This will be my second commencement ceremony as the President of Middlesex Community College and I am looking forward to it with even greater anticipation than last year. Now I know from my own experience how exciting graduation is for this college community.
My office looks out onto the lower parking lot. All year long, I have been watching students walk up the hill to the campus, making their way to classes and meetings. I’ve sat in audiences with you all, and on many occasions, I have had the chance to meet individually with you. Just this past week, I had the complete joy of spending an evening listening to students read their own poetry in a packed Founders Hall Lounge.. It filled me with pride to see and hear the immense creativity of our student body. And you should know that I constantly hear from faculty and staff about how outstanding you all are, as people, as college students, as future leaders.
So, as May 30, 2013 approaches, I share with my colleagues here at Middlesex a real sense of joy and accomplishment about the fact that so many of you have completed the requirements of your program. It will be my privilege to confer degrees on you. Earning a college degree is an important rite of passage in our lives. It marks a major milestone, noting that you have successfully finished one phase of your life and you are embarking on the next one. This is a moment to celebrate – and I am so glad to be able to experience this with you.
Middlesex Community College will be your alma mater for the rest of your lives. We have guided you, introduced you to new subjects, and asked you to learn as much as you can from us. As you go on to your next college or enter a career, we hope you know that you always have a place here at Middlesex. We want to see you back here often and we want to know how you are doing.
Many, many congratulations to the Class of 2013!