2018 Virtual Convocation Ceremony :: 19 May


[ Silence ]>>Welcome to the iSchool’s fourth
Virtual Convocation Ceremony. I am Dr. Sandy Hirsh and it is my
privilege to serve as professor and director of the School of Information. Today represents the culmination
of all of your hard work and I extremely proud of
each and everyone of you. Today we are gathered for a
convocation, which is a calling together. I am joined today by graduating
student speaker, Felicity Murphy and our invited convocation speaker, Jim Neal. I am delighted to have them be
part of this special ceremony. We will end today’s convocation with a
special video dedicated to our graduates and prepared by our student leaders. We are here today to celebrate your
achievements, which you accomplished with the love and support of dear
family, friends and colleagues. Many of you thanked your parents,
siblings, spouses, partners and children and even your [inaudible] on your graduate
profile page of the Virtual Convocation website. It was heartwarming to read your posts. I hope that those special to you have joined
this session to celebrate with you today and family and friends who are online, please do
post congratulatory message on your graduate’s, on your graduate’s page after this ceremony. You can also hear each graduate’s
name read out with their degree and on the Virtual Convocation website. You will find the recordings of
the speeches from this convocation on the Virtual Convocation website
within the next couple of days. This is the schools 49th convocation
since we first achieved accreditation. Our mission is to educate information
professionals who are highly confident in virtual and physical environments
and who contribute to the wellbeing of our global communities. There is so much to celebrate as a school. This year we are celebrating the 10th
anniversary of our Master’s and Archives and Records Administration, our MARA degree,
and also of our Gateway Ph.D. program. Seventeen of our MARA alumni were also
awarded either the Certified Record Analysist or the Certified Records Manager
Designation through the Institute of Certified Records Managers as a
result of the unique collaboration with our school that began last Spring in 2017. In addition to the MARA degree
and the Gateway Ph.D. program, we also offer our nationally
ranked and accredited MILS degree, the Teacher Librarian Credential, a Postmaster’s
Certificate in Library and Information Science and the Digital Assets and Services Certificate. This is the second year that we have graduates
who have earned the MILS or MARA degree as well as the Advanced Certificate in
Digital Assets and Services, which they received at the same time. Today we honor our graduates
from all of these programs. We are celebrating the achievements of
570 students who are graduating today. Since all of our programs are delivered online, we have students from nearly all
50 states and from 10 countries. We are grateful they have
trusted their education to us. Our graduates today represent a good
cross-section of the overall student body with graduates from all over the United
States and several countries including Canada, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. And I saw in a chat before this
that we have some representatives from those various countries attending today. It’s very nice. Our graduates frequently commented
on their graduation profiles that they enjoyed having the opportunity to meet
people from all over the world in their classes. While some students commented that this geographic diversity made
their group projects more challenging, graduates felt as expressed by one student
that “The benefits of gaining perspectives from outside of your area far outweighed
any inconvenience or difficulty”. Another student discussed how
“Learning with students from all around the world helped her develop fantastic
communication skills that are crucial in this digital age.”. The
diversity perspectives present in our online programs is also a
unique benefit for our students. A graduate explained that she appreciated
being able to connect with so many people from different backgrounds and with
different goals and levels of experience. “Every connection was a learning
experience for me.”. It is gratifying to see how well prepared our graduates
are to serve our global communities. Graduates also shared some of the things
that they liked best about online learning and their experience in the program. Graduates shared that they liked “Being able
to do all of my school work and attend classes in the comfort of my home, sometimes wearing
my pj’s.”. Another student said that they liked “The flexibility and scheduling my work,
learning new technologies and being able to watch lectures on my couch.”. Another
student said that they “Appreciated that everything I learned was applicable to my
career.”. And another one said that “Learning from professors from all over the United States
and Canada who bring a wealth of experience and information to their classes was really
appreciated.”. And another said that “Portfolio, believe it or not, I learned a lot about myself
through the reflective writing.”. Another said, “The tremendous amount of technology skills I
gained as a result that will be extremely useful in my future was appreciated.”. And
another student liked “Getting to learn about so many varied topics from Drupal to
online searching to children’s literature, I’m a better librarian having
taken such a wide array of classes.”. I also appreciated our
graduate’s honesty in their comments about what they’re looking forward to next
now that they’ve completed the program. I am sure you can relate to the
comments that they were “looking forward to having my weekends back”, or “to
sleeping”, or “watching Netflix”, or “earning more money and traveling the world”. I hope you will visit our Virtual Convocation
website and peruse their graduate profiles. We offer our students a broad range of courses
enabling them to design their curriculum to best meet their needs and interests. As an example, our courses range from
the study of early manuscripts and books to the management and curation
of digital assets. We offer many outstanding opportunities
for students to get involved in the school, such as serving on the editorial board of our
Student Research Journal, helping other students as peer mentors and participating
in award winning student chapters of our professional associations. Our school also offers many ways to engage
with other information professionals and to keep current, such as our highly
successful virtual library 2.0 conferences. As new alumni it is my hope
that you will participate in the upcoming library 2.0 mini conferences
on June 7th focused on “Blockchain Applied: The Impact on Information
Profession” and also on October 17th, which is focused on “Social Crisis
Management in a 21st Century World”. These are great ways to build your
professional connections, share your knowledge with others and continue your life learning. Our open classes program enables
professionals to take just a single class or two in our program without
being matriculated students. These are all excellent ways
that you can contribute and continue your professional
development and your connection with the school after you graduate. We also offer free online webinars
featuring experts in the field on a variety of relevant topics, including career guidance. We are very fortunate to have exceptional
award-winning faculty, students and alumni who are influencing the future
at the information profession. Just to mention a couple of highlights,
this year one of our alumni was selected for the American Library Association’s
coveted I Love My Librarian Award and two of our alumni were selected as
Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers. Seven of our students were selected
as 2017-18 ALA Spectrum Scholars. One of our students, Eke Williams, was selected to receive the Inaugural
Innovative Librarians Award. And I would also like to recognize the
five exceptional students who were selected to receive a director’s award for excellence for their outstanding efforts
during their graduate program. Tanya Yule received the Intellectual
Inquiry Award. Carina Langstraat received
the Diversity Inclusion Award. Mary Beth Romo, who is joining
us from Switzerland, received International Contribution Award. Kate Spaulding won the Innovation Award. And James Tyner received the
Building Community Award. Additionally, this year, one of our
students, Carrie Wagstaff [assumed spelling], not only received the Outstanding
Thesis Award from our school, but Carrie also received the CASA
Outstanding Thesis Award from our college. I would like to now acknowledge our faculty
who are joining us today and our staff who worked hard to ensure that
everything runs smoothly in this school. We all work to support you and your education
and as you enter the professional world. As San Jose State graduates, you bear
responsibility today and tomorrow, for demonstrating the impact that librarians and
information professionals have on the wellbeing of their communities, whether in
college, university environments, government environments, school
environments, public library environments, or corporate environments,
congratulations to you all, you’ve done it! You should be extremely proud of your
accomplishments, we certainly are! So, each year the faculty invites a student who best exhibits the most
exceptional professional premise for leadership to address the convocation. This student receives the Ken Haycock Award for
exceptional professional practice and is asked to serve as the graduate speaker. This year’s speaker is Felicity Murphy. Felicity came to our school with her law degree
from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in English
Teaching from Brigham Young University. She is currently working as the head of student
services at the James E. Faust Law Library at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. When I asked her why she decided to pursue her
MLIS degree, she said it was because she wanted to be considered highly qualified
in her position as a law librarian. She realized that her legal
education was not sufficient to serve her patrons as effectively as possible. She particularly has valued the variety of
classes that the School of Information offers, she said that she made a conscious
decision to take those classes that she felt would be enriching
for her professionally as well as interesting to her intellectually. She described to me how her course work has led
to several new and interesting opportunities, for example she expanded an assignment that she
did in the Reference Information Services course with Professor Tunon into a co-authored
article titled “The Reference Assistant”, which will be published in 2018
in the Law Library Journal. The article won the American Association of Law Library’s LexisNexis Call
for Papers: New Member Division. She was also invited to present the paper at AALL’s 2017 National Convention
in Austin, Texas. She also took a seminar in genealogy
with Professor Colleen Greene. She took this course purely out
of personal interest in the topic, but she said that it has started her on a
passionate journey to discover her roots. In fact, she is leaving on Monday for Ireland
with her mother to visit her hometown and to try to track down more information about her family. She has also begun an initiative to introduce
genealogists in the Salt Lake City area to the benefits including a law library
and legal documents in their research. Felicity has received many prestigious
awards during her time in our program. Not only was she selected
for the Ken Haycock Award for Exceptional Professional Practice Award, but she also recently received
the Global Impact Scholarship and the Robert Elliot [assumed spelling]
Scholarship among many other recognitions. As Felicity and all the rest of her iSchool
graduates launch the next phase of your careers, I look forward to hearing all about the
ways that you will be at the forefront and will be making a difference in
your communities all around the world. It is my pleasure to present Felicity Murphy.>>Hello everyone, how are you? I’m in Salt Lake City, Utah and I’m excited
to be here, I’m a little tired because I woke up to watch a little of the royal
wedding, because that’s exciting. But first I’d like to thank Dr. Hirsh
for her very generous introduction. I know we’ve all benefitted from her
example of leadership and professionalism. I count myself lucky to have
attended an institution with such a visionary administration
and supportive faculty. I know they have all been keenly
interested in helping each of us succeed. I want to begin by acknowledging the
faculty for their tireless efforts to create and deliver academically rigorous content. And for the responsiveness and
patience with us as students. We are all better people because
of our association with you. On behalf of our class, I would also like to
thank all of the family, friends and colleagues who have provided us with the support
necessary to complete this degree. I know I’ve been the beneficiary of professional
advice, encouraging words, and gentle and sometimes not so gentle,
nudges toward the finish line. We share our accomplishments with you today. I am truly humbled by this
opportunity to address you all today. I recently came across an
article on line that indicated that there’s a relatively
new term for people like me. People who are born between
the years 1977 and 1983, the portmanteau for this
microgeneration is Xennial, with an x. It’s a blending of
Generation X and Millennial. As a Xennial, I feel like I’ve had the
best of both worlds, as a child my brother and I dug an enormous hole down the
side of our house, our childhood home, and immediately christened
it the Millennium Falcon. And when we were finished digging the
hole, we went ahead and called up all of the neighbor kids on their rotary
phones and invited them to come down the street and to join our crew. My mom didn’t document our ingenuity on
Instagram, instead she opted for a Kodak moment. One that wouldn’t be developed until
the entire roll of film had been used. In this low-tech world, imagination
was the name of the game. Then in my early 20’s, I benefited from
an explosion of technological advances. No longer did I have to type my
papers on a manual typewriter, in tears of frustration I might add, hoping
that there was enough correction tape to whiteout my inevitable typo’s. Access to computers became more widely available and cellphones made staying
in touch easier than ever. Although born in an analog
age, like other Xennial’s, I’m generally comfortable when
faced with new technology. That being said, as the time to
being my online degree approached, I became increasingly nervous. Could I master the technology necessary
to successfully complete my course work? Would I be able to establish meaningful and lasting professional
relationships with my fellow classmates? Despite the distance between us, could I
convey my ideas and opinions articulately and clearly in a clearly respectful way? All of my past educational
experience to this point had occurred in a traditional classroom setting where the
bulk of communication took place face to face. Would I struggle to capture the nuances of the
subject matter because of the digital format? Three years later, took me a little longer than
some of you guys, three years later I look back at my experience in the iSchool and
realize my fears were for naught. My experience was full of enriching lectures,
stimulating message board discussions, and academically challenging assessments. Like each of you, I learned A LOT. That’s not say that there were not
times I didn’t struggle to learn how to use a new program, or became the
victim of a faulty internet connection, which I was completely worried about
today, I mean who knew how hard it would be to create a database to sell a collection
of imaginary teacups or handbags. As I’ve communicated to Dr. Hirsh on
several occasions, what I’ve loved most about my experience in the iSchool, is the ongoing practical applications
of the things I was learning. I’ve been lucky enough to have completed my
degree while working in my chosen profession. As a law librarian I was able
to regularly apply the skills and theories I learned about
in my classes to my job. For instance, my Reference Services class
with Professor Tunon taught me techniques that help me provide a better
reference experience for my patrons. These techniques were also translatable to
my interactions with colleagues, law faculty and law students with whom I work. Working in a library setting or any
information profession for that matter, we will all need to be equipped to
communicate effectively with other people. I would posit that if we can view the people we
communicate with regardless of the circumstance as respected individuals who innate worth,
who’s inquires are important to them, and therefore have value, we can become more
helpful and productive service providers. Growing up my dad had a saying
“Remember who you are.” He would call out the phrase after my siblings
and me as we ran to catch the school bus, left to play a tennis match
or went out on a date. As a child I did not give much thought
to or really understand what he meant. The expression had just become
a part of the fabric of my life. The first time I realized there might be some
profound meaning behind the admonition was when I was leaving for my senior prom. After we had finished taking
the obligatory photos, and as we rushed out the door my dad
called after me with the familiar phrase “Felicity Murphy, you remember who you are!”. I called back with some inaudible reply excited
to get on with the evenings festivities; however, my date stopped
short on our front driveway, turned to me with what I can only describe as
a look of genuine awe and said, “Who are you?” [chuckles]. It has been too many years for me to remember
my response to this boy’s question accurately, but I’m positive it was probably
awkward, clumsy and full of embarrassment. In the subsequent years, I’ve spent
substantial time reflecting on the significance of my dad’s daily reminder and the implications that remembering who I am
would have for my life. I firmly believe that if we know who we are,
unique individuals with a wide array of talents and abilities, that we will recognize
these traits and those we serve. Aristotle once said, “Knowing yourself
is the beginning of all wisdom”. Regardless of the type of patron we
work with, conflict is inevitable. In my experience I have found that legal referencing inquiries can
be very personal and highly emotional. Many who contact our reference desk are
hoping to get some kind of legal advice. Unfortunately, that’s not
something we can provide. When I have explained this to patrons
and indicated how I could help them, I’ve been faced with disappointment,
tears, anger, and once even a death threat. And my boss is online, and she
can validate [chuckles] that. When I explain this, pardon,
however in instances like this, I’ve learned that if I take the time to
validate the individual and their issue and that the conversation can
continue in a positive way. As we move forward in our professional careers,
we will all have or may have already had, an experience trying to communicate
with a difficult person. Made clear by daily news and on social media, social dialogue has become
increasingly vitriolic. As librarians and information professionals,
we will have the regular opportunity and I believe the obligation to
encourage and model civil discourse. To do this we must make a concerted effort
to demonstrate respect and kindness to those with whom we engage, regardless of
whether or not we agree with them. We can each contribute to creating a culture
of inclusion and respect, a culture that frowns on bullying, isolating and
objectifying behaviors. In her recent book “Braving the Wilderness:
The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Standalone” author Brene Brown
suggests that when people move in and see others individuality up-close it
is much harder to hate or ridicule them. In a society that’s plagued
by angry and combative speech, we must seek to speak rationally
and courteously. Recognizing that those with whom we communicate
have intrinsic worth as human beings. I believe that first recognizing this trait
in ourselves will translate to an ability to recognize it in others,
thereby allowing us to participate in a more considerate and fruitful dialogue. Class of 2018, as we close the door on our
experience here at San Jose State University and begin our journey down new roads,
in my mind’s eye I imagine Dr. Hirsh and the other amazing faculty
of the iSchool calling to us from behind “Remember what we’ve taught you! Remember what you’ve learned here. Remember the things that you have accomplished
and the relationships that you have forged. Spartans remember who you are!” Congratulations class of 2018! It has been my pleasure to have
been your classmate and associate, good luck in all of your pursuits! Now let’s go make a difference
where ever in the world we may be. Thank you.>>Congratulations Felicity and thank you
for that inspiring and wonderful talk. I second everything that you said, and I know
that our graduates will continue to go out and make a difference in the
communities and in the world and in the profession, so thank you so much. I’d like to now introduce our school’s
2018 convocation speaker, Jim Neal, who is university librarian emeritus at
Columbia University and is the current president of the American Library Association. Jim Neal holds a bachelor’s degree,
Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, master’s degrees in history and in
library science from Columbia University and a certificate in advanced
librarianship from Columbia University. He has had impressive career
serving in top administrative and in leadership roles in
major academic universities. He began his career as a social science’s
librarian at Queensboro Community College of the City University of New York. Throughout his career he has moved,
he has lived in four different states, advancing his career each of his moves. He served as the dean of university libraries at Indiana University and
John’s Hopkin’s University. And after serving in these roles, he served
for more than a decade as the vice president for information services and university
librarian at Columbia University where he provided leadership for university
academic computing and a system of 22 libraries. Throughout his career he has been a thoughtful,
influential and inspiring leader, consultant, presenter and author, focusing on a variety
of important areas including advocacy, information policy, professional leadership
development, [inaudible] property, scholarly communication, digital
libraries and library cooperation. He has worked tirelessly in
professional service roles as well. He is currently president of
the American Library Association where he has helped navigate the
association through an important period of transition while also moving the
field forward with new initiatives, such as the ALA Policy Corps,
which aims to expand the library and information professions ability
to advocate on key policy issues on behalf of the library community. Prior to serving as ALA president, he served
on ALA council, on ALA executive board, as ALA treasurer, as well as serving in
numerous other important roles such as a member of the OCLC board of trustees, treasurer
of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and president of the Association
of Research Libraries. He has received numerous recognitions for
his distinguished service and contributions to the library and information profession. Just some recent honors include the Freedom
to Read Foundation Role of Honor Award, the American Library Association
Joseph W. Lippincott Award and the International Federation of Library
Associations Scroll of Appreciation. Jim Neal is an innovative thinker and a creative
leader who is always willing to try new things and adapt to changing environments,
all important characteristics of successful information professionals today. I’m very excited that Jim Neal is here to
share his thoughts with out graduates today, who are just launching their new careers in
the library and information science field. It is my great honor to introduce Jim Neal.>>Thank you, Dr. Hirsh. It is an honor and privilege to participate
in the San Jose State University School of Information Convocation Ceremony. I recall the wonderful Mel Brooks
film “History of the World Part 1”. There’s a great scene when Brooks, as Moses, is coming down the mountain
carrying three large stone tablets. “Children of Israel I have 15”, he suddenly
trips and one of the tablets crashes to the ground, he picks himself
up and proceeds down the mountain. “Children of Israel I have 10 commandments”. I think we all applaud the loss
of those five additional rules. But allow me to provide my interpretation of
those five lost suggestions as you proceed from San Jose State to take
up your professional lives. First, value libraries and the
information services we provide. Sometimes when we focus on our encounters
with libraries throughout our lives, we might remember the stately buildings, the
floor of books, the intimidating catalogue, the hushed setting, the helpful
library staff, and I hope the joy and freedom those libraries provided. These elements in some ways are
still part of the library scene. What I call the Trompe-l’oeil Library. But the characteristics which have
defined library are being replaced by a new vision of information services. Libraries and YOU are at the center
of a revolution in global learning, information technology, electronic
scholarship, and community transformation. We are pillars in our communities enabling
success, productivity, innovation and solutions. The battle between the past and the future,
between the traditional and the innovative, between technology as a means and
technology as a transforming end, is being played out in dramatic
ways in our libraries. I appreciate a story about the
British eccentric, Quentin Crisp, who was talking to an audience
in Northern Ireland, and he tells them that his is an atheist,
at the end of his presentation a woman in the audience stands up and asks, “But Mr.
Crisp is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?”. Second, preserve our freedoms. We are constantly facing new
challenges to our liberties. The freedom from, and the freedom to. What Alexander Pope defined as
the ability “To see what friends and read what books I please.”. We
are constantly facing new threats to the celebration of knowledge. What Toffler described as “the
most democratic source of power”. And what former Librarian of Congress,
Daniel Boorstin saw as “never used up, for knowledge increases by it’s diffusion and
grows by it’s dispersion.”. Community standards, family values, national security, political
correctness, too often become excuses for censorship and rationales
to violate our privacy. So, called “progress in technology”, too often
becomes the basis for purging information, blocking access, monitoring our
behavior and advancing ONE point of view. Every snowflake in an avalanche
pleads not guilty. Don’t let it happen. Third, embrace YOUR human objectives. Think about your success so that things
turnout well and you attain your desired goals. Focus on your happiness, what defines
for you wellbeing and contentment. Be productive and achieve the
results and benefits that you want. Advance your personal progress, your
forward movement and betterment. Develop relationships, personal
connections and attachments. Have great experiences, rich participation
in your profession and in your community. Seek a professional voice, a range of
activities that extend you beyond your job. Take risks, important risks, but remember
always that it may be the early bird that gets the worm, but it is the second
mouse, the second mouse that gets the cheese. Have an impact, a significant effect and stay in
touch with each other and with your university. When Albert Einstein came to North
America he did not like to travel by plane and often took the train. On one trip the young man collecting
the tickets comes to Einstein’s cabin, Einstein looks in his pockets and in his
briefcase, and the young man recognizes who this is and says, “Don’t worry Mr.
Einstein you don’t need to find your ticket.” But Einstein persists, and he lifts
up his seat and he crawls on the floor and again the young man says “Please, you
don’t need to find your ticket Mr. Einstein.” Einstein stands up, looks the young man in
the eye and says, “It is no longer a matter of whether I can find my ticket, it
is a matter of where I am going.” Think more about where you are going
and less about finding your ticket. Fourth, advance the revolution. David Close in his book “The Meaning of
Revolution” notes that “The essential feel of revolution derives from its cataclysmic
qualities, it destroys people’s security and unsettles their convictions.” Thomas Kuhn in the “Structure of Scientific
Revolutions” notes that “The transition from a paradigm in crisis to a new one, from which a new tradition can emerge
is far from a cumulative process.” There are critical tipping points, and
Karl Marx in his “Theory of Knowledge”, his “Theory of Epistemology” emphasizes
that “Ideas do not exist on their own, and they are only real when
they are turned into action.” He points to a pot of water over a flame,
we know intellectually that the temperature of that water is rising, but only when it
reaches a critical point, the boiling point, when the liquid changes to gas does
a true transformation take place. It is the move from quantitative to qualitative
change that Marx defined as revolution. A Japanese proverb perhaps says it best
“Vision without action remains a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” Yes, we feel anxious as McLuhan observes “Our
age of anxiety is in great part the result of trying to do today’s jobs
with yesterday’s tools.” Yes, we feel disrupted as Clayton
Christensen notes “One of the litmus tests is that a disruptive technology enables a larger
population of less skilled people to do things that historically only an expert
could.”. And yes, things are chaotic, but as advanced in the “Education
of Henry Adams”, “chaos often breeds life
while order breeds habit.” Please have lives full of life. Lastly and fifth, care about each other. Saint Ignatius of Loyola
spoke of the selfless friend. To give and not to count the cost. To fight and not to heal the wound. To toil and not to seek for rest. To labor and not to ask for reward. Ken Kesey, who you recall is the author of “One
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” once commented in an interview “You can
count the seeds in the apple, but you cannot count the apples in the seed.” Today we celebrate the planting of your
accomplishment to our collective betterment. You will grow, and you will
flower as you build professional and personal lives of distinction and service. The fruits of your labor will inspire us. I applaud with enthusiasm and awe which you
have accomplished here at San Jose State, poet R.L. Sharpe perhaps said it
best “Each is given a bag of tools, a shapeless mass, and a book of rules. And each must make ere life is flown a
stumbling block or a stepping stone.” Make your years and your
dollars that you have invested at San Jose State your stepping
stone to great things. Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright,
was opening a new play in London, he sent a letter to Winston Churchill, “Dr. Mr.
Churchill, my new play in London is opening up and I send you two tickets to
the opening night’s performance. One ticket is for you Mr. Churchill and
one is for a friend, if you have one.” Well Churchill quickly replied,
he said, “Unfortunately Mr. Shaw, I have another commitment that
evening, and I won’t be able to attend the opening night performance of
your play, but I would be very appreciative if you sent me two tickets to the second
night’s performance, if there is one.” Library of the future, will there be one? Because of your professional
leadership and recruit and commitment we will not only
survive, but we will thrive. Finally, there is an African proverb which
speaks about two kinds of people in the world, first there are the mountain people who no matter how closely they come
together they just stand side by side. And second, there are the river people
who no matter how far apart they may be, no matter how far apart they
were when they started out, they always eventually flow together. Today with your graduation you join the
river people of San Jose State University and the professional community of
library and information service. With congratulations and a virtual
standing ovation, I thank you.>>Thank you very much Jim, we really
appreciate your comments and know that our graduates really appreciated
hearing your good words of wisdom and I appreciate you joining us today. So, I opened today’s ceremony by reminding us that the word convocation
means a calling together. Another word for today’s ceremony is
commencement which means beginning. Today represents your new beginning
as a graduate of our school’s programs and the beginning of what we hope will be a very
fulfilling and meaningful career in the field of library information and archival professions. Please let our school know when you land that
job after graduation and continue to stay in touch with us in the future as
you progress through your career. I look forward to hearing of your
accomplishments and contributions in the future. I hope you will all share
your accomplishments with us on the alumni career [inaudible] link page
or participate in iSchool Connext and come to our school’s receptions at professional
association conferences, like at ALA Annual where I will be on June 23rd in New Orleans. And also, we have many other
events throughout the year. We are concluding this convocation
with a special video that your fellow iSchool students have
put together highlighting the many faces and personalities of the class of 2018. The video is about 15 minutes long, please note
that this video will conclude the convocation. Congratulations again and
we wish the very, very best! [ Music ]

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