Graduate School | Spring Commencement 2019

Graduate School | Spring Commencement 2019

October 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


>>>WELCOME TO KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT. GRADUATE STUDIES ARE THE
HALLMARK YOU’VE GREAT RESEARCH INSTITUTION.
AND SERVES SOCIETY THROUGH THE DISCOVERY OF KNOWLEDGE AND
CREATIVE ENDEAVORS. KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY GRANTED
ITS FIRST MASTER’S DEGREE IN 18731.
TODAY, THE UNIVERSITY OFFERS 107 LEVEL GRADUATE PROGRAMS TO MORE
THAN 4,000 STUDENTS. GRADUATE STUDENTS PLAY A CRUCIAL
ROLE IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE OF KANSAS.
THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE GLOBE.
IT ALL BEGINS WITH A PASSION FOR DISCOVERY.
FOR LEARNING. WHETHER IN THE ARTS, OR
ENGINEERING. IN THE LAB, IN THE FIELD, OR IN
A CLASSROOM. THIS PASSION FUELS SUCCESS.
RESULTING IN PRESTIGIOUS SCHOLARSHIPS.
FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS AND SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS.
WITH AN ESTEEMED AND DISTINGUISHED FACULTY TO MENTOR
THEM, THE GRADUATE EXPERIENCE AT K-STATE IS BE FITTING A WORLD
CLASS INSTITUTION. THE MACE, THE HOODING CEREMONY,
SYMBOLS OF THE HIGH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.
PLACING THEM AMONG THE MOST LEARNED PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. [ BAGPIPES PLAYING ] [ BAGPIPES BAGPIPES PLAYING ] [ ♪ POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE ♪ ♪ POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE ♪ ♪ POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE ♪ ♪ POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE ♪ ♪ POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE ♪ SPENCER McINTIRE IN SINGING “THE
NATIONAL ANTHEM.” ♪ O SAY, CAN YOU SEE AT THE
TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD
STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪ ♪ O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED
WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE THE
BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE
HAILED 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? ♪♪ GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME!
I AM CHARLES TABER, PROVOST AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO
WELCOME YOU TO THIS COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY.
BEFORE WE PROCEED, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE MEMBERS OF THE
PLATFORM PARTY. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL
EVERYONE HAS BEEN INTRODUCED. PLATFORM PARTY, AS I READ YOUR
NAME, PLEASE STAND. BEGINNING AT YOUR FAR LEFT, WE
HAVE: BONNIE RUSH, DEAN OF
VETERINARIAN MEDICINE. BETH AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND SPENCER WOOD, PRESIDENT, FACULTY
SENATE DEBBIE MERCER, DEAN, EDUCATION
SPENCER WOOD, PRESIDENT, FACULTY JOHN BUCKWALTER, DEAN, HUMAN
ECOLOGY RALPH RICHARDSON, DEAN, K-STATE
OLATHE DARREN DAWSON, DEAN, ENGINEERING KAREN PEDERSEN DEAN, K-STATE
GLOBAL CAMPUS MANTOLONE,TIM de NOBLE, DEAN, ARCHITECTURE,
PLANNING AND DESIGN LORI GOETSCH, DEAN, UNIVERSITY
LIBRARIES SUE PETERSON, ASSISTANT TO THE
PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS GARY
PRATT, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER JEFFERY MORRIS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
JAY STEPHENS, VICE PRESIDENT FOR HUMAN CAPITAL SERVICES PAT
BOSCO, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE, GRANT CHAPMAN,
ASSOCIATE PROVOST, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS GENE TAYLOR, DIRECTOR,
BRYAN SAMUEL, CHIEF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN GIVING THEM ALL A ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
[ APPLAUSE ] AND INCLUSION OFFICER MARSHALS:
GERARD KLUITENBERG, PROFESSOR, AGRONOMY EVAN TITGEMEYER,
INTERIM DEPARTMENT HEAD, ANIMAL SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY JOHN
MORRIS, ASSOCIATION PROFESSOR, ACCOUNTING ROYCE ANN COLLINS,
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP GLADE TOPHAM,
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES
MICHAEL YOUNG, DEPARTMENT HEAD, PROFESSOR, PSYCHOLOGICAL
SCIENCES ELLYN MULCAHY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, VETERINARY
MEDICINE KEITH HOHN, PROFESSOR, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING THE READER IS VINCENT CARLISLE.
GRADUATE SCHOOL. PLEASE JOIN ME AGAIN IN GIVING A
ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THESE PEOPLE.>>IT IS MY PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE MARK HUTTON. MARK HUTTON, ANDOVER, WAS
APPOINTED TO THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS BY GOVERNOR JEFF COLYER
IN 2018. HUTTON IS THE FOUNDER OF HUTTON
CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION IN WICHITA AND WORKED AS CEO UNTIL
2010. HUTTON ALSO SERVED AS A STATE
>>IT IS MY PLEASURE TO REPRESENTATIVE IN THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE FROM 2013 TO 2017. A 1977 GRADUATE OF KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE OBTAINED HIS BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT, HUTTON HAS SERVED
THE UNIVERSITY IN SEVERAL POSITIONS.
HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ADVISORY COUNCIL AND CHAIR OF THE CONSTRUCTION
SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. HE AND HIS WIFE, MARY, ARE
TRUSTEES OF THE KSU FOUNDATION. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING
REGENT HUTTON. [ APPLAUSE ]>>>GOOD AFTERNOON.
PRESIDENT MEYERS, PROVOST TABER, DEAN, DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF
THE FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS AND GUESTS AND FAMILY, IT IS MY
HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TODAY TO BRING YOU GREETINGS AND BEST
WISHES FROM THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS.
THANK YOU FOR INVITINGNY BE WITH YOU TODAY FOR THIS VERY
IMPORTANT EVENT. GRADUATES, CONGRATULATIONS FOR
YOUR AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS. YOU HAVE SPENT MANY YEARS
STUDYING, AND WORKING WITH DILIGENTLY TO FURTHER YOUR
EDUCATION. TO WHAT TODAY, WE ACKNOWLEDGE
YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. YOUR SUCCESS TODAY IS AN
EMBODIMENT OF ALL THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE EXCELLENCE OF
THIS INSTITUTION. YOUR DEDICATION IS A TESTAMENT
TO THE EXCELLENCE OF THE PEOPLE WHO COMPRISE THIS OUTSTANDING
INSTITUTION. YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS ARE A CREDIT
TO THOSE WHO PRECEDED YOU, AND WILL BE AN INSPIRATION TO THOSE
WHO WILL FOLLOW. AS YOUR SUCCESS BRINGS PRIDE AND
JOY TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND THEY GATHER TODAY TO
CELEBRATE WITH YOU. HIGHER EDUCATION REMAINS THE
BEST WAY FOR PEOPLE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR OWN LIVES.
TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND TO
CONTRIBUTE TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF OUR COMMUNITIES ENSURING OUR
STATE’S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. I URGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO
SUPPORT THIS UNIVERSITY, SO IT MAY CONTINUE ITS RICH TRADITION
OF SERVING ITS STUDENTS WITH EXCELLENCE.
I HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER STAYING IN KANSAS.
SO YOU CAN CREATE THE INDUSTRIES OF OUR FUTURE.
MAYBE DISCOVER THE NEXT TECHNICAL BREAK THROUGH, OR
WRITE THAT GREAT NEXT AMERICAN NOVEL.
LEAD OUR UNIVERSITIES. AND CONTINUE TO ENRICH OUR
STATE. TODAY, I LEAVE YOU WITH THREE
TAKEAWAYS THAT I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO REMEMBER.
FIRST, PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR LEARNING.
YOUR KNOWLEDGE JOURNEY AS YOU WELL KNOW IS NOT ENDING.
IT IS JUST BEGINNING. SECOND, LEVERAGE YOUR EDUCATION
FOR THE GREATER GOOD IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
THIS GREAT INSTITUTION IS HERE BECAUSE OF THOSE THAT WENT
BEFORE YOU, AND GAVE BACK IN SOME WAY.
DO YOUR PART, AND CONTINUE THAT HERITAGE.
THIRD, BE THANKFUL. REMEMBER THOSE THAT HELPED YOU
THROUGH THE CHALLENGING TIMES, THE DIFFICULT CLASSES, AND THE
LONG NIGHTS. HONOR THOSE, THOSE YOU KNOW, AND
THOSE THAT YOU DON’T KNOW, THAT FREELY GAVE SO YOU COULD ENJOY
THE ADVANTAGE OF THIS ADVANCED DEGREE.
I WISH YOU EACH JOY, HAPPINESS AND FULFILLMENT WHERE EVER YOUR
CHOSEN PATH TAKES YOU. AND ON BEHALF OF THE KANSAS
BOARD OF REGENTS, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO OFFER YOU OR
COLLECTIVE CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>>HONORARY DEGREE IS AMONG THE
HIGHEST HONORS A UNIVERSITY CAN BESTOW, AND THUS RESERVED FOR
THOSE THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ADVANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR
ITS CITIZENS AND THE WORLD. IT IS THEREFORE WITH HONOR AND
GREAT PRIDE THAT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY RECOGNIZES AN
OUTSTANDING LEADER, JAMES HEY MAKER.
PLEASE TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE VIDEO BOARD FOR A SPECIAL
INTRODUCTION OF DR. HAYMAKER, OUR
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. # # # # # # #
>>JIM HAYMAKER AND HIS FAMILY HAVE STRONG TIES TO KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY. JIM GREW UP IN MINNESOTA, BUT
HAS FOND MEMORIES OF HIS GRANDFATHER, HENLEY HAYMAKER,
GIVING HIM TOURS OF CAMPUS AS A YOUNG BOY.
HENLEY WAS A PROFESSOR OF BOTANY AT K-STATE AND HAYMAKER HALL IS
NAMED AFTER HIM. IT WAS ONLY NATURAL FOR JIM TO
ATTEND K-STATE. JIM GRADUATED FROM KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY IN 1969 WITH BACHELOR’S DEGREES IN ECONOMICS
AND FRENCH. HE ALSO HAS A GOOD COMMAND OF
SPANISH AND GERMAN. HIS LANGUAGE SKILLS WERE USEFUL
WHEN HE SPENT A YEAR IN PARIS DURING HIS JUNIOR YEAR.
THIS PIVOTAL EXPERIENCE HELPED TO FORMULATE HIS DESIRE FOR A
CAREER IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
WHILE AT K-STATE, JIM WAS A CADET IN ROTC AND MET HIS FUTURE
WIFE, KATHY, AT A MILITARY HONOR SOCIETY FUNCTION CALLED SCABBARD
AND BLADE. THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1970. CONTINUING HIS STUDIES, JIM
RECEIVED A MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN FINANCE AND
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO IN 1971,
AND AN ADVANCED DEGREE IN APPLIED ECONOMICS IN 1972 FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUVAIN IN
BELGIUM. AFTER GRADUATION, JIM BEGAN A
CAREER WITH CARGILL THAT SPANNED 38 YEARS.
JIM AND HIS FAMILY ENJOYED THEIR TIME IN EUROPE AND SPENT SEVEN
YEARS IN GERMANY AND SPAIN BEFORE RETURNING TO THE UNITED
STATES. DURING THE LAST 15 YEARS OF HIS
CAREER, JIM AND HIS TEAM DEVELOPED THE TOOLS AND APPROACH
THAT LED TO A MAJOR TRANSFORMATION OF THE FIRM,
SUCCESSFULLY MAKING CARGILL MORE CUSTOMER FOCUSED AND INNOVATIVE.
JIM AND KATHY HAVE FOUR BOYS AND ARE A CLOSE-KNIT FAMILY.
THEIR CHILDREN ALL LIVE IN MINNESOTA’S TWIN CITIES AREA.
JIM AND KATHY ARE FREQUENT VISITORS, BUT KEY WEST, FLORIDA
IS NOW THEIR HOME. THEIR CHILDREN HAVE BLESSED THEM
WITH EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN. IN 1997, JIM BROUGHT HIS
EXPERTISE IN FINANCIAL ANALYSIS AND INNOVATION TO K-STATE’S
JOHNSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER WHEN HE JOINED THE ADVISORY
COUNCIL. IN THIS ROLE HE LED THE CREATION
OF A STRATEGIC PLAN. JIM AND HIS FAMILY HAVE ALSO
PROVIDED RESEARCH AWARDS FOR UNDERGRADUATES INTERESTED IN >>MANY OF THEM GO ON TO BECOME
Ph.D. SCIENTISTS, THEY BECOME PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS.
MANY HAVE GONE ON TO MEDICAL SCHOOL OR OTHER HEALTH
PROFESSIONS.>>JIM HAS ALSO WORKED
TIRELESSLY AS AN ALUMNUS OF THE ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT. HE MET WITH BILL BLANKENAU, THEN
HEAD OF THE ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT IN 2010. BILL RECOGNIZED JIM’S EXPERTISE
IN LEADING TRANSFORMATION AND ASKED HIM TO FORM AN ADVISORY
COUNCIL AND DEVELOP A STRATEGIC PLAN TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT FOR
THE DEPARTMENT.>>JIM HAYMAKER AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN VERY GENEROUS DIRECTLY
IN FUNDING SCHOLARSHIPS. THEY FUNDED SIX UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS, TWO GRADUATE
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AND HAVE DONATED ALSO TO SEVERAL OTHER
SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS WE HAVE.>>BUT BEYOND JIM’S RESOURCES PROVIDED TO THE DEPARTMENT, HE’S
VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN LEADING A PEER-BASED APPROACH TO
FUNDRAISING.>>BY CONTACTING OTHERS WHO
FOLLOWED HIS EXAMPLE, JIM HAYMAKER HELPED THE DEPARTMENT
INCREASE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM FOUR TO 40 IN JUST A FEW YEARS. JIM ALSO CREATED A SCHOLARSHIP
IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES IN HONOR OF DR. AMIT
CHAKRABARTI’S FATHER CALLED THE DARE TO DREAM SCHOLARSHIP.
>>THE QUALITIES THAT I REALLY ADMIRE IN JIM IS HIS LEADERSHIP, AND HIS DEEP COMMITMENT TO
KANSAS STATE AND THE STUDENTS OF KANSAS STATE.
HE HAS TAKEN LEADERSHIP IN SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE ECON.
DEPARTMENT, SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE JOHNSON CANCER RESEARCH
CENTER AND THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND ALSO MAKING A
DEEP IMPACT IN STUDENTS ALL OVER THE COLLEGE. SO, FOR ALL THESE REASONS, I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANYONE
BETTER TO DESERVE AN HONORARY Ph.D.
>>PLEASE WELCOME JIM HAYMAKER. [ APPLAUSE ]>>>JIM, PLEASE JOIN ME. FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, CHARACTER,
YOUR HUMANITY, AND YOUR GOODWILL, BY THE AUTHORITY OF
THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, UPON THE
RECOMMENDATION OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY, I AM PLEASED
TO CONFER THE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE WITH ALL ITS
PRIVILEGES. CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS.
>>YOU ALWAYS GET A LITTLE NERVOUS WHEN YOU BRING OUT YOUR
OWN NOTES. THANK YOU PRESIDENT MEYERS,
DEAN, AND ALL OF THE FACULTY WHO PLAYED A ROLE IN SUPPORTING MY
CANDIDACY. I AM GRATEFUL, AND TRULY DEEPLY
HONORED. A VERY SPECIAL AND HEARTFELT
THANK YOU TO THE GREATEST SUPPORTER OF ALL, MY WIFE,
KATHY. THANK YOU, HON.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A
CONGRATULATIONS. FEW MINUTES TODAY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT A
REMARKABLE JOURNEY.>>COMMENCEMENT ADDRESSES OFTEN
HAVE SOME COMMON THEMES. THEY MIGHT BE DEFINING SUCCESS
IN LIFE AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT; OR ENCOURAGING YOU TO ACTIVISM
TO HELP MOVE SOCIETY AHEAD; OR EVEN, CHALLENGING YOU TO GO OUT
AND CHANGE THE WORLD. THESE IDEAS ARE MEANT TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE THE BEST OF YOU, TO
SEIZE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE TIME OF YOUR LIFE TO MAKE A
DIFFERENCE AND TO VINES YOU THAT YOU CAN. THEY OFFER YOU IDEAS OF “DOING”
– OF ENERGIZING YOU TO ACTION. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO BRIEFLY EXPLORE A DIFFERENT NOTION; THE
‘COMPLEMENT’ OF “DOING” – NAMELY, THAT OF “BEING.” IDEAS SUCH AS WHO ARE YOU,
REALLY? WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?
WHY ARE YOU HERE? THESE ARE EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS
THAT ARE ELUSIVE, PERPLEXING AND, YOU MIGHT EVEN THINK, THEY
DEFY UNDERSTANDING. RATHER THAN ACTION, THEY ENERGIZE YOU TO INTROSPECTION. SO WHY THIS TOPIC AT
COMMENCEMENT? BECAUSE, SOONER OR LATER IN YOUR
LIFETIME, IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT SOME DEEPLY IMPACTFUL EVENT, OR FEELINGS OF EMPTINESS, OR SIMPLY SEARCHING FOR MORE,
WILL PULL YOU INTO AN INTERNAL CONVERSATION ABOUT QUESTIONS OF
“BEING.” FOR ME, IT WAS THE SPRING OF
1974. IT HAD BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE I
GRADUATED FROM KANSAS STATE. ACROSS FROM ME SAT A
PSYCHOLOGIST. HE WANTED TO TELL ME A STORY.
THE PSYCHOLOGIST, AS IT TURNS OUT, WAS A YOGI, AND HIS STORY WAS DISTILLED FROM CONVERSATIONS
HE HAD HAD WITH RESPECTED SAGES FROM THE FAR EAST OVER A NUMBER
OF YEARS. HE WAS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS,
ANSWERS THAT HE HOPED TO FIND IN THE WISDOM OF THE AGES.
THIS IS HIS STORY. MASTER: I’VE HEARD MANY
CONFLICTING ANSWERS TO THIS BUT, REALLY, WHY ARE WE HERE? THE MASTER RESPONDED, EXCEPT FOR
A FEW, VERY ADVANCED INDIVIDUALS AMONG US, WE ARE ALL HERE TO
WORK ON OURSELVES. HOW DO WE DO THAT?
GO INSIDE! THIS IS AN INWARD JOURNEY!
INSIDE? WHY INSIDE?
BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE THE ANSWERS ARE FOUND. IS THERE A SPECIFIC WAY TO DO
THAT? YES, BUT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF
VIABLE APPROACHES. THIS JOURNEY HAS BEEN PRACTICED
IN ALMOST ALL CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD FOR CENTURIES IF NOT
MILLENNIA. I WILL SHOW YOU. IS IT A RELIGION?
NO, ALTHOUGH IT CAN BE. BUT IT IS A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.
IS IT HARD? CAN I LEARN TO DO IT? IT’S NOT EASY, BUT YES YOU CAN.
IT IS A QUEST! SO WHO AM I, REALLY, AND WHY
SHOULD I DO THIS? WHY DID YOU COME TO ME?
BECAUSE I’M UNHAPPY. I HAVE SO MUCH.
A WONDERFUL WIFE, A LOVELY CHILD, AND I’M HAVING SUCCESS IN
MY CAREER. I’M GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF THIS,
BUT I’M FEELING UNFULFILLED; AND I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY?
THAT THERE MUST BE MORE! DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE ON THE PATH?
WHAT PATH? YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH.
I DON’T KNOW IF I BELIEVE IN THAT.
WHY? BECAUSE I CAN’T PROVE IT. YOU ONLY NEED TO BELIEVE THAT
WHICH YOU EXPERIENCE ON YOUR JOURNEY.
HMM, WELL, WILL THIS DEMAND MUCH OF MY TIME?
YES, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE PROGRESS.
SO WHAT’S THE GOAL OF THIS JOURNEY?
IS IT REALLY WORTH IT? AHHH, NOW THAT IS THE QUESTION!
AND WHY A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY? BECAUSE, YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL,
MORE SPECIAL THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE.
WHY IS THAT? BECAUSE, INSIDE OF YOU IS A
‘SPARK OF THE DIVINE.’ REALLY, A ‘SPARK OF THE DIVINE?’
YES. BUT WHY ME?
OH, IT’S NOT JUST YOU. THAT ‘SPARK’ IS IN EVERY HUMAN
BEING. THAT’S HARD TO BELIEVE AS I LOOK
AT THE INHUMANITY, STRIFE AND EVIL AROUND THE WORLD. ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE REALLY HAVE
THIS ‘SPARK?’ YES.
THEN HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN ALL OF THE SUFFERING AND INJUSTICE?
SOME ARE VERY FAR BACK ON THEIR JOURNEY.
BUT THEY ALL HAVE AN ‘ASPECT OF THE DIVINE?’
YES. THAT’S HARD TO BELIEVE!
DON’T JUDGE! PARDON ME?
DON’T JUDGE! DON’T JUDGE OTHERS.
DON’T JUDGE YOURSELF. OBSERVE.
CORRECT WHAT NEEDS IMPROVING, AND MOVE FORWARD.
HELP OTHERS IMPROVE. BUT DON’T JUDGE! THAT WILL BE A CHANGE!
HMM, THIS CHANGES THINGS! YES, IT DOES.
THAT’S WHY YOU SAID WE ARE ALL WORKING ON OURSELVES? YES.
SO I JUST NEED TO GO INWARD AND DO THE WORK OF IMPROVING MYSELF?
YES AND NO. YOU WORK ON IMPROVING YOURSELF
SO THAT YOU CAN THEN HELP OTHERS MOVE AHEAD ON THEIR JOURNEYS.
THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN ENORMOUS UNDERTAKING!
YES, BUT VERY IMPORTANT AND REWARDING.
WELL, NOW, I’M FEELING A LITTLE FRUSTRATED AND OVERWHELMED.
HAVE YOU GOT SOMETHING BETTER TO DO?
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED FOR THIS JOURNEY? HUMILITY WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL! I THOUGHT I WAS HUMBLE?
WHO TOLD YOU THAT, YOUR EGO? YOU ARE NOT YOUR EGO. YOUR EGO IS YOUR OWN CREATION. SO I CAN CHANGE MY EGO?
YES. EVOLVE IT MIGHT BE THE BETTER
TERM. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED?
YES. MAGNANIMITY.
WHAT IS THAT? IT IS NOBLE GENEROSITY TOWARD
ALL. WHY TOWARD ALL?
BECAUSE OF THE ‘SPARK?’ YES, AND BECAUSE WE ARE ALL
CONNECTED. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.
I THINK THAT’S WHAT SCIENCE IS INCREASINGLY CONCLUDING.
YES. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!
YES IT DOES. I HOPE I’M UP TO IT.
YOU ARE! AND HELP ALWAYS ARRIVES ALONG THE PATH WHEN YOU MOST NEED IT –
IF YOU STAY WITH THE QUEST. NOW, I SOMEHOW DON’T FEEL
WORTHY. AS A HUMAN BEING, DEEP WITHIN,
YOU ARE PERFECT AND COMPLETE. I OFTEN DON’T FEEL THAT WAY. YOUR INNER WORLD IS LARGER AND
MORE POWERFUL THAN THE WORLD AROUND YOU.
THERE IS SOMETHING GREAT INSIDE YOU. I JUST FEEL THAT KIND OF
PERFECTION IS BEYOND MY REACH. THAT PERFECTION IS EVERYWHERE –
BUT YOU HAVE TO PREPARE YOURSELF TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE IT. THE GOAL OF THE QUEST IS WITHIN EVERY HUMAN BEING’S REACH.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
I BELIEVE IN YOU! THAT WAS HIS STORY.
AND IT DID CHANGE EVERYTHING – FOR BOTH OF US! THE QUEST HAS PROVIDED CONTEXT
FOR EVERYTHING. SO CHOOSE TO BELIEVE WHAT YOU
WILL. THAT IS EACH PERSON’S CHOICE. BUT I DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO
INWARD AND EXPLORE. YOU ONLY NEED TO BELIEVE WHAT
YOU EXPERIENCE. AND YOU WILL LIKELY FIND THAT,
AS YOU BEGIN TO CHANGE, YOUR JOURNEY WILL ACCELERATE. AT A MINIMUM, LIFE WILL BE MORE
JOYFUL AND YOU WILL BE MORE FORGIVING.
AND THE MANY OTHER LIVES YOU IMPACT WILL APPLAUD YOUR
DECISION! MY WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS TO
ALL OF YOU ON THIS VERY SPECIAL DAY OF ACHIEVEMENT. I WISH FOR YOU WONDERFUL LIFE JOURNEYS, AND A LIFETIME OF
EXPLORATION, BOTH OUTSIDE AND IN. NEVER FORGET WHO YOU TRULY ARE
AND WHAT YOU ARE REALLY CAPABLE OF, AND THAT WE ARE ALL
CONNECTED. I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST! [ APPLAUSE ]>>JAMES HAYMAKER, PLEASE ACCEPT
THIS GIFT OF APPRECIATION FOR BEING OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
TODAY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING JAMES
>>JAMES HAYMAKER, PLEASE ACCEPT HAYMAKER FOR HIS INSPIRATIONAL
COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AND TO CONGRATULATE HIM AS AN HONORARY
DEGREE RECIPIENT. CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND
SPECIAL GREETINGS TO THE STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING
TODAY AND COULD NOT BE HERE DUE TO THEIR MILITARY SERVICE OR
PROFESSIONAL OBLIGATIONS. MANY OF WHOM ARE PARTICIPATING
VIRTUALLY AS ARE FAMILY MEMBERS OF GRADUATES. LET’S CONGRATULATE THEM BY DISTANCE.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF
OPERATING OFFICER OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.>>I AM PLEASED TO BE A PART OF
YOUR SPECIAL DAY AND OFFER CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE
K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING OVER 280,000
GRADUATES AND FRIENDS WHO WILL BE YOUR LIFELONG K-STATE FAMILY.
TODAY, AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE, WE ARE HONORED TO
RECOGNIZE YOU AND ALL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED.
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST DEGREE FROM K-STATE, WE ALSO WELCOME
YOU INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ALMA MATER.
OUR MISSION AT THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS TO LEAD AND
INSPIRE LIFELONG INVOLVEMENT THAT WILL BENEFIT KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY AND ALL MEMBERS OF OUR WILDCAT COMMUNITY.
I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THREE OF THE CORE VALUES THAT GUIDE US IN
OUR MISSION TO HELP KEEP YOU CONNECTED WITH K-STATE.
THE FIRST VALUE IS “LINK.” THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PROVIDES
THE LIFELONG LINK THAT ALUMNI DEPEND ON TO REMAIN CONNECTED.
YOU CAN STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH HUNDREDS OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES
HELD ON CAMPUS, AROUND THE COUNTRY AND INTERNATIONALLY.
ANOTHER VALUE IS ‘TRADITION.’ YOU WILL LIKELY CELEBRATE A FEW
TRADITIONS THIS WEEKEND AS YOU SING THE ALMA MATER OR TAKE KSU
PHOTOS AT YOUR FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE FOND MEMORIES
OF DOING THE WABASH AT A K-STATE SPORTS EVENT OR RUBBING THE NOSE
OF THE BRONZE WILDCAT STATUE AT THE ALUMNI CENTER FOR GOOD LUCK
ON A TEST OR TO ENSURE A WILDCAT VICTORY. AS THE “KEEPERS OF TRADITION” WE
ALSO HOPE YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT THE ALUMNI CENTER TO
EXPERIENCE ALL OF THE WONDERFUL TRADITIONS KEPT THERE, INCLUDING
OUR NEWEST ADDITION, A STAINED-GLASS MURAL, DESIGNED BY
2016 GRADUATE MARCUS GILBERT, WHICH PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE BEAUTY
OF OUR STATE AND THE K-STATE CAMPUS.
THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS “PURPLE.” FOR K-STATERS IT’S
MORE THAN A COLOR. IT’S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE,
CONNECTION AND FAMILY. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WEARING
PURPLE, A K-STATE CLASS RING, OR SPORTING A K-STATE LICENSE
PLATE, YOU WILL FEEL THAT SENSE OF FAMILY.
IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR GRADUATION, THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
AND THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ARE PROVIDING YOU WITH A
COMPLIMENTARY ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION. WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER K-STATE
ALUMNI ARE AMONG THE MOST LOYAL IN THE NATION.
IN FACT, OUR MEMBERSHIP RANKS IN THE TOP 5 IN THE NATION AND
NUMBER 1 IN THE BIG 12 FOR PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES WHO ARE
MEMBERS. THAT LOYALTY IS SHARED BY
GENERATIONS OF K-STATERS WHO HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR
K-STATE THAT YOU FEEL TODAY AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE FROM ONE
OF THE FINEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION.
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS ALSO PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU WITH AN
EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI PIN. AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE AND YOUR
TITLES AND ADDRESSES CHANGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP US
UPDATED. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE
ALWAYS CONNECTED TO YOUR K-STATE FAMILY.
CONGRATULATIONS, AND GO CATS! [ APPLAUSE ]
>>THANK YOU, AMY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING
MANZAMASSO HODJO, PRESIDENT OF GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. TO MY PEERS, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND LET US NOT FORGET
YOUR FACULTY, HERE YOU ARE, AT YET ANOTHER EXCITING
COMMENCEMENT! FOR SOME OF YOU, IT IS YOUR
SECOND COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT, FOR OTHERS IT MAY BE YOUR THIRD, AND FOR THE REST OF YOU, DARE I SAY
IT, PERHAPS YOUR FOURTH OR MORE! THIS AFTERNOON IT IS MY
PLEASURE, ON BEHALF OF THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL, TO
OFFER MY SINCEREST CONGRATULATIONS ON RECEIVING YOUR GRADUATE DEGREES TODAY.
IT IS AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF TODAY’S COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK
AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE GRADUATE STUDENTS HERE AT KANSAS
STATE UNIVERSITY. AS YOUR GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL
PRESIDENT, I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING CLOSELY
WITH MANY OF YOU, AND THE HONOR TO GET TO KNOW YOU AT THE MANY
EVENTS THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL HAS HELD THROUGHOUT THE
YEAR. AS SUCH, I WANT TO EXTEND A
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SERVED IN LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE ROLES AS
WELL AS THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE MANY
ACTIVITIES HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL.
WITHOUT YOUR ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT, THE GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL
WOULD NOT BE THE ORGANIZATION IT IS TODAY. IT IS YOUR DEDICATED SERVICE AND
PARTICIPATION THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO INCREASING THE
QUALITY OF GRADUATE STUDENT LIFE AND MAKING THE OVERALL GRADUATE STUDENT EXPERIENCE THE BEST IT
CAN BE HERE AT K-STATE. YOUR UNIQUE ROLE AS A GRADUATE
STUDENT HAS PERMITTED YOU TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR FIELD, YOUR
DEPARTMENT, AND THE WELL-BEING OF THE K-STATE FAMILY. I WILL CLOSE BY SAYING THANK YOU
TO EACH OF YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND BEST WISHES
FOR A PRODUCTIVE, SUCCESSFUL AND BRIGHT FUTURE! THANK YOU.
[ APPLAUSE ]>>AS A RESEARCH INSTITUTION,
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HAS A RESPONSIBILITY AND OBLIGATION TO
PROVIDE NOT ONLY A HIGH QUALITY UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION, BUT TO
OFFER ADVANCED EDUCATION TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE THE AMBITION
AND INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY TO DEEPEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND
COMMAND OF THEIR DISCIPLINE. AS OUR GRADUATES KNOW, THIS PURSUIT IS A DEMANDING, YET
INVIGORATING, PROCESS. I ANTICIPATE OUR GRADUATES WILL
REMEMBER THEIR TIME IN GRADUATE SCHOOL AS I STILL DO MINE–AS
ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING, YET HUMBLING TIMES, OF MY CAREER. MANY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO YOU
COMPLETING YOUR ADVANCED DEGREE: YOUR FAMILY, THE FRIENDS AND
COLLEAGUES YOU HAVE MADE WHILE AT K-STATE, AND MANY OTHERS. YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE.
GRADUATES, PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED YOU IN
THE PURSUIT AND COMPLETION OF YOUR DEGREE THAT YOU’RE
RECEIVING TODAY. PLUD [ APPLAUSE ]
>>ANOTHER IMPORTANT GROUP WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE AT THIS TIME IS THE STUDENTS’ MENTORS, THE
GRADUATE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY WHO HAVE WORKED
CLOSELY WITH THESE GRADUATES AND CONTRIBUTED IN SIGNIFICANT WAYS
TO THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDIES WE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE TODAY. GRADUATE FACULTY, PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR MENTORING THESE GRADUATES [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, AND
FOR MENTORING THESE GRADUATES. NOW IS THE TIME YOU’VE BEEN
WAITING FOR.>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE
MASTER OF FINE ARTS, DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND DOCTOR OF
EDUCATION DEGREE CANDIDATES. THESE CANDIDATES WILL ADVANCE TO
THE PLATFORM TO BE HOODED. WE BELIEVE IT IS APPROPRIATE
THAT THIS FINAL CEREMONIAL HONOR IS PERFORMED BY THE GRADUATES’
MAJOR PROFESSOR IN RECOGNITION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS THE FACULTY
MEMBER HAS MADE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SCHOLARS. THE GRADUATES WILL THEN BE
PRESENTED THEIR DIPLOMAS. CANDIDATES, PLEASE RISE.>>PRESIDENT MYERS, ON BEHALF OF
THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED
TO PRESENT TO YOU THE DOCTORAL AND MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE RECIPIENTS OF SPRING 2019.>>THANK YOU.
BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD
OF REGENTS, AND UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE GRADUATE
FACULTY, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER UPON YOU, THE KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY DEGREES UPON WHICH YOU’VE EARNED THE GRAD WAGT
CLASS OF SPRING 2019. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>CANDIDATES, YOU MAY NOW BE SEATED UNTIL THE MARSHAL DIRECTS
YOU TO STAND, BE HOODED AND RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR HOOD AND READER CARD WITH YOU. NAMES BEING READ ]
[ FUTURE.
LET US RECOGNIZE THESE GRADUATES ONE MORE TIME. [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE
MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES. CANDIDATES, PLEASE RISE AND
REMAIN STANDING. [ APPLAUSE ]>>PRESIDENT MYERS, ON BEHALF OF
THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED
TO PRESENT THE MASTER’S DEGREE RECIPIENTS OF SPRING 2019.>>CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF THANK YOU, DR. SHANKLIN.
# # # # # # # >>BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE
PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, AND UPON THE
RECOMMENDATION OF THE GRADUATE FACULTY, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DEGREES UPON YOU– THE GRADUATING CLASS
OF SPRING 2019. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>CANDIDATES, YOU MAY NOW BE SEATED UNTIL THE MARSHAL DIRECTS
YOU TO STAND AND RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA.
PLEASE BRING YOUR READER CARD TO THE STAGE WITH YOU. [ GRADUATE NAMES BEING READ ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF
YOU. WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AS YOU
GO OUT INTO THE WORLD AND MAKE YOUR UNIQUE MARK.
WE HOPE EACH OF YOU WILL STAY ENGAGED WITH KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY, SEEK OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE AS MENTORS TO STUDENTS, KEEP YOUR MENTOR UPDATED ON YOUR
SUCCESSES AND RECRUIT MORE EXCELLENT STUDENTS TO K-STATE.
REMEMBER, YOU ARE OUR BEST AMBASSADOR AND RECRUITER. I ENCOURAGE EACH OF YOU TO BE AN
ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE K-STATE FAMILY BY SHARING YOUR TALENTS
AND GIFTS TO SUPPORT FUTURE GRADUATE STUDENTS AND TO ENHANCE
THE GRADUATE STUDENT EXPERIENCE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING
THE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SPRING 2019 GRADUATES ONE MORE
TIME. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS
FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR ALL WHO HAVE
CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF TODAY’S CEREMONY.
I WANT TO THANK THE MARSHALS, MEMBERS OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
TEAM, THE STAFF IN COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING,
AND THE STAFF IN THE PROVOST OFFICE WHO HAVE ALL WORKED VERY
HARD FOR THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE CEREMONY. ABOVE ALL, ON BEHALF OF THE
FACULTY, I WANT TO THANK YOU, GRADUATES, FOR SHARING A PART OF YOUR LIVES WITH US. PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH.
WE ASK THE AUDIENCE TO PLEASE REMAIN SEATED UNTIL THE
GRADUATES, FACULTY AND THE PLATFORM PARTY HAVE MADE THEIR
WAY TO THE CONCOURSE. PLEASE STAND AND JOIN MR.
SPENCER MCINTIRE IN THE SINGING OF THE ALMA MATER AS WE CLOSE
THE CEREMONY. THE WORDS ARE PRINTED ON THE
THIRD PAGE OF YOUR PROGRAM. FIGHT, YOU K-STATE WILDCATS FOR
ALMA MATER FIGHT! GLORY IN THE COMBAT FOR THE PURPLE AND THE WHITE FAITHFUL TO
FIGHT, YOU K-STATE WILDCATS FOR ALMA MATER FIGHT! OUR COLORS, WE
SHALL EVER BE! FIGHTING, EVER FIGHTING FOR A WILDCAT VICTORY! HAIL, HAIL, HAIL ALMA MATER.”