Academic Ceremonies - Commencement
Ian D. Boyce, Chair of the Board of Trustees
President Fogel, Governor Douglas, Fellow Trustees, Distinguished Guests, Faculty, Staff, Family, Friends and those for whom we are here to welcome, UVM’s Class of 2009 – Welcome to UVM’s 205th Commencement!
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire University community, I am honored and pleased to extend our most heartfelt of congratulations to each and every one of our graduates. There is no more joyful day in the life of our University than today.
Though we are here to celebrate the accomplishments of our students who graduate today, I would like to take a moment to thank just three of the many groups who have helped make this day possible.
First, to our “faculty,” you are the lifeblood of the institution. You are dedicated women and men who devote unselfishly of your time, energy and skill to teaching, research, and mentoring each of our graduates.
You also happen to be the daily driving force that propels each of our students toward this very special day. Your contributions toward their development, this institution, the State of Vermont and our nation are immeasurable. As a result, I know each of our graduates shares with me a sincere appreciation for all that you have done for them during your time here at UVM. Please join me in thanking our faculty for a job well done. [applause].
To our staff, who in so many ways make this institution run smoothly, in countless ways large and small, including setting up this beautiful ceremony today, we thank you! [applause]
Next, to all of the parents, family and friends who are here celebrating this special day with our graduates and who have supported them emotionally and “of course” financially throughout their academic careers. As the parent of three young boys myself I share in the pride and sense of accomplishment that you must feel for our graduates today. Each of you has nurtured, sacrificed, and encouraged them in the long journey that has resulted in a higher education degree. In no small way you have earned a share of the degrees that will be awarded today. Graduates: please stand and join me in thanking those who have given so much to help you succeed and arrive at this important moment! [applause].
Finally, to our graduates. You are the reason we are all here, and why we celebrate with you this significant milestone. We are grateful that you have chosen to do it at the University of Vermont.
You came here a little younger, and perhaps a little bit less mature, but you leave here today prepared to make important contributions to society and humankind. Despite the challenges this new world economy presents you as you walk through the door to the real world, I can assure you, you are well prepared. I say that confidently as a graduate myself and with the strong accomplishments of my fellow Trustees on display with me today. Be persistent, be confident and maintain the highest ethical standards at all times. The degree you will receive today has tremendous value. It is well regarded and will open doors for you as you pursue your dreams. Use what you have learned here wisely to make it even more valuable in the future.
Thank you as well for helping us raise the reputation of this great institution, and for making UVM a better place during your time here. You are now, and forever will be, part of the UVM family! We wish you well in the next steps of your life’s journey. Enjoy this important day, and be proud of all you have accomplished here.
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