Today we're here to celebrate students who have gotten a lot out of their Bucknell experience. As Steven Mintz, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin recently observed:
" It's at college that many hone the essential skills of adulthood, time management, multitasking, meeting deadlines... Equally important, residential students learn indispensable social skills: especially how to interact with diverse peers and how to enter, manage, and end intimate relationships."1
Before we focus on our successful seniors, however, I want to consider what it took to get you here. As a resource, I turned recently to that trove of knowledge, the Huffington Post! In an interesting blog entitled "The 6 Big Price Tags of Preparing Students for the Future", Tim Elmore suggested that you needed six kinds of people in your environment to help you succeed. Students, listen to his list and see who comes to mind in each category:
I know that every award winner has a team of people who have played these roles for her or him. We will spend most of our time today focusing on the individuals who have succeeded, but just for a moment I want us to focus on the team members as well.
Would all of the family members in the audience please rise and be acknowledged by our students and faculty for all that you have contributed to your Bucknellian's success? Thank you.
Now would all of the faculty members present-either on stage or in the audience- please rise and be acknowledged for all that you have contributed to our students' success? Thank you
So, members of the class of 2014, congratulations on your many successes. It's time to celebrate!
1 "Promoting Students Non-Cognitive Development" Read more at Inside Higher Ed
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