It is, indeed, a pleasure to welcome once again the Class of 2016 and the transfer students who are joining the Bucknell community for the first time.
As I thought about this evening’s session, I was reminded of three important questions that could shape your Bucknell experience.
As I mentioned on Friday night, in using the metaphor of whitewater paddling for your college experience, over the next four years you will focus on what is important and essential to you. In doing so, I hope you will answer these three important questions:
Fortunately, you are in a great university designed to help you answer all three questions, to help you develop academically and existentially over the next four years. A faculty member put it best: “This is a student-centered place. The whole place is keyed to educate undergraduates at the most holistic level.”
Now I’d like to introduce several of my colleagues who are with us on stage tonight. They are part of this community working on your behalf:
You have already heard from Reverend John Colatch, University Chaplain, who offered the invocation.
I’d also like to acknowledge several faculty colleagues who were honored at Commencement last May for their outstanding teaching:
Three other colleagues were also honored last Spring but could not be with us tonight.
Now I’d like to ask Professor Kim Daubman, Chair of the Faculty, to come forward and extend a welcome to the newest members of the Bucknell community on behalf of the faculty.
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