Romney addresses UVU graduates, tells them to ‘live a large life’

Posted at 9:48 PM, Apr 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-30 23:48:53-04

OREM, Utah -- In front of a packed house, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney took the stage at the Utah Valley University 2015 commencement.

"There is one thing you're going to have to do is this, live a large life; Living large means embracing every fruitful dimension of life," Romney said.

Romney defined living large in terms of engagement. Through personal stories of his own and people he has met throughout his life, he stressed the value of engaging in friendships, work, family and religious beliefs as the most fulfilling part of life.

"I'm asked what it felt like to lose to President Obama, not as good as winning would have been. Failures aren't fun, but they are inevitable. More importantly, failures don't have to define who you are," said Romney in one of the few moments in which the former nominee discussed politics.

He called on the graduates to remain engaged in their own lives as a way to fix the problems facing the nation.

"The commitment to live large and to engage in my chosen profession is something that I can really embrace," said Fawn Gardner as she was walking out of the arena.

She just finished her degree in Elementary Education and said Romney's call to serve others validates her choice

"To the class of 2015, well done and congratulations," Romney said.