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2019 – WSU Tech Commencement Ceremony

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN SOON (POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE) >> MR PFEIFER: THE WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY'S 54TH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY IS NOW OPEN PLEASE REMAIN STANDING WHILE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS PERFORMED BY CALEB FOUSE, JAKE SIEGRIST, MATT WEBBER, AND TROY FISCHER

♪ OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE ♪ ♪ BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT O'ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING AND THE ROCKET'S RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE OVER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE (APPLAUSE) >> WOW THANK YOU, AND YOU MAY BE SEATED THANK YOU, GENTLEMEN, VERY, VERY MUCH REALLY THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL WE'RE GOING TO TAKE JUST A MOMENT BEFORE WE START TONIGHT TO HONOR A VERY LEGENDARY INDIVIDUAL AT WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY, A MAN THAT HAD GREAT VISION, WHO BELIEVED IN EDUCATION SO DEEPLY

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY HAS NEVER SEEN A MORE EFFECTIVE, VIBRANT AGENT OF CHANGE THAN DR JOHN BARDO FROM THE FIRST DAYS OF HIS PRESIDENCY, HE BEGAN TO OUTLINE THE PATH TO A BOLD, AUDACIOUS NEW FUTURE FOR THIS UNIVERSITY AND THE CITY OF WICHITA WSU PRESIDENT DR JOHN BARDO DIED MARCH 12, 2019, AFTER A LONG ILLNESS

IN HIS NEARLY SEVEN YEARS LEADING WSU, DR BARDO STRATEGICALLY AND PHYSICALLY TRANSFORMED THE UNIVERSITY AND HE SET US ON AN EXCITING COURSE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY THIS SAME BOLD LEADERSHIP WAS PORTRAYED TO CREATE THE AFFILIATION WITH WICHITA AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE WHICH INTRODUCED THE NEWLY REBRANDED WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY AND AS YOU KNOW IT, WSU TECH [APPLAUSE] >> HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE LEADER, HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE COLLEAGUE, HE WAS MY BOSS, AND I DEARLY LOVED HIM

AND WE ARE SITTING HERE TONIGHT IN KOCH ARENA HAVING THE FIRST GRADUATION COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AS WSU TECH BECAUSE OF HIS LEADERSHIP HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED [APPLAUSE] >> HIS VISIONARY LEGACY WILL CARRY ON IN THE WORK THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE DONE TO PROVIDE HIGHER EDUCATION TO THIS COMMUNITY, APPLIED LEARNING FOR STUDENTS, AND RESEARCH TO MAINTAIN US AS A GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL OF OUR INDUSTRIES HIS LEGACY WILL ALSO LIVE ON IN LEADERSHIP TO GROW THE KANSAS ECONOMY IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT THAT SUPPORTS ECONOMIC IMPACT AND IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIVES FOR EVERYONE I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF WE COULD TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND REMEMBER DR

JOHN BARDO AT THIS TIME PLEASE JOIN ME THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> IF HE WAS HERE HE'D SAY IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE, HAVE SOME FUN SO THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO GOOD EVENING, 2019 GRADUATES, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND SPECIAL GUESTS ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD AND THE ADMINISTRATION, IT IS A PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO WSU TECH'S 54TH COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND THE FIRST CEREMONY OFFICIALLY AS WSU TECH

[APPLAUSE] MY NAME IS DR SCOTT LUCAS, AND I SERVE AS THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING THIS CEREMONY TO HONOR THE GRADUATES OF 2019 WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THESE GRADUATES WHO HAVE WORKED HARD TO GET TO THIS MILESTONE IN THEIR LIVES THESE GRADUATES ARE HERE THIS EVENING BECAUSE THEY HAVE MET THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR PROGRAM AND ARE NOW READY TO EITHER ENTER THE WORKFORCE OR ENTER THE NEXT PHASE OF THEIR EDUCATION

THANK YOU FOR COMING THIS EVENING TO CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF OUR GRADUATES WE ARE PROUD TO HONOR OUR GRADUATES WHO ARE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY OR VETERANS AND THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY ALL ACTIVE DUTY, NATIONAL GUARD, RESERVE, AND MILITARY VETERANS ARE WEARING RED, WHITE, AND BLUE CORDS THAT SIGNIFY THE APPRECIATION WSU TECH HAS FOR OUR MILITARY AND VETERAN STUDENTS [APPLAUSE] WOULD OUR MILITARY AND VETERAN STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED? [APPLAUSE] WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR GRADUATES THAT COMPETED AT THE SKILLS USA COMPETITION IN APRIL WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WSU TECH STUDENTS EARNED 29 MEDALS OVERALL, INCLUDING 14 GOLD MEDALS, 11 SILVER MEDALS AND 5 BRONZE MEDALS

THESE STELLAR RESULTS HIGHLIGHT THE DEDICATION, DRIVE AND DETERMINATION OF OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR OUTSTANDING FACULTY THAT ARE PROVIDING COACHING, GUIDANCE, TEACHING, AND LEARNING COULD THE SKILLS USA COMPETITORS AND THEIR FACULTY ADVISORS PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED? [APPLAUSE] WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A SPECIAL GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING WITH THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND A CERTIFICATE OR DEGREE FROM WSU TECH AT THAT SAME TIME THESE STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE EXCEL IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND DUAL CREDIT COURSES OFFERED THROUGH THE PARTNERSHIPS WITH ALL OF OUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS AND ARE NOW READY TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE OR CONTINUE THE NEXT PHASE OF THEIR EDUCATION COULD OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT? [APPLAUSE] AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE PARTICIPANTS SEATED ON THE STAGE PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AS I CALL YOUR NAME, AND PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL EVERYONE HAS BEEN INTRODUCED: LYNDON WELLS, THE FORMER DIVISION DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR INTRUST BANK AND CHAIR OF THE COLLEGE'S BOARD, THE WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OF APPLIED SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD; DR

SHEREE UTASH, PRESIDENT, WSU TECH; OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, SHELLY PRICHARD PAM DOYLE, VICE PRESIDENT FOR GENERAL EDUCATION & HEALTH SCIENCES AND JUSTIN PFEIFER, VICE PRESIDENT, STUDENT SERVICES [APPLAUSE] ALSO SEATED ON THE FLOOR AND IN THE AUDIENCE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORK HARD EACH AND EVERY DAY TO ENSURE STUDENT SUCCESS THEY ARE MEMBERS OF OUR FACULTY AND STAFF

WOULD ALL THE FACULTY AND STAFF OF WSU TECH PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED [APPLAUSE] AND NOW I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THIS EVENING'S STUDENT SPEAKER THOMAS BUCHANAN IS A STUDENT IN THE SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM AND WILL BE GRADUATING TONIGHT WITH HIS ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE AND A 40 GRADE POINT AVERAGE [APPLAUSE] AFTER GRADUATION, HE PLANS TO WORK AS A SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST WHILE CONTINUING HIS EDUCATION AT WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY AS HE PURSUES A PRE-MEDICINE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEGREE

THOMAS HOPES TO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND BECOME A SURGEON IT'S MY PLEASURE, PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THOMAS BUCHANAN [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU, EVERYONE WHAT AN HONOR TO BE HERE A LITTLE OVER FOUR YEARS AGO I WAS LOOKING DOWN AT A TRAY WITH A DEAD PRESERVED CAT IN IT

MY TEACHER AT THE FRONT OF THE ROOM SAID PICK UP YOUR SCALPELS AND START CUTTING INTO HIM I DIDN'T SECOND GUESS HIM AND NOW I'M BORKING IN — WORKING IN SURGERY I WAS A STUDENT WHO STRUGGLED ACADEMICALLY FOR MOST OF MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER, AND JUST FOR REFERENCE MY CONSUME LA OFFENSIVE GPA AT THE END OF MY FRESHMAN YEAR WAS A 18 THANKFULLY THOUGH MY JUNIOR YEAR I DID A COMPLETE 180

OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS I'VE HAD TO TELL MYSELF A LOT OF THINGS TO KEEP THAT SAME MOTIVATION UP BUT ONE THING HAS ALWAYS STUCK WITH ME NEVER BE STAGNANT, ALWAYS BE MOVING FORWARD WHEN I STARTED OFF IN HIGH SCHOOL I OBVIOUSLY HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WANTED TO DO, MY GRADES WERE JUST AWFUL ACROSS THE BOARD THANKFULFULLY I TOOK THAT VERY FIRST ANATOMY CLASS AND DECIDED I WANTED TO GO INTO THE HEALTH FIELD CAT AND DOG DISSECTIONS WERE MY MOST FAVORITE PART OF THE CLASS AND I NEW IMMEDIATELY THAT I WANTED TO GET INTO THE VERY COMPETITIVE FIELD OF SURGERY SO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I WAS MOTIVATED ENOUGH TO GET STRAIGHT A's AND AFTER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION I DIDN'T NECESSARILY BEAT MYSELF UP ABOUT RUINING MY CHANCES INTO GETTING INTO AN IVY LEAGUE COLLEGE BUT TOOK IT AS MY VERY FIRST HARD- HITTING LIFE LESSON MY LACK OF ACTION REALLY DOES HAVE CONSEQUENCES

INSTEAD I FOCUSED ON HOW I COULD BETTER MYSELF IN THIS MOMENT SO I STARTED MY COLLEGE CAREER WORKING TOWARDS MY ASSOCIATE'S IN SURGICAL TECH, AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST INFLUENCES IN MY LIFE RECENTLY REACHED OUT TO ME AND SAID THE WORDS THAT I'VE BEEN TELLING MYSELF FOR YEARS THOMAS, I'M PROUD OF YOU, YOU'VE ALWAYS KEPT MOVING FORWARD AND YOU'VE NEVER BEEN STAGNANT HEARING IT OUT LOUD I THOUGHT THAT REALLY SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING OFF A MOTIVATIONAL FACEBOOK PAGE THAT'S BEEN SHARED , LIKE, A MILLION TIMES BUT JOKES ASIDE WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE YOU HAVE A GENUINE CONNECTION WITH SAY THAT TO YOU YOU REALLY TAKE IT TO HEART FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS I'VE BEEN CONSTANTLY REPEATING THOSE EXACT WORDS TO MYSELF BECAUSE AFTER TONIGHT HONESTLY WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE SENT BACK TO LEVEL ONE, STARTING JOBS IN AN UNFAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT, POSSIBLY PURSUING A NEXT DEGREE, FOR OUR NEXT GOAL

HOPEFULLY WE'VE LEARNED THINGS ON OUR JOURNEYS I KNOW THAT STAYING UP LATE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT 11:59 DEADLINE IS NOT THE BRIGHTEST IDEA I ALSO KNOW THAT NO AMOUNT OF MONSTER ENERGY CAN COMPENSATE FOR LOST SLEEP AND ICE CREAM TASTES A LOT BETTER AFTER A REALLY LONG, STRESSFUL DAY BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT HARD WORK REALLY DOES PAY OFF SO MY GOAL FROM HERE ON OUT IS TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD, TO NEVER STAY STAGNANT

I REFUSE TO WASTE ANY MORE TIME AND I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO MAKE SIMILAR GOALS AS WE GO FORWARD WE'RE NOW JUST MINUTES AWAY FROM GRADUATING THOUGH, WE'RE GOING TO BE FINALLY RECEIVING OUR VERY HARD EARNED DEGREES, STARTING THE NEXT CHAPTER IN OUR LIVES BUT I'M JUST A GUY UP HERE THROWING A BUNCH OF WORDS AT YOU , MOST OF YOU WON'T REMEMBER ME, IN FACT SOME OF YOU MIGHT NOT REMEMBER THIS ENTIRE CEREMONY REGARDLESS IF YOU'RE JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS RIGHT NOW I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU, WE ALL HAVE AN ORIGIN, AND WE ALL HAVE A MOTIVATOR, SO USE IT NEVER FORGET WHERE YOU COME FROM NEVER BE STAGNANT IN YOUR CHASE

ALWAYS KEEP MOVING FORWARD, AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR CAT AND THE TRAY MOMENT THANK YOU [APPLAUSE] >> GREAT JOB, THOMAS, AND THANK YOU AT THIS TIME, I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER SHELLY PRICHARD IS THE PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE WICHITA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, WHICH MANAGES MORE THAN $80 MILLION IN ASSETS, SHELLY INTERACTS WITH DONORS TO HELP THEM DIRECT THEIR CHARITABLE GIVING SHE ALSO WORKS WITH PROSPECTIVE FUND HOLDERS, NONPROFITS, AND WORKS TO CONNECT FUNDERS WITH ORGANIZATIONS DOING GOOD WORK IN WICHITA PRIOR TO THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, SHELLY WAS THE CEO OF THE GIRL SCOUTS OF KANSAS HEARTLAND, SERVING 80 COUNTIES IN KANSAS, AND MANAGING THE BUSINESS MERGER OF SEVEN GIRL SCOUT COUNCILS SHELLY GREW UP ON A FARM OUTSIDE OF NEWTON, KANSAS, AND EARNED A DEGREE IN JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS FROM KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY SHE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS MOVING THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST, WORKING FOR A VARIETY OF COMPANIES, ALL WITH TIES TO MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

SOME STOPS INCLUDED THE INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, THE ILLINOIS BOARD OF REGENTS, AND KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY IN SALINA SHELLY RETURNED HOME IN 1994 TO WORK IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT KOCH INDUSTRIES HER JOB AT KOCH LED TO A POSITION AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS OF KANSAS SHELLY AND THE WICHITA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HAVE BEEN KEY PARTNERS WITH WSU TECH IN THE LAUNCH AND SUCCESS OF THE WICHITA PROMISE "MOVE" PROGRAM WHICH HAS MOVED NEARLY 100 STUDENTS TO WICHITA, TRAINED THEM, AND HELPED THEM FIND EMPLOYMENT IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY HERE IN WICHITA SOME OF YOU ARE HERE IN THE CROWD TONIGHT

PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING SHELLY PRICHARD [APPLAUSE] >> SEEK GREATNESS SO THIS COULD BE THE SHORTEST SPEECH EVER, RIGHT? I DO HAVE A FEW MORE THINGS I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU BUT TONIGHT I'D LAKE TO CHALLENGE YOU TO SEEK GREATNESS YOU HAVE ACHIEVED A NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENT BY BEING HERE TONIGHT TO RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE OR YOUR DEGREE WITH THE HELP OF TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS, AND NOW THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SEEKING GREAT NESS IS SHIFTING FROM THEIR HELP TO YOU I WAS PLEASED WITH DR

UTASH ASKED ME TO SPEAK TO YOU THIS EVENING SO THANK YOU, SHEREE DO YOU KNOW WHAT AN AMAZING WOMAN LEADS THIS ORGANIZATION? HE WAS RECENTLY APPOINTED TO A NATIONAL TASK FORCE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND WHATEVER YOU THINK OF HIS POLITICS IT'S A BIG DANG DEAL TO GET A PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT CONGRATULATIONS, SHEREE [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU, LYNDY AND THE ADVISORY BOARD OF WSU TECH FOR CREATING THE ENVIRONMENT TO HELP STUDENTS LEARN TO GROW AND TO BECOME THE KIND OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT COG OF THE ECONOMIC DRIVERS FOR OUR CITY AND STATE IT'S AN AMAZING SCHOOL, AND IT'S BEEN SO INTERESTING TO SEE IT GROW UNDER SHEREE AND LYNDY AND THE BOARD'S LEADERSHIP

BACK TO YOUR NEW GOAL OF SEEKING GREATNESS BY COMPLETING THIS DEGREE YOU HAVE CHANGED THE COURSE OF YOUR LIVES THOMAS TALKED ABOUT HIS PLANS AND WHAT HE HOPES TO DO AND HIS CHALLENGES FOR YOU SO THERE ARE ABOUT 1,000 STUDENTS GRADUATING IN THIS SESSION SO THAT'S 1,000 MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE FILLING THE MILLIONS OF TECHNICAL JOBS THAT ARE AVAILABLE ACROSS OUR COUNTRY AND 1,000 MORE PEOPLE SEEKING GREAT NESS YOU HAVE THE CERTIFICATE, THE DEGREE, THE TOOLS THAT YOU NEED, BUT NOW YOU HAVE TO USE THEM

YOU'RE GOOD AT SOLVING PROBLEMS, YOU KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR HANDS NOW TAKE THOSE SKILLS THAT YOU'VE LEARNED AND TRANSFER IT, HOW TO USE YOUR HEAD, AS YOU APPROACH CHALLENGES AND NEW THINGS COME YOUR WAY, REMEMBER HOW YOU SIT DOWN, YOU FIGURE IT OUT, CALL SHEREE, CALL YOUR TEACHERS, THEY CAN HELP YOU THROUGH THAT AS WELL BUT NOW IT'S YOUR JOB TO MOVE FORWARD, TO TRANSFER THOSE SKILLS AND PROBLEM SOLVING WE WATCH A LOT OF BASKETBALL AT MY HOUSE AND I'M GOING TO TALK A LOT ABOUT BASKETBALL TONIGHT HERE IN CHARLES KOCH ARENA WE WATCH A LOT OF BASKETBALL AT MY HOUSE, THERE WERE REALLY INTERESTING FINAL MOMENTS OF GAMES THIS SEASON, AND THE ANNOUNCERS TALKED ABOUT HOW THE SPECIAL PLAYS THAT THE COACHES AND THE TEAMS PRACTICE AND PRACTICE AND PRACTICE, SO COME TOURNAMENT TIME THEY'RE READY, AND YOU CAN DO THAT SPECIAL INBOUNDS PLAY TO GET PAST THE 7- FOOT GUY OR SINK THE THREE-POINTER WHEN YOU NEED THREE POINTS TO WIN OR HOW TO FOUL THE GUY THAT'S A REALLY BAD FREE-THROW SHOOTER SO COACHES TEACH AND PLAYERS PRACTICE, AND THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE ALL BEEN DOING

YOUR TEACHERS HAVE BEEN COACHING AND TEACHING YOU, AND YOU'VE BEEN PRACTICING IN THE CLASSROOM , AND NOW THOSE SKILLS TRANSFER TO YOUR NEXT ROLE SO YOU HEARD IN MY BIO CHAFE A DEGREE IN JOURNALISM FROM KANSAS STATE I HAVE ONLY HAD ONE REAL JOURNAL ISM JOB, RIGHT OUT OF COLLEGE I LOVED BOOK-LEARNING, MY BOOK LEARNING WAS DIFFERENT THAN THOMAS', I WAS THE GEEK WHO WOULD WANT TO WRITE PAPERS AND STUFF LIKE THAT THE BOOK LEARNING WAS GREAT BUT IT'S THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THOSE SKILLS THAT HELPED ME BE SUCCESSFUL IN MY CAREER

MY LAST YEAR AT K-STATE I GOT AN INTERNSHIP AT THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, I WORKED ON THE MAGAZINE WE TOOK THE MAGAZINE TO THE PRINTER AND MY BOSS WENDT ON VACATION TO BRAZIL FOR TWO WEEKS THE PRINTER CALLED AND THERE WAS A PROBLEM SO I WENT DOWN THERE TO TALK TO HIM, AND HE WANTED TO TAKE A SHORTCUT THAT I KNEW MY BOSS WOULDN'T BE PLEASED WITH BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY THE SHORTCUT WOULDN'T HAVE PRESENTED OUR BEST WORK TO OUR READERS SO I SAID NO I'M A 21-YEAR-OLD KID ARGUING WITH THIS 50-YEAR-OLD PRINTER WHO HAD BEEN DOING THIS FOREVER I SAID NO WE HAVE TO DO THE ORIGINAL PLAN AND IT HAS TO BE DELIVERED ON TIME

WE DID, IT WAS AND IT WAS A GREAT PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT THAT WAS ONE OF MY BEST EXPERIENCES, I COULDN'T LEARN THAT IN THE CLASSROOM, I LEARNED THAT IN THE SITUATION I GRADUATED FROM K-STATE, MY FIRST JOB WAS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE COMPANY IN KANSAS CITY, A PROMINENT FAMILY IN THE COMMUNITY RAN THE PUBLISHING COMPANY, I'M ABOUT 22, AND I WALKED OUTSIDE ONE DAY AFTER WORK AND THE OWNER'S SON WHO WORKED FOR THE MAGAZINE WAS JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS OLDER THAN I WAS WAS STANDING THERE LOOKING AT HIS CAR SCRATCHING HIS HEAD HE HAD A FLAT TIRE AND HE SAID I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, AND SO REMEMBER I'M 22, NOT REALLY VERY MANY FILTERS AND I SAID CHANGE YOUR TIRE, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, COME ON, GUY, AND HE CLEARLY HAD NO IDEA HOW TO DO IT SO I PUT DOWN MY BAG AND I GOT DOWN THERE AND SHOWED HIM HOW TO CHANGE HIS TIRE THE BEST PART WAS WHEN HIS DAD AND GRANDPA WHO FOUNDED THE COMPANY WALKED OUT

GRANDPA THOUGHT IT WAS HILARIOUS , AND HIS DAD WAS EMBARRASSED THAT THIS 22 -YEAR-OLD NEW HIRE WOMAN HAD TO TEACH HIS SON HOW TO CHANGE THE TIRE HE DIDN'T GET THE PRACTICAL LEARNING BUT THAT WAS HOW I DID THAT WAS WITH THE PRACTICAL LEARNING I HAD I WAS ONE OF THREE GIRLS, GREW UP ON A FARM JUST OUTSIDE OF NEWTON, AND VET TECHS, SHOUT OUT TO YOU, THAT'S WHO I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO BE DAD WORKED 60 OR 70 HOURS A WEEK I WAS WELD I'M NOT NEAR AS GOOD AS YOU ALL GETTING YOUR CERTIFICATES IN THAT TONIGHT I CAN VACCINATE CALVES AND DO ALL THE THINGS FARM KIDS CAN DO ANY OTHER FARM KIDS IN THE AUDIENCE, FARM KIDS? OKAY

SO WE KNOW WE CAN OUTWORK ALL THESE CITY KIDS ANY DAY, RIGHT? YEAH SO GROWING UP ON THE FARM WHEN WE CAME UP AGAINST A PROBLEM OR SOMETHING THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DO WE JUST DID IT WE JUST FIGURED IT OUT, AND IT WAS SO INTERESTING TO THINK THAT ALL ALONG MY DAD WAS TEACHING US ON THIS ROAD TO GREATNESS, YOU JUST FIGURE IT OUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW BUT YOU FIGURE IT OUT AND I'M SO THANKFUL THAT I WAS RAISED THAT WAY IF YOU'VE HAD A CHANCE TO BE AROUND DR

UTASH SHE PROBABLY TALKED TO YOU ABOUT BUILDING YOUR BRAND, RIGHT, SHEREE? IT CAN BE A COUPLE OF WORDS BUT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU AND WE ALL HAVE TO DEFINE IF YOU DON'T, SOMEBODY ELSE MAY DO THAT FOR YOU, AND YOUR BRAND CAN ALSO BE DEFINED BY A SITUATION THAT YOU'RE IN SO MAKE SURE THAT YOU CREATE THE BRAND THAT YOU WANT TO HAVE SO I WANT YOU ALL TO VISUALIZE SOMETHING WITH ME IMAGINE WHAT YOU LOOKED LIKE IN 5th GRADE

SO YOU PROBABLY HAD BAD HAIR, MAYBE TEETH A LITTLE TOO BIG FOR YOUR FACE AND IF YOU WERE LIKE ME CLOTHES YOUR MOTHER MADE FOR YOU I'M 54 NOW BUT 5'10", AND I'VE BEEN THIS TALL SINCE I WAS IN 5 th GRADE SO IMAGINE MY 5th GRADE CLASS PICTURE HERE'S ME, HERE'S THE TEACHER, HERE'S THE REST OF THE KIDS IT WAS HORRIBLE, IT WAS REALLY HORRIBLE I DIDN'T FIT IN THE DESKS, I WOULD SLOUCH SO I DIDN'T STICK OUT SO BADLY BUT EVENTUALLY I EMBRACED THAT GIGANTIC GIRL WHEN I STEPPED ONTO A BASKETBALL COURT I MADE THE ALL-STAR TEAM EVERY YEAR

ONE TOURNAMENT I PLAYED IN THE SECOND DAY THE OFFICIALS MADE MY MOM BRING MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT I WAS THE DUMB GIRL THAT FAILED A LOT OF CLASSES BUT I FOUND MY BRAND, FOUND MY GREATNESS AND LIVED IN THAT SPACE FOR A LONG, LONG TIME AND I CAN SURPRISE THE NEIGHBOR KIDS WITH A GAME OF HORSE IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD PLACE TO BE I HOPE THIS DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE TAKES YOU TO FIND THAT PLACE OF GREATNESS AND HELPS YOU BUILD THAT BRAND TOO OFTEN WE LET OTHER PEOPLE DEFINE OUR BRAND PEOPLE PUT A LOT OF SILLY PICTURES IN OUR HEADS ABOUT WHAT'S RIGHT WE LET THE WORLD OR PEOPLE TELL US WHO WE SHOULD BE, HOW WE SHOULD ACT, WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO CONFORM

I WAS LISTENING TO A RADIO SHOW A FEW WEEKS AGO AND THE SPEAKER SAID THIS: THERE IS A NET LOSS TO KEEPING THINGS INSIDE YOU SPEND ENERGY TRYING TO BE SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR WHO YOU ARE YOU MAY NOT MEET SOME PEOPLE'S EXPECTATIONS BUT THAT'S THEIR PROBLEM, NOT YOURS I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT YOUR BOSS, YOU GOT TO DO WHAT YOUR BOSS TELLS YOU TO DO

SO GO WRITE YOUR OWN STORY, GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE THE PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT AN IMPACT THAT HAS ON YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH, YOUR PHYSICAL WELL-BEING AND YOUR FAMILY'S HAPPINESS SO IN OTHER WORDS GO SEEK YOUR OWN BRAND OF GREATNESS OF COURSE LIFE IS GOING TO KICK YOU IN THE TEETH SOMETIMES I GOT A CALL FROM MY MOM, MY DAD WAS IN A BAD WRECK, TWO WEEKS LATER HE DIED THAT CAUSED ME TO REFOCUS, MY LIFE HAD TO PIVOT, I HAD TO HELP MY MOM TAKE CARE OF MY SISTER, FINISH SCHOOL, WORK THROUGH THAT GRIEF

SOMEBODY'S GOING TO BREAK YOUR HEART BUT SOMEONE ELSE IS GOING TO NOT ONLY REPAIR IT BUT MAKE IT BETTER YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET A JOB YOU WANT YOU'RE GOING TO GET PASSED UP FOR A PROMOTION, YOU MIGHT GET FIRED I HOPE YOU NEVER DO BUT IF YOU DO GET FIRED REMEMBER HOW GREAT YOU ARE AND KEEP GOING WORK THROUGH THE GRIEF, THE SAD NESS, THE ANGER AND THE DISAPPOINTMENT AND YOUR GREAT NESS WILL BE EVEN STRONGER

YOU HAVE TO BE NIMBLE AND CHANGE I THINK THE WORD CHANGE HAS BECOME CLICHÉ, EVOLVE IS APPROPRIATE CHANGE, GROW, EVOLVE, SEE GREAT NESS, THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE DONE AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TONIGHT CELEBRATING YOU WE RECOGNIZE YOUR SUPPORTIVE TEACHERS YOUR SUCCESS TONIGHT VALIDATES THEIR LIFE CHOICE BY YOU SUCCEEDING YOU PROVE TO THEM THAT THIS WAS THE RIGHT DECISION AND THAT YOU'RE WORTH IT

DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN OR STEPCHILDREN? YOUR SUCCESS VALIDATES — YOU ARE NOW A ROLE MODEL FOR THEM, YOU'RE TEACHING THEM ABOUT WORK, COMPLETION, STUDY AND SUCCESS DO YOU HAVE SIBLINGS? YOU'RE THEIR INSPIRATION NOW, AND THEY WILL SHARE IN YOUR JOY OF ACCOMPLISHMENT DO YOU HAVE FRIENDS TONIGHT WITH YOU? THEY'RE VERY PROUD OF YOU BUT REALLY THEY'VE SEEN THE GREAT NESS IN YOU ALL ALONG THINK ABOUT YOUR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS OR THAT NEIGHBOR WHO HELPED RAISE YOU BY BEING HERE TONIGHT YOU'VE CONFIRMED THEIR DECISION TO PUT SO MUCH ENERGY INTO YOU

TONIGHT PROVES TO THEM YOU WERE WORTH THE INVESTMENT ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE, TELL THEM THANK YOU I REFERENCED MY HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM TEACHER, SHE'S COMING TO SPEND A FEW DAYS WITH US SHE IS FOREVER MY FRIEND BEFORE I MAKE MAJOR LIFE DECISIONS I CALL HER, AND SHE HELPS ME WORK THROUGH IT LET THE PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCE YOU AND SHAPE YOU LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU

YOU'RE READY TO TAKE THE RAINS REINS AS A LEADER FOR WORK AND YOURSELF NOW YOU OWN THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT OTHERS WHATEVER COMES NEXT, ACTION IS BETTER THAN PERFECT ACTION IS BETTER THAN PERFECT SOMETIMES FEAR GETS IN THE WAY OF FEAR OF GETTING IT WRONG OR FEAR OF FAILING GETS IN THE WAY OF EVEN TRYING BUT YOU HAVE TO TRY AND IT'LL BE FINE IN THE END SOMEHOW, AND YOU'RE ALREADY ON THE PATH TO GREATNESS AND YOU'LL GET THERE

SO AUTHOR MARIAN WILLIAMSON SAYS OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS NOT THAT WE ARE NAD @OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS THAT WE ARE POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE IT IS OUR LIGHT NOT OUR DARKNESS THAT MOST FRIGHTENS US WE ASK OURSELVES WHO AM I TO BE BRILLIANT, GORGEOUS, TALENTED, FABULOUS YOUR PLAYING SMALL DOES NOT SERVE THE WORLD AS WE LET OUR OWN LIGHT SHINE WE UNCONSCIOUSLY GIVE OTHER PEOPLE PERMISSION TO DO THE SAME

YOUR SEARCH FOR GREATNESS LEADS OTHERS TO GREATNESS TONIGHT IS A CELEBRATION OF ALL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AND A NOD BY YOU OF ALL THAT IS TO COME GOOD LUCK ON YOUR JOURNEY TO GREATNESS [APPLAUSE] >> THANK YOU, SHELLY, FOR THOSE INSPIRING WORDS IT'S NOW TIME FOR THE CONFERRING OF DEGREES

WOULD THE GRADUATES PLEASE RISE [APPLAUSE] PRESIDENT UTASH, UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY AT THE WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT TO YOU FOR GRADUATION, THE CLASS OF 2019 I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THE MEMBERS OF THIS CLASS ARE CANDIDATES FOR THE ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE, THE COLLEGE TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE, AND THE COLLEGE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, AS PRESCRIBED BY THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS AND BY THE COLLEGE'S INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD >> VICE PRESIDENT DOYLE, I ACCEPT THE GRADUATES OF 2019, AND WITH THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS AND AS PRESIDENT OF THE WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OF APPLIED SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, I HEREBY CERTIFY THEIR CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES WOULD THE FIRST ROW OF GRADUATES PLEASE COME FORWARD, AND THE REST OF YOU PLEASE BE SEATED

(CONFERRING OF DEGREES) ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE ENGINEERING DESIGN TECHNOLOGY (CONFERRING OF DEGREES) >> DR

UTASH: SO, WOW, WHAT AN EVENING I LOVE, I LOVE GRADUATION I LOVE COMMENCEMENT THERE IS NO BETTER NIGHT IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR FOR ME THAN TONIGHT I LOVE TO CELEBRATE STUDENTS

I LOVE TO CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS I LOVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE HERE CHEERING YOU ON LET'S CHEER 'EM ON ONE MORE TIME [APPLAUSE] I WANT TO THANK MY DEAR FRIEND AND SOMEONE THAT I LOVE TO WORK WITH, SHELLY PRICHARD, FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND BEING OUR GRADUATION SPEAKER [APPLAUSE] I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR COMING TONIGHT AND CELEBRATING THIS TIME WITH THESE GRADUATES SO, GRADUATES, YOU'RE GETTING READY TO LEAVE WSU TECH, AND WE REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING US TO CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION, TO START YOUR EDUCATION, WHEREVER YOU'RE AT ON THAT CONTINUUM THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING WSU TECH

WE LOVE HAVING YOU AS STUDENTS, AND WE KNOW THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GO OUT IN THIS WORLD, AND YOU'RE GOING TO DO AMAZING THINGS YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION AND BUILD ON THAT, YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO THE WORKPLACE, AND YOU'RE GOING TO DO ALL KINDS OF THINGS, TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE, BUILD PLANES, FIX COMPUTERS, I MEAN, ALL KINDS OF THINGS YOU'RE GOING TO DO YOU WILL MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF THE TIME AND EFFORT THAT YOU HAVE PUT IN BUT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE WANT TO BE WITH YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER AND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE SO I'M REALLY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE TONIGHT THAT WE HAVE FORMED THE COLLEGE'S VERY FIRST, YOU'RE THE FIRST YEAR, WSU TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

[APPLAUSE] SO AS YOU RECEIVED YOUR DEGREES TONIGHT, YOU ALSO RECEIVED A FREE YEAR'S MEMBERSHIP AS THE CHARTER MEMBERS OF WSU TECH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SO WE URGE YOU TO STAY CONNECTED WITH US THERE WILL BE SOME SPECIAL THINGS THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO DO WITH THIS, AND YOU'LL GET MORE INFORMATION IN THE MAIL ABOUT THAT, AND WHEN YOU FILL OUT THAT CARD THEY GAVE YOU TONIGHT THEN YOU'LL GET ALL OF THE BENEFITS AND THE BONUSES AND THINGS LIKE THAT BECAUSE WE REALLY DO WANT TO STAY CONNECTED WITH YOU WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE A PART OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, AND WE KNOW THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GO ON INTO THE WORLD AND INTO THIS CITY AND INTO THIS COMMUNITY, AND WE'RE PROUD OF YOU SO WITH THAT, GRADUATES, WOULD YOU PLEASE RISE

[CHEERS] YOU MAY NOW MOVE YOUR TASSEL FROM THE RIGHT TO THE LEFT LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I PRESENT YOU THE CLASS OF 2019! [APPLAUSE] (RECESSIONAL)

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