way but they gave that job not to a redneck from North - beau parish but to a Cajun from South Lefou sure yeah his name is or Geron I've actually gotten to know Coach O pretty well over the last year and I could not be happier that the Tigers are going to be led by someone who loves this state and LSU football as much as I do and I'm excited about the season to come but I'm excited about everything associated with this university now with respect to coach OHS job to be honest his job may actually be the only one in the state that's more scrutinized more challenging than mine after all on a Saturday night here at LSU and Tiger Stadium there are actually more people in that stadium than live in 49 of our 64 parishes and everybody who's not at the game watching it on TV and any time we don't pick up a first down every one of them would have called the different play that would have worked I know how that goes but there's somebody else though who would probably disagree that that's the best job in Louisiana or even the best job at LSU she would tell you that being the head coach of the LSU gymnastics team is the best job at LSU coach DD Breaux the state of Louisiana couldn't be prouder of everything that you and your team accomplished this year an SEC Championship second place in the nation and you finished your fortieth year at LSU as a coach by winning the National Coach of the Year award congratulations to you DeeDee and I want to congratulate all the women on that team I actually had an opportunity to come to this arena twice and watch them compete and I don't know the first thing about gymnastics but I knew that our team was better than the other team and and the judges actually agreed with that because we beat Georgia and Florida here but I want to congratulate the women on that team and wherever the road takes them from here I know that they're going to find that the next chapter of their life will have more meaning because of the motto that still rings across this campus all heart that was the motto of the gymnastics team and that's really the message I want to share with you all today living with heart with purpose and with passion graduation day is the time to celebrate and appreciate the hard work that got you to this point for most it should be a relief no more waiting in line at the testing center no more basement of Lockett for those receiving a doctorate degree today no more sleepless nights working on your dissertation you've made it and in one sense it's over but you know that in itself can be very bittersweet while all of you are sitting here today looking towards the future I imagine that some of you are already reminiscing on the past you're thinking about the first time you were here at the PMAG as a wild-eyed freshman on orientation day maybe you're trying to calculate how many hours you spent in class versus how many hours you spent at the chimes or perhaps bogies you know maybe you're just longing for one more night in Tiger Stadium standing on the bleachers next to your friends in the student section performing along with the golden band of Tiger Lin and the Golden Girls as you sing and dance and enjoy yourselves you know it may have started as their rallying cry but it's not just the LSU gymnastics team that put all heart into their time at LSU and when it comes to academics some of the most innovative groundbreaking ideas actually come from students who were determined to find purpose and everything they did while they were here at LSU Blake Krueger is one of those students Blake's family came to America from South Africa and his father attended LSU to pursue his PhD and Blake certainly caught the tiger spirit because he graduates today having participated in the Louisiana service and leadership Scholars Program studied abroad and used his studies to promote health benefits Louisiana for Louisianans in traditionally underrepresented communities he carried out an ambitious research project on the treatment of HIV patients infected with Kaposi's sarcoma and did I mention that this is only his bachelor's degree he'll think about that he has his sights on attending medical school to combat infectious diseases in clinics globally and Blake I have no doubt that you'll achieve your goal and I also hope the LSU LSU legacy will continue in your family he certainly exhibited a lot of heart I want to take a moment to recognize every student family here that was impacted by last year's historic flood starting their senior year of college is probably scary enough but you have faced an additional cloud of uncertainty as floodwaters invaded parts of campus in many of your homes not just here in Baton Rouge but around the state seven trillion gallons of rain fell in south Louisiana and August in 48 hours I was 24 inches of rain in this area in 48 hours let me put that in perspective to you it takes the Mississippi River 18 days to discharge that much water to the Gulf of Mexico but that's what fell in Louisiana in two days it's not easy to overcome but you did and now you're here at the end of the school year moving on to greater things and that takes heart you know I've talked to a lot of people over the last 16 months as governor about the resiliency and the goodness of Louisiana's people how we bond together to overcome the most difficult circumstances and come out stronger than ever that is true of the students of this campus as well in the aftermath of the flood I entrusted LSU to house a medical need shelter for citizens seeking refuge as well as treatment for chronic illnesses disabilities or nursing care when the Department of Health got here to set up shelter in a calm attics filled house students at LSU who were themselves moving back into their dorm rooms or their apartments to start their fall semester were there waiting to help folks from the Department of Health to set up that special needs shelter and they were instrumental in getting it ready and accepting people from all over the region the most fragile people who were affected by that storm well if that's not all hard I don't know what is and some of you may have faced financial uncertainty this year mentioned just a moment ago as you watched and worried whether the Legislature would fully fund tops eliminate the shortfall and the shortfall that we had was a burden that none of you should have had to face and in fact this class has more top students in any other class in the history of the program that too is something that we should celebrate but we should also rededicate ourselves to making sure that we responsibly fund tops completely without a shortfall this year and I hope you'll join me in fighting for education more broadly as we invest in our future so that the students who follow the class of 2017 will have even more opportunities in fact one of the primary reasons that I ran for governor was because year after year I saw funding for higher education in our state being slashed and I talked to young people all over our state whose eyes were wandering to other states states that didn't have the largest disinvestment in state support for higher education in the country like we did states that weren't balancing their budgets on the backs of students as ours was but you stayed you believed in Louisiana and for that I'm grateful because I believe in Louisiana too and I believe in each and every one of you because you have hard Louisiana is better because of you you are an indispensable part of what makes the great state of Louisiana great this past year we worked incredibly hard to shield higher education for more deep cuts and we're going to keep working until people from other states or is envious of our classrooms as they are of our tailgates no matter where you go in Louisiana of the world although I hope you choose to stay right here I encourage you to be not only an advocate for LSU but for a champion but also be a champion for our state and while I didn't attend LSU for my undergraduate degree I literally jumped at the opportunity to come home in attend LSU for law school when I did get out of the army you know having gone to West Point the military legacy that is the backbone of this university made my time here even more special in fact when LSU's first superintendent General William Tecumseh Sherman began to build the old war school that would one day become LSU he said they wanted to that he wanted to keep as near the standard of West Point as possible at LSU now I suspect most of you wouldn't have been too happy with some of those standards because we actually went to class on Saturdays after our room got inspected and we got into trouble so that when the class was over we were generally being punished in one form or another or parading for the rest of the afternoon the school has changed over time but you can still feel the lingering presence of those old traditions throughout campus I would encourage you to take a fresh look at the memorial power the next time you're in that vicinity make sure you know who Troy H Middleton was make sure you know who Alex box was and there's so many other names great names of Heroes associated with LSU there's something truly great about this place and it gets in your blood and for many of us and I know it did for me that happens at a young age and it stays there and I know that you feel the same way don't lose that feeling never forget LSU and all the people that you've met the things that you've experienced your love for this institution in front and for one another should never fade and as scary as it may be today to walk out of the PMAG and into the real world I know that you're ready because of the education that you've received here because that is the power and the promise of Education LSU has given you the knowledge and the perspective that you need to better understand the world and then enjoy a better quality of life that would not have been possible for you otherwise and life will not always be easy that's why it's going to take heart to succeed to overcome life on life's obstacles and when I talk about success I'm not just talking about material things I'm not just talking about creation of wealth but the kind of success that is also measured by your ability to make a positive difference in your communities in the world and the degrees being conferred upon you today empower you to do just that and if you were empowered to make a positive difference in the world I believe that you are obligated to then do that and so I hope that that will be your attitude as well so please take advantage of this opportunity find ways great and small to make our world a better place the spirit of LSU will live inside of you forever I hope you use that spirit to do good and to dream big congratulations class of 2017 forever LSU god bless each of you and in the words of Coach Orser on go Tigers thank you new goat Thank You governor Edwards we are indeed honored that you could be with us here today we have made you have made this commencement a moral memorable commencement for our graduates here today and we thank you for sharing it with us and for supporting this great university each and every day as governor now students and you're still students for a little bit are you ready to graduate family members friends loved ones are you ready for them to graduate we will now confer the baccalaureate advanced in professional degrees is executive vice president and provost Rick Kovac to introduce the honors college graduates and the academic deans invite Dean Jonathan Earl of the Ogden Honors College to acknowledge the graduating seniors from that college with the seniors of the Honors College and their faculty advisors please stand Provost Kovac all these students have challenged themselves by participating in the Honors College curriculum during their academic careers at LSU students wearing the white cords are graduating with upper division honors in their respective majors students wearing bachelor's hoods are graduating with college honors granted by the University I'm pleased to commend these students and their faculty advisors to you and to the University community and please recognize the accomplishments of these students and the dedication and commitment of the faculty advisors they'll graduate with upper division or college honors is appropriate with the degrees in the respective colleges these students and their faculty advisors are sterling example of the quality of LSU's undergraduate programs in the faculty commitment to development of our students please join me again and applauding our stellar scholars please be seated I would now like to introduce the academic deans representing the colleges and schools that are conferring the degrees today deans please stand as your name is called and remain standing until the bachelors degrees have been conferred Dean William Richardson College of Agriculture Dean L Keith Psilakis College of Art design associate dean Helmut Schneider EJ Orso College of Business Dean Chris D'Elia College of Coast and the environment dean Judy wore not College of Engineering Dean Michelle masse the Graduate College Dean Daymond Andrew college of human sciences and education dean Stacy Haney College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Thomas Galligan Paul M Hobart Law Center Dean Jerry suppose Manship school of mass communication Dean Todd clean College of Music and Dramatic Arts dean cynthia peterson college of science dean joel Baines School of Veterinary Medicine president Alexander I am pleased to recognize the candidates for the bachelor's degree in post baccalaureate certificate will all the candidates for baccalaureate degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates please rise and remain standing mr. amateur these candidates have been certified by their Dean's and colleges and on behalf of the Faculty of Louisiana State University does my indeed great pleasure and privilege to present them to you for their conferral of their degrees with the authority vested in me by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors I confer upon each of you the appropriate baccalaureate degree and post baccalaureate certificate with all the honors rights and privileges thereto appertaining congratulations to you all at this time tradition dictates that you move your tassel from the right side of your mortar board to the left side to signify your new status as a graduate of Louisiana State University a round of applause for these graduates you may be seated dr. Michelle masse Dean of the Graduate School will now present the candidates for advanced and professional degrees will all candidates for the various master's degrees and the certificate of education specialist in the Graduate School please rise president Alexander I'm pleased to present these candidates they've complied with all requirements for their respective degrees mr. lammeter on behalf of the faculty it is my great pleasure to present these candidates to you for the conferral of their degrees again with the authority vested in me by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors I confer upon each of you the appropriate degree or certificate with all the honors rights and privileges thereto appertaining congratulations congratulations you may be seated for doctoral students the role of a mentor is of critical importance typically ranging from five to seven years in length doctoral studies are demanding and require students to focus intently on a particular area of study the candidates major professor assisted by other members of the faculty closely guide students through their research writing providing a trusted sounding board both academically and professionally along the way each of our doctoral students who crosses the stage today is accompanied by their mentor usually their major professor or a representative from their department or program that individual will assist in the hooding of his or her student with a doctoral hood which serves as a symbol of a student's full membership into the fellowship of academia Dean masse would you please present the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts well the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts please stand president Alexander in recognition of the completion of all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts I am pleased to present these candidates to you Allisyn Elizabeth Allerton accompanied by Professor John Dixon alvaro Angulo accompanied by professor Dennis Parker Lauren Mae brown accompanied by professor Dennis Jesse Alida the choline accompanied by Professor Michael Gert Perla de Rocio Fernandez Lopez accompanied by professor Lin Hey aresia Emily Gilmore accompanied by Professor Seth or gel you we lie accompanied by Professor Gregory tsiolis Christopher Daniel Lowry accompanied by Professor Dino's constantan Edie's Gustavo Miranda accompanied by Professor Brett Dietz William Floyd Plummer accompanied by Professor Lynn ha Ethan Lloyd Rogers accompanied by Professor Gregory tsiolis I'm sure will the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy please state president Alexander in recognition of the completion of all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy I am pleased to present these candidates to you mr. amateur these candidates have shown that they are worthy of receiving the highest degree that is awarded by the University and on behalf of the faculty I'm pleased to present them to you graduates again with the authority vested in me by the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors I confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with all the honors rights and privileges thereto appertaining congratulations I ask our new PhD graduates and their sponsors to please approach the platform as your name is called please come forward to be vested with the hood and to receive your diploma Timothy Daniel Allerton accompanied by Professor Neal Johansen Gabriel Andres RSA Amador accompanied by Professor Marwa Hassan Lester Adrian Charles Archer accompanied by Professor s Kim McGregor David James Brokaw accompanied by Professor Charles Shindo margaret and callahan accompanied by professor barbara Heffron Eva Cristina Kaspari accompanied by Professor G D warned at a meal in Catania accompanied by Professor Dorota hen again you would Jen accompany but professor Mike will Benton youngji chen accompanied by professor hyo-jung park Christina Amma couvert accompanied by Professor Roland W Mitchell Nicole Marie Costantini accompanied by professor Patricia Suchi Marilyn CBL daelin accompanied by professor Brenda - 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Lea a accompanied by Professor John a Pullman Marisa Beth Walker accompanied by professor Gabriela Gonzalez Changwon accompany my professor poem in shoo when accompanied by Professor SEM McGregor Sarah Kerrigan Wooten accompanied by professors Roland W Mitchell and kena Arbuthnot Kimberly Faye Williams accompanied a professor Petra Robinson kenchi young accompanied a professor jiuxiang bling rashon accompanied by professor axion who yes young accompanied by Professor G Jung Lee a round of applause for these new graduates please mr. van Noy CEO and LSU a lot of the LSU Alumni Association would you care to address our graduates yes I would thank you dr. Alexander on behalf of every graduate worldwide congratulations and welcome to the awesome LSU Tiger nation now the fun begins the LSU Alumni Association has 135 chapters around the United States and the world that provide camaraderie and fun and help you keep that special LSU spirit alive for example this spring and summer we offered alumni crawfish boils and from New York to Miami and from Seattle to San Diego and almost every parish in Louisiana hosts several different outstanding events now let me give you one example in two weeks we'll celebrate the 29th anniversary of the crawfish boil in little place called San Diego California well they started with about 15 people 29 years ago two weeks from now there will be 4,500 people show up for a crawfish boil that's 11 tons of crawfish and we won't talk about how many gallons of beer that is so you ask you know that's great to have all these parties but what does that do for LSU well over the years 3.8 million dollars worth of funds have been returned to LSU to endow scholarships for outstanding future alumni to come to LSU and study and graduate and do the same things you've done so the moral to the story is no matter where you are the LSU spirit is with you and I'd encourage each and every one of you to you seek out and join your local alumni chapter network with your fellow graduates and become involved in Alumni Association chapter leadership it will benefit you in many ways you'll be amazed at how many friends you make immediately and the business connections you'll make now for those of you who have the tradition of the LSU ring now's the time to take your ring off it's the LSU has been fishing you this whole time take that LSU ring off put it on so they encrusted LSU faces the world you'll you'll make sure that you'll make an impression on all those that you meet now the second thing is if you were listening to what Governor John bel Edwards were saying he encouraged you to be an advocate for education and for LSU so we have a program called Tiger advocates we incur it's free and we encourage you to reach out touch base with your legislators to let them know how important LSU is and what it does for the state of Louisiana they need to hear from you the voters the people who care and love LSU and one last thing would you return to campus make sure you look up a favorite professor or an administrator or an advisor and you look them up and find them and go talk to them and let them know how much you appreciate what they've done for you over the years and their service to LSU now in closing I encourage you to look to successful Tigers for guidance our keynote speaker fellow LSU graduate John bel Edwards decided long ago he would be second to none and what he did in his success so now it is your time to show the world just how great an LSU graduate can be go out and get him Tigers ladies and gentlemen family and friends it is my honor to present to you LSU's May 2017 class of 2017 graduating class please join me with a round of applause also once again if you join me in a round of applause for governor Edwards to come and take his time to support theirs these graduates each and every day throughout his gubernatorial ship congratulations to all of you thank you all again for joining us this morning for our undergraduates and others I want you to know throughout the day make sure you go to your college ceremonies as well they will run till eight o'clock tonight you know the time and the place throughout campus but if you would please stand we hope that all of you will enjoy your diploma and your diploma ceremonies throughout the day and make sure you participate as much as possible with your family members now if you would please stand for the Louisiana State University alma mater I invite you to turn to the last page of your program to join dr. Brown and graduates if you would please remain standing after the performance until the platform party has exited the arena congratulations Oh


Personal background

Born in Sioux City, Iowa to Thomas F. and Maria Harrington, Vincent Harrington attended Cathedral Grammar School in Sioux City.[1] He then attended Trinity College Academy, a school in Sioux City built on land purchased from Harrington's parents by the Order of St. Francis.[2]

He attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where he played football for Knute Rockne,[3] as a second-stringer on the legendary "Four Horsemen" team that dominated all opponents in the 1924 season.[4]

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1925, he served as an instructor and athletic director at Columbia University (now named as the University of Portland) in Portland, Oregon, from 1926 to 1927, where he taught economics and history.[1] He then returned to Sioux City, where he worked with his father at Continental Mortgage Company, serving as treasurer and assistant manager, and later as vice president and general manager.[1][3]

On June 7, 1927, Harrington married Catherine O'Connor of Homer, Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. Harrington were the parents of two daughters, Catherine Tim and Patricia Ann Harrington.[1]

Iowa legislator

Harrington served as a member of the Iowa Senate from 1933 to 1937.

Election to the U.S. House (1936)

In June 1936, Harrington won the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. However, the following month, Iowa electoral politics was thrown into disarray when Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Louis Murphy was killed in a car accident. Democratic Congressman Guy M. Gillette of Cherokee, Iowa, a candidate for re-election in Iowa's 9th congressional district, ran instead in the special election to serve out the remainder of Murphy's Senate term. This prompted Harrington, a 9th district resident, to withdraw from the race for Lieutenant Governor to accept the Democratic nomination to replace Gillette on the ballot for the U.S. House of Representatives.[5] In the general election, Harrington defeated Republican Fred B. Wolf by over 10,000 votes.


Harrington was re-elected in 1938 and 1940. However, his re-election wins (both over Republican Albert F. Swanson) were much closer than his original victory. In 1938, he won by only 269 votes out of over 94,000 cast (down from 339 after Swanson challenged Harrington's election and the House disallowed 70 Harrington votes), and in 1940 he won by only 2,140 votes out of over 130,000 cast.

1941 reapportionment

Iowa lost one of its nine congressional seats following the 1940 census, requiring the Republican-controlled 1941 Iowa General Assembly to divide the state into eight congressional districts. The old 9th congressional district, minus one county, became the new 8th congressional district.[6] The exception was Monona County, which Harrington had carried in 1940 by a thousand-vote margin. When Monona County was placed in the reconfigured 7th congressional district, it was considered a blow to Harrington's chances for re-election in 1942.[6]

In the months before the United States' entry into World War II, Harrington declined to support President Roosevelt's departures from a policy of strict neutrality. In the fall of 1941, Harrington voted against additional funding for the Lend-Lease program, the repeal of the arms embargo, and the repeal of the ban on arming merchant ships.[7] At the time, his support for strict neutrality and split with Roosevelt, whose popularity in Iowa had declined after 1936, likely matched the views of many of his constituents. However, after the Pearl Harbor attack, congressmen with such a voting record would have difficulty keeping their seats.

Resignation from the House

In the 1940 race, he had promised that, if he ever voted for war, he would himself go to war.[8] Thus, after he voted to declare war following the Pearl Harbor attack, he entered in May 1942 in the Army Air Forces, where he was commissioned as a captain, and took a leave of absence from Congress while becoming a candidate for re-election.[9] He declared that "the decision as to my congressional status after January 3, 1943 is entirely up to the people of the district."[9]

However, before the 1942 general election, President Roosevelt issued an order as commander-in-chief that forced members of Congress serving in the military to resign from one position or the other.[10] To abide by his promise to go to war, Harrington resigned from Congress on September 5, 1942.[8]

Because of his resignation, voters in his district were required to cast two votes in the 1942 general election—one to decide who would serve out the final two months of Harrington's term in the Seventy-seventh Congress, and another for a term in the next Congress. Republican Harry E. Narey was elected to serve out Harrington's term in the disbanding 9th congressional district, while Republican Charles B. Hoeven was elected to the seat Harrington had sought for his next term, in the new 8th congressional district.

Active Air Corps service and death

On November 29, 1943, while serving in the Air Corps as a security control officer in Rutland, England, Harrington suffered a fatal heart attack.[3] He was interred in Cambridge American Cemetery, in Cambridge, England.

In July 1944, Mrs. Harrington christened the SS Vincent Harrington, a Liberty Ship named in honor of her husband.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d Iowa Official Register, Biography of members of the Iowa State Senate, 1933–34.
  2. ^ A Brief History of Trinity College (1913–1947).
  3. ^ a b c "Harrington Death due to Heart Attack," Council Bluffs Nonpareil, 1943-12-10, at 13.
  4. ^ "Twenty-Three Notre Dame Players to Graduate," Ogden Standard-Examiner, 1925-01-07, at 9.
  5. ^ "Harrington Ninth District Choice," Mason City Globe-Gazette, 1936-08-19, at 2.
  6. ^ a b "Redistricting Bill Signed: Monona County dropped from Ninth District," Hawarden Independent, 1941-04-10 at 7.
  7. ^ Vincent Harrington, Capital Newsletter, Hawarden Independent, 1941-11-06, at 8.
  8. ^ a b "Harrington Resigns from Congress," Sioux Center News, 1942-09-10, at 1.
  9. ^ a b "Harrington an Army Captain," Hawarden Independent, 1942-05-14, at 1.
  10. ^ "For Services Rendered," Time Magazine, 1942-07-22.
  11. ^ "SS Harrington Launched Saturday," Council Bluffs Nonpareil, 1944-07-22, at 1.

External links

  • United States Congress. "Vincent F. Harrington (id: H000231)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Vincent F. Harrington at Find a Grave Edit this at Wikidata
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Guy Gillette
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Iowa's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Harry E. Narey

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