K-State Commencement – Spring 2017 | Graduate School
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K-State Commencement – Spring 2017 | Graduate School


. GOOD AFTERNOON! 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 CONSTITUTION, WITH THE DISCOVERY OF KNOWLEDGE AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS. KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY GRANTED THE FIRST MASTER’S DEGREE IN 1871. TODAY, THE UNIVERSITY OFFERS 107 GRADUATE LEVEL PROGRAMS TO MORE THAN 4,000 STUDENTS. GRADUATE STUDENTS PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN 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 TO MENTOR THEM, THE GRADUATE EXPERIENCE AT KANSAS STATE IS BEFITTING A WORLD CLASS INSTITUTION. THE MACE, THE ROBE. THE HOODING CEREMONY. ARE SYMBOLS OF THE HIGH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT THE SCHOLARS HAVE ATTAINED, PLACING THEM AMONG THE MOST LEARNED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. (BAGPIPE MUSIC) WOULD YOU ALL PLEASE RISE, AND JOIN MATTHEW IN THE SINGING OF 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? 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, PETER DORHOUT, VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH, TAMMY BECKHAM, DEAN, COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, JOHN FLOROS, DEAN, AGRICULTURE AND DIRECTOR OF KSTATE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION, GERALDINE CRAIG, ASSOCIATE DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL, MICHAEL HERMAN, ASSOCIATE DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL, GERALDINE RICHMOND, COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AND HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT, CAROL SHANKLIN, DEAN, GRADUATE SCHOOL, RICHARD MYERS, PRESIDENT, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, DAVE MURFIN, REGENT, KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO, K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, DEREK LAWSON, PRESIDENT, GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL DEBBIE MERCER, DEAN, EDUCATION AND ANDREW BENNETT, PRESIDENT, FACULTY SENATE. HELP ME ACKNOWLEDGE THESE INDIVIDUALS. CONTINUING WITH THE SECOND ROW, FROM YOUR LEFT, WE HAVE: LORI GOETSCH, DEAN, UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, SUE MAES, DEAN, K-STATE GLOBAL CAMPUS, TIM DE NOBLE, DEAN, AGRICULTURE, PLANNING AND DESIGN, KEVIN GWINNER, DEAN, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, DARREN DAWSON, DEAN, ENGINEERING, JOHN BUCKWALTER, DEAN, HUMAN ECOLOGY, DONALD VON BERGEN, GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR, POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS, RALPH RICHARDSON, DEAN, K-STATE OLATHE, JEFFERY MORRIS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATION AND MARKETING, PAT BOSCO, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE AND DEAN OF STUDENTS, GENE TAYLOR, DIRECTOR, K-STATE ATHLETICS, ZELIA WILEY, INTERIM ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR DIVERSITY, MARCELLUS CALDAS, ASSISTANT PROVOST, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND LOUISE BENJAMIN, ASSOCIATE DEAN, ARTS & SCIENCES. PLEASE JOIN ME IN GIVING OUR PLATFORM PARTY A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. THE MARSHALS FOR TODAY’S CEREMONY ARE: GERARD KLUITENBERG, PROFESSOR, AGRONOMY, STEVE ECKELS, PROFESSOR, MECHANICAL AND NUCLEAR ENGINEERING, ROYCE ANN COLLINS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATION LEADERSHIP, JUNEHEE KWON, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, AND BRETT DEPAOLA, PROFESSOR, PHYSICS. ELLYN MULCAHY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MASTER PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR. THE READER FOR TODAY’S CEREMONY IS: VINCENT CARLISLE, GRADUATE SCHOOL. PLEASE JOIN ME AGAIN IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS. WE WILL RECEIVE COMMENTS FROM DAVID MURFIN. DAVID MURFIN WAS APPOINTED TO THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS BY GOVERNOR SAM BROWNBACK IN 2015. HE IS THE CEO OF MURFIN INC., WHO INTERESTS INCLUDE MURFIN DRILLING CO. INC. AND MURPHY TRACTOR AND EQUIPMENT CO., ONE OF THE LARGEST JOHN DEERE CONSTRUCTION DEALERSHIPS IN NORTH AMERICA. DAVE MURFIN GREW UP IN WICHITA AND IS A GRADUATE OF WICHITA EAST HIGH SCHOOL. DAVE RECEIVED HIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FROM UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS. HE AND HIS WIFE, JANET, HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND FIVE GRANDCHILDREN. AS WE DROVE TO THE CEREMONY, HE TOLD ME HIS PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IS BEING A LIFELONG KANSASEN. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING REGENT MURFIN. THANK YOU. WOW, CONGRATULATIONS. YOU MADE IT, HOW ABOUT THAT. EXCITED? COME ON, YEAH. PRESIDENT MYERS, AND MEMBERS OF FACULTY AND STAFF, AND ALL THE WILDCATS HERE, I’M BOTH DELIGHT AND HAD HONORED TO BRING YOU GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES FROM THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS. THIS IS THE MOST FUN, IS TO INTERACT WITH THE KIDS. GRADUATES, WHAT AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT, ENJOY THE DAY, THIS DAY AND ALL FESTIVITIES THAT COME WITH IT. YEARS OF STUDY, HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU. AS REGENTS, WE BELIEVE THE AIM OF HIGHER EDUCATION AS WE ENVISION IT, GOES BEYOND HELPING GRADUATES LIKE YOURSELVES, AS IMPORTANT AS THAT IS FOR THE SOCIETY AS A WHOLE, RATHER WE KNOW THAT HIGHER EDUCATION REMAINS THE BEST WAY FOR PEOPLE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR OWN LIVES TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND TO ENSURE THE STATE’S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. BUT THE TRUE MEASURE OF THE SYSTEM’S SUCCESS IS THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO CROSS THE STAGE TODAY. YOU’RE THE ONES TO MOVE THE COMMUNITY FORWARD. THE ONE THING I ASK, I HOPE YOU’LL CONSIDER STAYING IN KANSAS, AND CREATE THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE, DISCOVER THE NEXT MEDICAL BREAK THROUGH, WRITE THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL OR LEAD THE UNIVERSITIES. THE WHERE THE CAREER PATH TAKES YOU AWAY FROM KANSAS, PLEASE CONSIDER TO COME BACK AND JOIN THE OTHER 350,000 GRADUATES OF THE REGENT SYSTEM. I WISH EACH OF YOU JOISHGS HAPPINESS — JOY, HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT, WE’RE HERE TODAY TO HONOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. CONGRATULATIONS, AND THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE. 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, DR. GERALDINE RICHMOND. PLEASE TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE VIDEOBOARD FOR A SPECIAL INTRODUCTION OF DR. RICHMOND, OUR HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT AND COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. FROM RURAL KANSAS TO THE WHITE HOUSE. >>NATIONAL MEDAL OF SCIENCE TO DR. RICHMOND, AND HER EFFORTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE GLOBE TO PROMOTE WOMEN IN SCIENCE. GERALDINE RICHMOND WAS A CHILD OF BOUNDLESS CURIOSITY, AND FOLLOWED HER MOTHER’S ADVICE, THE WAY TO GET A JOB IS TO BE GOOD AT MATH. LUCKILY FOR US, SHE WAS VERY GOOD AT MATH. AT K-STATE, SHE WORKED IN RETAIL TO HELP PAY FOR COLLEGE. AND SOLDIERS WOULD BUY WIGS, TO GO TO THE BARS, AND NOT STAND OUT AS GI’S, AND THERE WAS AN OPENING OF A JOB IN THE CHEMICAL LAB, WORKING IN A LAB SOUNDED MORE INTERESTING THAN SELLING WIGS, AND THAT JOB LED TO A JOB IN RESEARCH. THUS BEGAN AN AMAZING CAREER. AFTER EARNING A PHD FROM CALIFORNIA, RICHMOND SPENT FIVE YEARS AS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY, BEFORE JOINING THE FACULTY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IN 1985, IT WAS THE FIRST EXPOSURE TO RESEARCH, THAT LED RICHMOND TO DEVELOP A RESEARCH EXPERIENCE PROGRAM FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. THE LONGEST REU SITE IN THE NATION TO EXPOSE THEM SOMETHING BIGGER THAN THE TEXTBOOK, AND SHOW THEM HOW RESEARCH IS AN AVENUE FOR SUCCESS IN AN EARLY STAGE OF THEIR CAREER. RICHMOND’S OWN RESEARCH IS FOCUSED ON THE SURFACE OF WATER, THE HIGH TENSION TO HAVE SURFACE, THAT ALLOWS THINGS TO FLOAT, AND MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR WATER TO GO UP IN A TREE, AND MAKES A DROP A DROP. BUT HOW DO YOU STUDY THIS THIN LAYER? ONLY ONE OR TWO MOLECULES THICK. RICHMOND WORKED WITH LASERS, AND NOW USES THEM TO STUDY THE CHEMISTRY OF THE THIN THIN LAYER OF SURFACE WATER. HER RESEARCH HAS PROVIDED VALUABLE INSIGHT, AND HOW THE SURFACE BONDING IS ALTERED WHEN IN CONTACT WITH OIL, AND GASEOUS POLLUTANTS. IN THE LATE 90S, SHE NOTICED THERE WERE A LOT OF WOMEN AT HER LEVEL, SUCCESSFUL, BUT NOT RECOGNIZED, IN 1998, RICHMOND COFOUNDED COACH, THE COMMITTEE ON THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN CHEMISTS. IT HAD WORK SHOP INS THE U.S., AND SINCE GROWN BEYOND THE U.S. TO ASIA, AFRICA, AND LATIN AMERICA. DR. RICHMOND IS THE U.S. SCIENCE ENVOY TO THE LOWER MACON RIVER COUNTRIES, AND HELD THE WOMEN IN TECH WORK SHOP, WHERE WOMEN FROM CAMBODIA, AND VIETNAM ATTENDED. IT IS THROUGH THESE RELATIONSHIPS, THAT RICHMOND HAS LEARNED A DIFFERENT MODEL FOR COLLABORATION WITH DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. WHERE BOTH SIDES COME TO THE TABLE AS EQUAL, LISTENING AND DEVELOPING TRUST. WHERE SOLUTIONS FIT THE CULTURE. IT’S NO WONDER SHE’S HELD NUMEROUS LEADERSHIP ROLE SUCH AS PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE. THE LARGEST SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD. AND ALSO ON THE NATIONAL SCIENCE BOARD, THAT OVERSEES THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION. A TEACHER, SCIENTIST, AND MENTOR AROUND THE WORLD, PLEASE WELCOME DR. GERALDINE RICHMOND. DR. RICHMOND, PLEASE JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. DR. RICHMOND, 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! DR. RICHMOND, WOULD YOU PLEASE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OFFER SOME REMARKS TO OUR GRADUATES AND THIS AUDIENCE? OKAY, I’M HERE. I’M BACK HOME. AND I’M ALSO EMOTIONAL. SO FIRST OF ALL, I AM DEEPLY HONORED TO RECEIVE THIS HONORARY DEGREE. IT WAS HERE AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY THAT I DEVELOPED MY LOVE FOR SCIENCE THAT HAS WITHSTOOD THE TEST OF TIME AND MANY CHALLENGES OVER ALL THESE MANY YEARS. I MUST ADMIT THAT WHEN I WAS AN EARLY UNDERGRADUATE AT K-STATE I REALLY HAD NO IDEA WHERE A SCIENCE CAREER WOULD TAKE ME OR THAT IT WOULD SOMEDAY LEAD TO ME STANDING UP HER SPEAKING TO ALL OF YOU. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO THE FACULTY – BOTH IN AND OUTSIDE OF THE SCIENCES – THAT LAUNCHED ME DOWN THIS PATH. YOU PROVIDED ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO RESEARCH IN YOUR LABORATORIES, YOU OPENED DOORS FOR ME INTO ROOMS THAT I NEVER KNEW EXISTED, YOU MOTIVATED ME TO STRETCH BEYOND MY REACH, YOU WARNED ME OF BUMPS DOWN THE ROAD, AND YOU INSTILLED IN ME THE LOVE OF TEACHING SCIENCE THAT HAS BEEN MORE REWARDING THAN I EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED. THANK YOU. BUT NOW LET ME TURN TO YOU. BECAUSE TODAY IS YOUR DAY. YOUR D-DAY. THOSE OF US THAT ARE OLDER RECALL THE OTHER D-DAY AS THE DAY THE ALLIED FORCES INVADED FRANCE IN WORLD WAR II. ACCORDING TO WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY, THE DEFINITION OF D-DAY IS NOW DEFINED MORE BROADLY AS “A DAY ON WHICH SOMETHING IMPORTANT IS PLANNED OR EXPECTED TO HAPPEN” FOR THIS GRADUATION DAY, I THINK D-DAY STANDS FOR DEGREE DAY – AND THE DAY THAT ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES INVADE THE KSU CAMPUS FOR THIS CELEBRATORY EVENT. TODAY IS YOUR LAUNCH, ONE FILLED WITH SADNESS FOR THOSE YOU MAY NOT SEE FOR MANY YEARS, EXHAUSTION FROM ALL THE HARD WORK IT TOOK TO GET HERE, AND WONDER AS TO WHETHER IT WAS ALL WORTH IT. I CAN SAY WITH CONFIDENCE THAT, IT WAS ALL WORTH IT IN MANY WAYS. THE DEGREE OPENS DOORS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU THAT AT THIS POINT YOU CANNOT ANTICIPATE. BUT THEY WILL BE THERE. AND OFTEN YOU MUST PLAY A ROLE IN NUDGING THAT DOOR OPEN AND CREATING OPPORTUNITIES. SO LIKE NEARLY EVER PERSON THAT YOU MEET TODAY WHO OFFERS YOU ADVICE, I TOO WILL JOIN THE CHOIR WITH A FIVE PARCELS OF ADVICE – THINGS THAT I WISH I HAD FULLY APPRECIATED AND EMBRACED AT YOUR CAREER STAGE. NUMBER 1: BE WILLING TO TAKE RISKS. NOW AS A MOTHER MYSELF, I DON’T MEAN JUMPING ON A HARLEY AND RIDING 120 MPH DOWN THE BACK KANSAS ROADS. I DO HOWEVER MEAN DOING THINGS IN YOUR CAREER THAT TAKE YOU OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. VIEW YOUR LIFE AND CAREER AS A WELL-BALANCED FINANCIAL PORTFOLIO THAT IS COMPRISED OF LOW RISK, MEDIUM RISK AND HIGH RISK INVESTMENTS. THINGS THAT YOU ARE REALLY GOOD AT AND LOVE TO DO ARE LOW RISK. THE PROBABILITY OF SUCCESS IS HIGH. MEDIUM RISK ACTIVITIES BUILD ON YOUR STRENGTHS WHILE TAKING YOU IN NEW DIRECTIONS AS YOU BROADEN YOUR SKILLS, NETWORKS AND AMBITIONS. THE HIGH RISK VENTURES ARE THE ONES THAT TRULY TAKE YOU OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, THAT CHALLENGE YOUR PERSONAL PARADIGMS, THAT HAVE UNPREDICTABLE OUTCOMES. YOU ENTER THEM WITH THE RECOGNITION THAT ALTHOUGH THE VENTURE MAY HAVE A LOW PROBABILITY OF SUCCESS, IF YOU SUCCEED, THE ACHIEVEMENT WILL BE OF HIGH IMPACT, WILL BE EXTRAORDINARILY SATISFYING AND WILL SIGNIFICANTLY BOLSTER YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM. THIS IS NOT THE TERRITORY FOR PERFECTIONISTS AS THE PROBABILITY FOR FAILURE CAN BE HIGH. IF ALL THAT YOU PROPOSE TO DO WORKS AS YOU HAD PREDICTED, THEN YOU ARE NOT REALLY LEARNING ANYTHING NEW. SOME OF OUR BEST DISCOVERIES IN MY LABORATORY DID NOT COME FROM WHAT I HOPED WE WOULD FIND, BUT WHAT I DID NOT ANTICIPATE FINDING. NUMBER 2: VIVA LA DIFFERENCE! EMBRACE DIVERSITY IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR WORK. THE BEST IDEAS COME FROM A DIVERSITY OF SOURCES AND PROBLEM SOLVING EXPERIENCES. THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN MANY TIMES OVER. TAKE THE CASE OF THE INITIAL AIRBAGS DEVELOPED FOR CARS. THESE AIRBAGS THAT WERE LARGELY DESIGNED BY MALE ENGINEERS, WHEN PUT INTO PRACTICE, KILLED AND INJURED SMALL CHILDREN AND WOMEN BECAUSE OF A FORCE THAT WAS LARGELY DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE LARGE MALE BODY. VOICE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY PROMISES TO MAKE OUR LIVES EASIER, LETTING US CONTROL EVERYTHING FROM OUR PHONES TO CARS TO HOME APPLIANCES. HOWEVER, EVEN TODAY, SPEECH RECOGNITION HAS STRUGGLED TO RECOGNIZE FEMALE VOICES. WHEN THE AUTO INDUSTRY BEGAN IMPLEMENTING VOICE COMMANDS IN MORE VEHICLES, THESE CARS WERE FAR LESS RESPONSIVE TO THE FEMALE VOICE THAN THAT OF THE ALTHOUGH I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SUCH THING AS “MALE SCIENCE”, “FEMALE SCIENCE” OR “AFRICAN SCIENCE” OR “LATINO SCIENCE”, WE ALL BRING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES TO A PROBLEM BECAUSE OF WHO WE ARE AND OUR EXPERIENCES. I STILL REMEMBER WITH LAUGHTER THE DAY WHEN I FIRST LEARNED ABOUT PULLEYS IN MY ENGINEERING PHYSICS CLASS HERE ON THIS CAMPUS. I WAS SO FASCINATED BY PULLEYS BUT HAD NEVER HAD ONE OR WORKED WITH ONE BEFORE. SO WHEN I WENT HOME TO DO THE PROBLEM SET, I DID THE OBVIOUS TO CONSTRUCT MY OWN PULLEY. I OPENED MY JEWELRY BOX, TOOK OUT A ROUND COPPER BRACELET AND STRUNG A NECKLACE AROUND IT TO EMULATE A PULLEY. IT WORKED – AND I GOT AN A ON THAT EXAM. THE RESULT WAS RIGHT BUT MY APPROACH WAS LIKELY QUITE DIFFERENT THAN THAT OF THE SEVERAL HUNDRED GUYS IN MY CLASS. NUMBER 3: UP YOUR GAME. WHEN MAKING AN IMPORTANT DECISION IN YOUR LIFE, WHETHER THAT BE A JOB CHANGE OR TAKING ON ANY NEW VENTURE, NEVER MAKE THAT DECISION WHEN YOU ARE TIRED, ANGRY OR OVER WORKED. YOUR BRAIN NEEDS TO BE FULLY FUNCTIONING TO MAKE SUCH DECISIONS AND EXHAUSTION AND ANGER DIMINISHES YOUR ABILITY TO THINK CLEARLY AND WITH FULL BRAIN CAPACITY. AND MOST IMPORTANT – NEVER MAKE A DECISION WHEN YOUR SELF ESTEEM IS AT A LOW POINT – MAKE IT WHEN YOU ARE AT THE TOP OF YOUR GAME. MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON YOUR STRENGTHS AND NOT WHEN YOU BRAIN IS PLAYING A SILLY GAME OF OBSESSING OVER YOUR WEAKNESSES THAT MAY EVEN BE IRRELEVANT. NUMBER 4: NO ONE MAKES IT ALONE IN THIS WORLD. YOU ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE HELPED YOU ALONG THE WAY – FROM THE TEACHER THAT INSPIRED YOU IN THE EARLY YEARS, TO THE FRIENDS WHO NEVER GAVE UP ON YOU – EVEN WHEN YOU EMBARRASSED THEM BEYOND BELIEF, TO THE NEIGHBOR THAT ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND HELLO. THANK THEM, HUG THEM AND RETURN THE FAVOR TO OTHERS. IT’S GOOD FOR THEM AND EQUALLY GOOD FOR YOU. THE ACT OF GIVING IS KNOWN TO STIMULATE THE REWARD CENTER IN THE BRAIN – RELEASING ENDORPHINS AND CREATING WHAT IS KNOW AS THE “HELPER’S HIGH”. AND LIKE OTHER HIGHS, THIS ONE IS ADDICTIVE. AND FINALLY, NUMBER 5: HAVE THE COURAGE OF YOUR CONVICTIONS – SUMMED UP BEAUTIFULLY IN A POEM OF EDGAR GUEST IN 1934 CALLED: “IT COULDN’T BE DONE”, WITH MY SLIGHT MODIFICATION. SOMEBODY SAID THAT IT COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT SHE WITH A CHUCKLE REPLIED THAT “MAYBE IT COULDN’T,” BUT SHE WOULD BE ONE WHO WOULDN’T SAY SO TILL SHE’D TRIED. SO SHE BUCKLED RIGHT IN WITH THE TRACE OF A GRIN ON HER FACE. IF SHE WORRIED SHE HID IT. SHE STARTED TO SING AS SHE TACKLED THE THING THAT COULDN’T BE DONE, AND SHE DID IT. SOMEBODY SCOFFED: “OH, YOU’LL NEVER DO THAT; AT LEAST NO ONE EVER HAS DONE IT”; BUT HE TOOK OFF HIS COAT AND HE TOOK OFF HIS HAT, AND THE FIRST THING WE KNEW HE’D BEGUN IT. WITH A LIFT OF HIS CHIN AND A BIT OF A GRIN, WITHOUT ANY DOUBTING OR QUIDDIT, HE STARTED TO SING AS HE TACKLED THE THING THAT COULDN’T BE DONE, AND HE DID IT. THERE ARE THOUSANDS TO TELL YOU IT CANNOT BE DONE, THERE ARE THOUSANDS TO PROPHESY FAILURE; THERE ARE THOUSANDS TO POINT OUT TO YOU ONE BY ONE, THE DANGERS THAT WAIT TO ASSAIL YOU. BUT JUST BUCKLE IN WITH A BIT OF A GRIN, JUST TAKE OFF YOUR COAT AND GO TO IT; JUST START IN TO SING AS YOU TACKLE THE THING THAT “CANNOT BE DONE,” AND YOU’LL DO IT. I CELEBRATE ALL OF YOU, AND I’M SO HONORED TO BE BACK HERE TO RECEIVE THIS HONORARY DEGREE, AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST, THANK YOU. DR. RICHMOND, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS GIFT OF APPRECIATION FOR BEING OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER TODAY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING DR. RICHMOND FOR HER INSPIRATIONAL COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS I’D LIKE TO EXTEND GREETINGS TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT HERE, WHO ARE PARTICIPATING THE COMMENCEMENT LIVE, AND MANY FAMILY MEMBERS JOINING US US VIRTUALLY. GRADUATE THOSE WHO CANNOT BE WITH US, AND WATCHING AND HERE IN SPIRIT. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. THANK YOU. DR. RICHMOND, WE’RE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU AS A GRADUATE AND AN HONORARY DOCTOR. I AM PLEASED TO BE A PART OF YOUR SPECIAL DAY AND OFFER CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE KSTATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING OVER 182,000 LIVING GRADUATES WHO WILL BE YOUR LIFELONG K-STATE FAMILY. TODAY, AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE, WE ARE EXCITED TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, AND LOOK FORWARD TO ENHANCING THE RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE 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. EMBEDDED IN THIS MISSION ARE THE CORE VALUES THAT GUIDE OUR EFFORTS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED WITH K-STATE. THE FIRST VALUE 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 THIS WEEKEND AS YOU SING THE ALMA MATER OR TAKE KSU PHOTOS AT YOUR FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF DOING THE WABASH AT A K-STATE SPORTS EVENT, OR RUBBING THE NOSE OF THE BRONZE WILDCAT STATUE AT THE ALUMNI CENTER FOR GOOD LUCK ON A TEST OR TO ENSURE VICTORY OVER THAT OTHER UNIVERSITY. THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS “PURPLE.” FOR K-STATERS IT’S MORE THAN A COLOR. IT’S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE, CONNECTION AND FAMILY. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WEARING PURPLE, OR A K-STATE CLASS RING, OR SPORTING A K-STATE LICENSE PLATE, YOU WILL FEEL THAT SENSE OF FAMILY. IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY A MEMBER, THE GRADUATE SCHOOL AND THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ARE PROVIDING YOU WITH A COMPLIMENTARY ONE-YEAR ■■ MEMBERSHIP TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR GRADUATION. WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER AFTER THIS COMPLIMENTARY YEAR. K-STATE ALUMNI ARE AMONG THE MOST LOYAL IN THE NATION. IN FACT, OUR MEMBERSHIP RANKS IN THE TOP 5 IN THE NATION AND #1 IN THE BIG 12 FOR UPDATED MAY 10, 2017 27 PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES WHO ARE MEMBERS. THAT LOYALTY IS SHARED BY GENERATIONS OF K-STATERS WHO HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR K-STATE THAT YOU FEEL TODAY AS YOU RECEIVE 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. AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE AND YOUR TITLES AND ADDRESSES CHANGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP US UPDATED. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS CONNECTED TO YOUR K-STATE FAMILY. CONGRATULATIONS, AND GO CATS! THANK YOU, AMY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DEREK LAWSON, PRESIDENT OF GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL. 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 HERE AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. AS YOUR GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT, I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING CLOSELY WITH MANY OF YOU, AND THE HONOR TO GET TO KNOW YOU AT THE MANY EVENTS THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL HAS HELD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AS SUCH, I WANT TO EXTEND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SERVED IN LEADERSHIP AND/OR SERVICE ROLES AS WELL AS THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE MANY 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 HERE AT K-STATE. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND BEST WISHES FOR A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE! 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. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. NOW THE TIME THAT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE MASTER OF FINE ARTS, DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND DOCTOR OF EDUCATION 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 MYERS, ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT TO YOU THE DOCTORAL AND MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE RECIPIENTS OF SPRING 2017. [APPLAUSE] . 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 2017. 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. GIVE YOUR HOOD TO YOUR MAJOR PROFESSOR. DR. OF PHILOSOPHY, IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS. (READING OF NAMES) CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU AND BEST WISHES IN YOUR FUTURE. LET US RECOGNIZE THESE GRADUATES ONE MORE TIME. WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES. CANDIDATES, PLEASE RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. PRESIDENT MYERS, ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT THE MASTER’S DEGREE RECIPIENTS OF SPRING 2017. 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 2017. 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 2017 GRADUATES ONE MORE TIME. 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. 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 MR. MATTHEW CYPHERT IN THE SINGING OF THE ALMA MATER AS WE CLOSE THE CEREMONY. 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