Kansas State Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, provided the recent commencement address for Friends University's statewide class of 2010 graduate students.


Kansas State Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, provided the recent commencement address for Friends University's statewide class of 2010 graduate students. The theme of her address was an old Chinese proverb, through which McGinn exhorted the matriculating graduate students to become actively engaged in the events of their cities, state and nation.
“One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade,” McGinn said. “I think this represents our charge as citizens to engage in what happens in our communities, our state, our nation and our world.”
In the context of her speech, McGinn touched on several issues that were of major focus during the recently concluded 2010 Legislative Session, explaining why they were of such importance to Kansas citizens and how legislative decisions impact people. She also commended Friends University for its efforts to reach out to the non-traditional student to make undergraduate and graduate degrees more accessible and achievable.
The graduate commencement ceremony was May 8 at Hartman Arena in Park City.
McGinn is in her second four-year term in the Kansas Senate. She chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee and alternates as chair/vice chair of the Senate-House Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy. In addition, McGinn serves as vice chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and of the Senate-House Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services Oversight.
She is also a member of the Joint committee on Kansas Security and the Senate Organization, Calendar and Rules committee and the Utilities Committee. The Senate District includes Harvey County and part of Sedgwick County. McGinn is an agriculture producer and serves on the boards of many local educational, environmental, and economic development organizations. She and her husband, Mark, live in Sedgwick.