WEBVTT 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:19.000 [music] 00:00:23.000 --> 00:00:29.000 Weiss: Graduating students, family and friends of our students, honored guests, faculty and staff members, 00:00:30.000 --> 00:00:37.000 welcome to the 155th annual commencement ceremony of Western Oregon University 00:00:38.000 --> 00:00:46.000 [applause, cheering] 00:00:47.000 --> 00:00:57.000 [singing] 00:01:09.000 --> 00:01:16.000 Although these commencement exercises mark the completion of a major chapter in your lives and the culmination of years of effort, 00:01:16.000 --> 00:01:21.000 we believe that even more challenges and rewarding chapters lie ahead. 00:01:21.000 --> 00:01:28.000 We trust that higher learning you have gained on this campus will serve you well in your new beginnings. 00:01:29.000 --> 00:01:39.000 This year we welcome two representatives of the class of 1962, Steve Trout and Dr. Gerald Girod. 00:01:42.000 --> 00:01:46.000 As Golden Wolves they symbolize the rich history this institution has in producing 00:01:47.000 --> 00:01:52.000 outstanding graduates and the esteem with which this university holds to its alumni 00:01:55.000 --> 00:01:67.000 Not standing today but reserved in his honor is a seat with a black ribbon for our beloved professor, Dr. Hank Bersani. 00:02:09.000 --> 00:02:15.000 Please join me in expressing our appreciation to the outstanding faculty at Western Oregon University. 00:02:18.000 --> 00:02:26.000 Class of 2012, let us shake off this notion of defining our lives by fulfilling expectations like placing check mark on a list. 00:02:27.000 --> 00:02:33.000 instead let us explore the world from our own perspectives and from the point of view of others 00:02:33.000 --> 00:02:37.000 Let us sketch designs for our lives but look forward to their inevitable metamorphosis. 00:02:38.000 --> 00:02:43.000 Let us allow laughter and love to be the link that bonds our trials to our triumphs. 00:02:44.000 --> 00:02:48.000 Let us act with grace and class and live for the betterment of others. 00:02:48.000 --> 00:02:54.000 Above all else, let us be generous with our time, with our love, and with our lives. 00:02:55.000 --> 00:02:60.000 I guess the question that I really had to answer is why are we all really here today? 00:03:00.000 --> 00:03:03.000 Most would answer that we are here today to receive our diplomas, 00:03:04.000 --> 00:03:09.000 to celebrate the ending of a time in our lives crammed with exams and homework deadlines, 00:03:09.000 --> 00:03:13.000 or to acknowledge the culmination of our vast educational experiences. 00:03:13.000 --> 00:03:21.000 I would say that it's about the triumphs and defeats that have pushed us, molded us, and made us into who we are today. 00:03:21.000 --> 00:03:26.000 It's about our readiness to face failure and our determination to succeed. 00:03:27.000 --> 00:03:31.000 To my mother and father, who always pushed me, and to all the moms and dads, 00:03:32.000 --> 00:03:68.000 the people who have invested in our educations, there is one word: thank you. 00:03:38.000 --> 00:03:45.000 I'll leave you all with a quote from Malcolm X. 'Education is the passport to the future. Get on board.' 00:03:46.000 --> 00:03:53.000 I know this is going to be a very long day for everyone, so therefore I promise to keep my comments brief. 00:03:53.000 --> 00:03:56.000 (cheering) 00:03:55.000 --> 00:03:65.000 Even better. I also feel this occasion calls for a special head adornment, so if you will allow me, please. 00:04:06.000 --> 00:04:10.000 (cheering)That's my favorite hat. 00:04:10.000 --> 00:04:15.000 Have confidence in your abilities. Be strong enough to take whatever steps needed to accomplish your goals. 00:04:15.000 --> 00:04:23.000 your commencement is just that. It is not an ending, but the beginning of a new chapter in your life. 00:04:24.000 --> 00:04:27.000 You should all be excited for the stories and lessons that lie ahead. 00:04:27.000 --> 00:04:33.000 Weiss: To quote Mario, our benefactor, who passed away earlier this year, 00:04:27.000 --> 00::.000 Weiss: To quote Mario, our benefactor, who passed away earlier this year, 00:04:34.000 --> 00:04:39.000 '100 years from now it won't matter how much wealth we had or how much prestige, 00:04:40.000 --> 00:04:48.000 but if along our path of life we gave a helping hand to fellow human beings, it will make a difference.' 00:04:50.000 --> 00:04:61.000 Ladies and gentlemen, again, I present our university graduates of 2012. Graduates, congratulations. 00:05:01.000 --> 00:05:08.000 (applause, cheering) 00:05:08.000 --> 00:05:28.000 [music]