University of Vermont

Academic Ceremonies - Commencement

Julie L. Roberts, Professor of Linguistics,
University Marshal and
Faculty Senate President

Julie L. Roberts

Welcome, class of 2012, to the event for which you have been preparing for four, approximately, years. I feel lucky, indeed, honored, to be here congratulating you today. I feel especially pleased because I am, as luck would have it, part of all of the groups I represent in congratulating you today. So it is with this first hand knowledge that I tell you that your faculty are proud of you; your friends and family are proud of you; and, most particularly, your parents are proud of you. As you walk across the stage later today, know that from our various vantage points, we have watched you struggle, we have watched you grow, and, ultimately, we have watched you succeed. We have witnessed drama worthy of the stage, laughed with you, well, mostly with you, at the ironies and foibles of your educational path, suffered, sometimes more than you have—or at least it seems that way—at your occasional defeats, and, always, thrilled to your victories. To say we are proud is an understatement. You are an amazing group of graduates. We can’t wait to see what you do next. Thank you and congratulations.

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