President of the University of North Dakota

Commencement Addresses

Key Themes: Aim High. Help Others. Embrace diversity. Drive change. Keep learning.
  • December 27, 2018: UND Today - Embrace change and adapt - seee video
  • December 20, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - UND grads, learn to master change - see speech text
  • December 18, 2018: UND Today - President Kennedy: unleash the waves others must surf - see article
  • December 14 , 2018: Grand Forks Herald - UND grads head to next stage at winter commencement - see article
  • August 4, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Life is a game of addition - see speech text
  • August 3, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - UND's Mark Kennedy encourages grads to add others to their lives during summer graduation - see article
  • May 15, 2018: UND Today - Leaders in Action on center stage - see video
  • May 13, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Lux et Lex: Illuminating, defining tomorrow - see speech text
  • May 12, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - 'Keep learning': UND’s Mark Kennedy advises graduates to commit to lifelong learning - see article
  • December 16, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - From Jedi to Leaders in Action - see speech text
  • December 16, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Kennedy to UND grads: 'May the force be with you' - see article
  • May 16, 2017: UND Today - Crossing the finish line - see article
  • May 13, 3017: Fargo Forum - Kennedy tells graduates to embrace technology - see article
  • January 10, 2017: UND Today - Reach for the stars - see article
  • December 18, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - For UND grads, a 'Star Wars' guide to life - see speech text
  • December 17, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND president implores grads to shoot for the stars - see article

Writings / Speeches by Theme

Many opinion pieces in Grand Forks Herald were also published in Fargo Forum and Bismarck Tribune
  • Aim High. Help Others
  • May 31, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Kennedy: Have heroes, dare mighty things - see opinion piece
  • December 18, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - For UND grads, a 'Star Wars' guide to life - see speech text
  • Diversity: Expanding Your View to 360°
  • January 21, 2019; Grand Forks Herald - Grand Forks, UND celebrate Martin Luther King’s message, legacy - see article
  • August 4, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Life is a game of addition - see speech text
  • December 16, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - From Jedi to Leaders in Action - see speech text
  • August 22, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Bringing many together as 'One UND' - see opinion piece
  • July 7, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - UND plan: Keep, grow star students - see opinion piece
  • May 16, 2017: UND Today - Crossing the finish line - see article
  • August 31, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - One UND: The lesson of the Varsity Gentlemen - see opinion piece
  • Technological Change: Don't Just Adapt to Change, Drive It
  • January 27, 2019: Fargo Forum - Research funding helps North Dakota win - see opinion piece
  • December 27, 2018: UND Today - Embrace change and adapt - seee video
  • December 20, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - UND grads, learn to master change - see speech text
  • December 18, 2018: UND Today - President Kennedy: unleash the waves others must surf - see article
  • December 16, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Kennedy and Bresciani: Invest in an innovative economy - see joint opinion piece
  • May 13, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Lux et Lex: Illuminating, defining tomorrow - see speech text
  • May 13, 3017: Fargo Forum - Kennedy tells graduates to embrace technology - see article
  • September 10, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - How UND can ride the digitization wave - see opinion piece
  • Value of Education: Keep Learning
  • April 4, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Merit raises at UND a high priority - see opinion piece
  • March 12, 2017: Grand Forks Herald - Higher ed remains path to brighter future - see opinion piece
  • American Leadership
  • December 5, 2018: Grand Forks Herald - Mark Kennedy: The power of state funerals - see opinion piece

Inaugural

  • October 15, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - Our Opinion - UND Future is Bright - see editorial
  • October 15, 2016: Grand Forks Herald - UND President Mark Kennedy: 'New Frontiers' at UND - see speech text
  • October 14, 2016: Dakota Student - Camelot on Campus - see article
  • October 13, 2016: UND Today - New Leader, New Frontier - see article
  • October 13, 2016: UND Today - JFK Revisited - see article
  • October 10, 2016: WDAZ TV - Bringing UND together is newly inaugurated president's top priority - see TV segment
  • October 10, 2016: Fargo Forum - In Inauguration, Kennedy calls on UND to unite - see article