Class of 2011 Convocation

Remarks from Marta Rodenas, Undergraduate Student Representative

First and foremost congratulations class of 2011!

As I stand here today, I can barely believe that graduation is upon us. It seems like it was just yesterday, that we were all sitting in Dr. Rosenfeld’s Intro to Social Work class, nervously eyeing each other not realizing that this room full of strangers would later become close friends, confidants, and some even like family.

Since that day, I have had the pleasure of getting to know each and every one of you (at least in the undergraduate class) over coffee from Space Market, lunches in the lounge, and endless nights in the library. Through it all, the myriad of experiences we’ve had with one another are unforgettable. In the course of those experiences I’ve observed that we all hold close to our hearts the well-being of society. Through our efforts to help the community, and our endless hours spent at field, we have all formed a bond behind this one common goal.

I’d like to give a special thanks to:

  • Dean Videka
  • Assistant Dean Dr. Dina Rosenfeld
  • Juan Iturralde in the Undergraduate Program Office
  • Assistant Dean Courtney O’Mealley and Lesley Heffel in Student Affairs

for the guidance and support that you have provided us in the last four years. You have inspired us to follow our dreams and pursue our goals for the better of society.

I’d also like to thank all of the parents who are here today, for always being supportive of our needs and pushing us to test our own limits.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with a quote from Harriet Tubman:
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Looking at the crowd today I see a room full of dreamers. We all have the skills required to make our dreams a reality. In social work we believe that though our sacrifices we will help society and one day change the world. Today, I challenge you to pursue your dreams so that one day you can improve the world.