EKU Spring 2018 Commencement: The College of Business & Technology

EKU Spring 2018 Commencement: The College of Business & Technology

October 9, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


THIS IS A TEST.>>WELCOME TO EASTERN KENTUCKY
UNIVERSITY’S SPRING 2018 COLLEGE CONVOCATION.
IN THIS CEREMONY, WE HONOR DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THE ACADEMIC REGALIA YOU SEE
EVOLVED FROM THE TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC AND CLERICAL DRESS WORN
AT EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES IN THE MIDDLE AGES. IN THE UNITED STATES, THE USE OF
ACADEMIC REGALIA DATES TO THE AMERICAN COLONIAL PERIOD.
THE REGALIA USED BY EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY FOLLOWS THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF EDUCATION
ACADEMIC REGALIA CODE THAT DESCRIBES CUT, STYLE, AND COLORS
TO INDICATE FIELDS OF LEARNING. COLORS REPRESENTING THE TWO
SCHOOLS IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY ARE
INCORPORATED IN THE BANNERS YOU SEE LEADING FACULTY AND STUDENTS
AS THEY ENTER ALUMNI COLISEUM. ENTERING FIRST AND BEARING THE
BANNER FOR THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY IS MISS
JADELYN VAUGHN RICE, WHO TODAY EARNS HER BACHELOR OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION IN MARKETING, CUM LAUDE. JADE IS FROM RICHMOND, AND
FOURTH-GENERATION EKU ALUMNA. ELEVEN OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS,
INCLUDING HER PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AND
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS, HAVE RECEIVED DEGREES FROM EKU, THE
EARLIEST GRADUATING IN 1948. AFTER HER GRADUATION, JADE LOOKS
FORWARD TO CONTINUING HER ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES AND
DEVELOPING HER CAREER WITH LEXUS AND MAP GROUP. ENTERING THE COLISEUM FLOOR FROM
THE DOOR AT THE FAR END AND TO MY RIGHT ARE FACULTY AND
STUDENTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY. EACH OF THE THREE SCHOOLS OF
APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENTS ARE REPRESENTED ON
THIS BANNER. THE DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY IS REPRESENTED BY THE ORANGE STRIPE.
THE MAIZE STRIPE DENOTES THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
MILITARY SCIENCE AND LEADERSHIP IS SIGNIFIED BY SCIENCE GOLD.
CARRYING THE SCHOOL BANNER IS MR. JOSHUA KEITH GROVE, AN
HONORS SCHOLAR WHO IS GRADUATING TODAY WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
DEGREE IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT.
BORN IN RICHMOND, JOSHUA MOVED TO BOONEVILLE AS A TEENAGER
WHERE HE GRADUATED VALEDICTORIAN OF HIS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS. HIGHLY REGARDED BY FACULTY,
JOSHUA SAYS THAT HE HAS RECEIVED MUCH MORE THAN JUST AN EDUCATION
FROM EKU. HE SAYS THAT EKU HAS GIVEN HIM
THE CHANCE AT A LIFE THAT HE IS EXCITED TO LIVE.
ENTERING THE COLISEUM FLOOR FROM THE DOOR AT THE FAR END AND TO
MY LEFT IS THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, WITH ITS BANNER
ADORNED IN DRAB BROWN. CARRYING THE BANNER FOR THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS IS MR. LOGAN
TYLER SMITH WHO, TODAY, IS EARNING HIS BACHELOR OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION DEGREE IN MANAGEMENT, MAGNA CUM LAUDE. LOGAN HAILS FROM STANFORD,
KENTUCKY, WHERE HE GRADUATED WITH A PERFECT 4.0 GPA FROM
LINCOLN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. HIS WORK ETHIC AND DISCIPLINE
HAS SERVED HIM WELL AT EKU. LOGAN IS BETA GAMMA SIGMA AND
ALSO A MEMBER OF SIGMA CHI FRATERNITY, WHERE HE SERVED AS
CHAPTER PRESIDENT. HE CREDITS HIS MANY
OPPORTUNITIES HERE AT EKU FOR HIS BUDDING CAREER AT FASTENAL,
WHICH HE INTENDS TO PURSUE AFTER GRADUATION. LOGAN IS ALSO EXCITED TO HAVE
RECENTLY BEEN ACCEPTED INTO THE NEWLY REDESIGNED EKU MASTER OF
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM. AS STUDENTS BEGIN TO ENTER THE
ARENA FLOOR, YOU WILL SEE HERALDRY SUCH AS CORDS, STOLES,
AND SASHES. IN PARTICULAR, INTERNATIONAL
STUDENTS GRADUATING FROM THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND
TECHNOLOGY MAY DISPLAY STOLES FROM THEIR HOME COUNTRIES OF
CHINA, JAPAN, AND SPAIN. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, PLEASE TAKE A
MOMENT TO SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONES. THANK YOU.
AND NOW, PLEASE RISE FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE NATIONAL
COLORS, AND JOIN MISS CHEYENNE JENNINGS IN THE SINGING OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, AND REMAIN
STANDING AS MISS JENNINGS PERFORMS “MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME.” 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 [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT
IN THE OLD KENTUCKY HOME ‘TIS SUMMER,
THE PEOPLE ARE GAY THE CORN-TOP’S RIPE
AND THE MEADOW’S IN THE BLOOM WHILE THE BIRDS
MAKE MUSIC ALL THE DAY THE YOUNG FOLKS ROLL
ON THE LITTLE CABIN FLOOR ALL MERRY, ALL HAPPY
AND BRIGHT BY ‘N’ BY HARD TIMES
COMES A KNOCKING AT THE DOOR IN MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME,
GOOD NIGHT WEEP NO MORE MY LADY OH, WEEP NO MORE TODAY WE WILL SING ONE SONG FOR MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME FOR MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME, FAR AWAY [ APPLAUSE ]>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE
DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY, DR. THOMAS
EREKSON. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>GOOD EVENING. PLEASE BE SEATED. AS WE BEGIN, PLEASE JOIN WITH ME
IN THANKING MISS CHEYENNE JENNINGS, A 2014 EKU ALUMNA FROM
DANVILLE. FOR A WONDERFUL RENDITION OF THE
STARRING STAR STAR SPANGLED BANNER AND MY
OLD KENTUCKY HOME. ONE MORE ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
[ APPLAUSE ] .
AND CAN WE ALSO HAVE A NICE ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE EKU
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF PROFESSOR JEREMY MULHOLLAND, FOR PROVIDING OUR
MUSIC THIS EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE WITH US
THIS EVENING, THE 13th PRESIDENT OF EASTERN KENTUCKY
UNIVERSITY, DR. MICHAEL BENSON. DR. BENSON, WE WOULD BE MOST
PLEASED IF YOU WOULD SHARE A FEW WORDS.
MIKE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DEAN ERE
EREKSON, AND GOOD EVENING. ON BEHALF OF EASTERN KENTUCKY
UNIVERSITY, I WELCOME YOU TO THE CAMPUS BEAUTIFUL AS WE CELEBRATE
THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF TODAY’S GRADUATES. THIS COMING JANUARY WILL MARK MY
25th YEAR OF WORKING IN PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION, AND I CANNOT
RECALL HOW MANY GRADUATION CEREMONIES I HAVE ATTENDED. REGARDLESS, I NEVER TIRE OF THIS VANTAGE POINT AND THE INSPIREING
SIGHT OF THE GRADUATES ARRAYED BEFORE US.
YOU ARE INDEED THE HOPE OF THE WORLD, AND WE CELEBRATE YOU AND
THIS SINGULAR ACCOMPLISHMENT. IN AMERICA TODAY, HIGHER
EDUCATION IS UNDER A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SCRUTINY.
WHAT IS IT THAT WE OFFER TO SOCIETY?
ARE WE WORTH IT? WHAT IS THE RETURN ON
INVESTMENT? IS THE COST OF A COLLEGE DEGREE
DEFENSIBLE? WHILE AMERICA HAS MANY DEFICITS
INCLUDING TRADE AND OTHERWISE, I WOULD ARGUE THAT OUR HIGHER
EDUCATION SYSTEM IS NOT ONE OF THEM.
ON THE CONTRARY, WE REMAIN THE ENVY OF THE WORLD, AS STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE
GLOBE CLAMOR TO ATTEND ANY NUMBER OF OUR INSTITUTIONS OF
HIGHER EDUCATION. THE “TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION
WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS” IS A GOOD EXAMPLE.
ACCORDING TO THIS LIST, 17 OF THE WORLD’S TOP 25 UNIVERSITIES, THAT’S 2/3, ARE IN THE UNITED
STATES. THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA CLARK KERR OBSERVED THIS YEARS AGO —
THE UNITED STATES HAS OVERALL THE MOST EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF
HIGHER EDUCATION THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. NEVER HAS THERE BEEN A NEED TO
MAKE A MORE COMPELLING CASE FOR PUBLIC SUPPORT OF HIGHER
EDUCATION THAN THERE IS RIGHT NOW.
NOTWITHSTANDING, IT SEEMS THAT THIS IS NOT NEW.
CONSIDER THE WORDS OF OUR VERY FIRST PRESIDENT IN HIS FIRST
MESSAGE TO CONGRESS, AND I QUOTE —
THERE IS NOTHING WHICH CAN BETTER DESERVE YOUR PATRONAGE
THAN THE PROMOTION OF SCIENCE AND LITERATURE.
THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE, GEORGE WASHINGTON CONTINUED, IS
THE SUREST BASIS OF PUBLIC HAPPINESS AND ESSENTIAL TO THE
SECURITY OF A FREE CONSTITUTION. THAT, MY FRIENDS, WAS GEORGE
WASHINGTON’S STATEMENT IN 1790. SO FAST FORWARD TO THE CLASS OF
2018, AND WE EXTEND TO YOU OUR HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS.
I SINCERELY HOPE THE EVENTS OF TODAY WILL REMAIN WITH YOU
FOREVER, AS BOTH A WONDERFUL MEMORY OF YOUR TIME AT EASTERN,
BUT ALSO AS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE NEED TO KEEP LEARNING. JUST BECAUSE YOU LEAVE THE
UNIVERSITY TODAY WITH A DIPLOMA TODAY DOES NOT MEAN YOUR QUEST
TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE, TO BETTER YOURSELF, TO EXPAND YOUR
ABILITIES HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AND COMPLETED.
ON THE CONTRARY. AS THE NAME OF TODAY’S
PROCEEDINGS SUGGESTS, “COMMENCEMENT,” THIS IS WHERE
THE REAL LEARNING JUST BEGINS. NOW IS THE CHANCE TO SEE WHERE
THAT EASTERN DEGREE CAN TAKE YOU, AND IT’S A CHANCE FOR THE
YOUTH TO SHOW THE WORLD JUST HOW VALUABLE HIGHER EDUCATION IS TO
YOU AND TO OUR SOCIETY. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER CALLED
EDUCATION, “THE KEY TO UNLOCK THE GOLDEN DOOR OF FREEDOM.” CONSIDER WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU
IN YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES.
YOUR COMPLETED DEGREE FROM EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
SIGNIFIES THAT YES YOU HAVE FREEDOM FROM ANY MORE COURSE
WORK OR STUDY GROUPS OR EXAMS OR RESEARCH PAPERS.
BUT MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT ALSO SIGNIFIES THIS —
THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATH.
FREEDOM FROM IGNORANCE AND MISCONCEPTIONS AND FAKE NEWS.
FREEDOM TO COME TO YOUR OWN DECISIONS AND DRAW YOUR OWN
CONCLUSIONS. FREEDOM TO PURSUE WHATEVER YOU
WANT TO DO, AND THE FREEDOM TO DO GOOD, AND TO LEAVE A POSITIVE
MARK IN WHATEVER FIELD OF ENDEAVOR YOU FOLLOW.
WHAT AN AMAZING AND GLORIOUS FEELING THIS IS. SO AS YOU LEAVE EASTERN, I HOPE
YOU’VE NEVER, EVER FELT MORE FREE IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.
THE WORLD TRULY IS AT YOUR FEET, AND YOU ARE LIMITED ONLY BY YOUR
OWN EXPECTATIONS AND YOUR DESIRE TO WORK HARD AND INVEST IN
YOURSELF. AND WE WISH YOU THE VERY BEST. AND FINALLY, PLEASE REMEMBER THE
WORDS OF THE INIMITABLE DALAI LAMA, WHO SAID —
BE KIND WHENEVER POSSIBLE. IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE.
CONGRATULATIONS, AND GO COLONELS! THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, PRESIDENT BENSON. PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS,
DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, FACULTY AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR JOINING
US TO CELEBRATE WITH OUR GRADUATES THIS MILESTONE IN
THEIR LIVES. AS WE OPEN TONIGHT’S CEREMONY, I
WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE SOME SPECIAL INDIVIDUALS ON THE
PLATFORM. CRAIG TURNER, BOARD OF REGENTS
CHAIR FROM LEXINGTON. JUAN CASTRO, REGENT, FROM
LEXINGTON. RICHARD DAY, FACULTY REGENT FROM
RICHMOND. LEWIS DIAZ, REGENT FROM
COVINGTON. LAURA JACKSON, STUDENT REGENT,
FROM BARBOURVILLE. BRYAN MAKINEN, STAFF REGENT,
FROM RICHMOND. DANA FOHL, PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL.
DAVID MCFADDIN, PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL.
AND BARRY POYNTER, PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL. FROM THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND
TECHNOLOGY — ASSOCIATE DEAN DR. ED DAVIS.
AND OUR DEPARTMENT CHAIRS — FROM THE SCHOOL OF APPLIED
SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY, DR. TIM ROSS.
AND CAPTAIN CHAD CASSIDY, STANDING IN FOR LIEUTENANT
COLONEL DARELL ROBINSON. AND FROM THE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS,
DR. WEILING ZHUANG AND DR. TRISH ISAACS.
OUR MACE BEARER THIS EVENING IS DR. MATTHEW WINSLOW, CHAIR OF
THE FACULTY SENATE. AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO MR. JOHN
STRADA FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION, THE “VOICE FROM
ABOVE” AND COMMENCEMENT READER FOR THIS EVENING.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN GREETING OUR SPECIAL GUESTS AND IN EXPRESSING
OUR APPRECIATION FOR THEIR DEDICATED SERVICE TO EKU AND TO
HIGHER EDUCATION. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] TONIGHT, WE HONOR 267 BACHELOR’S DEGREES, 29 MASTER’S DEGREES, AND 28 ASSOCIATE DEGREES, FOR A
TOTAL OF 324 DEGREE CANDIDATES. [ APPLAUSE ]
BEFORE WE MOVE ON, THERE IS ONE SENIOR FROM THE COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY DESERVING SPECIAL RECOGNITION —
THE 2018 CBT DISTINGUISHED SENIOR, MISS CHRISTINA GREER
NEWTON. CHRISTINA, WHO GRADUATED IN
DECEMBER, IS UNABLE TO BE WITH US IN PERSON THIS EVENING.
SHE EARNED HER BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN HORTICULTURE — LANDSCAPE AND
NURSERY — SUMMA CUM LAUDE. AND SHE HAS ALREADY BEGUN HER
CAREER IN MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA. EVERY YEAR, THE COLLEGE’S FIVE
DISTINGUISHED SENIORS, ONE FROM EACH OF OUR DEPARTMENTS AND
PROGRAMS, ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE FACULTY.
RECIPIENTS ARE CHOSEN FOR SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
COUPLED WITH EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP,
CHARACTER, AND SERVICE. FROM THIS GROUP, A SINGLE
INDIVIDUAL IS SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY AS ITS DISTINGUISHED SENIOR TO BE
RECOGNIZED AT THE EKU SCHOLAR’S ASSEMBLY, AS WELL AS TODAY’S
CONVOCATION CEREMONIES. CHRISTINA IS HIGHLY REGARDED BY
HER PEERS AND FACULTY ALIKE. KNOWN TO BE RESPECTFUL,
TALENTED, ENERGETIC, AND VERY DETERMINED TO BE SUCCESSFUL, SHE
EARNED A FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT OFFER FROM HER MOSMILLER SCHOLAR INTERNSHIP, WHICH, BY THE WAY,
IS ONE INCREDIBLY COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM.
LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND SELECTION AS
THIS YEAR’S CBT DISTINGUISHED SENIOR WITH A BIG ROUND OF
APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ] CHRISTINA, IF YOU ARE WATCHING
ON LIVE FEED, CONGRATULATIONS FOR A JOB VERY WELL DONE! AS A STUDENT AT EKU.
THIS EVENING’S GRADUATES ALSO INCLUDE MANY WHO HAVE ACHIEVED
ACADEMIC DISTINCTION. WE’RE PROUD OF ALL THOSE WHO ARE
GRADUATING WITH HONORS, BUT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE AT THIS TIME A
FEW GROUPS IN PARTICULAR. IF YOU WOULD, PLEASE HOLD YOUR
APPLAUSE UNTIL EVERYONE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED. WOULD ALL THOSE WHO ARE
GRADUATING THIS EVENING FROM THE NATIONALLY PROMINENT HONORS
PROGRAM AS HONORS SCHOLARS PLEASE STAND AND REMAIN STANDING
STANDING? HONORS SCHOLARS?
WILL YOU STAND? THANK YOU. WOULD ALL THOSE WHO ARE
GRADUATING SUMMA CUM LAUDE WITH A 3.9 GPA OR HIGHER PLEASE STAND
AND REMAIN STANDING? WOULD THE CANDIDATES WHO ARE
GRADUATING MAGNA CUM LAUDE WITH A 3.7 TO 3.89 GPA PLEASE STAND
AND REMAIN STANDING? WOULD THE CANDIDATES WHO ARE
GRADUATING CUM LAUDE WITH A 3.5 TO 3.69 GPA ALSO PLEASE STAND
AND REMAIN STANDING? NOW, WOULD ALL THOSE GRADUATES
WHO ARE MEMBERS OF EKU’S HIGHEST MULTI-DISCIPLINARY HONOR
SOCIETY, PHI KAPPA PHI, ALSO STAND? LET US HONOR ALL OF THESE
OUTSTANDING STUDENT SCHOLARS. WITH A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YOU MAY BE SEATED.
THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS, AS WELL, TO ALL
THE OTHERS WHO ARE GRADUATING WITH HONORS THIS EVENING.
FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN
KNOWN AS A SCHOOL OF OPPORTUNITY, AND WE WILL ALWAYS
BE PROUD OF THAT DISTINCTION. I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED TO
ACKNOWLEDGE THIS EVENING THE MANY FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE
GRADUATES WHO ARE EARNING A DEGREE.
THIS MEANS THAT NEITHER THEIR PARENTS NOR ANYONE IN ANY
EARLIER GENERATION WAS A COLLEGE GRADUATE.
WILL ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES WHO ARE THE FIRST
GENERATION IN THEIR FAMILIES TO EARN A COLLEGE DEGREE PLEASE
STAND? I, TOO, AM A FIRST-GENERATION
COLLEGE GRADUATE. AND I APPLAUD YOUR
ACCOMPLISHMENT. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY HAS
STRONG FAMILY TIES. SOME OF OUR GRADUATES’ PARENTS
AND EVEN GRANDPARENTS HAVE GRADUATED FROM EKU.
WILL ALL OF OUR MULTI-GENERATIONAL CANDIDATES,
ALONG WITH THEIR ALUMNI PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, PLEASE STAND
AND BE RECOGNIZED? MULTIGENERATIONAL CANDIDATES,
PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. THIS IS ALSO THE TIME WE
RECOGNIZE THE MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS
OF THESE CANDIDATES WITH RESOURCES, ENCOURAGEMENT,
OCCASIONAL CAJOLING, LOVE, AND UNDERSTANDING.
NOW I ASK THE FOLLOWING TO STAND AS YOU ARE RECOGNIZED, AND
REMAIN STANDING SO THAT WE MAY WELCOME AND HONOR YOU AS A
GROUP. WILL THE PARENTS OF THE
CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION PLEASE STAND? WILL THE SPOUSES OF THE
CANDIDATES PLEASE STAND? WILL THE GRANDPARENTS OF THE
CANDIDATES PLEASE STAND? WILL THE CHILDREN AND OTHER
FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE CANDIDATES PLEASE STAND? AND WILL THE FACULTY AND STAFF
WHO HAVE INSTRUCTED AND SERVED THESE CANDIDATES PLEASE STAND? DEGREE CANDIDATES, PLEASE JOIN
ME IN SHOWING YOUR APPRECIATION FOR THESE VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE
IN YOUR LIVES WITH A GENEROUS ROUND OF APPLAUSE. CANDIDATES, LET’S CONGRATULATE
OUR FAMILIES. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YOU MAY BE SEATED.
THANK YOU THIS SPRING, A MEMBER OF THE
GRADUATING CLASS HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE HONOR OF
PRESENTING A STUDENT CONVOCATION ADDRESS. TONIGHT, THAT HONOR BELONGS TO
KELLY CHRISTINE ARMOUR, FROM BUTLER, KENTUCKY.
SHE IS EARNING HER BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN AGRICULTURE EDUCATION
TONIGHT. WORDS LIKE “UNIQUE, GIFTED, AND
INVOLVED” HARDLY DESCRIBE HER LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT IN THE EKU
COMMUNITY. IN ADDITION TO SERVING IN
MULTIPLE LEADERSHIP ROLES, SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE AGRICULTURE
HONOR SOCIETY DELTA TAU ALPHA. KELLY IS AN EKU AGRICULTURE
AMBASSADOR, REPRESENTING THE UNIVERSITY TO THOUSANDS OF
POTENTIAL STUDENTS AT THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION. AND KELLY WAS ON LAST SPRING’S
WINNING RESEARCH TEAM FOR THE DR. GLEN KLEIN CAPSTONE AWARDS,
A CLEAN WATER RESEARCH PROJECT FIRST PRESENTED AT THE ALLTECH
INNOVATION COMPETITION. SHARING IN KELLY’S SPECIAL DAY
ARE HER MOTHER AND FATHER, TRISH AND JIM ARMOUR, BOTH SETS OF
GRANDPARENTS, THE ARMOURS AND HANRAHANS, HER AUNT AND UNCLE, KAREN AND TOM MOLLOY, AND HER
SIGNIFICANT OTHER, LUKE BANFIELD. I KNOW THEY ARE ALL PROUD OF
KELLY, AS ARE WE. IT IS MY PLEASURE AND PRIVILEGE
NOW TO INTRODUCE THE STUDENT SPEAKER FOR THIS EVENING’S
CONVOCATION PROGRAM, KELLY CHRISTINE ARMOUR. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>THANK YOU, DEAN EREKSON. PRESIDENT BENSON, DEAN EREKSON,
FACULTY, FELLOW STUDENTS, AND GUESTS — I WOULD LIKE TO START BY SAYING
I AM HONORED TO BE SPEAKING TO YOU TODAY.
ON BEHALF OF MY CLASSMATES AND MYSELF, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE
FACULTY, STAFF, AND ADVISORS HERE AT EKU, ESPECIALLY IN THE
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY, AND OF COURSE, OUR
FAMILIES THAT HELPED US ACHIEVE OUR GOALS.
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK MY MOM AND DAD, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND BOYFRIEND FOR THEIR
UNWAVERING SUPPORT, MY WONDERFUL PROFESSORS IN THE AGRICULTURE
DEPARTMENT FOR DEEPENING MY LOVE OF AGRICULTURE, AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, MY ADVISOR,
DR. MCDERMOTT, FOR SEEING THE POTENTIAL IN ME AND PUSHING ME
TO BE A BETTER STUDENT EVERY DAY. REFLECTING UPON MY YEARS AT EKU,
I HAVE REALIZED I THINK OF MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE HERE AS A
BOOK, A BOOK I INITIALLY THOUGHT MIGHT HAVE TO BE TITLED “4 YEARS
OF FAILURE,” OR “HOW TO RUIN YOUR FUTURE IN JUST 4 SHORT
YEARS.” BUT MY BOOK HAS TURNED OUT FAR
BETTER THAN I EVER COULD HAVE HOPED.
LET ME TAKE YOU THROUGH THAT BOOK, AND SHARE SOME OF THE
LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED FROM ITS PAGES. THE PROLOGUE WAS THE CAMPUS
VISIT AND ORIENTATION, BUT THE REAL STORY BEGINS WITH CHAPTER
1, FRESHMAN YEAR. JUST AS I AM SURE MANY OTHER
FIRST-TIME STUDENTS STRUGGLED TO ADJUST TO COLLEGE LIFE, I REALLY
STRUGGLED TO FIND MYSELF MY FRESHMAN YEAR. MOVING AWAY FROM HOME, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND PETS IS A HUGE
ADJUSTMENT. ADD TO THAT THE DIFFICULTIES OF
BECOMING ACCUSTOMED TO A NEW WAY OF STUDYING, A WHOLE NEW WAY OF LIFE!
FEAR STOPPED ME FROM LIVING TO MY FULL POTENTIAL DURING THIS
YEAR. I FEARED FAILING: FAILING MY
CLASSES, FAILING TO MAKE FRIENDS, AND FAILING TO ACHIEVE
MY DREAMS. AS MUCH AS I WAS IN LOVE WITH
EKU, I DID NOT FULLY GRASP ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT EKU
OFFERED ME. MY LESSON FROM CHAPTER 1: DON’T
LET FEAR HOLD YOU BACK FROM CHASING YOUR DREAMS.
CHAPTER 2, OR OUR SOPHOMORE YEAR, WAS MET WITH NEW
CHALLENGES. CLASSES GOT MORE EXCITING AND
RIGOROUS AS WE MOVED ON FROM GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES, TO CLASSES THAT RELATED TO OUR
MAJOR. AFTER SITTING IN MY DORM ROOM
FOR A YEAR, I FINALLY DECIDED TO GET INVOLVED AND SEE WHAT EKU
HAD TO OFFER ME. I STARTED AN INTRAMURAL
VOLLEYBALL TEAM WITH MY ROOMMATES, JOINED MANY DIFFERENT
ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS AGRICULTURE CLUB AND KENTUCKY
EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AND STARTED ATTENDING DIFFERENT SCHOOL EVENTS, SUCH AS FOOTBALL
GAMES, WORKOUT CLASSES AND DEPARTMENT EVENTS.
WHILE I STILL FELT THE NAGGING PRESSURE OF FAILING, THOSE FIRST
STEPS OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE WERE THE FIRST STEPS IN
OVERCOMING MY FEARS. MY LESSON FROM CHAPTER 2 —
DON’T BE AFRAID TO STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND GET
INVOLVED IN ORDER TO LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST.
YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOUR STEPS MAY LEAD YOU.
CHAPTER 3, OUR JUNIOR YEAR. THE STORY BEGAN TO TAKE A MORE
DRAMATIC TURN. THE CHALLENGES GOT TOUGHER AND
THE OBSTACLES REQUIRED MORE EFFORT.
IN ADDITION TO THE CHANGES HAPPENING IN MY CURRICULUM, I
HAD MOVED TO AN APARTMENT OFF CAMPUS, WHICH WAS A BIG
ADJUSTMENT. HOWEVER, COLLEGE BECAME LESS ABOUT “WHAT IF I FAIL,” BUT
INSTEAD BECAME “HOW SUCCESSFUL CAN I BE?” THIS YEAR WAS TRULY THE TURNING
THE POINT IN MY COLLEGE CAREER. I BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE AG
CLUB AND VP OF KEA. I PARTICIPATED IN RESEARCH
PROJECTS. I BECAME AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE
AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL TO
INDIANAPOLIS AND NUMEROUS HIGH SCHOOLS TO PROMOTE EKU AND
AGRICULTURE. MY LESSON FROM CHAPTER 3: WHEN
YOU ARE NOT AFRAID OF FAILURE, YOU’LL BE AMAZED WHAT YOU CAN
ACCOMPLISH. CHAPTER 4, SENIOR YEAR.
COLLEGE BECAME LESS ABOUT AN EXTENSION OF HIGH SCHOOL, AND
MORE ABOUT THE PATHWAY TO ADULT LIFE AND THE FUTURE.
OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, EKU HAS TRULY BECOME OUR HOME.
I LEARNED HOW TO STEP OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND BE WHO I TRULY
AM. WITH THE TRAINING AND MENTORING
I HAVE RECEIVED HERE AT EKU, AND IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY, I AM READY TO FACE
THE CHALLENGES OF A CAREER IN AGRICULTURE EDUCATION.
CHAPTER 4 HAS A GREAT ENDING. WE ARE ALL HERE TODAY TO PROVE
IT. MY LESSON FROM CHAPTER 4 —
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SUCCEED IN YOUR CAREER, BECAUSE WE’RE ABOUT
TO DO IT. LOOKING BACK, I NOW REALIZE MY BOOK WAS ACTUALLY TITLED
“FAILING WAS NEVER AN OPTION.” HOWEVER, MY BOOK IS NOT
FINISHED. I KNOW MY STORY WILL CONTINUE TO
EVOLVE, AND THE TITLE MAY CHANGE MANY TIMES, BUT WHAT I LEARNED AT EKU IS THAT THERE WON’T BE
ANY CHAPTERS OR TITLES OR PARAGRAPHS THAT CONTAIN THE
PHRASE, “I GAVE UP.” J.K. ROWLING, ONE OF MY FAVORITE
AUTHORS, SAID IN A GRADUATION SPEECH AT HARVARD IN 2008,
“DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL. IT CAN LEAD TO SUCCESS.”
FEAR OF FAILURE HELD ME BACK FOR MANY YEARS OF MY LIFE.
COLLEGE HELPED ME DISCOVER WHO I AM, WHAT I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT,
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, NOT TO LET THE FEAR OF FAILURE HOLD ME
BACK. WE ALL NEED TO TAKE
MS. ROWLING’S ADVICE AS WE WRITE THE NEXT CHAPTERS OF OUR BOOKS.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE CHANCES. DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SUCCEED. DON’T BE AFRAID TO START YOUR
OWN BUSINESS. DON’T BE AFRAID TO LOVE.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE YOU. EKU HAS GIVEN US THE TOOLS TO
SUCCEED IN LIFE, AND TO AUTHOR OUR OWN STORIES OF SUCCESS. NOW IT’S TIME TO WRITE THE REST
OF OUR MASTERPIECE. CONGRATS, CLASS OF 2018!
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, KELLY. THE FUTURE IS IN GREAT HANDS AS
WE GRADUATE YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE KELLY.
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER THIS EVENING
IS MS. JERI L. ISBELL. JERI EARNED HER BBA IN
ACCOUNTING FROM EKU, IS A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT, AND
WENT ON TO EARN HER MBA FROM XAVIER UNIVERSITY. JERI IS AN EXPERIENCED HUMAN
RESOURCES, FINANCE, AND ACCOUNTING EXECUTIVE, AND IS A
HIGHLY ENGAGED COMMUNITY LEADER. DURING HER REMARKABLE CAREER,
JERI ACCUMULATED OVER TEN YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS THE VICE
PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES AT LEXMARK INTERNATIONAL, WITH
SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE IN AND PASSION FOR EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT
AND MENTORING, EXECUTIVE SUCCESSION PLANNING, DIVERSITY,
AND INCLUSION. FOR MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS, SHE SERVED AS THE U.S. CONTROLLER
AND VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE FOR THEIR LARGEST DIVISION.
JERI HAS SERVED ON THE NATIONAL GEM CONSORTIUM BOARD — THAT’S
GRADUATE EDUCATION FOR MINORITIES — AND THE NATURE
CONSERVANCY KENTUCKY CHAPTER BOARD.
SHE HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ATKORE
INTERNATIONAL, IS SERVING ON THE AUDIT COMMITTEE AND IS
CHAIRPERSON OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE. JERI HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SITEONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY, WHERE SHE
CHAIRS THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE AND SERVES ON THE
GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE. YOU CAN SEE THAT HER LOVE OF
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY RUNS DEEP.
SHE HAS ALSO CHAIRED THE LEXINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
BOARD, SERVED ON THE KENTUCKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS, KENTUCKY JUDICIAL COMPENSATION COMMISSION,
LEXINGTON CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND FINANCE
COUNCIL, CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF LEXINGTON FINANCE COUNCIL, AND
THE YMCA OF THE BLUEGRASS. JERI HAS THREE GROWN CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDSONS, AND IN HER
SPARE TIME, ENJOYS TRAVEL, HIKING AND KAYAKING.
AS WE WELCOME JERI TO THE PODIUM PODIUM, I HAVE ONE VERY EXCITING
ANNOUNCEMENT. YOU’RE THE FIRST TO HEAR THIS.
SHE WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THIS YEAR’S EKU HALL OF DISTINGUISHED
ALUMNI. PLEASE GIVE A WARM EKU WELCOME
TO MS. JERI ISBELL. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>THANK YOU, DR. EREKSON, FOR THAT INTRODUCTION.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY CLASS OF 2018.
IT IS AN HONOR FOR ME TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY, AND TO SHARE IN
THIS WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT EACH OF YOU’VE HAVE
ACHIEVED. YOU HAVE CHOSEN WELL IN EASTERN,
AN ACCREDITED PROGRAM THAT’S GIVING YOU A WONDERFUL
FOUNDATION. INSPIREING FUTURES AND LIFE LONG
FRIENDS. I KNOW FOR ME EASTERN IS EACH OF
THOSE THINGS AND THAT MY DEGREE FROM EASTERN IS THE UNDERPINNING
OF ALL MY SUCCESS. AS I STAND HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY
TODAY, I THINK TO MYSELF: WHAT CAN I SAY THAT WILL BE IMPACTFUL
IMPACTFUL, OR EVEN MEMORABLE? WHAT CAN I SAY THAT WILL MAKE A
DIFFERENCE? AND WHAT I THINK ABOUT IS THIS
THIS — AT THE END OF YOUR DAYS, YOUR
LIFE WILL HAVE BEEN WHAT YOU PAID ATTENTION TO. THAT SOUNDS SO STRAIGHTFORWARD.
YOUR LIFE WILL HAVE BEEN WHAT YOU PAID ATTENTION TO. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT MAKES
THIS HARD TO DO AND IMPORTANT TO DO. AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE MAKING
YOUR CHOICES, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE ACTIVE DECISIONS, NOT
PASSIVE ONES. BE INTENTIONAL IN YOUR CHOICES. AND ONLY SAY YES TO THINGS YOU
WANT TO SAY YES TO, NOT TO THE THINGS YOU THINK YOU SHOULD THE. SO HOW WILL THESE DECISIONS
MANIFEST THEMSELVES IN YOUR LIVES?
IN YOUR CAREER, CHOOSE THE JOBS THAT SHOWCASE ALL OF YOUR
STRENGTHS, NOT YOUR WEAKNESSES. DON’T LET A BOSS PUSH YOU INTO A
JOB THAT YOU DON’T THINK YOU WOULD ENJOY.
THIS IS YOUR CAREER ,AND YOU NEED TO BE DRIVING IT FOR WHAT
PUTS YOUR BEST ASSETS FORWARD AND HIGHLIGHTS THE VERY BEST OF
YOU. IF YOU DO VOLUNTEER WORK OR
COMMUNITY SERVICE, SAY YES TO THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU
ADMIRE THE WORK THAT THEY DO, AND THAT YOU WILL BE AROUND
PEOPLE YOU RESPECT. AND FINALLY, CHOOSE YOUR LIFE
PARTNER WELL. CHOOSE SOMEONE WHO SUPPORTS YOU
IN ALL OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND CHEERS YOU ON EVERY STEP OF
THE WAY, AND IS A REAL PARTNER IN ALL LIFE MATTERS.
SO LET’S COME BACK TO THE CAREER DISCUSSION.
BECAUSE IT’S WHAT’S ON EACH OF YOUR MINDS TODAY.
IN THE EARLY PHASES OF YOUR CAREER, YOU WILL BE KNOWN FOR
YOUR TECHNICAL ABILITIES, RELY RELYING ON MUCH OF WHAT YOU HAVE
LEARNED HERE AT EASTERN. AND AS YOU PROGRESS THROUGH YOUR
CAREER, YOU WILL BE KNOWN FOR YOUR EQ, OR YOUR EMOTIONAL
INTELLIGENCE. HOW WELL DO YOU WORK WITH OTHERS
OTHERS? DO YOU WORK WELL ON A TEAM?
DO YOU SHOW EMPATHY? ARE YOU A GOOD COMMUNICATEOR OR
FACILITATOR? ARE YOU ACCEPTING OF DIVERSE
CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS? THESE ARE THE SKILLS THAT WILL
START SETTING YOU APART IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY IN YOUR
PROFESSIONAL CAREER. I’M SURE AT TAMES, IT IS
OVERWHELMING TO THINK ABOUT ALL THE DECISIONS YOU HAVE TO MAKE.
AS I LOOK BACK ON MY OWN LIFE, I SEE THAT I HAVE CENTERED MY
CHOICES AROUND FEES FIVE Fs — Fs —
FAMILY, FRIENDS, FINANCES, FITNESS, AND FAITH.
AND AS I HAVE MOVED CLOSER TO RETIREMENT AND INTO RETIREMENT
I’VE ADDED ANOTHER F CALLED “FUN “FUN.”
SO IF YOU MAKE GOOD CHOICES EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AROUND
YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, FINANCES, FITNESS, FAITH, AND FUN, YOU
WILL HAVE CHOSEN WELL, AND WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THE SUMMATION
OF ALL OF YOUR LIFE, YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH WHAT CHOICES YOU MADE
MADE, AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU PAID ATTENTION TO.
THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE IN EACH OF YOUR LIVES, ONE THAT
YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF AND VERY THANKFUL FOR.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, AND THANK YOU.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU SO MUCH, MS.
ISBELL. PRESIDENT MICHAEL BENSON AND
PROVOST WHITEHOUSE WILL NOW PROCEED WITH THE FORMAL
CONFERRING OF DEGREES ON OUR GRADUATES.
CANDIDATES, AS YOUR DEGREE IS CALLED, PLEASE STAND AND REMAIN
STANDING UNTIL THE FINAL GROUP IS CALLED.>>PRESIDENT BENSON, DEAN JERRY
POGATSHNIK WILL PRESENT CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATE DEGREES. IN THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND
TECHNOLOGY.>>WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR
MASTERS DEGREES PLEASE STAND AND REMAIN STANDING. PRESIDENT BENSON, THESE
CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE FACULTY, AND I PRESENT THEM
TO YOU FOR THE CONFERRING OF THEIR DEGREES.>>PRESIDENT BENSON, DEAN TOM
EREKSON WILL PRESENT CANDIDATES FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES.>>WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR
BACCALAUREATE DEGREES PLEASE STAND AND REMAIN STANDING. BACHELOR DEGREE CANDIDATES
PLEASE STAND AND REMAIN STANDING STANDING.
WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREES PLEASE STAND
AND REMAIN STANDING. PRESIDENT BENSON, THESE
CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE FACULTY, AND I PRESENT THEM
TO YOU FOR THE CONFERRING OF THEIR DEGREES.>>PRESIDENT BENSON, WITH THE
RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY, THE DEANS AND I PRESENT THESE
CANDIDATES TO YOU FOR THE CONFERRING OF THEIR DEGREES.>>CANDIDATES, THE
LONG-ANTICIPATED HOUR HAS COME. YOU ARE HERE WITH FAMILY AND
LOVED ONES LOOKING ON. THE FACULTY AND OFFICERS OF THE
UNIVERSITY ARE GATHERED IN WITNESS AND TESTIMONY TO YOUR
CONDUCT AND PURPOSE. THEREFORE, BY VIRTUE OF THE
AUTHORITY GRANTED ME BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF EASTERN
KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, AND WITH THE FACULTY’S RECOMMENDATION, IT
IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO CONFER UPON EACH OF YOU THE APPROPRIATE
DEGREE, AND DO HEREBY VEST EACH OF YOU WITH THE RIGHTS AND
PRIVILEGES PERTAINING TO THAT DEGREE. ONCE VERIFIED BY FINAL GRADES,
YOUR DIPLOMA WILL BE CONFIRMED AND ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE GREAT
SEAL OF EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY. CONGRATULATIONS.
CANDIDATES, PLEASE BE SEATED.>>TONIGHT, THE COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY WILL CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF
OUR MASTERS DEGREE CANDIDATES WITH OUR TRADITIONAL HOODING. DR. POGATSHNIK, DEAN OF GRADUATE
STUDIES AND RESEARCH, IS WITH US TONIGHT FOR THE FORMAL HOODING
CEREMONY. DR. POGATSHNIK, WILL YOU PLEASE
COME FORWARD? AND WILL THE HONORED FACULTY
MARSHALS PLEASE GUIDE THE MASTERS DEGREE CANDIDATES TO THE
STAGE? JOHN STRADA WILL NOW READ THE
NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES. OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE
GRADUATES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE TO BE CALLED
NEXT, I ASK THAT YOU REMAIN SEATED AND HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE
UNTIL ALL THE GRADUATES HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AND THE
RECESSIONAL BEGINS. THANK YOU.>>BEFORE WE CALL OUR
UNDERGRADUATE CANDIDATES TO THE STAGE, WE HAVE A VERY SPECIAL
PRESENTATION. LIFE CAN SOMETIMES TAKE US IN
UNEXPECTED DIRECTIONS. I’M SURE MANY OF YOU HERE CAN
RELATE TO THAT. BACK IN 1964, OUR FIRST UNDERGRADUATE CANDIDATE TONIGHT
WAS SET TO GRADUATE WHEN OBSTACLES PREVENTED HIM FROM
REACHING HIS GOAL. THE TRUE TEST OF CHARACTER IS
HOW WE REACT IN THE FACE OF THE UNEXPECTED.
IT CAN TRULY BE SAID THAT THIS INDIVIDUAL HAS WELL SURPASSED
THE EXPECTATIONS OF AN ORDINARY PERSON. HE TOOK WHAT HE HAD LEARNED AT
EKU AND STARTED HIS CAREER IN MORTGAGE BANKING. AFTER LEARNING THE ROPES, HE
FORMED HIS OWN FINANCIAL GROUP WHICH, TODAY, ARRANGES
MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR COMMERCIAL LOANS FOR BUSINESSES ALL OVER
THE U.S., AS WELL AS CENTRAL AMERICA.
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, AND A CAREFUL REVIEW OF HIS ACADEMIC
RECORD, IT WAS QUITE APPARENT THAT HE HAD EARNED THE HONOR OF
BECOMING AN EKU ALUM. THIS EVENING, MR. WALTER LEROY
DAVIDSON IS EARNING HIS BACHELOR OF ARTS, GENERAL STUDIES.
ROY, WILL YOU PLEASE COME UP TO THE STAGE SO THAT PRESIDENT
BENSON MAY PRESENT YOUR DIPLOMA? [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ROY, DID YOU SAY IT’S YOUR
BIRTHDAY TODAY? IT’S ROY’S BIRTHDAY.
HE’S 85 YEARS YOUNG TODAY. CONGRATULATIONS.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YOU CAN CERTAINLY SAY THAT WE
BELIEVE IN LIFELONG LEARNING HERE AT EKU.
NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. WE’LL MOVE ON.
IT IS NOW TIME TO RECOGNIZE UNDERGRADUATE CANDIDATES FROM
THE SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE SCHOOL OF
BUSINESS. WILL THE HONORED FACULTY
MARSHALS PLEASE GUIDE THE UNDERGRADUATE CANDIDATES TO THE
STAGE. DEPARTMENT CHAIRS, PLEASE JOIN
ME HERE AT THE PODIUM AS YOUR DEPARTMENT IS CALLED. JOHN STRADA WILL NOW READ THE
NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES. AND AGAIN, PLEASE HOLD YOUR
APPLAUSE UNTIL EVERYONE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED. [ CONFERRING OF DEGREES ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HOW
ABOUT ONE MORE BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR PROFESSOR JOHN STRA
STRADA AND ALL THOSE NAMES. WELL DONE, PROFESSOR.
[ APPLAUSE ] GRADUATES, THE MOMENT FOR WHICH
YOU HAVE WORKED SO LONG AND HARD IS NOW AT HAND.
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, PLEASE MOVE YOUR TASSELS FROM THE RIGHT TO THE LEFT.
CONGRATULATIONS! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] IF I COULD PLEASE HAVE THE
FAMILY OF ROTC CADET TIMOTHY MICHAEL WHITEHOUSE PLEASE STAND.
THE FAMILY? CAPTAIN CHAD CASSIDY WILL NOW
ISSUE THE MILITARY OATH OF OFFICE TO ARMY ROTC CADET,
TIMOTHY MICHAEL WHITEHOUSE .
>>RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND. — STATE YOUR NAME —
DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
UNITED STATES AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND
DOMESTIC, THAT I WILL BEAR TRUE FAITH AND
ALLEGIANCE TO THE SAME. THAT I TAKE THIS OATH WITHOUT
PURPOSE OF EVASION, OR MENTAL RESERVATION. AND THAT I WILL WELL AND FAITHFULLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE OFFICE
ON WHICH I AM OBJECT TO ENTER, SO HELP ME GOD.
CONGRATULATIONS.>>THANK YOU.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>CONGRATULATIONS TO LIEUTENANT
WHITEHOUSE. NOW WOULD ALL OUR VETERANS
PLEASE STAND AND REMAIN STANDING SO THAT WE MAY RECOGNIZE YOUR
SERVICE. ALL VETERANS OF ALL BRANCHES,
PLEASE STAND AND REMAIN STANDING STANDING.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ON BEHALF OF A GRATEFUL
UNIVERSITY, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>ALUMNI ARE SO VERY IMPORTANT
IN THE LIFE OF A UNIVERSITY, AND WE ARE BLESSED AT EASTERN TO
HAVE THE LOYAL SUPPORT OF MORE THAN 135,000 ALUMNI.
HERE TO REPRESENT THE INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
IS THEIR VICE PRESIDENT, MR. BOB SULLIVAN, WHO WILL NOW OFFER
GREETINGS TO OUR NEWEST ALUMNI. [ APPLAUSE ]>>GRADUATES, YOU’RE JOINING A
VERY SPECIAL GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS — MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO ARE
ALUMNI TO THIS GREAT INSTITUTION.BY DISTINGUISHING
THEMSELVES IN THEIR CAREERS AND IN THEIR
COMMUNITIES. IN YOUR TIME HERE AT EASTERN
KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, I HOPE THAT IN ADDITION TO YOUR ACADEMICS,
YOU HAVE LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF SERVICE.
IT IS MY HOPE THAT AS YOU GO INTO YOUR COMMUNITIES AND INTO
THE WORKFORCE, THAT YOU’LL GIVE BACK WITH ACTS OF SERVICE.
AND THAT WHEN YOU ARE SETTLED INTO YOUR CAREER, YOU WILL CONSIDER GIVING OF YOUR TIME,
TALENTS, AND PRESSURE TO YOUR EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY. BY BEING A GRADUATE OF THIS
INSTITUTION IT GIVES ME GREAT PRIDE AND I’M ALWAYS SHARING
ABOUT THE CAMPUS BEAUTIFUL. I HOPE THAT YOU’LL FIND THE
OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE WITH OTHERS ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE
HERE. NOW, SPRING 2018 GRADUATES,
WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND. THANK YOU.
BY VIRTUE OF THE DEGREE CONFERRED UPON YOU BY THE
FACULTY AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY,
I HEREBY DECLARE YOU TO BE MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN KENTUCKY
UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, WITH ALL THE RIGHTS
AND PRIVILEGES OF MEMBERSHIP. CONGRATULATIONS, AND WELCOME.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] JUST LET ME SAY DEAN EREKSON
THAT YOU ALWAYS HAD THE BEST FAMILY REUNIONS.
THAT’S WHO WE ARE, IS FAMILY. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU GRADUATES.
THIS IS A HUGE DAY IN YOUR LIFE AND TO HAVE YOUR FAMILY AND
FRIENDS HERE MAKES THIS REALLY A GRAND REUNION.
COME BACK AND SEE US OFTEN. GO, COLONELS!
DEAN EREKSON? [ APPLAUSE ]
>>GRADUATES, I CERTAINLY EXTEND TO EACH OF YOU MY
CONGRATULATIONS AND THOSE OF MY COLLEAGUES. YOU DEPART THIS UNIVERSITY WITH
OUR BEST WISHES AND MOST SINCERE REGARD.
YOU LEAVE EKU A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF YOUR SERVICE AND
ACHIEVEMENTS. YOUR DIPLOMA IS MORE THAN JUST A
PIECE OF PAPER. IT IS YOUR TICKET INTO THE WORLD
OF EDUCATED PERSONS, AND AN INVITATION TO JOIN, FOR LIFE,
THE EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY FAMILY. FROM THIS TIME FORWARD, THE
NAME, THE TRADITIONS, THE INFLUENCE OF THIS UNIVERSITY ARE
FREELY YOURS, JUST AS YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS, YOUR SUCCESSES, INDEED THE TENOR OF YOUR LIFE,
WILL REFLECT FOREVER ON EKU. TO THE CLASS OF 2018, YOU
REPRESENT AN INCREDIBLY SMALL PORTION OF THE WORLD’S
POPULATION AS COLLEGE GRADUATES. YOU HAVE BEEN GRANTED AN AMAZING
OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. WHAT YOU DO WITH THIS KNOWLEDGE
AND YOUR EDUCATION IS THE ULTIMATE BAROMETER, AND WILL BE
THE STANDARD BY WHICH YOUR LIFE IS JUDGED.
SO AT THE CONCLUSION OF TONIGHT’S CEREMONY, I WOULD LIKE FOR EACH OF YOU TO FIND YOUR MOM
OR DAD OR ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND, GIVE THEM A HUG OF
APPRECIATION, AND LET THEM KNOW HOW PLEASED YOU ARE WITH HOW
MUCH THEY’VE LEARNED WHILE YOU’VE BEEN AWAY AT EASTERN
KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY. MOMS AND DADS, THESE STUDENTS
ARE REALLY GREAT. SEND US LOTS MORE JUST LIKE
THEM. BECAUSE WE WANT THEM HERE TO
BECOME COLONELS. AGAIN, AS WE CONCLUDE THIS
EVENING’S CEREMONIES, DO JOIN US FOR THE AFTER PARTY RIGHT NEXT
DOOR IN THE FRED DARLING GYM. RIGHT BEHIND HERE ON THE SECOND
FLOOR. WE ARE PLEASED TO SHARE WITH YOU
OUR VERY OWN ICE CREAM, BIZ-TEC BLAST!
THIS IS THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY, SO WE HAVE A
SPECIAL FLAVOR THAT WAS DEVELOPED SPECIFICALLY FOR OUR
COLLEGE BY MAD SCOOPS RIGHT HERE IN RICHMOND.
BIZ-TEC BLAST IS MADE FROM MILK PRODUCED AT EKU’S MEADOWBROOK
FARM, CHOCOLATE BERRY TRUFFLES, AND OF COURSE, IT’S MAROON!
ONCE YOU TASTE BIZ-TEC BLAST, YOU WILL BLEED MAROON AND WHITE
THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. BELIEVE ME.
IN ADDITION, SHOULD YOU START YOUR CAREER IN CHICAGO, ATLANTA,
NASHVILLE, OR ELSEWHERE, AND YOU GET A LITTLE HOMESICK FOR EKU
AND RICHMOND, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET A LITTLE TASTE OF EASTERN
SHIPPED TO YOU. OUR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
STUDENTS ARE WORKING WITH MAD SCOOPS TO DEVELOP THE PROCESSES
AND PROCEDURES TO SHIP BIZ-TEC BLAST TO HOMESICK CBT ALUMS
THROUGHOUT THE NATION. AGAIN, PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE
AFTER PARTY TO VISIT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND FACULTY AND
STAFF. TO ADD TO THE FUN, KENTUCKY PRO
DJ, JASON HENNINGER WILL BE DJ, JASON HENNINGER, WILL BE
PROVIDING A BIT OF PARTY MUSIC. AND DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE
CALORIES OR EXTRA SUGAR IN TONIGHT’S TREATS. SUGAR-FREE OPTIONS ARE
AVAILABLE. FOR YOU, OKAY.
AS THE RECESSIONAL BEGINS, PLEASE REMAIN STANDING UNTIL THE
PLATFORM PARTY HAS LEFT THE ARENA FLOOR.
NOW, FOR ONE LAST TIME, LET US RECOGNIZE WITH A HEARTY ROUND OF
APPLAUSE EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY’S NEWEST GRADUATES. AND NEWEST COLONELS.
[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]