K-State Commencement – Spring 2015 | Graduate School
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K-State Commencement – Spring 2015 | Graduate School


TODAY’S GRADUATE SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY IS BEING STREAMED LIVE AND WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND AFTER THE CEREMONY. THE LINK FOR THE LIVE WEBCAST AND ON-DEMAND VIDEO FOR EACH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY IS: WWW.K-STATE.EDU/GRADUATION. PLEASE TURN YOUR ATTENTION NOW TO THE VIDEO BOARD FOR THE OPENING OF TODAY’S CEREMONY. THANK YOU.>>>WELCOME TO KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY’S GRADUATE SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT. GRADUATE STUDIES ARE THE HALLMARK OF A GREAT RESEARCH INSTITUTION, AND SERVES SOCIETY THROUGH THE DISCOVERY OF KNOWLEDGE AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS. KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HAD THE FIRST MASTER DEGREE IN 1871, TODAY THE UNIVERSITY OFFERS 107 GRADUATE LEVEL PROGRAMS TO MORE THAN 4,000 STUDENTS. GRADUATE STUDENTS PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE MANY THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE GLOBE. IT BEGINS WITH A PASSION FOR DISCOVERY, FOR LEARNING, WHETHER IN THE ARTS OR ENGINEERING. IN THE LAB, IN THE FIELD OR IN A CLASSROOM. THIS PASSION FUELS SUCCESS. RESULTING IN PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS AND SCIENTIFIC BREAK THROUGHS. WITH AN ESTEEMED AND DISTINGUISHED FACULTY, THE GRADUATE EXPERIENCE IS BEFITTING TO A WORLD CLASS EXPERIENCE. THE ROBE, THE HOODING CEREMONY ARE SYMBOLS OF THE HIGH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS, PLACING THEM AMONG THE MOST LEARNED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.>>>IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TERRY FERGUSON, OUR BAGPIPER, AND DR. VIRGINIA HOUSER, OUR ORGANIST, WHO WILL PERFORM TODAY’S MUSIC. (BAGPIPE MUSIC) (PIANO PLAYING POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE) [APPLAUSE]>>>PLEASE RISE AND JOIN MS. ERIN KOOLMAN IN SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.>>OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT. WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THRU THE PERILOUS FIGHT, O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. OH, SAY DOES THAT STAR SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE, O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? [APPLAUSE]>>>PLEASE BE SEATED. GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME! I AM APRIL MASON, PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO THIS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. BEFORE WE PROCEED, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM PARTY. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL EVERYONE HAS BEEN INTRODUCED. PLATFORM PARTY, AS I READ YOUR NAME, PLEASE STAND. BEGINNING AT YOUR FAR LEFT, WE HAVE: JACKIE HARTMAN, CHIEF OF STAFF AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS. JEFFERY MORRIS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING. KAREN BURG, VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH GERALDINE CRAIG, ASSOCIATE DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL. MICHAEL HERMAN, ASSOCIATE DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL. CHERYL POLSON, ASSOCIATE DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL. NANCY KASSEBAUM BAKER, COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AND HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT. CAROL SHANKLIN, DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL KIRK SCHULZ, PRESIDENT. HELEN VAN ETTEN, REGENT, KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS. AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO, K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. AMANDA MARTENS, PRESIDENT, GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL. PETER DORHOUT, DEAN, ARTS AND SCIENCES. DEBBIE MERCER, DEAN, EDUCATION. AND DAVID RINTOUL, PRESIDENT, FACULTY SENATE. WOULD YOU JOIN ME WITH APPLAUSE FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS. [APPLAUSE] YOU MAY BE SEATED. CONTINUING WITH THE SECOND ROW, FROM YOUR LEFT, WE HAVE: JOHN FLOROS, DEAN, AGRICULTURE, AND DIRECTOR OF K-STATE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION. TIM DE NOBLE, DEAN, ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND DESIGN. STACY KOVAR, ASSOCIATE DEAN, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. DARREN DAWSON, DEAN, ENGINEERING. BRONWYN FEES, ASSOCIATE DEAN, HUMAN ECOLOGY. RAJU DANDU, GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR, K-STATE SALINA. RALPH RICHARDSON, DEAN, VETERINARY MEDICINE. SUE MAES, DEAN, K-STATE GLOBAL CAMPUS. LORI GOETSCH, DEAN, UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES. PREMA ARASU, CEO AND VICE PROVOST, K-STATE OLATHE. PAT BOSCO, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE AND DEAN OF STUDENTS. GREG WILLEMS, PRESIDENT AND CEO, KSU FOUNDATION. JOHN CURRIE, DIRECTOR, K-STATE ATHLETICS. AND MARCELO SABATES, ASSOCIATE PROVOST, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN GIVING OUR PLATFORM PARTY A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE]>>>THE MARSHALS FOR TODAY’S CEREMONY ARE: JOYCE BAPTIST, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES. ROYCE ANN COLLINS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP. GREGORY EISELEIN , PROFESSOR, ENGLISH. KEVIN GWINNER, PROFESSOR, MARKETING. GERARD KLUITENBERG, PROFESSOR, AGRONOMY. AND BALA NATARAJAN, PROFESSOR, ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING. THE READER FOR TODAY’S CEREMONY IS: VINCENT CARLISLE, DOCTORAL STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP. PLEASE JOIN ME AGAIN IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS. [APPLAUSE]>>>IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE REGENT HELEN VAN ETTEN. VAN ETTEN WAS APPOINTED TO THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS BY GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK IN 2013. SHE IS THE CHIEF AUDIOLOGIST FOR THE TOPEKA SCHOOL DISTRICT. VAN ETTEN CURRENTLY SERVES THE EISENHOWER EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE SERIES AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, A POSITION SHE HAS HELD SINCE 2010. SHE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION AND KANSAS SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION SINCE 1988. FROM 1988-2006, SHE SERVED ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE KANSAS COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, AND FROM 2004-2007 SHE WAS AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR KAN BE HEALTHY, A MEDICAID PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN, TEENAGERS, AND YOUNG ADULTS. VAN ETTEN WAS ELECTED NATIONAL COMMITTEEWOMAN FOR THE KANSAS REPUBLICAN PARTY IN JANUARY 2008. PREVIOUSLY, SHE WAS AN AT-LARGE MEMBER OF THE KANSAS REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND PRESIDENT OF THE KANSAS-FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN, SHAWNEE CHAPTER. SHE RECEIVED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN EDUCATION, A MASTER OF AUDIOLOGY DEGREE, AND A DOCTORAL DEGREE IN AUDIOLOGY. SHE IS A NATIONAL BOARD MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE GRAND ORDER OF PACHYDERM CLUBS, AND IS THE FOUNDER AND CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE SHAWNEE COUNTY PACHYDERM CLUB. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING REGENT VAN ETTEN. [APPLAUSE]>>>THANK YOU FOR THE INTRODUCTIONS. PRESIDENT, MEMBER OF THE FACULTY, STAFF, AND KANSAS STATE ALUMNI, FAMILY AND WELL WISHERS OF THE GRADUATE. AND MOST OF YOU, YOU WHO ARE GOING TO RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA TODAY, I’M DELIGHTED AND HONORED TO BRING YOU THE GREETING. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THIS TIME TO BE WITH YOU TODAY. TO CELEBRATE THIS REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT. GRADUATES, THIS IS A VERY EXCITING TIME FOR YOU. COMMENCEMENT SYMBOLIZE THE ACCUMULATION OF YEARS OF HARD WORK, STUDY, AND COMMITMENT. COMMENCEMENT IS A THING THAT SIGNIFIES THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT CHAPTER MANY YOUR LIFE. WHERE YOU SAY NEW CHALLENGES, AND OPPORTUNITIES. IT IS IN THOSE TIMES YOU WILL SHOW YOU HAVE LEARNED AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, YOUR ABILITY TO THINK CREATIVELY, AND CRITICALLY. TO JUDGE WISELY AND TO ACT RESPONSIBLY AND COLLABORATIVELY. WE KNOW THE HIGHER EDUCATION REMAINS TO BE THE BEST WAY FOR US TO SERVE OUR SOCIETY TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES AND RAISE FAMILY AND COUNTRY WITH YOUR TALENT TO THE COMMUNITY. AS REGENT, AND ACTIVE MEMBER OF MY COMMUNITY, I CHALLENGE YOU TO COMBINE YOUR UNIQUE TALENT WITH YOUR SKILLS THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED HERE TO NOT ONLY IMPROVE YOUR LIFE BUT THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND YOU. TODAY, YOU GRADUATE AND BECOME THE ALUMNI OF THE KANSAS REGENT SYSTEM. JOINING OVER 350,000, THE OTHER ALUMNI RESIDING HERE IN KANSAS. EITHER BECAUSE THEY GRADUATED AND STAYED, OR RETURNED TO MAKE KANSAS THEIR HOME. I INVITE YOU TO STAY HERE IN KANSAS, AND CONTINUE TO GROW OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR STATE. I BELIEVE AS A PUBLIC EDUCATION INSTITUTING AMERICA TODAY. IT’S NOT JUST TO PRODUCE WORKERS, BUT TO HELP DEVELOP A WHOLE [INAUDIBLE], TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ECONOMY AND THE COMMUNITY, AS GOOD CITIZENS, VOLUNTEERS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND MENTORS. I WISH EACH ONE OF YOU JOY, HAPPINESS, FULFILLMENT, WHEREVER YOU CHOOSE YOUR PATH TAKES YOU. SOMEONE ONCE HAD SAID, THE TRUE EXCITING THING OF YOUR LIFE AT THIS POINT IS THERE IS NO MORE CORE CURRICULUM. THE ENTIRE PLACE IS AN ELECTIVE, SO DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF YOUR CHOICES, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, BECAUSE THIS CHOICES WE MADE YESTERDAY. THEREFORE, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. AND YOUR JUDGEMENT WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE ROOMS OF YOUR LIFE. NOT JUST LOOK FOR THE FALLS, BUT POTENTIALS, AS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ONCE SAID, YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEE THE WHOLE STAIRCASE, JUST TAKE THE FIRST STEP. I ALSO HOPE YOU ACTIVELY SEE WAYS TO SEE BEYOND YOURSELF AS YOUR FACULTIES AND YOUR TEACHERS HAVE REACHED BEYOND THEMSELVES FOR YOU. A WISE MAN ONCE SAID, THE SOUP OF CIVILIZED LIFE IS THE NOURISHING STEW, BUT IT DOESN’T KEEP BUBBLING UP ON ITS OWN. PUT SOMETHING BACK IN THE POT AS YOU LEAVE FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE LINE BEHIND YOU. CLASS 2015, CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE]>>>AN HONORARY DEGREE IS AMONG THE HIGHEST HONORS A UNIVERSITY CAN BESTOW, AND THUS IS RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED IN VERY SIGNIFICANT WAYS TO ADVANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR CITIZENS AND THE WORLD. IT IS THEREFORE WITH HONOR AND GREAT PRIDE THAT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY RECOGNIZES AN OUTSTANDING LEADER, MS. NANCY KASSEBAUM BAKER. PLEASE TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE VIDEOBOARD FOR A SPECIAL INTRODUCTION OF MS. KASSEBAUM BAKER, OUR HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT AND COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER.>>>THERE MAY BE NO NEED TO INTRODUCE HER, SHE’S PROBABLY THE BEST KNOWN WOMEN IN THE STATE. AND THE NATION. ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY A SMALL CHILD WHEN HER FATHER WAS GOVERNOR OF KANSAS, AND THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, POLITICAL DISCOURSE WAS A CONSTANT PART OF HER CHILDHOOD. SHE SAID SHE SOMETIMES LISTENED TO CONVERSATIONS THROUGH THE HEATING VENT OF HER BEDROOM. IT’S NO SURPRISE SHE EARNED A DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, BUT A CAREER IN POLITICS WAS NEVER ON HER MIND WHEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND RAISED THEIR CHILDREN IN HAYES, KANSAS. 20 YEARS LATER, THAT CHANGED. WHEN PEARSON DECIDED NOT TO SEEK REELECTION, NANCY CONSIDERED ENTERING THE RACE. HER FATHER DISCOURAGED HER, BUT COURAGED BY HER MOTHER AND FORMER HUSBAND, SHE DEFEATED HER REPUBLICAN RIVAL AND THEN WON THE ELECTION. HER SLOGAN WAS A FRESH VOICE, A TRUSTED KANSAS NAME. THE NEW YORK TIMES SAID IF HER NAME WAS JONES, HER CAMPAIGN WOULD BE A JOKE. HER RESPONSE IS, I AM RIDING ON THE COAT TAILS OF MY DAD, BUT I CAN’T THINK OF ANY BETTER COAT TAILS TO RIDE ON, AND KANSAS VOTERS AGREED. NANCY PRESENTED HERSELF AS A COMMON SENSE HOME MAKER, SHE PROVED TO BE A SHREWD AND TIRELESS CAMPAIGNER. SHE NOT ONLY BECAME KANSAS’S FIRST FEMALE SENATOR, IN 1978, SHE WAS THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE SENATE. SHE SERVED AS TEMPORARY CHAIRPERSON OF THE 1980 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, CALLED THE MAVERICK BY SOME, SHE WAS CONSERVATIVE, INDEPENDENT AND LIBERAL. SHE WAS CHAIR OF THE SUB COMMITTEE OF AVIATION, AND AFTER YEARS OF WORK IN 1994, SAW THE AVIATION LIABILITY INSURANCE REFORM PASS. SHE ALSO WAS CHAIR OF THE AFRICAN SUB COMMITTEE OF THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE. AS CHAIR OF THE HEALTH COMMITTEE, SHE GAINED BIPARTISON SUPPORT. SHE CHOSE NOT TO SEEK A FOURTH TERM IN 1995, BUT RETURNED TO THE FARM TO ENJOY THE GRANDCHILDREN. BUT THINGS DIDN’T TURN OUT THAT WAY, IN 1996, SHE MARRIED BAKER JR., IN 2010, HE WAS APPOINTED TO U.S. AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN, AND THEY SPENT FOUR YEARS IN TOKYO. TODAY SHE’S ON THE ADVISORY BOARD FOR PARTNERSHIP OF AMERICA. TO CREATE A CENTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY. IN 2013, SHE WAS HONORED WITH THE CHOICE OF WEAPONS AWARDS, ESTABLISHED IN HONOR OF GORDON PARKS, FOR HER STRENGTH OF SPIRIT AND CHARACTER. SHE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TALL GRASS PRAIRIE PRESERVE. THE LAST EXAMPLE OF THE TALL GRASS PRAIRIE IN NORTHERN AMERICA. HER TIES TO K-STATE, GOES BACK TO THE LECTURE, AND THE SCHOLARSHIP IS NAMED IN HER HONOR FOR HER LONG AND RESPECTED CAREER IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR. SHE CONSIDERS HER BEST CONNECTIONS AT KANSAS STATE HER FOUR CHILDREN, ALL GRADUATES OF K-STATE. WE HONOR THIS WOMAN, THIS MAVERICK, FOR ALL SHE HAS DONE FOR OUR STATE AND OUR NATION. APPLIES WELCOME NANCY KASSEBAUM BAKER. [APPLAUSE]>>MS. KASSEBAUM BAKER, PLEASE>>MS. KASSEBAUM BAKER, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR CHARACTER, YOUR HUMANITY, AND YOUR GOOD WILL, BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, AND UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER THE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HONORARY DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY DEGREE WITH ALL OF ITS RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. CONGRATULATIONS! [APPLAUSE]>>MS. KASSEBAUM BAKER, WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER SOME REMARKS TO OUR GRADUATES AND THIS AUDIENCE?>>THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU DEAN. DISTINGUISHED PLATFORM MEMBERS. PROUD PARENTS AND FAMILY. AND SPECIAL GRADUATES OF THE CLASS OF 2015. YOU WORKED HARD TO GET YOUR DEGREES TODAY. I’M RIDING AND PROUD TO BE RIDING ON YOUR COAT TAILS OF YOUR CLASS OF 2015. I SUPPOSE IT’S BEST TO SAY AFTER ALL OF THE VIDEO AND SO FORTH, I SHOULD SAY THANK YOU AND SIT DOWN. AND THAT YOU PROBABLY WISH. BUT WHEN YOU ASK SOMEONE TO BE A COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, IT’S VERY TEMPTING TO TRY AND GO ON A LITTLE BIT. WE ARE NOW IN A NEW ERA FOR MANY FORCES HAVE COMBINED TO PRODUCE UNPRECEDENTED PROGRESS. AND UNACCEPTABLE UNCERTAINTY. WE ARE IN IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED WORLDWIDE AS NEVER BEFORE. IT’S AMAZING HOW ONE CAN SKYPE AROUND THE WORLD. IN FORM, BUT PERHAPS LESS UNDERSTANDING. IT IS DIFFICULT TO GAIN PERSPECTIVE ON THE VAST ARRAY OF THE CRISIS OCCURRING ON SOCIAL MEDIA. FACED WITH BEWILDERING ARRAY OF ACTIONS AND REACTIONS, WE FIND IT DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO DISCERN WHAT’S TRULY IMPORTANT, WHICH IF ANY OF THE CHANGES OCCURRING AROUND US ARE FUNDAMENTAL AND WHICH ARE SUPERFICIAL. PRESIDENT EISENHOWER, THE LIBRARY IS DOWN THE ROAD IN HIS FARE WELL ADDRESS IN 1958, GAVE ADVICE WHICH I BELIEVE IS EQUALLY FITTING TODAY. AND JUST TO QUOTE FROM ONE PAFT IT, AND THE — PART OF IT AND THE WHOLE ADDRESS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT. BALANCE IN AND AMONG NATIONAL PROGRAMS, BALANCE BETWEEN ACTION OF THE MOMENT, AND NATIONAL WELFARE OF THE FUTURE. GOOD JUDGEMENT SEEKS BALANCE AND PROGRESS. LACK OF IT, EVENTUALLY FINDS VIOLENCE AND FRUSTRATION. WE SHOULD BE SEEKING BALANCE FOR A CHANGING WORLD ORDER. I WOULD LIKE TO BRIEFLY MENTION SEVERAL ISSUES WHICH I BELIEVED HAVE A COMMON THREAD THROUGH THEM. WHETHER WE’RE DEBATING THE POSSIBILITY OF A NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN, SENDING MORE TROOPS INTO THE MIDDLE EAST, FIGHTING THE IDEALOLOGY, AND THE CRUEL GUYSES, THE GROWING PRESENCE OF CHINA IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. ON THE DOMINATE POSTURE OF PRESIDENT PUTIN IN RUSSIA. WE NEED TO COMPREHEND AND BE FACED WITH A DEGREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF WHICH WE SPEAK. THE ANSWER DOES NOT LIE IN SOCIAL MEDIA OR GAINED IN 60 SECOND SOUND BYTES, IT REALLY LIES IN OURSELVES, TOO OFTEN WE DELIGHT IN POLARIZING OUR DIFFERENCES AND THE WAY IT SOUND TO THE REST TO HAVE WORLD. HEALTH CARE, DO WE TRUST THE INSURANCE COMPANIES? THE DOCTORS, EVEN THOUGH WE FORGET WHERE MEDICAID AND MEDICARE COME FROM. THERE SEEMS TO BE DISAGREEMENT WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. HOWEVER, TO JUST REJECT AND SAY NO, DOES NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. WITH RAPIDLY CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS AND COSTS, THIS IS AN ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT TOPIC, WHICH REQUIRES THE OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS AND A WILLINGNESS OF CONGRESS TO SPEND THE TIME TO ADDRESS THE CHANGES THAT CAN BE MADE TO IMPROVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. EDUCATION AND TRUST PROVIDES THE THREAD THAT HELPS US ANSWER COMPLEX QUESTIONS AND THE DEMANDS THAT ARE ON EACH OF US AS CITIZENS. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE PARTICIPANTS IN GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS. LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL. ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT BECAUSE I SERVED ON A RURAL SCHOOL BOARD IS PROBABLY SCHOOL BOARDS. BUT SCHOOL BOARDS, COUNTY COMMISSIONS, CITY COMMISSIONS ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND IT STARTS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES, IT STARTS WITH WHERE WE LIVE. IT STARTS WHERE WE’RE WILLING TO ENGAGE OURSELVES AND TO VOTE. WE WILL NEVER AGREE ON ALL ISSUES, NOR SHOULD WE. BUT WE CAN RESPECT AND UNDERSTAND THROUGH INFORMED DECISIONS THE APPRECIATION OF TRUST. SO OFTEN PEOPLE SAY, I DON’T TRUST THEM, I DON’T KNOW WHO TO TRUST. NOW IS THE TIME WE NEED TO BE INVOLVED. WE CAN EARN TRUST AND WE MUST ALWAYS RESPECT. EDUCATION IS A VALUED PART OF HELPING US TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS AND OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD AROUND US. I’M NOT GOING TO SPEAK TO WHAT KIND OF TESTS WE SHOULD HAVE, HOW WE SHOULD TEACH, I DO KNOW THAT WE ALL HERE PROBABLY REMEMBER A TEACHER WHO WAS SPECIAL IN OUR YEARS IN SCHOOL. I USUALLY WAS SOMEWHAT FEARFUL OF ONE TEACHER I HAD FOR ENGLISH, BUT SHE DEMANDED AND SHE WAS DEDICATED AND I ALWAYS RESPECTED HER, EVEN THOUGH I FREQUENTLY DIDN’T GET A VERY GOOD GRADE. TEACHERS ARE OUR TRUE PUBLIC SERVANTS. AND THEY DESERVE THE RECOGNITION AND THE SUPPORT, SALUTE TO THE TEACHERS HERE WHO WILL BE GUIDING US AND HELPING US LEARN FOR THE FUTURE. YOU KNOW, IT IS TEN YEARS FROM NOW, THE PACE AT THE PACE WE’RE GOING TODAY THE WORLD WILL HAVE CHANGED BEYOND OUR PRESENT RECOGNITION. IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME TO REALIZE, WE ALREADY HAVE CARS THAT DRIVE THEMSELVES. ROBOTS ASSISTING DOCTORS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE MAY BE AROUND THE CORNER. NEW MEDICINES, NEW CHALLENGES. AND OUR MOST FERVENT HOPE FOR A WORLD THAT’S MORE PEACEFUL. IT’S VERY REASSURING TO ME THAT OUR BASIC VALUES WILL REMAIN THE SAME. I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE WITH SOME LINES FROM GREAT AND TRAGIC PLAY. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO TALK MORE ABOUT IT, BUT I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR A LENGTHY DISCUSSION. JUST I MAY CLOSE, DO NOT HAVE ONE MIND AND ONE ALONE. THAT ONLY YOUR OPINION CAN BE RIGHT. A MAN’S OWN WIVES SHOULD NEVER BE ASHAMED OF LEARNING MORE AND MUST UNBEND HIS MIND. I KNOW MY OWN CHILDREN PROBABLY THOUGHT I NEVER WOULD UNBEND MY MIND, BUT I DO THINK IT’S SOMETHING TO BE MINDFUL OF. AS YOU FACE THE FUTURE. IT IS A CHALLENGING TIME. BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO PROVIDE THE LEADERSHIP NECESSARY, AND I HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE THE FUTURE IS IN GOOD HANDS WITH THE GRADUATES WE HAVE TODAY. WITH MY CONGRATULATIONS AND WARMEST BEST WISHES ALWAYS, IT’S A GREAT CLASS AND I’M PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT, THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>DR. KASSEBAUM BAKER, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS GIFT OF APPRECIATION FOR BEING OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER TODAY.>>PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING MS. KASSEBAUM BAKER FOR HER INSPIRATIONAL COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AND TO CONGRATULATE HER AS AN HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT. [APPLAUSE]>>>PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING AMY BUTTON RENZ, THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU.>>I AM PLEASED TO BE A PART OF YOUR SPECIAL DAY AND OFFER CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING MORE THAN 175,000 GRADUATES WHO WILL BE YOUR LIFELONG K-STATE FAMILY. TODAY, AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE, WE ARE HONORED TO RECOGNIZE YOU AND ALL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST DEGREE FROM K-STATE, WE ALSO WELCOME YOU INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ALMA MATER. OUR MISSION AT THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS TO LEAD AND INSPIRE LIFELONG INVOLVEMENT THAT WILL BENEFIT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AND ALL MEMBERS OF OUR WILDCAT COMMUNITY. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THREE OF OUR CORE VALUES THAT GUIDE US IN OUR MISSION TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED WITH K-STATE. THE FIRST ONE IS “LINK.” THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PROVIDES THE LIFELONG LINK THAT ALUMNI DEPEND ON TO REMAIN CONNECTED. YOU CAN STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH HUNDREDS OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES HELD ON CAMPUS, AROUND THE COUNTRY AND INTERNATIONALLY. ANOTHER VALUE IS “TRADITION”. YOU WILL LIKELY CELEBRATE A FEW TRADITIONS TODAY AS YOU SING THE ALMA MATER OR TAKE K-S-U PHOTOS AT YOUR FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS. THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS “PURPLE.” FOR K-STATERS IT’S MORE THAN A COLOR. IT’S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE AND CONNECTION. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WEARING THE K-STATE PURPLE OR A K-STATE CLASS RING YOU WILL FEEL THAT SENSE OF FAMILY. IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR GRADUATION, THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AND THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ARE PROVIDING YOU WITH A COMPLIMENTARY ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. ENJOY THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER. OUR ALUMNI ARE AMONG THE MOST LOYAL IN THE NATION. IN FACT, YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE NUMBER ONE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE BASED ON THE PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES WHO ARE MEMBERS. I AM ALSO PROUD TO SHARE WE HAVE BEEN NUMBER ONE FOR 19 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. WE’RE VERY PROUD OF THAT FACT. [APPLAUSE] THAT LOYALTY IS SHARED WORLDWIDE BY GENERATIONS OF K-STATERS WHO HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR K-STATE THAT YOU FEEL TODAY AS YOU EARN YOUR DEGREE FROM ONE OF THE FINEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION. THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS ALSO PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI PIN. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY IT. AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE AND YOUR TITLES AND ADDRESSES CHANGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US KNOW. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS CONNECTED TO YOUR K-STATE FAMILY. CONGRATULATIONS AND GO STATE! [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, AMY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING AMANDA MARTENS, PRESIDENT OF GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD AFTERNOON. ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL, I WANT TO OFFER MY SINCEREST CONGRATULATIONS ON RECEIVING YOUR GRADUATE DEGREES TODAY. IT IS AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF TODAY’S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE GRADUATE STUDENTS AT K-STATE. AS YOUR GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT, I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING CLOSELY WITH MANY OF YOU. AS SUCH, I WANT TO EXTEND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SERVED IN LEADERSHIP AND/OR SERVICE ROLES AND TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL. WITHOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT, THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL WOULD NOT BE THE ORGANIZATION IT IS TODAY. IT IS YOUR SERVICE AND PARTICIPATION THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO INCREASING THE QUALITY OF GRADUATE STUDENT LIFE AND MAKING THE OVERALL GRADUATE STUDENT EXPERIENCE THE BEST IT CAN BE AT K-STATE. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND BEST WISHES FOR A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE! [APPLAUSE]>>>AS A RESEARCH INSTITUTION, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE NOT ONLY A HIGH QUALITY UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION, BUT TO OFFER ADVANCED EDUCATION TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE THE AMBITION AND INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY TO DEEPEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND COMMAND OF THEIR DISCIPLINE. AS OUR GRADUATES KNOW, THIS PURSUIT IS A DEMANDING, YET INVIGORATING, PROCESS. I ANTICIPATE OUR GRADUATES WILL REMEMBER THEIR TIME IN GRADUATE SCHOOL AS I STILL DO MINE–AS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING, YET HUMBLING TIMES, OF MY CAREER. MANY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO YOU COMPLETING YOUR ADVANCED DEGREE: YOUR FAMILY, THE FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES YOU’VE MADE WHILE AT K-STATE, AND MANY OTHERS. GRADUATES, PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED YOU IN THE PURSUIT AND COMPLETION OF YOUR DEGREE. [APPLAUSE]>>>ANOTHER IMPORTANT GROUP WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE AT THIS TIME IS THE STUDENTS’ MENTORS-THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY WHO HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THESE GRADUATES AND CONTRIBUTED IN SIGNIFICANT WAYS TO THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDIES WE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE TODAY. GRADUATE FACULTY, PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR MENTORING THESE GRADUATES WITH A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU.>>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, DOCTOR OF EDUCATION AND MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE CANDIDATES. THESE CANDIDATES WILL ADVANCE TO THE PLATFORM TO BE HOODED. WE BELIEVE IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT THIS FINAL CEREMONIAL HONOR IS PERFORMED BY THE GRADUATES’ MAJOR PROFESSOR IN RECOGNITION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS THE FACULTY MEMBER HAS MADE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SCHOLARS. THE GRADUATES WILL THEN BE PRESENTED THEIR DIPLOMAS. CANDIDATES, PLEASE RISE AND REMAIN STANDING.>>PRESIDENT SCHULZ, ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT TO YOU THE DOCTORAL AND CAPSTONE MASTER DEGREE RECIPIENTS OF SPRING 2015.>>BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, AND UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DEGREES UPON YOU– THE GRADUATING CLASS OF SPRING 2015. CONGRATULATIONS [APPLAUSE]>>CANDIDATES, YOU MAY NOW BE SEATED UNTIL THE MARSHAL DIRECTS YOU TO STAND, BE HOODED AND RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR HOOD AND READER CARD TO THE STAGE. (READING OF NAMES)>>>CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU AND BEST WISHES IN YOUR FUTURE. LET US RECOGNIZE THESE GRADUATES ONE MORE TIME. [APPLAUSE]>>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES. CANDIDATES, PLEASE RISE AND REMAIN STANDING.>>PRESIDENT SCHULZ, ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT THE MASTER’S DEGREE RECIPIENTS OF SPRING 2015.>>BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, AND UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DEGREES UPON YOU– THE GRADUATING CLASS OF SPRING 2015. [APPLAUSE]>>CANDIDATES, YOU MAY NOW BE SEATED UNTIL THE MARSHAL DIRECTS YOU TO STAND AND RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA. PLEASE BRING YOUR READER CARD TO THE STAGE WITH YOU. (READING OF NAMES)>>>CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU. WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AS YOU GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND MAKE YOUR UNIQUE MARK. WE HOPE EACH OF YOU WILL STAY ENGAGED WITH KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, SEEK OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE AS MENTORS TO STUDENTS, KEEP YOUR MENTOR UPDATED ON YOUR SUCCESSES AND RECRUIT MORE EXCELLENT STUDENTS TO K-STATE. REMEMBER, YOU ARE OUR BEST AMBASSADOR AND RECRUITER. I ENCOURAGE EACH OF YOU TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE K-STATE FAMILY BY SHARING YOUR TALENTS AND GIFTS TO SUPPORT FUTURE GRADUATE STUDENTS AND TO ENHANCE THE GRADUATE STUDENT EXPERIENCE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SPRING 2015 GRADUATES ONE MORE TIME. [APPLAUSE]>>>I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF TODAY’S CEREMONY. I WANT TO THANK THE MARSHALS, MEMBERS OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL TEAM, THE STAFF IN COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING, AND THE STAFF IN THE PROVOST OFFICE WHO HAVE ALL WORKED VERY HARD FOR THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE CEREMONY. ABOVE ALL, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY, I WANT TO THANK YOU, GRADUATES, FOR SHARING A PART OF YOUR LIVES WITH US. YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES, AND WE HOPE WE HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOURS. WE INVITE EVERYONE TO ATTEND A RECEPTION ON THE CONCOURSE NEAR SECTION 6. WE ASK THE AUDIENCE TO PLEASE REMAIN SEATED UNTIL THE GRADUATES, FACULTY AND THE PLATFORM PARTY HAVE MADE THEIR WAY TO THE CONCOURSE. PLEASE STAND AND JOIN MS. ERIN KOOLMAN IN THE SINGING OF THE ALMA MATER AS WE CLOSE THE CEREMONY. THE WORDS ARE PRINTED ON THE THIRD PAGE OF YOUR PROGRAM.>>I KNOW A SPOT THAT I LOVE FULL WELL, ‘TIS NOT IN FOREST NOR YET IN DELL. EVER IT HOLDS ME WITH MAGIC SPELL, I THINK OF THEE, ALMA MATER. K-S-U, WE’LL CARRY THY BANNER HIGH. K-S-U, LONG, LONG MAY THY COLORS FLY. LOYAL TO THEE, THY CHILDREN WILL SWELL THE CRY. HAIL, HAIL, HAIL, ALMA MATER. [APPLAUSE] (ORGAN MUSIC) CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY: CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY CAPTION SOLUTIONS, LLC www.captionsolutions.com

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