Again, I would like to congratulate the class of 2010, and I especially want to recognize the bachelor’s students! It has been so wonderful getting to know each and every one of my fellow students in the in the undergraduate class and I feel especially bittersweet standing up here today.
One thing that I’ve heard my classmates recount time and again has been this collective consciousness that the School of Social Work has become more than just a building or a school, it has become a second home.
Leaving it after today, even if only for a while, gives me a feeling of sadness. The only thing that’s keeping me from shedding a tear up here on stage is my excitement and eagerness to see the changes that each of us will have on those around us. Our passion, dedication, and insistence on equality has already made such an impact and touched so many lives.
I don’t know if I should even dare to dream about the future, because if we’ve been able to accomplish as much as we have in four years (or two transfers!), think about what we can do with ten or twenty years.
President Barack Obama said the following: “we have a stake in one another, and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done.
Our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.”
Spending the last four years with you in class has shown me that we truly believe in the power of this idea of reshaping the world through our careers as change makers, organizers, direct service providers, and advocates.
A special thank-you to the faculty:
- Dr. Rosenfeld
- Courtney and Lesley
- Dean Videka
By binding together and believing in the goodness we can achieve together, with the guidance and support of our friends, family, mentors and peers, I know that we will be able to follow the courage of our convictions to remake the world as it should be.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of the parents who are here today. I have had the great pleasure of knowing your children and I can adamantly say that you have done a fantastic job of instilling them with unquestionable values and faith in humanity. They are truly capable of extending their great light in the world and ARE brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous, and powerful beyond measure. I cannot wait to see the amazing work you will all do.