A Hannibal scholar was among 402 Peru State College students to receive a degree during commencement ceremonies.

A Hannibal scholar was among 402 Peru State College students to receive a degree during commencement ceremonies.

Peru State College and its President, Dr. Dan Hanson, under the authority of the Nebraska State College System, granted degrees to 402 graduates on Saturday, May 5, 2018. More than 3,100 people attended the ceremony in the Al Wheeler Athletic Center.

December 2017, May 2018 and August 2018 graduates were all eligible to walk at the May Commencement. In total, Peru State College will grant 278 bachelor's degrees and 124 graduate degrees in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, said, "This ceremony celebrates the successes of our students and the tradition of excellence at Peru State College — a tradition of serving students for 150 years."

Senator Mike Johanns gave the keynote address.

Johanns said, "Applause dies. Trophies tarnish. Headlines fade. Material things do not last."

After quizzing the crowd on recent famous award winners, Johanns asked the graduates to remember the family members, mentors and all the folks that profoundly affected their lives. There was clear recognition that this question was easier than his earlier quiz.

His parting advice was to, "Try to live your life so that you are the answer to that question."

Megan Virginia Hooper, of Hannibal, received a Bachelor of Science degree, Business Administration — Marketing.