At the 2010 Annual Commencement of the University of Utah on May 7, 2010, Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr., delivered the commencement speech. For the 2009-2010 school the University of Utah awarded 7916 total degrees. In consideration of his dedicated service as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and China, as well as his service for the State of Utah, the University of Utah awarded Ambassador Huntsman the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Later Ambassador Huntsman addressed the graduates, faculty, trustees and family members in the audience, speaking from the reference point of a U.S. diplomat managing the diplomatic, military, intelligence and economic infrastructure of the United States in most populous country of the world: China. He said that “the years ahead for both countries will hold the mix of progress and peril, euphoria and depression where the most important stabilizing element will be holding true to our values of liberty, human rights, equality and the rule of law”.
Summarizing his life experience, Huntsman shared with the graduates five necessary attributes of success, surprisingly based on “F”: finding oneself, finding a cause, ability to face failure and learn from it, finding someone to love and finding meaning in life.