It was a profound pleasure to congratulate our Cal State Fullerton Class of 2015 this past weekend, and to wish them all the best on their new journeys! Below are the remarks I shared on Saturday and Sunday.
Good morning, Cal State Fullerton Class of 2015!
I recently learned that our University will reach an important milestone this weekend: during this spring’s commencement, we will confer our 250,000th degree. That represents a quarter of a million graduate and undergraduate degrees awarded by Cal State Fullerton since the University’s creation in 1959. It is a number that fills me with awe.
But this commencement represents another important milestone—for each and every one of you. Every graduate here has worked extremely hard and made enormous sacrifices with the goal of achieving a brighter tomorrow for yourselves and your society. Today, you have reached that goal. Today is the commencement of your future.
All of us who have watched you along this path—family, friends, faculty, staff, and administrators—are proud to have been a part of your journey to success. We have witnessed the strength of your character; marveled at the depth of your dedication; and been humbled by your commitment to your communities. We may think of ourselves as teachers, but it is all of you who teach us, day after day, the greatest lessons in perseverance, integrity, and courage.
I salute you all on this tremendous achievement. Let’s give a strong round of applause for our Class of 2015 and the many “brighter tomorrows” that lie ahead.