University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Kalvin Hassell, Class of 2011, President of the Senior Class Council

Kalvin Hassell

“The only person who can really motivate you is you” Shaquille O’Neal

As students of UVM, we tend to take things in our own hands, by showing everyone that we can motivate ourselves, and we couldn’t have done it with the help of UVM and their dedicated staff.  My name is Kalvin Hassell, and I’m your Senior Class President. 
In 2007 we became the biggest freshmen class ever in UVM history.  Back in the Golden Ages, when we were once young and fragile, came to UVM with hopes of finding a new home, starting a new family, and to become great leaders on campus.   Some of us came in knowing what we want to study and others were still trying to figure out where they belong.  Some of us saw that it was our destiny to become great leaders by joining SGA, sports teams, and other organizations like Greek Life, and Class Council.  That same year we got our first big snow storm, many of us were excited and others asked themselves why didn’t I go to a warmer school.  But we decided to stay after that first year experience because of many reasons: one is we couldn’t leave behind a great family that we started, two we were dedicated students, three we weren’t going to let a little snow ruin our experience here in Vermont.     Life for the past four years at UVM has been an exciting one.

Overall we came to UVM for one purpose only, and that purpose was to be something or someone.  We all became great leaders on campus, whether if it meant joining a sorority or fraternity, playing for our D1 team, or joining the ski/snowboard crew, or even starting our own club.   We’ve made connections around school either with the professors, or faculty members who were willing to fill out those recommendations for grad school or to use them as references for that career job that you got.  UVM has motivated us and given us the knowledge, connectedness, power and keys to join our parents.  As we leave UVM, we will be leaving behind great memories, and friendships, bonds that will never go away, bonds that will last forever.   I came to UVM, looking for a new beginning.   I too have experience a great deal at UVM, by earning my leadership roles and taking it to the next level.  This is the main reason why I wanted to become your Senior Class President.  I saw something in you that made me want to the initiative role of being your spokespersons, your leader to make a difference.   You have given me the authority to make things happen and you seem pleased with my accomplishments.

Being your Class President brings me great joy that we have found the right class gift that we could ever give back to the school.  A gift the school and students will benefit from.   Our class gift motto was “GetpluggedIn,” which meant that our class was putting more plug outlets in the library.  Class Council saw this motto as being a generic slogan that would get people to notice us; as a class and it did.   It was you who gave the Class Council the idea to make this our class gift.  You showed us that this project was going to make you and the younger peers happy.  Our idea has helped us put on a great campaign in which it got many recognition on campus.  I want to Thank you graduating class of 2011 for your thoughtful ideas on your class gift.   This campaign gave us the power in that we were able to stay engaged and give back to people we most care about.  Your class gift idea was able to make things like this work on campus.  With these outlets you all were able to stay plugged in and stay connected.  Give yourself a round of applause.  Our goal to fundraise for our class gift was five thousand dollars, and as of today we have exceeded that goal by nearly 40%.  I want to thank all of you who have donated to the class gift, UVM is grateful for your donation.    I want to leave you with a quote.

The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.  - Anthony Robbins

So stay engaged, be connected and get plugged in with UVM Alumni Association.  I look forward seeing you all at our 0 year reunion in October or even our 50th.  We will be greatly remembered and talked about in years to come.  So Congratulations to the Class of 2011!!!!!

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