U.S. Sen. John McCain.
U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Statement from President Robbins on John McCain

Sen. John McCain, the University of Arizona's commencement speaker in 2005, died Saturday at age 81.
Aug. 25, 2018

A statement from University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins on the death of Sen. John McCain:

"At the University of Arizona commencement ceremony in 2005, Sen. John McCain told Wildcat graduates that he believed 'the true worth of a person is measured by how faithfully we serve a cause greater than our self-interest, that encompasses us but is not defined by our existence alone.'

By that standard, Sen. McCain's value has been immeasurable. Through a higher standard of service rooted in honor, courage, and commitment, he inspires us to reach across national boundaries and philosophical differences to learn from and care for each other.

I was blessed to have met this unique and honorable American hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Cindy and his family."