University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Greeting - James H Douglas Governor of the State of Vermont

Greeting
Melanie Brown,
Graduate Student Senate President

Melanie Brown

Good morning, faculty, staff, administration, students, and the graduating Class of 2010!  On behalf of the Graduate Student Senate, I would like to extend a special welcome to the families and friends who traveled from far and wide to celebrate with us.

 I read this week about a new study from Stanford University designed to see how the brain interprets social information.  The study compared the responses of the cichlid species of fish when faced either with a competitor or a mirror.  A cichlid will try to fight with its perceived competitor in either case.  However, when a cichlid sees its own reflection in a mirror, it exhibits an additional emotional response.  The fish is afraid of its own reflection.  Graduates, you are not the same person you were when you first set foot on campus.  When you look in the mirror, you might not recognize the person you’ve become, but don’t be scared.  Embrace the change and continue to grow through new knowledge and experiences.

Congratulations!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1280218/Are-looking-Why-fish-scared-reflection.html

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