By definition, commencement means “to begin to be.” As the members of the Class of 2007 begin to be, we wish them every success, confident that they have been well prepared for a life of contribution in the 21st century, to meet its challenges and embrace its myriad opportunities.
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Today is the culmination of exceptional effort on the part of all those who will shortly receive their degrees, and I want to congratulate each of you for reaching this milestone. This is also an occasion to acknowledge the support of those who Mark Twain described as being “really great because they make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Please join me in a round of applause for family and friends whose encouragement and support have made it possible for you to look forward to even greater achievements in the future.
You have also benefited greatly from the knowledge and dedication of the faculty and staff who serve our students in many ways. Please join me in recognizing these individuals for what they have contributed to your success today, and to what you will surely accomplish in the years ahead .