University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Greeting - Walsh Staff Council President

Beth R. Walsh
President of the Staff Council

Beth Walsh

Good morning.

As the University of Vermont Staff Council President I am here to speak to you on behalf of the 2000 plus staff members here at UVM.  These are the folks who drive the buses, who work in the offices and research labs and who clean the residence halls, just to name a few. 

Some of us are your classmates and some are the parents of your classmates.  As a parent of a graduating senior myself, I know how hard you have worked.  I have watched my daughter grow from an unsure 18 year old to a confident young woman.  I have watched her excel in areas I never imagined.  And like your parents, the staff members who have supported you and helped you, are proud, but not really surprised.  We knew you could do it.  Henry David Thoreau once said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”  We, the staff at the University of Vermont, hope that we have been able to help you as you have pursued your dreams and wish you all the best as you leave our campus.  Congratulations and come back soon. 

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