Ann Romney, the former First Lady of Massachusetts, delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2014 at Southern Utah University this morning. She quoted evangelical Christian Pastor Rick Warren in urging the graduates to live a purpose-driven life. She recalled the day when her husband, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, got the call from Kem Gardner asking them to take over the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
“I was very sick, Mitt was running a very successful business, the timing was terrible, it made no sense at all, and yet, we went. We left everything behind. It was crazy,” says Romney. “It was also the best move we ever made…because it came with a higher purpose.”
Romney says she and Mitt made lifetime friends and her multiple sclerosis went into remission due to the therapy and many blessings she received in Utah during the Winter Games. Ann Romney became Southern Utah University’s newest honorary degree recipient during the ceremonies. She continues as an advocate for MS awareness and research.