Academic Ceremonies - December Commencement

Remarks: Ida M. Russin, President of the Staff Council

Thank you and welcome all.  On behalf of the staff at the University of Vermont, I want to congratulate- you - the graduates on your achievements.  I know you have had different journeys to make it to this point, but I realize that through meeting your academic and personal challenges, and gaining inspiration and motivation from wonderful faculty and staff, you have grown and are ready to face a world beyond UVM.

These celebrations never cease to bring many of us back to our own college graduation.  For me, the year was 1982.  “Hill Street Blues” a police drama, was the most popular show on television.  Daniel J. Travanti, the lead character of that show, was our commencement speaker at Emerson College.   He spoke of his dedication and hard work which brought him to that role.  He spoke of success being measured in doing what you love, so it never seems like work.  Certainly this adage still rings true. 

Ahead for each of you lies opportunities to be realized, chances to be taken, dreams to be achieved.  I know that UVM has prepared you well for doing what you love.  My hope is also that the staff at The University of Vermont has helped you along your way….from the crew that keeps the sidewalks clear in the winter, to the administrative staff members who have answered all your questions in your early years, to the registrar’s staff who will make sure your diplomas are correctly issued. 

And for those of you who do remember all those years back to “Hill Street Blues,” I think it’s very appropriate to end with the way they ended each of their daily role calls in that show.  To our graduating students…….. “Hey, let’s be careful out there.” 

Congratulations, graduates.

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