May 20th, 2015 @ 4:34 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
As an educator, I cherish the opportunity to participate in commencement ceremonies, the culminating moment of a student’s journey through college. I was asked to speak at the Woodland Community College commencement last Friday, and the extraordinary effort these students have devoted to their education put me in mind of my own studies and professional journey.
Graduating from college is a tremendous achievement. The education students receive at college will inspire them to be lifetime learners because, more than anything, that’s what college is all about. These students put in the effort to acquire specific skills and knowledge, but they choose to learn also because the world is a big place with many opportunities, and they understand that the more they learn, the better equipped they will be to take advantage of them.
What they have learned at Woodland Community College is now their most effective tool for bringing about positive change in their own lives and in the world. I hope they never stop seeking more knowledge and more education. I know, too, that we will see some of them enrolled at UC Davis next year as transfer students, which we are very happy about. In fact, one of the student speakers at commencement, a delightful young man by the name of Christopher Holden, is transferring to UC Davis in the fall. Christopher sat next to me on stage and after a few minutes of conversation, he struck me as the kind of student who will work hard and take full advantage of the opportunities on our campus to learn and grow.
As a once-poor girl from a tiny Greek island, I know firsthand that the possibilities are limitless when you have the education to go after them. I know these students will take up their responsibility as educated individuals to help others and improve the world we live in, and will make the all-important commitment to becoming young men and women who never lose their hunger for education and a lifetime of learning long beyond their college years.
They have bright futures and so much opportunity. Their graduation is a reminder of what’s possible. I hope it inspires them to continue their educations and to never be deterred from their own personal dreams because as I said in my remarks, with hard work, we know they can come true.