Pre-Commencement 2021 Celebration

Pre-Commencement 2021 Celebration

Graduating from college is a major life accomplishment. To our liberal arts graduates from the faculty and staff —we’re so proud of you and we honor your achievement! You set out to accomplish great things and your dedication, determination, and hard work proves you have what it takes to make those great things happen. Congratulations liberal arts Jags!

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Greetings to all of you joining us today on this most important occasion.
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Today, we recognize you and your achievement
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and celebrate your graduation
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with a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate
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from the IU School of Liberal Arts.
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I am your Dean, Tamela Eitle.
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And I want to welcome you and your family
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n behalf of the faculty, alumni, staff, and students
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of the IU School of Liberal Arts.
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This year has taught many of you
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that you are much more resilient than you thought.
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You have made drastic changes to your personal, social,
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school, and work lives
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when protecting public health and the health
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of your friends and family demanded it.
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In this last year,
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many of you stood up and protested against racial injustice.
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Asking more of yourselves and of our social institutions.
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I know that during the past four or more years,
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many of you endured hardships
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that made you question whether you could or should
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continue with your education.
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I applaud you
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for confronting these challenges
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and not letting them come between you and your goal
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of earning a Liberal Arts degree.
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I know that you did not come to this day without help
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I want to acknowledge your families
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and networks of friends
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that had been so important to your entire educational journey.
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Their love and support made it possible for you to develop the resilience
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that serve do so well this past year.
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Graduations and commencements are rituals.
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They mark significant transitions in our lives
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and allow for moments of celebration.
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I honor each of you today
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by donning my traditional commencement regalia.
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I hope that you will do the same.
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Put on your cap and gown and take pictures with your family.
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As your names are read today, celebrate,
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cheer for each other,
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and enjoy the ritual
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that marks the occasion of your graduation.
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You have earned it.
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I also hope you will join the Alumni Association
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and stay in touch with us at the IU School of Liberal Arts.
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Your liberal arts education
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has taught you to ask questions,
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challenge your firmly held beliefs,
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and engage and civil discourse with others
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who may disagree with you.
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Your coursework has given you a depth of knowledge
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and skills in one or more areas.
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And it is made learning and civic engagement
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part of who you are as a person.
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Be brave, dream big.
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We are confident that you will succeed.
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Whether you choose a career,
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working for a small startup
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or a multinational company
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in urban planning or education
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as a community organizer or cultural preservationist.
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Or any of the other many opportunities that lie before you.
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The faculty and staff at the IU School of Liberal Arts
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know you are prepared to change the world.
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Congratulations Class of 2021.
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And now our Associate Dean, Thom Upton,
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will read the names of all the graduates.
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[Music]
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[Narrator reads text on screen]

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