2018 Commencement luncheon remarks
Genuine. Generous. Humble.
These three words are how friends of Bob Knowling describe him.
Genuine – because when you meet Bob, he shows a genuine interest in helping people.
It took just one smile and one friendly face to make a difference in Bob’s life. At the young age of 5, he was greeted like family the first time he walked through the door at the Kokomo YMCA. That warm interaction has stayed with him, instilling in him that not only do first impressions mean a lot, but they also have an impact on someone that you can’t anticipate.
Generous – because he believes in giving back to organizations and communities that believed in him.
From the YMCA, to Carver Community Center, to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Omicron Phi Omega chapter, and many, many other groups, his generosity has overflowed. It’s the principle of paying it forward. Doing good deeds for the betterment of others is in Bob’s blood. And it’s apparent in the way he lives his life.
Humble – because he believes it’s the little things in life that mean the most. He has a desire to help people without the need for recognition. He has said to friends, “Treat people like they matter. Treat people with dignity. Love people.”
Bob brings honor to our community through his sense of fairness and equality, his loyalty to his friends and family, and his entrepreneurial vision.
On behalf of Indiana University Kokomo, I am extremely honored to recognize Bob Knowling as our 2018 honorary degree recipient. Please help me welcome him – Bob Knowling.