Mississippi College Alumni Magazine | Summer 2012

Condoleezza Rice Keynotes Scholarship Dinner

The former U.S. Secretary of State aides in raising funding and inspiring the community

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered fresh insights on everything from the immigration reform to global terrorism, from the importance of education to the status of NFL football during Mississippi College’s 2012 spring scholarship banquet in April.

Rice addressed a packed Anderson Hall, where the nearly 600 guests included Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant ’88, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice William

Waller, Jr. The event raised a record $333,000 for student scholarships to Mississippi College.

Prior to her keynote speech, Rice made time to meet with MC students in Self Hall, concluding the session by encouraging students to stay positive despite entering a tough job market.

“While you may not find the job you want right away, you can gain valuable experience, and opportunities will open up,” Rice said. “Focus on finding that first job. Don’t worry about the next 10 years.”

“I think it was amazing for Condoleezza Rice to come to MC to talk to us and inspire us,” said senior Camie Crowe. “She’s very knowledgeable – an amazing woman.”

Rice was already familiar with MC; in 2003, she served as the guest speaker at the MC Law commencement. Now a professor at Stanford University, Rice told the crowd that Mississippi College remained in her eyes “a very special place” due to its caring faculty and Christian focus.

In addition to a keen knowledge of global politics, Rice revealed a passion for sports, fielding questions about the NFL’s “Bounty Gate” scandal and harsh penalties imposed on the New Orleans Saints. But when asked to name which quarterback she prefers, Tim Tebow or Peyton Manning, Rice answered with the diplomatic savvy one would expect from a former Secretary of State.

“I’d say Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, and Peyton’s younger brother, Eli, are all my favorites,” Rice responded with a smile. 

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