University of Vermont

217th Commencement Ceremonies - May 19 and 20, 2018

Greeting: Jason Maulucci, Class of 2017
President of the Student Government Association

Jason MaulucciGood morning, and thank you very much for being here.  My name is Jason Maulucci... I had the privilege of serving as Student Government President for the past 2 years… And it’s an honor to have the opportunity to share a few words with you here today.

You know… This University has opened up so many doors for all of us. Whether it be equipping us with the tools we need to compete in this increasingly competitive global market for talent… Or introducing us to the friends that we’ll carry with us for the rest of our lives - UVM is the cement that binds it together.

I, for one, am so grateful for the opportunities it’s afforded me… I’ve met friends who have, and will continue to make such an impact on my life… learned from a world class faculty and administration… and was given experiences that helped put me in a place where I now work for the best boss anyone could ask for, Governor Phil Scott.

But as much as this day is meaningful for me and my fellow graduates, I want to spend the rest of the 3 minutes I’ve got talking about the people who this day is equally important for… they are those who we would not be here without - our families

Although we are the ones earning the degrees, our families are the ones who worked so hard to support us, teach us, mentor us, and build us into the people we’ve become. 
Moms and Dads, aunts and uncles, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins and more. 
Today has only become a reality because of their love and support for us.

You know… when most people move into their first dorm room at the beginning of freshman year; you kinda try to keep a low profile… Everybody’s worried about their first impressions and trying to keep cool… Typically, helping them move in will be maybe 2 or 3 people… parents and maybe a sibling…

Well it was a little different for me when I moved into Simpson 403... I was flanked by I think it was 11 crying family members… so that may have drawn a little attention and there definitely wasn’t much of a low profile there…

Reflecting on that now - several years later - I realize how fortunate I’ve been to have such a caring group of people there for me... Always having my back… And I’m so fortunate to have all 11 of those who helped send me off to school… plus several more… here with me as this chapter in our lives comes to an end.

In closing, I’d like to end with a quote by Abraham Lincoln, and a variation, that I think sums it up for all of us… He said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” That couldn’t be more true for me... But really, all that we are, or ever hope to be... we owe to our angel families.”

Thank you.

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