Importance of Natural Resources

Human Ecology | Fall Commencement 2017


IN 1867, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HELD THE FIRST COMMENCEMENT. THREE WOMEN, AND TWO MEN, GRADUATED THAT YEAR. AS THE FIRST LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION, THE UNIVERSITY HAD A VISION OF PROVIDING INNOVATIVE EDUCATION TO ALL PEOPLE. THAT EARLY VISION CONTINUED THROUGH TO THE PRESENT. WITH OVER 250 MAJORS, AND A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY, INCLUDING STUDENTS FROM ALL 50 STATES, AND MORE THAN 100 COUNTRIES. BECOMING ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP 50 PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES BY 2025 IS TODAY’S VISION FOR TOMORROW. WITH ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION AND PROFESSORS WHO ARE LEADERS IN THEIR FIELDS, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN TEACHING, LEARNING, SERVICE, AND RESEARCH. TODAY’S GRADUATES JOIN OVER 200,000 ALUMNI WHO ARE PROUD TO CALL K-STATE THEIR ALMA MATER. CONGRATULATIONS. AND THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THEM THROUGH THEIR UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. [ MOUS [ MUSIC ] [ APPLAUSE ] GOOD AFTERNOON! I AM MICHELLE TOWES, ASSOCIATE DEAN, AND IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME EACH OF YOU ON THIS JOYOUS OCCASION. WE IN COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY JOIN FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN CELEBRATING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE GRADUATING CLASS OF FALL 2017. AT THIS TIME, I INVITE YOU TO STAND AND JOIN SAM WILSON, SENIOR IN VOCAL PERFORMANCE AND STEPHEN KUCERA, SENIOR IN ACCOUNTING AND MUSIC PERFORMANCE, TO SING “THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.” ♪ OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAI AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGH 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 ♪ O SAY DOES THAT STAR SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ♪ O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪ [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU SAM SAN STEVEN. PLEASE BE SEATED. AS I INTRODUCE TODAY’S PLATFORM PARTY, PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL ARE PRESIDENT RICHARD DR. APRIL MASON, PROVOST, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND PROFESSOR IN NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND BARBARA ANDERSON, PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD, APPAREL, TEXTILES, AND INTERIOR DESIGN. DOROTHY DURBAND, PROFESSOR AND SCHOOL DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES. DR. MICHAEL OTTENBACHER, PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD, HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT. DR. MARK HAUB, PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD, FOOD, NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND HEATH. DR. CRAIG HARMS, PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD [ APPLAUSE ] PLEASE WELCOME DR. JOHN BUCKWALTER, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY TO RECOGNIZE FACULTY AWARD WINNERS AND OUR S COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. . GRADUATES, YOUR FAMILIES AND YOUR FACULTY ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WE EXPECT THAT THE FUTURE WILL HOLD GREAT PROMISE FOR EACH OF YOU. JACOB LOFQUIST WILL REPRESENT THE GRADUATING CLASS AS THE FAL STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. JACOB, WILL YOU PLEASE JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM? JACOB WILL GRADUATE WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN KINESIOLOGY. THE SON OF PATRICE AND STEVEN L OF OVERLAND PARK, JACOB HAS BEEN AN ENGAGED STUDENT IN THE KINESIOLOGY DEPARTMENT. JACOB WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF CHRISTIAN CHALLENGE, FLINT HILLS SCHOOL OF HOPE MENTORING/TUTOR GOLDEN KEY HONOR SOCIETY AND PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY CLUB, WHERE HE SERVED AS SERVICE CHAIR. DURING HIS TIME AT K-STATE, JACOB COULD BE FOUND IN THE COM VOLUNTEERING FOR THE KANSAS KIDS FITNESS DAY AND HELPING THE PURPLE PAWS ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY FIND PETS LOVING HOMES. JACOB RECEIVED NUMEROUS SCHOLARSHIP AND ACADEMIC AWARDS DURING HIS UNDERGRADUATE CAREER JACOB IS DESCRIBED AS A ROLE MODEL STUDENT BY HIS FACULTY. GRADUATION, JACOB WILL LOOK TO PURSUE HIS DOCTORATE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY. THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY IS PLEASED TO WELCOME JACOB AS HE SPEAKS ON BEHALF OF GRADUATING CLASS. CONGRATULATIO! [ APPLAUSE ] FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU TO THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY FOR THE OUTSTANDING FACULTY THAT HAVE PROVIDED US WITH A WORLD CLASS THANK YOU TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR SUPPORTING THIS EXTRAORDINARY DAY IN OUR LIVES. WE COULD NOT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT WE DID WITHOUT YOUR CARE A SUPPORT. FELLOW WILDCATS, YOU HAVE SHOWN TREMENDOUS PERSEVERANCE AND RESILIENCE DURING YOUR TIME HERE AT K-STATE. YOU HAVE MATURED INTO YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN THAT WILL B WHEREVER YOU GO IN LIFE. YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED EXTRAORDINARY QUALITIES THAT ALLOWED YOU TO B TODAY. AND FOR THAT, I AM PROUD TO REPRESENT SUCH A PRESTIGIOUS GROUP OF STUDENTS. WOODROW WIL ONCE SAID, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STRONG MAN AND A WEAK ONE IS THAT THE FORMER DOES NOT GIVE UP AFTER A DEFEAT. RESILI PERSEVERANCE. IT IS THOSE PEOPLE WHO POSSESS THESE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS THAT ARE ABLE TO THRIVE AND GO THE DISTANCE IN LIFE. THEY ARE ABLE TO TAKE TR AMOUNTS OF BLOWS AND YET STILL BOUNCE BACK DESPITE THE ODDS AGAINST THEM. HOW DO YOU DEVELOP THESE TRAITS? IS THERE TRULY A SECRET? OR, DOES IT JUS THROUGH DEVELOPING STRONG HABITS AND DISCIPLINES THAT WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH EVEN THE TOUGHEST STORMS OF LIFE? YOU SEE, NOBODY IS IMMUNE TO THE TRIALS, CHALLENGES, AND PAIN EXPERIENCED IN LIFE. THE DIFFERENCE IN THOS THRIVE IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY COMES IN THE CHOICE TO CONTINUE TO PRESS ON REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES. THE REWARD COMES TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THEIR DREAM. IT COMES TO THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO FIGHT HARD EVEN WHEN THEY CANNO THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. WILDCATS, I URGE YOU TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND NEVER GIVE UP. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THOSE WHO DEVELOP RESILIENCE AN PERSEVERANCE THROUGH THE STORMS OF LIFE THAT EXPERIENCE GROWTH. IT IS THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE DEDICATED, DISCIPLINED, AND HAVE OVERCOME TRIALS THAT ARE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE. THEY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE BOUND TO MAKE A IMPACT ON THOSE AROUND THEM THAT WILL NOT SOON BE FORGOTTEN. THEY HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN TH OF OTHERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE INFLUENCED PEOPLE TO USE THEIR GIFTS TO BENEFIT THOSE AROUND THEM. THEY ARE AN AMAZING EXAMPLE TO OTHERS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE LIFE IN A MEANINGFUL AND PURPOSEFUL WAY. FACULTY, PARENTS, AND CHILDREN, THIS IS THE KIND OF PERSON I AM YOU TO BECOME. THIS IS THE KIND OF PERSON THAT OUR WORLD NEEDS MORE OF. THANK YOU SO VERY MUC. [ APPLAUSE ] DR. SHAWNA JORDAN, ASSISTANT DEAN, WILL NOW RECOGNIZE STUDENTS WITH ACADEMIC HONORS. THANK YOU, JACOB. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE EARNED CUM LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, AND SUMMA CUM LAUDE HONORS. 12 HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE DESIGNATION CU THESE 12 STUDENTS HAVE A CUMULATIVE K-STATE GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 3.750 TO 3.849. 13 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE MAGNA CUM LAUDE. THESE STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED A 3.850 TO 3.949 ACADEMIC AVERAGE. 17 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE DESIGNATI SUMMA CUM LAUDE, THE HIGHEST ACADEMIC HONOR CONVEYED BY THE UNIVERSITY. THESE STUDENTS HAVE ATTAINED A 3.950 OR HIGHER CUMU K-STATE GRADE POINT AVERAGE. PLEASE JOIN ME IN GIVING THEM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU MAY BE SEATED. KAPPA OMICRON NU IS A NATIONAL HONOR DEDICATED TO RECOGNIZING AND ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP, RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN ECOLOGY. KON STUDENTS AND FACULTY ARE WEARING BURGUNDY AND CREAM HONOR CORDS TODAY. ETA INTERNATIONAL HONOR FOR STUDENTS WITH AN EXCELLENT ACADEMIC RECORD IN THE HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY. ESD STUDENTS ARE WEARING CORDS ALSO TODAY. AT THIS TIME, IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE DR. SONYA BRITT-LUTTER AS OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER TODAY. SONYA BRITT-LUTTER IS AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING WITHIN THE SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES. SHE IS CERTIFIE PLANNER PROFESSIONAL WITH TRAINING IN MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY. AS A RESEARCHER AND TEACHER OF FINANCIAL THERAPY, S EXPLORES THE ROLE OF MONEY IN COUPLE RELATIONSHIPS, FAMILIES, AND FOR THE INDIVIDUAL. SONYA’ RESEARCH ON MONEY ARGUMENTS AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON RELATIONSHIP AND DIVORCE AND HAS BEEN REFERENCED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, KIPLINGER’S, AND YAHOO! FINANCE TO NAME A FEW. SHE AND HER CO- WON THE BEST THEORETICAL PAPER AWARD AT THE 2016 FINANCIAL PLA ASSOCIATION NATIONAL MEETING WITH A PAPER TITLED, TIGHTWADS PREDICTING FINANCIAL CONFLICT I RELATIONSHIPS. HER DEVELOPMENTAL WORK IN THE EMERGING FIELD OF FINANCIAL THERAPY IS SUMMARIZED IN FINANCIAL THERAPY, THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE WITH CO-EDITORS DRS. BRAD KLONTZ AND KRISTY ARCHULETA. SONYA HAS APPLIED HER RESEARCH OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS INTO A LOVE AND M CURRICULUM AND FORTHCOMING BOOK FOR YOUNG COUPLES. SONYA HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN PROMOTING FINANCIAL LITERACY AND FINANCIAL WELL-BEING ON CAMPUS. SHE HAS WORKED WITH MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAMS TO FOCUS ON FIRST-GENERAT STUDENTS, FOOD INSECURITY, AND VETERINARY AND PRE-VETERINARY S SONYA’S WORK AT THE FINANCIAL COUNSELING CENTERS AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY AND KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HAVE GUIDED HER EFFECTIVENESS OF FINANCIAL COUN RESEARCH AGENDA. HER WORK WITH COLLEGE FINANCIAL COUNSELING PR CULMINATES WITH A CO-EDITED BOOK WITH DR. DOROTHY DURBAND TITLED, STUDENT FINANCIAL LITER CAMPUS-BASED PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. SONYA RECEIVED HER BACHELOR’S AND MASTER’S DEGREE FROM KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AND HER DOCTORATE FROM TEXAS TECH U SHE WAS FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF THE FINANCIAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION AND CONTINUES TO SERVE ON OTHER NATIONAL BOARDS. SHE ENJOYS SPENDING TIME AT HOME WITH HER HUSBAND, TWO BOYS, AND PETS. PLEASE HELP ME WELCOME, DR. SONYA BRITT-LUTTER. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. ONE OF MY FIRST THOUGHTS IN PREPARING MY REMARKS IS MY MEMORY OF FORMER K-STATE PRESIDENT SCHULTZ’ ADDRESS A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN HE SAID THAT NOBODY REMEMBERS WHO SPOKE AT THEIR COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT. SO, SINCE YOU WON’T REMEMBER ME, MY IS THAT SOMETHING I SAY WILL RESONATE WITH YOU AND PRESENT ITSELF WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. I’M GOING TO START WITH A STORY OF A YOUNG MOM OF TWO CHILDREN AGES TWO AND SIX MONTHS. SHE WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN HER JOB. SHE WORKED LONG HOURS AND DID THE EXTRA WORK THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE. FROM THE OUTSIDE, SHE WAS SUPER MOM AND A VALUABLE EMPLOY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, SHE WAS CARING FOR A COLICKY BABY WHO COULDN’T SLEEP AND BARELY SLEPT FOUR TO FIVE HOURS A NIGHT HERS HER HUSBAND HAD RECEIVED WORD THAT HE PROBABLY WASN’T GOING TO BE REHIRED FOR HIS ALREADY PART-TIME POSITION. FROM THE OUTSIDE EVERYTHING LOOKED FINE, BUT FROM THE INSIDE IT WAS ANYTHING BUT FINE. THAT STORY HAD A TRAGIC ENDING. THE HUSBA ENDED HIS LIFE, LEAVING BEHIND THE MOM AND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN. THAT STORY IS REAL AND THAT STORY IS ABOUT ME. WHEN MY TWO YEAR OLD WAS DRYING MY TEARS, I DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I DIDN’T LIKE PEOPLE LOOKING AT ME WITH SAD EYES AND I DIDN’T LIKE PEOPLE FEELING SORRY FOR ME. I THAT DAY WHEN MY BOY WHO WAS GROWING UP TOO FAST LOOKED AT ME AND ASKED WHY I WAS CRYING WHILE HE WIPED MY TEARS, THAT I HAD T CHOICES. I COULD DRIFT AWAY AND LET MY CHILDREN TAKE CARE OF ME OR I COULD CHOOSE TO LIVE. STANDING HERE TODAY IS AN EXAMPLE OF MY ULTIMATE CHOICE. I AM NOT SONYA, THE WIDOW WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. I AM SIMPLY SONYA. I FOUND CONTENTMENT WITH MY LIFE, REMARRIED, AND HAVE THE MOST AMAZING HUSBAND AND CHILDREN TO SHARE MY LIFE WITH. WE HAVE ALL EXPERIENCED TRAGEDY OUR LIVES AND WE WILL ALL LIKELY EXPERIENCE ADDITIONAL TRAGEDY. OUR EXPERIENCES ARE UNIQUE AND CANNOT BE COMPARED FOR LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY OR TRAUMA. WHAT FRIEND, COLLEAGUE, SISTER OR BROTHER, SON OR DAUGHTER, AND ASK PEOPLE WHAT’S GOING ON WHEN YOU SEE THAT SOMETHING ISN’T QUITE RIGHT AND NOT LET TRAGEDY US. TO CITE PRESIDENT MYER’S KSUNITE ADDRESS, “WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OUR FAMILY.” WE ARE K-S WE ARE FAMILY. NOW, IF I ENCOURAGED YOU TO NOT LET TRAGEDY DEFINE YOU, I ALSO HAVE TO RECOMMEND THAT YOU NOT LET SUCCESS DEFINE YOU. THAT PROBABLY SEEMS LIKE ODD ADVICE, ESPECIALLY COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO COMPLETED HER UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE IN THREE YEARS AND HAD F A CLINICAL MASTER’S DEGREE AND PHD WITH SOME WORK EXPERIENCE MIXED IN BEFORE THE AGE OF 30. YOU CAN READ MY BIO IN THE PROGRAM AND I’M VERY THANKFUL FOR THE PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS HAVE RECEIVED. BUT, THAT’S NOT WHO I AM. LUTTER AND MRS. LUTTER AND MRS. LUTTER JUST AS YOU WILL PLAY THE ROLES OF YOUR LIFE. BUT WHO I AM IS SONYA. AS SONYA, I AM CONTENT. I AM G I AM BLESSED. I STRIVE FOR GENEROSITY AND UNCONDITIONAL SOMETIMES I FAIL IN MY ROLES, BUT I AM ALWAYS SONYA. SONYA WHO IS CONTENT, GRATEFUL, AND BLESSED. THESE WORDS DESCRIBE MY VALUES. SO, MY THIRD AND FINAL POINT TODAY IS TO LET YOUR VALUES GUIDE AND DEFINE YOU THROUGH IT ALL. A GOOD FRIEND GAVE ME THE MOST TIMELY ADVICE WHEN I NEEDED IT THE SHE SAID, THE RESPONSE TO SKEPTICISM IS A SIMPLE ONE, THAT I AM DOING WHAT I THINK IS BEST FOR ME. I AM D WHAT IS BEST FOR ME. NOBODY ELSE CAN DEFINE THAT EXCEPT FOR ME. IN A WORLD FOCUSED ON THINGS, W FIRST ON PEOPLE. AS GRADUATES OF THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY, THAT SAYING IS ESPECIALLY RELEVANT TO YOU. IT’S OUR COLLEGE MOTTO AND SOMETHING THAT COMES TO MY MIND OFTEN. IF YOU NOT TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF, YOU CANNOT BE HELPFUL TO OTHERS. DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHAT THE CURRENT TRENDS ARE AND DON’T JUDGE OR ENVY PICTURES YOU SEE ON SNAPCHAT. WORRY ABOUT Y WHEN YOU ARE CONTENT, EVERYONE AROUND YOU WILL SEE IT AND EMULATE YOUR BEHAVIORS, YOUR FR YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR WORK. THE OPPOSITE IS ALSO TRUE. YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR VALUES. YOU GET TO CHOOSE WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU. YOU AND BEST OF LUCK IN 2018 AN. [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO FOR THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSO WHO WILL BRING GREETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI AS I AM PLEASED TO BE A PART OF YOUR SPECIAL DAY AND OFFER CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REPR OVER 250,000 GRADUATES AND FRIENDS WHO WILL BE YOUR LIFELONG K-STATE FAMILY. TODAY, AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE, WE ARE EXCITED TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE ARE ALSO HERE TO WELCOME YOU INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ALMA MATER AS YOU BEGIN THIS NEW CHAPTER AS A K-STATE GRADUATE. OUR MISSION AT THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS TO LEAD AND INSPIRE LIFELONG INVOLVEMENT THAT WILL BENEFIT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AND ALL MEMBERS OF OUR WILDCAT COMMUNITY. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THREE OF THE CORE VALUES THAT GUIDE US IN OUR MISSION TO HELP KEEP YOU CONNECTED WITH K-STATE. THE FIRST VALUE IS LINK. THE ALUMN ASSOCIATION PROVIDES THE LIFELONG LINK THAT ALUMNI DEPEND ON TO REMAIN CONNECTED. YOU CAN STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH HUNDREDS ALUMNI ACTIVITIES HELD ON CAMPUS, AROUND THE COUNTRY AND ANOTHER VALUE IS TRADITION. YOU WILL LIKELY CELEBRATE A FEW TRADITIONS THIS WEEKEND AS YOU SING THE ALMA MATER OR TAKE KSU PHOTOS AT YOUR FAVORITE SPOT ON YOU MAY ALSO HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF DOING THE WABASH AT A K-STATE SPORTS EVENT OR RUBBING THE NOSE OF THE BRONZE WILDCAT STATUE AT ALUMNI CENTER FOR GOOD LUCK ON A TEST OR TO ENSURE A WILDCAT VICTORY. AS THE KEEPERS OF TRADITION WE ALSO HOPE YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT THE ALUMNI CENTER TO EXPERIENCE ALL OF THE WONDERFUL TRADITIONS KEP THERE, INCLUDING OUR NEWEST ADDITION, A STAINED-GLASS MURAL, DESIGNED BY 2016 GRADUATE MARCU WHICH PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE BEAUTY OF OUR STATE AND THE K-STATE CAMPUS. THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS PURPLE. FOR K-STATERS IT’S MORE THAN A COLOR. IT’S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE, CONNECTION AND FAMILY. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WEARING PURPLE, A K-STATE CLASS RING, O SPORTING A K-STATE LICENSE PLATE, YOU WILL FEEL THAT SENSE OF FAMILY. IN RECOGNITION OF Y GRADUATION, THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY AND THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ARE PROVIDING YOU WITH A COMPLIMENTARY ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS A CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER AFTER YOUR FIRST YEAR. K-STATE ALUMNI ARE AMONG THE MOST LOYAL IN THE NATION. IN FACT, OUR MEMBERSHIP RANKS IN THE TOP FIVE IN THE NATION AND NUMBER ONE IN THE BIG 12 FOR PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES WHO ARE MEMBERS. THA IS SHARED BY GENERATIONS OF K-STATERS WHO HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR K-STATE THAT YOU FEEL TODAY AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE FROM ONE OF THE FINEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION. TH ASSOCIATION IS ALSO PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU TODAY WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI BUSINESS CARD HOLDER. AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE AND YOUR TITLES AND ADDRESSES CHANGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP US UPDATED. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS CONNECTED TO YOU K-STATE FAMILY. CONGRATULATIONS, AND GO CATS! [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU, AMY. TO THE GRADUATES OF THE CLASS OF 2017, GRADUATION IS AN IMPORTANT OCCA YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, MANY OF WHOM ARE WITH US TODAY, HAVE HELPED TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOA EARNING A COLLEGE DEGREE. WILL YOU JOIN ME IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO THANK THEM? [ APPLAUSE ] IN ADDITION, WILL FACULTY IN THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN RISE SO THAT WE CAN THANK AND COMMEND YOU? [ APPLAUSE ] AND NOW, THE MOMENT WE HAVE GATHERED TO CELEBRATE. WILL ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES FROM THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY PLEASE BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, UPON RECOMMENDATION BY THE FACULTY AND UPON COMPLET OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER UPON YOU THE RESPECTIVE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES YOU HAVE EARNED IN THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY AT KANSAS STAT YOU MAY NOW MOVE THE TASSEL TO THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR MORTARBOA. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF FALL 20 YOU MAY BE SEATED. AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, I INVITE PRESIDENT RI MYERS, PROVOST APRIL MASON, ASSISTANT DEAN MICHELE TOWES TO JOIN ME FOR THE PRESENTATION OF WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF APPAREL, TEXTILES AND INTERIOR DESIGN PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN APPAREL AND TEXTILES AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERIOR. [ READING NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR NEW GRADUATES. DR. DOROTHY DURBAND WILL PRESENT THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVIC WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FAMILY S AND HUMAN SERVICES AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PERSONAL FINANCIA. [ READING NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR NEW GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ] [ READING NAMES ] [ APPLAUSE ] DR. MICHAEL OTTENBACHER WILL PRESENT THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITAL WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY M PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HOTEL AN. [ READING NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR NEW GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ] ASSOCIATE DEAN MICHELLE TOEWS WILL PRESENT THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL HUMAN EC WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FOR HUMAN ECOLOGY PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE CANDIDATE FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN EC. [ READING NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR NEW GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ] WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN KINESIOL. [ READING NAMINGS ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING ALL OF OUR NEW GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ] GRADUATES, YOU CAME TO KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD AND FOR A BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME, YOUR LIVES CONVERGED IN THE CLASSROOMS AND AND STUDIOS IN THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY. IT HAS BEEN FOR US A PRIVILEGE TO HELP YOU LEAR FROM HERE YOUR LIVES WILL ONCE AGAIN DIVERGE AS YOU PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREES AND CAREERS, AND AS YOU FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS THROUGH AS YET UNKNOWABLE LIFE AS YOU START YOUR NEW LIVES, I WOULD LIKE LEAVE YOU WITH A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS. DO NOT THINK OF YOUR NEWLY MINTED DEGREE AS A TICKET TO A SPECIFIC PLACE, BUT RATHER AS A PASSPORT THAT CAN TAKE YOU TO AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF DESTINATIONS. INDEED, AS A PRIVILEGED PASSPORT HOLDER YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO PLACES THAT YOU CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE. EMBRACE THE JOURNEY, BUT BE GEN WITH YOUR TIME, TALENTS AND RESOURCES. AS COLLEGE GRADUATES, YOU ARE A PRIVILEGED GROUP. TAKE OTHERS WITH YOU ON FABULOUS JOURNEY. INVEST YOURSELF IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS, YOUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR ALMA MATER. THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY AND KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF EACH OF YOU. PLEASE STAY CO TO YOUR K-STATE FAMILY. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHERE YOUR JOURNEY TAKES YOU. ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY CLASS OF 2017. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, I’D LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO STAND AND JOIN SAM WILSON AND STEPHAN KUCERA IN THE SINGING OF THE ALMA MATER FOR THE FIRST TIME AS ALUMNI. THE WORDS ARE PRINTED ON PAGE THREE OF YOUR PROGRAM. AT THE END OF THE REFRAIN, AUDIENCE PLEASE BE FOR THE RECESSIONAL. ♪ KSU, we’ll carry the banner high, KSU long, long may thy ♪ colors fly, loyal you to thee thy children will swell the cry ♪ Hail, Hail, Hail Alma Mater.


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