Congratulations to CityU Graduates
I finally did it. I graduated in 1979 from high school… and here I am, you know just days away from being 56, and I finally did it. I finally got my bachelor’s degree. I wish my mom and Dad were here to see it, but I kind of feel both of them on my shoulders. It has been a long journey, and I’m thrilled. This is a journey I started back in the early ’70s. I have to thank my oldest grandson, only grandson He’ll be 17 next month. He asked me last year, “Grandpa, I understand you never finished college.” “How close were you?”
I had no idea. So I contacted City University, and they got back to me. They said you need 25 credits, basically five classes. I walked out into the living room where my wife was watching the news or something. I said, “Hey, dear, I just enrolled in college!” and she almost choked on her coffee. I did my undergrad in that kind of a setting, where I was in a huge class and going from a class of 100-200 people to a class of 14 people was an amazing switch. In terms of communications, we communicated a lot through emails or text messages. That never happened to me in any different institutions. When you have this level of communication with your professors. Without my parents’ help and my sister’s support, I wouldn’t be here right now. My mom was my go-to editor. My dad was my go-to ice cream delivery man. My wonderful boyfriend was there when I was celebrating and when I was sad. My brothers were there to goof off with. This is the gal that’s sharing in my degree. Gail, my wonderful, wonderful wife Well, let me be one of the first to say Class of 2017, congratulations! We live in challenging times. But you have demonstrated that you can rise to a challenge In our minds, any challenge You can overcome At CityU, we like to call you a Finisher As you live your life with integrity Be a fighter Be you Challenge the process and learn all along the way. Embrace your loved ones, and above all, live your decades well. Congratulations! I have really enjoyed getting to know all of you. To my family, thank you for all of your support, this accomplishment is for all of us. To my Grandma, I know you’re here in spirit. I love and miss you dearly. I love you mom. Class of 2017, we made it! By the authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees of City University of Seattle, I confer upon you the appropriate degree, with all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities
thereto and pertaining Will the graduates please move the tassel on their caps From the right, to the left, in recognition of the degrees now formally conferred. Welcome to the company of educated men and women. Congratulations!