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Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Spring Commencement

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Spring Commencement

(MUSIC) (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Wolfson: Good morning, I
am Dr. Jane Wolfson, Director of the Environmental Sciences
Studies program. As Grand Marshal, it is my pleasure and
my privilege to welcome you to the spring commencement
exercises for the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics.
Madame President, the University community is assembled for
commencement. I would like to introduce Dr. Maravene Loeschke,
the 13th president of Towson University. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Good morning
everyone, and especially to the graduating class of 2013. I
– yes, come on. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Now, think about
this. I welcome you to the 148th commencement in this proud
history of this university. Isn’t that amazing? Now, of
course, today we celebrate you and your significant academic
achievements. But, oh my goodness, it has been our
pleasure to guide and mentor you and participate in this
transformation in your lives. Think about, for just a minute,
just – even 15 seconds, what you remember about your first day,
or your first couple of days here. Your first science
teacher, your first lab, maybe where you parked, your first day
in the library, what you thought of the campus, a new friend you
may have met. And then you were thinking, well four, five, maybe
even six years out, I want to have this degree. And you do.
And you’re here. And we have had so much pleasure being with you.
Now we’re going to ask everyone to please stand for the National
Anthem, and we’re going to be led in the singing by Ms.
Yoonjung Kim, who graduated yesterday with a
Bachelor of Music.>>Ms. Kim: (singing) 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, 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 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. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Now everyone,
please be seated. At this time, I would like to pause for a
moment of silence in honor of the faculty, staff, and students
who have passed away this year. Students Kelsey Allen, Devin
Spence, Hassan Mahmud, and Ryan Bailey. And staff member Larry
Long and those who lost their lives in the Oklahoma tornado.
A moment of silence please. (MOMENT OF SILENCE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Thank you. The
flags on display represent the 29 countries of the 70
international students graduating from Towson. Also on
stage are flags representing the 77 nations of our current total
international population of 570 students. We are so pleased to
have each and every one of you in our Towson family. And in
addition to the international flags, you’re going to see a
number of graduates and faculty and staff wearing these gold and
black pins signifying the Tiger commencement pledge. This is a
pledge which is voluntary, and reflects a commitment to be
involved and active in our communities and to work for
positive change in our social and environmental conditions. I
now call upon Kevin Kutner, our newly elected vice president
of the Student Government Association, to introduce
representatives from the University’s boards.
Kevin. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Kutner: Thank you, Madame
President. Ladies and gentlemen, we are fortunate this morning
to welcome University System of Maryland Regent, Thomas Slater,
Esquire. The Board of Regents is a group of respected and
prestigious professionals appointed by the governor to
oversee quality, affordability, and accessibility to Maryland
Institutes of higher education. Mr. Slater was appointed to the
Board of Regents in July 2007. He is the founder and principle
partner of the law firm Slater & Slater, and is also a former
Frederick county public school teacher. Mr. Slater obtained
his B.A. from Frostburg State University, and M.A. from George
Washington University, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore
School of Law. He is actively engaged in his alma mater,
having served on Frostburg’s Board of Visitors, Alumni
Association, and Foundation boards. He is also a past
recipient of the Frostburg State University Alumni Achievement
Award. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Regent Thomas
Slater, Esquire. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Slater: Thank you. Good
morning. I’m delighted to join you and extend best wishes
from the University System of Maryland of behalf of the Board
of Regents on this exciting day. It’s an honor to share this
occasion with your President Maravene Loeschke, who is doing
a tremendous job leading Towson University. Under her
leadership, Towson is expanding its role as a regional
leader, both economically and culturally, making Towson
University a vibrant hub for the entire greater Baltimore
community. Towson is clearly an institution of choice for
many of Maryland’s brightest students, many of whom were
here today. I know even greater strides remain. It’s also a
great pleasure to be here in this wonderful new Tiger arena.
Most importantly, it’s an honor to be here to recognize and
congratulate you, the members of the graduating class of 2013.
What you have accomplished has taken hard work, persistence,
and dedication. Today, we celebrate the completion of your
journey. I know your family and friends take a great deal
of pride in what you have accomplished. They have shared
in your sacrifice, and certainly should share in your success
today. No matter what direction your life now takes, no matter
what challenges you will next confront, know that your
education here has prepared you well. Towson also takes
justifiable pride in serving as an integral part of the social,
culture, and intellectual life of the community. The ethic of
service runs deep within the Towson community. I hope you
will continue to honor that tradition. Once again,
congratulations to all of you, and know that the entire
University System of Maryland family wishes you all the best
in the years to come. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)>Mr. Kutner: Thank you Regent
Slater. This morning, we are also pleased to have with us
two members of the University’s Board of Visitors, Mr. Ted
Zaleski and Mrs. Myrna Cardin, who will deliver remarks to the
graduating class on behalf of the Board of Visitors. The
Board of Visitors is a group of professionals who advise and
guide our president. Mrs. Cardin is a 1965 graduate of Towson
University. She has a long history of community involvement
and currently serves on the Jewish community services board.
She has been a member of Towson University’s Board of Visitors
since February 2008. Please welcome, Mrs. Myrna
Cardin. (APPLAUSE)>>Mrs. Cardin: Good morning.
Congratulations to you graduates, our families and
the outstanding faculty that prepared you for this day. In
this age of multitasking, we do so many things at one time and
take on so many roles that sometimes we just say we’re
wearing different hats. So first, I’m wearing the hat
that represents the Board of Visitors, as I extend best
wishes to you from all of them. We have followed your efforts in
the classroom, on the athletic field, and in all of your
special interests, and we take great pride. And I’m wearing
the hat that identifies me as a Towson University alum, who has
seen tremendous changes in her university and proudly
identifies with it. And finally, I’m wearing a hat as a resident
of Maryland, and another hat as a citizen of the United States,
who welcomes your skills and leadership to keep our state and
country moving forward. I often see the list of Towson graduates
who are leaders in the field of business, arts, education,
research, community activism, government, and philanthropy.
Towson has earned the reputation for producing leaders, and I
look forward to seeing names of people from the class of 2013
included in that list in future years. And you too wear many
different hats. Most obvious today is your graduation cap,
along with your gown and diploma, is recognition of your
academic achievement, hard work, commitment , and perseverance.
And the hats that you wear that we don’t see right now and those
of son or daughter, perhaps mother or father, sibling, or
friend. They are the hats that hopefully kept you grounded
during your years at Towson, and will continue to be just as
important in the years to come. While I’m sure that you’ve
gotten more advice in the last few months than you have ever
wanted, I would like to bring you thoughts from a renowned
literary figure, who says it so much more articulately than I
ever could. This is what Maya Angelou said in an interview
with Oprah Winfrey on the occasion of her 70th birthday.
So when Oprah said, to Ms. Angelou, “Tell me, what have
you learned?” Ms. Angelou said, “I’ve learned that no matter
what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on,
and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a
lot about a person by the way he or she handles three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage, or tangled Christmas lights. I’ve
learned that making a living is not the same as making a life.
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve
learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s
mitt on both hands, you need to be able to throw some things
back. I’ve learned that whatever I decide with an open heart, I
usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I
have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day
you should just reach out and touch someone. People love a
warm hug or a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I
still have a lot to learn. And I’ve learned that people will
forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will
never forget how you made them feel.” Congratulations and best
wishes for fulfilling life. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Kutner: Thank you, Mrs.
Cardin. We are also fortunate this morning to welcome Mr.
Keith Ewancio, Vice President of Towson University’s Alumni
Board, who will bring words of welcome and congratulations
from the Board and the Alumni Association. Please welcome
Mr. Ewancio. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Ewancio: Thank you Kevin,
and good morning to all the members of the class of 2013 and
your guests. As Vice President of the Executive Committee for
the Alumni Association Board of Directors, a proud member of
the class of 1994, and a 2007 graduate from the Master’s
program of the College of Liberal Arts, I am honored to
be here today, to represent the more than 133,000 alumni who
have graduated from this remarkable institution. Each of
these alumni has a story to tell of how their success was
achieved as a result of their education at Towson. My own
story would not have been possible without the education,
experiences, and connections that I made here at Towson. You
too will have a great story to tell, one that you will be proud
to share with future generations of Towson graduates. Your story
actually starts today, as you join 3,444 fellow members that
make up the class of 2013. This week, 2,684 of you are receiving
a bachelor’s degree. 742 of you are receiving a master’s degree
or certificate and 18 of you are receiving a doctoral degree from
Towson University. Your class is 68 percent female and 32 percent
male. The average age of undergraduate students, in this
year’s graduating class is 23 and of graduate students is 30.
The youngest graduate in the class of 2013 is Hannah Carr,
who is receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology this
afternoon at the age of 19. I think that deserves a round
of applause. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Ewancio: And our most
seasoned graduate, who I believe will also be here this
afternoon, is Ms. Andrea Gorton who, at the age of 70, is
receiving her bachelor’s degree in English. Congratulations
in advance to both of them. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Ewancio: The class of 2013
actually represents 24 out of our 50 states, with New York and
New Jersey having the largest number of graduates outside of
the state of Maryland. Now, just for the record, 124 of you come
from New York, but 206 of you come from New Jersey. Nine of
you are the sole representatives from your home state. For those
of you who may be receiving your master’s degree today, we know
that over 23 percent of you, just like me also received your
bachelor’s degree from Towson. So a second congratulations
is in order for all of you. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Ewancio: We also know that
this class was very engaged and very active as a majority of
current seniors and graduate students participated in either
an internship or experiential learning project this past
semester alone. Additionally, members of this graduating class
were involved in intercollegiate athletics and a variety of
co-curricular activities. All this, while having an average
class GPA of 3.35. Well done to all of you. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Ewancio: We also know that
most of you will stay right here in the state of Maryland after
graduation today because, on average, 73 percent of TU alumni
call Maryland home. Although our alumni live in every state
across America and 82 countries, perhaps you will join the more
than 6,000 alumni who marry a fellow Towson alumni or that you
may become one of the more than 1,000 alumni who come back to
their alma mater in either a faculty or staff position.
Today, you become the newest faces of the Towson alumni
association. We are educators, doctors, business leaders,
lawyers, computer analysts, scientists, politicians, health
care providers, human resources managers, and much more. Towson
University alumni live in every state from California to New
York and New Jersey and 82 countries from China to France
and everywhere in between. As alumni, we feel that it is our
responsibility to give back so that the next generation of
alumni here can have the same opportunities and experiences
that we shared. So once you walk out of these doors today,
remember that while your time here at Towson may be over, you
will always be a part of the Towson University family. The
Alumni Association will help you stay connected to us, and we
look forward to hearing about your accomplishments and
successes for many years to come. On behalf of the thousands
of alumni who have preceded you, it is my privilege to
congratulate you on your outstanding achievements. The
rest of your story is yet to be written. In the months and years
ahead, please be sure to share your story with us as you make
your special mark as a Towson University alumnus. Again,
congratulations again to each and everyone one of you on this
very special day, thank you all. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: And speaking of
alumni, I’m going to ask that if you are in the audience and
you are an alumni of Towson University and happen to also
be the parent, grandparent, or great grandparent of one of
these students, would you stand up and let us recognize
you? (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: There you
go, all right. That’s good. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: I now call upon
Kevin Kutner again to introduce our first student speaker. Kevin.>>Mr. Kutner: It is now my
pleasure to introduce our undergraduate speaker, Mr. Jaron
Quinlan, who is graduating today with a Bachelor of Science
degree in chemistry. Jaron’s hometown is in Eagleville,
Pennsylvania. He’s a double major in forensic chemistry and
chemistry. He is the president of Towson’s forensic science
student organization, president of the student affiliates of the
American Chemical Society, and vice president of the Towson
track club. His future plans are to obtain a master’s of forensic
science degree at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania,
including research as a graduate assistant in an internship with
MNS Labs. Please welcome, Mr. Jaron Quinlan. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Quinlan: Thank you, Kevin
Kutner, vice president of the SGA for that introduction. Good
morning, President Loeschke, Regent Slater, distinguished
guests, honored faculty, family, and fellow graduates. When I was
first asked if I would like to address the graduating seniors
of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, my first
reaction was why me. I never expected to be the one to give
the final speech of what would be the last day of your college
undergraduate years. I asked myself, what would be the best
way to motivate and inspire my fellow graduating peers. I also
asked myself, how I would be able to talk in front of a
large crowd such as this one. Unfortunately, my parents are in
attendance so I can’t use the imagine the crowd in their
underwear trick – that usually backfires on me anyway. So I
will try a joke that Dr. Hemm used right before our molecular
biology final with a little personal addition. A biologist
walks into a bar and goes up to the bartender. The bartender
asks, what would he like. The bartender smiles and says, I’ll
have ATG, GCC, TAG, CGA. The bartender looks at the biologist
and says, I’m going to need a translation. As the bartender
starts making his drink, the biologist then asked, oh, can I
have it, TAC, CGG, ATC, GCT. The bartender figuring out his
scheme said to the biologist, no you can’t have it complementary.
I’m glad 25% of you got that. I can still remember back when
I was a scared, timid, little freshman, as I just arrived from
Pennsylvania, so Towson was a whole new world to me. I had
no friends here and I could remember sitting in my room for
the first couple of weekends either doing homework or
watching TV with little interaction. I remember during
orientation that we were told that we could create memories
and develop experiences that would last us for the rest
of our lives. Memories and experiences. Those two words
struck with me for the next four years. Now, every convocation
speech seems to relate to those two words but always ends up
with the speaker talking about their own experiences and
memories. But I’ve learned that Towson University is a
community, a community that is made up of many people, not just
one person. These people come from all ethnicities, religions,
backgrounds, majors and everybody has a distinct
personality. When one person gains a memory, we all share in
that memory. When one person gains an experience, we all
share in that experience, regardless of its upload to
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube, or
regardless of how embarrassing it may be. So today, I’m going
to talk about the experiences we all have shared over the past
four years, and where the experiences will take us. We
have experienced a variety of classes offered in the Fisher
College of Science and Mathematics from chemistry to
biology to physics, mathematics, and computer science. The
classes are as varied as the students that take them. We all
experienced the late nights spent in the library studying
for the big test or final. We have all ordered the large
coffee from Starbucks to keep us going through the night. We
spent our time with our heads in our notebooks and our textbooks
or working with study groups from night to morning. We have
all experienced late afternoons spent in the lab, especially
those Friday labs. Those long Friday labs when all your
friends are wondering why you would rather spend time mixing
chemicals rather than going out in the town with them. We’ve
all experienced professors that would inspire us, that one tough
grading teacher, and that one teacher that would really
push us to succeed. We have experienced that first failed
test or lab. By the way, we really hate titration, don’t we
Dr. Sours? We have experienced completed research in almost
every field imaginable. We spent hours writing that thesis or
completing independent studies. We’ve cried when our experiments
failed. We jumped for joy when everything worked, only to find
out it didn’t work in the way we thought at first. We presented
our work with fellow students, faculty, and at national or
regional conferences. We experienced internships and
part-time jobs. We learned how to make the interview
successful. We learned how to make the most of a hands-on
experience and how to work with a group of professionals. We
took what we learned in the classroom and applied it to
an internship or job. Without knowing it, we also became very
good at filing paperwork and getting coffee in the morning.
We experienced studying abroad in a new environment by taking
classes in Italy, Spain, France, Russia, England, Argentina,
Brazil and Egypt, just to name a few. We had a roommate that went
to China twice and will not stop talking about it. We are
convinced he’s packing his bags any day now. While abroad,
we learned the language, experienced the traditions, and
sampled the delicious culture. When we returned home, we shared
our experience with others. Over the last four years, we
experienced events outside the classroom. We attended sporting
events together and watched our Towson football team win the CAA
conferences in 2011 and go on to tie for first place last fall.
We watched the last seasons of our indoor sports in the Towson
Center. Next year, we’ll be anxious to see our team succeed
in this very stadium. Together, we welcomed President Loeschke,
the new president of Towson University, who was recently
named one of the Daily Record’s top 100 women. We joined
and participated in various student-run clubs and
organizations. These spanned in every sort of interest possible.
We attended homecoming and Tigerfest. We experienced
“Gangnam Style” and the “Harlem Shake.” For some reason, we let
cats run the Internet. We’ve made friends, colleagues, and
built relationships that will last a lifetime. As you can see,
we experienced a lot here at the Fisher College of Science and
Mathematics. It’s important to treasure these memories and
experiences and reflect back on them from time to time. Wherever
you may be headed next, whether it is to move into the
workforce, complete graduate studies, or any other path the
future may take you, utilize the experiences you have made
throughout your stay at Towson University. However, don’t
forget to leave room for new experiences and memories as you
continue your life, as one is silver and the other is gold.
Use what you have learned to battle the obstacles that stand
in your way and just remember that Towson University, by
raising the bar, has given you a head start in the game of life.
What’s the difference between school and life? In school,
you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re
given a test that teaches you a lesson. Just remember that you
cannot study for life’s tests, only review the results. The
results of life’s experiences are what will define your future
and remember there is no curve, class dismissed.
Thank you. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Nicholas: Thank you, Mr.
Quinlan. Good morning, I’m Zachary Miklos, vice president
of the Graduate Student Association. Madame President,
ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure to introduce the
graduate student speaker Ms. Carly Dean, who’s graduating
with a Master of Science degree in environmental science. Carly
Dean is from a small town called North East in Cecil County,
Maryland. After transferring from UMBC, she received her
Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from
Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 2008 and today receives her
Master of Science degree in environmental science. She
plans to pursue her passion for environmental stewardship
by working for a non-profit conservation organization in the
Chesapeake Bay region. Please welcome, Ms. Carly
Dean. (APPLAUSE)>>Mr. Dean: Thank you, Zachary
Miklos, vice president of the GSA for that introduction. Good
morning, President Loeschke, Regent Slater, distinguished
guests, honored faculty, family, and fellow graduates. I’d
like to personally thank the committee who selected me to be
your graduate student speaker, and a special thanks to Google
calendar, without you, I’d probably forget to be here right
now. But seriously, I’m honored to have been chosen from a truly
talented and accomplished group of graduates to speak today. And
more thanks are in order, to my wonderful family and friends I’m
honored to be in your lives and to have your enduring,
unyielding, persistent, and at times pestering support, without
which I could not have made it this far. Thank you, especially
to my fellow Towson graduates who struggled by my side through
what seemed like an endless battery of theses, crises,
technical difficulties and philosophical predicaments. For
all of these, we are stronger, better, more resilient people.
And of course, I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude
to the environmental science faculty, especially my advisor
Dr. Brian Fath, for their patience, flexibility, and
guidance. Now a little bit about what brought me to the stage and
what I’ve learned. In 2006, I moved to Waco, Texas to attend
Baylor University and I learned that when a moving truck is out
of the question, two suitcases packed to the maximum weight
limit can sufficiently move you across country via airplane. One
year post-graduation and 100 job applications later, I found
that rejection is, while uncomfortable, an essential
part of life. And after finding myself with a BS in
environmental science working customer service and living with
my grandparents, I realized that getting back into the school
thing after time off is not as insurmountable an undertaking
as so many suggest. Before beginning the process, though, I
took a job doing trail work in California and now I know that
without a doubt bears are real. And so I started looking for
a fitting graduate school and Towson was, right away, a clear
choice. Near my home, where my heart is, and bursting with
phenomenal faculty credentials, the environmental science
program immediately garnered my attention. And I believe that
the program, fashioned around both holism and pragmatism, has
prepared me to think critically and to shift easily from the
narrow to the universal and back again. Here, I’ve had the
opportunity to feel a central part of a small program within
this great university. I’ve spent two years working on my
thesis on ecosystem services in Maryland, which can be defined
simply as everything the environment does for us to
sustain and fulfill our lives. I’ve been so fortunate to
present my research at both an international conference on
ecological sustainability, attended by delegates of 75
countries, as well as at an intimate ecology symposium in
celebration of a professor’s retirement from 44 years of
groundbreaking ecosystems research. All the while, I have
found myself feeling a smaller and smaller part of this world,
every time I glimpse the vast amount of our collective
knowledge that I have yet to learn. This world to which I am
greatly indebted and will try to repay through a lifetime of
environmental stewardship. And now we come to the inspirational
quote that you’ve all been so patiently waiting for. This was
handwritten on a card given to me from my undergraduate
graduation and I have kept it in mind since. A quote from Dr.
Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs,
ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that
because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I hope Towson University has helped you find what makes you
come alive as it has for me. Congratulations, and good luck
to all of my fellow graduates. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Commencement is
one of the happiest days of the year on this campus. All of the
faculty and the staff and the administrators, we just take
such delight in being a part of your journey. And thank you for
letting us be a part of your journey. But there is a special
group here today that we really want recognize, very
particularly. We have one of the finest graduating classes in the
country because we have one of the finest faculties assembled
anywhere. So I’m going to ask the faculty to stand up and let
you all thank them. Faculty, please stand. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Also joining me
on the stage today are leaders of the University, those
responsible for facilitating your academic success. You may
not see each of them all of the time, as you do the faculty and
staff, but I can assure you that they lovingly spend their days
looking after your success. I’m going to introduce them, hold
your applause until the end, but I ask them to stand as I call
them. The Vice Presidents of the University and the members of
the Leadership Team, the Dean of the Honors College, the Dean
of the College, the Dean of University Libraries, the
Associate Dean of the college, members of the Board of
Visitors, the Alumni Association, the University
Senate, the American Association of University Professors, the
Towson University Staff Counsel, and then the members of the
Student Government and the Graduate Student Association.
What a group, and it is a joy for me to work with them every
day. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: I’d also like to
thank the faculty members who are serving as faculty Marshals
today and student Marshals and the readers for this ceremony.
Now these are faculty members who wanted to be immediately
involved with this ceremony. They volunteered to do this.
These are the ones who back in the rooms hooded you, and
gave you a safety pin and a lifesaver, and told you how
to lineup, and answered your questions and they just wanted
to be here in a different kind of a way. And so, we want to
take a moment to thank them, as well. Please, stand up faculty
Marshals and thanks as always for being a part of
everything. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: You can tell
that this is the University of thank yous, there’s a couple
more to do. One is that it takes over a hundred people to put
this ceremony together. There is of course the Commencement
Committee and then there are student volunteers, the
facilities folks, police, bus drivers, food services,
photographers, event staff, custodians, groundskeepers,
parking, and volunteers, as well. There’s another group,
right behind them, that got this beautiful arena together. A week
or so ago it looked like we might not be in here and our
staff and all of those that we’d been working with said, well, do
you want to bet you are going to be in there. So the electricians
and the welders and the plumbers and the safety inspectors all
joined together to make sure we were here and air conditioned
today, and that makes you, the class of 2013, the first
group for the history of the University forevermore, the
first group to graduate from this beautiful arena. Let’s
thank everyone who made today happen. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Now graduates,
you know perfectly well you haven’t been on this journey
by yourself, so we’re going to introduce your supporters out
here in two groups and the lights up please. We want to
recognize in the first group and ask them to stand the mothers
and fathers, parents, great-grandparents, and
grandparents of these folks about to graduate. Please
stand up, let them thank you. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: And we at the
University thank you for placing your children in our trust. Now
the second group, and let’s try to hold our applause until we’re
finished, is going to be now standing up -brothers, sisters,
spouses, partners, sons and daughters – keep standing
up folks – aunts, uncles, godparents, friends. Up you
go, and thank them. (APPLAUSE)>>FACULTY MEMBER: Madame
president, this concludes the undergraduates from the
Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and all graduates
for this ceremony. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Now may I ask
for just a moment – may I ask for just a moment because,
graduates, I’m asking you please, sometime this weekend
in the midst of all of the celebration to sit very quietly
for just a few minutes and ask yourselves what kind of positive
change are you going to be able to make with this education.
Less than 1% of the world gets a college education. This is a
very uncertain world and we need you. We need your education and
your passion to humanity. So please go out as scientists and
mathematicians and professionals and be the best kind of
person and the best kind of professional you can possibly
be, so that the world is a whole lot better off because you have
been in it. I send you forward because once many, many years
ago I was sitting in a Towson community – commencement just
like you are now and my whole life’s journey was ahead of me.
I can tell you, anything can happen. So I send you forward
with tremendous pride and respect and love. Thank you
for being here. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: Now graduates,
all of the undergraduates stand up… (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: …and move your
tassel from the left to the right. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Loeschke: You are
graduated. Now will everyone please stand and join Ms. Kim
in the singing of Maryland, My Maryland. The words
are on page 63.>>Ms. Kim: (singing) My thankful
heart with rapture fills, Maryland, my Maryland, when
I behold thy rolling hills, Maryland, my Maryland, I love
your rocks and rippling rills, your water ways where beauty
spills and nature holds a thousand thrills, Maryland,
my Maryland. (APPLAUSE)>>Dr. Wolfson: The president –
the president, her party, the faculty and the graduates will
begin the recessional. I will ask that members of the audience
please be seated until all have left the arena. The guests
may then join their graduates outside that Tiger Arena
Courtyard. Again, we offer best wishes and hearty
congratulations to the class of 2013. (MUSIC)

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