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Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2190

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August 2020 Commencement Videos

Congratulations to our Oakland University graduates! Click on the links below for the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony videos, along with the Black Excellence Celebratory and Faculty Congratulations videos. 

Undergraduate Ceremony: College of Arts and Sciences

Friday, August 28, 2020

9:00 a.m.

Transcript

>> Welcome to Oakland University's 2020 spring commencement which we're holding in August. All of us at Oakland University salute today's graduates for their perseverance, their passion, and their dedication for completing their degrees and met the most challenging circumstances of the past several months. Now, please join us as we honor our nation and come together as a community with the singing of the National Anthem performed by Angela Bonello, a voice performance major from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance.

>> O 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? The rocket's 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.

>> Thank you, Angela, for that beautiful and inspiring performance. It's a pleasure to welcome members of the graduating class of 2020, along with your families, friends, special guests, and colleagues. The pandemic and related events of the past five months remind all of us of how quickly life can change, and how we must appreciate life's most important gifts. Among those precious gifts are the people in our lives who support and who love us. Life is a team support, our success depends on the love, guidance, and encouragement of family, friends, and mentors. Graduates, embrace your team and cherish this moment. To the families and friends of today's graduates, we're honored and happy to have you as part of this remarkable day in the lives of the students we honor. Commencement is always a unique and special day in the life of any university. It's a day when everything that you aim to be as a university is reflected in the graduates who leave Oakland University to make their mark on the world. Each graduate has worked tirelessly and has looked forward to this special day. Supported by our faculty and staff, today's graduates are prepared to go forth with purpose and courage to make the world a better place. While you, our graduates today, you must realize that you are also the leaders of tomorrow, and we wish you well. Now, please join me in welcoming Provost Michele Piskulich to begin the ceremony.

>> I would like to congratulate the students who graduate from Oakland University today. I applaud you on your achievements and I encourage you always to continue the quest for excellence. You have studied with outstanding faculty and staff, you have been encouraged and supported by the faculty and staff, and by your families and friends. Today, we are extremely proud of each and every one of you. As students, your lives have been changed forever because you chose to study at Oakland University, you chose to pursue a college education, and you chose to be successful. You depart this campus as a very different person than you were on the day you enrolled. Today, you emerge as a leader, you take with you precious and unique skills, knowledge, and values. Throughout our undergraduate ceremonies this semester, we have 1,872 students graduating, 60 percent are women and 40 percent are men, 97 percent are from Michigan, two percent are international, 75 percent are from Oakland and Macomb counties. The average age is 24, the youngest graduate is 19 and the oldest is 71. Out of all undergraduate students graduating this semester, 40 percent are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 14 percent are from the School of Business Administration, seven percent are from the School of Education and Human Services, 14 percent are from the School of Engineering and Computer Science, 12 percent are from the School of Health Sciences, nine percent are from the School of Nursing, and four percent are from the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. I'd like to acknowledge the veterans who are graduating today. Please honk your horns to congratulate them. Thank you for your service. I'd like to introduce Graeme Harper, Dean of the Honors College, followed by Kevin Corcoran, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

>> Hey, Hi, I'm Dr. Graeme Harper. I'm Dean of the Honors College here at Oakland University. Oakland University was the first university in the nation created with the input of Honors College students. Back in 1958 and 1959, when we were creating the first curriculum of Oakland University, we took Honors College student advice to create that curriculum. If you're graduating today with University Honors, you'll be getting a Gold Cord. Can we get everybody who's getting a Gold Cord University Honors to honk your horns please? Let's hear from you. Congratulations University Honors. If you're graduating today with Departmental Honors, you'll be getting a red cord. Let's hear from you, everybody graduating with Departmental Honors, red cords, honk your horns. Congratulations. If you graduating today from the Honors College, you'll be receiving a unique Honors College medallion. You've completed service for the university and for the community, you've undertaken the study of languages and you've completed a thesis or creative project that now places you in the top five percent of graduates in the nation, congratulation on his college graduates. Let's hear from you. Honk your horns if you are a graduate of the Honors College. Fabulous stuff. I've worked in universities all around the world and I love Oakland University. Students and graduates here are smart, you committed to making a positive difference in the world. This is a great university and we wish you well. Is that a bear driving over there? I'm going to go check it out. Don't be strangers, go grizzlies.

>> As I was thinking about what to say to you in this brief video, a rhyme kept running through my head. Let me share it with you. The itsy-bitsy spider went up, the water spout, down came the rain and washed the spider out, out came the sun, and dried up all the rain, and the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again. Now, you don't need to have been a psychology major to understand why this stuck in my head as I thought about what to say in this message. Your journey up the water spout and towards graduation at Oakland University was hit with a deluge. But that's where your story differs from that child's rhyme. You weren't washed out, you survived and you thrived. You overcame the currents that were pushing against you. Whether those currents involved the challenging exam, a job loss, a funky Internet connection, health problems with a member of your family, or a million other possibilities, you made it, you survived, you thrived. Congratulations. I hope that you take some time to reflect on what you learned as a college student inside and outside of the classroom and know that it has set you on a journey of a lifetime. I hope that the last few months have taught you that you're not helpless in the face of the flood coming down that water spout because too many people find it easier to say it's all too difficult, I can't do it, it's all too much. They find it easier to be timid, when courage is called for, easier to pretend they have no choice. But I'm here to tell you today that you need to allow your choices to reflect your hopes and not your fears, to see things as they might be and say, why not? It's not about being fearless, not at all. It's not about avoiding your fears because you'll never outrun them, it's about choosing to look your fears in the face, about looking up that water spout. That confrontation helps you hear the inner voice of hope. Helps you believe in yourself and recognize that you are not helpless in the face of what the world throws at you. It's about believing in your talents and resourcefulness in the face of the rough waters ahead, to have faith and to believe that yes, out will come the sun and dry up all that rain, so that itsy-bitsy spider can go up the spout again. Congratulations graduates, and may you have many sunny days ahead.

>> Thank you Provost Piskulich , Deans Graeme Harper, and Kevin Corcoran. Students, you have worked very hard for many years for a college degree. It's a long-standing tradition that after receiving a post-secondary degree, the cap tassel is shifted from the right side to the left side of the cap. This signifies to all the completion of the degree. Upon nomination of the faculty of Oakland University and via authority of the State of Michigan, vested in the Board of Trustees and delegated to me, I hereby confer upon you the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work. The time has come. Will all of you, the graduates of Oakland University, please step out of your vehicles and please now, move your tassels. Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, I now present to you the Spring 2020 Oakland University graduates. Let's give our new bachelors a well-deserved round of applause and a few horn honks too. Congratulations. You may now get back into your vehicles, and now for our valediction.

>> Congratulations to all of the Oakland University graduates and to your families and friends. How exciting to have been the first ever to graduate and receive your degree in the parking lot. The parking lot that most of you dreaded going to because you could never find a parking spot. We are honored to share in this joyful celebration of your milestone achievement. We will conclude this ceremony with a valediction. As alumni of Oakland University, it is our hope that this ceremony will begin a lifetime connection to your Alma mater. Rather than saying goodbye to this university today, we hope you will simply say, so long for now, and return soon to participate in the many programs and opportunities we offer alumni. We hope that you view today this unique commencement celebration as the beginning of your life as a member of the OU family, and that you will always feel a connection to your fellow graduates, the faculty, and the staff. Graduates, we sincerely hope that you will strive to maintain contact with Oakland University. We hope that you think of OU when you need support and resources, or when support and resources are yours to share. We hope that you will bear the torch of this great academic center and shine its light whenever the opportunity arises. Wherever you go, please remember Oakland University goes with you as the foundation of your career and beginning of a successful life. As you make your way in the world, we hope that you will always take the meaning of the Oakland University seal to heart. Seguir virtute e canoscenza, meaning seeker of virtue and knowledge. From this day forward, may you continue to seek knowledge, be courageous in your endeavors and search for growth, and stay wondrously aware of the impact you can make on your community. We are also asking you as new alumni of Oakland University to be model citizens and responsible civic leaders in our global society, and most important, we are asking you to act with integrity, forethought, compassion, and a breadth of awareness of those around you. With extreme pleasure, I welcome you into the Oakland University family. Congratulations and best wishes.

>> I'm Glenn McIntosh, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer. It is my privilege to recognize graduating students for some of the highest honors Oakland University bestows. These students will receive an award bearing the name of our university's initial benefactors, Alfred G. Wilson or Matilda R. Wilson. The recipients have been chosen for having made outstanding contributions to the life of the university, to scholarship, to student leadership, and to the expression of responsibility in the solution of social problems. I commend the students, faculty, and staff, who performed a very difficult screening process for the selection of our award winners this year. It gives me great pleasure to announce the Alfred G. Wilson Award recipient, Christopher Edward Russell. Chris entered Oakland University to pursue a major in marketing. We honor you, Chris, for achieving academic excellence by maintaining a 3.93 grade point average making the Dean's list each semester at Oakland University for being awarded the Presidential Scholarship upon entering OU, and by being recognized by your professors for your diligence and significant dedication to learning. You have demonstrated campus leadership by being a student liaison for the Oakland University Board of Trustees, serving as President of Student Program Board, being a member of leadership OU, serving as an ambassador for the Honors College, and working as a Research Assistant in the School of Business Administration. You dedicated yourself to community service by working tirelessly, non-profit organizations, The Older Persons Commission, and The Rainbow Connection, for maintaining high academic standards, for demonstrate an extraordinary leadership capabilities, and for your involvement in the Oakland University community, we salute and congratulate you, Chris Russell. We extend best wishes for your continued success in all your future endeavors. It gives me great pleasure to announce the Matilda R. Wilson Award recipient, Camilla Joy Mateo Ramos. Camilla enter Oakland University to pursue a major, in Biomedical Sciences. We honor you, Camilla, for achieving academic excellence by maintain a 3.97 grade point average, making the Dean's list for each of your semesters at OU, being a distinguished scholar award recipient, serving as President of the Pre-medical Society and by being recognized by your professors for your diligence and significant dedication to learning. You have demonstrated campus leadership as a research in engineering apprentice for the School of Engineering and Computer Science, a research associate in Henry Ford Hospital, and a medical scribe for St. Joseph Hospital. You dedicated yourself to community service by volunteering at FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation, providing dance movement therapy to adults and children with disabilities and initiating a recycling program in Birmingham, Michigan, for maintaining high academic standards, for demonstrating extraordinary leadership capabilities, and for your involvement in the Oakland University community. We salute and congratulate you, Camilla Ramos. We extend best wishes for continued success in all your future endeavors. It is now my pleasure to present the university's Human Relations Award. The Human Relations Award was instituted in 1977 through the efforts of the Wilson Award Committee. It's purpose is to recognize outstanding work and dedication toward improvement and human relations on our campus. It gives me great pleasure to announce the 2020 recipient of the Human Relations Award, Eric Graham Henckel. Eric entered Oakland University to pursue a major, in Political Science. We honor you Eric, for demonstrating the academic excellence by maintain a 3.54 grade point average, serving as an academic peer mentoring in university housing, serving as a peer mentor for the International Allies organization, and by being recognized by your professors for your diligence and insignificant dedication to learning. You have demonstrated widespread campus leadership by being the Vice President and Event Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, serving as peer mentor for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, serving as a resident assistant for university housing, and working multiple years as group leader for orientation in new student programs. For all your efforts and successes, we salute and congratulate you Eric Henckel, and extend our best wishes for continued success in all your future endeavors.

>> Congratulations graduates. You have endured a pandemic and been faced with personnel decisions about systemic racism and injustice. You have demonstrated perseverance and fortitude during these challenging times. It is my hope that you will use this unique set of circumstances to help shape your personal convictions and purpose along with your determination to achieve your dreams. This commencement will signal the beginning of the next phase of your life. This is a very special moment, focused on significant experiences and memories that you've had at Oakland University. You are now alumni of a very prestigious university. There are more than 120,000 of us living and working across the world. From one alum to another, allow me to offer you some advice. Take advantage of your Golden Grizzly network. The Oakland University Alumni Association has a membership of talented, accomplished, and well-connected individuals, providing you with access to an incredible legacy of grads to connect to. There are unlimited networking opportunities for new graduates seeking new friendships, partnerships, and employment. I hope you will choose to become active alumni and will become part of the leadership that helps sustain this organization. Our alumni chapters develop engaging events and programming every year to connect new grads like you back to your Alma mater and your fellow classmates. You can make a difference by supporting events that help raise funds for scholarships, by volunteering time to mentor students, by encouraging others who are seeking education to consider Oakland University. Someday, down the road, we hope you will be in a position to assist others with the cost of their education. We are truly an alumni family. There are thousands of current Oakland University students with a brother, a sister, mother, father, and a grandparent, who are OU alum. Your graduation can continue that family legacy or begin a new one. We encourage you to participate in the life of Oakland University in a way that is meaningful to you. You can make a difference. What you give of yourself will directly impact the future of Oakland, the State of Michigan, and this country. I leave you with this challenge from Bishop Tutu. "Justice demands the truth be told, to whatever extent possible the harm be repaired, and the conditions that produce the injustice be changed." On behalf of more than 120,000, smart, extraordinary people who graduated from Oakland University, congratulations to each of you, and a very special congratulations to my son, Adam Davenport. We're honored to welcome each of you into this Alumni Association. Take care, stay safe, and be healthy. Congratulations.

>> The Oakland University fight song was established in 1999, and written by one of our own faculty members, Professor Michael Mitchell from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences. So now please join Dean Jon Margerum Leys in singing our school fight song. Thank you Dean Jon Margerum Leys. I would also like to thank the musical artists of the Cabre Feidh pipes and drums band for the music that played today. A word of thanks is also due to the numerous departments, staff, and other individuals who have worked hours to make this occasion possible. There's a stage at the other end of the parking lot where you can take photos and pick up your diploma cover. Cars will be directed out by rows and you may choose to exit on squirrel road. If you do not want to walk across the stage for a photo. Please be sure to maintain social distance and be considerate of your fellow Oakland University students and guest's safety. Congratulations graduates.

>> Congratulations graduates. I'm so proud of you, and I know you're going to go out and change the world.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020 at Oakland University, and a massive shout-out to all of the graduates in music theater and dance. We're so proud of you.

>> Congratulations, the class of 2020 on your graduation, and outstanding achievement. You have made it despite all the odds and difficult time this year. Good luck on your next adventure and best wishes for a bright future.

>> Hello, all you class of 2020. I am so proud of you and your drive and perseverance to excel despite these trying times. I am optimistic about your contributions to make this country and this world a fairer and more equitable place to live and thrive in. Thank you for your hard work and the perspectives that you've cultivated here at Oakland University that I'm sure will effect positive social changes. I am inspired by you. Congratulations, class of 2020, go Grizzlies.

>> Hi, I'm Liz Barclay from the School of Business Administration. I'd like to congratulate you on your commencement. I know that the last several months have been quite demanding, and you've stepped up to the challenge. I wish you success in your future careers in life. Again, I hope you continue to keep Oakland University in your hearts as we keep you in ours.

>> Congratulation to all the new graduates. Special congratulations to all the graduates from School of Engineering and Computer Science. This is a very special day for all of you. Be brave, be honored, be helpful and be happy forever. Bye.

>> Congratulations to the graduates from the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. As true interdisciplinarians, you have been trained to enhance your career fields by solving complex problems, thinking critically and analyzing all perspectives. You are talented, creative, driven, and bright. Remember that success comes to those who work hard, and do good things. Continue to practice your civic engagement by volunteering in the community to share your knowledge and talents with others. You have worked so hard through your studies, and I am beaming with pride. Go into the world as interdisciplinarians and dream big, go Grizzlies.

>> Hi, on behalf of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, I want to congratulate all of you on your graduation from Oakland University. We are so proud of your accomplishments, and we wish you the very best in everything you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to the Oakland University graduating class of 2020. I am proud of your success. I'm sure today will be only the first of many proud, successful moments for you. A clear lesson learned during the COVID-19 disruption is that it is crucial to be open to change. So please use this lesson to build your successful careers. Don't be easily discouraged. Always be open to change, and aspire for the best. Congratulations on your well-deserved graduation from Oakland University for the class of 2020. I'm wishing you success as you transition to your next adventure.

>> Congratulations SCCS class of 2020. I am so proud of you, and I wish all the very best. I wish I could be there in person to congratulate you, especially after all the hard work you've put in to getting your degree. But I'm sure that they will come soon, and meanwhile, I wish you a great journey. There may be some bumps along the way, but I'm sure that you will all be very successful with the education that you've got at Oakland University. Congratulations again, and Go Grizzlies.

>> Congratulation class of 2020, I'm excited to be part of your celebration today. This graduation may not look like you expected. Your accomplishments are all the more impressive, and your success in the face of adversity reminds me of Oakland University's motto, Seek Virtue and Knowledge. As you may know in the book that, that quotation comes from, a ship captain who's literally trapped in hell, uses those words, Seek Virtue and Knowledge to motivate his crew onward to greater adventures. I know that your Oakland University degree, and the virtue and knowledge you acquired while earning it will likewise propel you forward to many great adventures. Congratulations, class of 2020.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020. Well, I know this year has brought some unexpected challenges. It also is likely to bring some unique opportunities. Seize these opportunities. Sometimes they lead to life's greatest rewards. I wish you all a tremendous amount of luck, and I hope your future holds all of the promise that you anticipate.

>> You guys deserve the credit that you earned in our classes at OU, but you also deserve a huge amount of credit for being the graduating class in 2020. Well done.

>> Hello, 2020 grads. Professor Engle from the religious studies department. I'm so proud of you. Go make the world a better place to be and stay in touch.

>> To the class of 2020, congratulations. This is Dr. Anica Bowe in the School of Education and Human Services. So my words to you, well, when you first enter the university, the world was one way. Now that you are exiting the University, the world is another. So seize every opportunity that you can. You have the background, you have the expertise, and you have the preparation. So any moment, any opportunity that approaches you, even ones that you have never considered beforetimes, but now that we're in the moment, take them. You have what it takes to succeed. Also, consider these new opportunities different areas of growth, different areas where you can develop other expertise you hadn't even consider having. So when your academic preparation and these new areas of expertise coalesce in the future, they will make pathways for you that you didn't even dream of. So seize them, and congratulations.

>> Hi, everyone. This is Dr. Dzwik from the School of Education and Human Services, and I have a couple of pieces of advice for you. The first one is, life is about growing. It's okay to make mistakes. Please learn from them and grow from them. The very best people have made themselves very successful from learning from their mistakes. The other piece of advice I have for you is this, is we need you. We need you to take us into the next chapter of our being. Through your skills, your lessons learned, and through all of the other things that come up in life, you have what it takes to make us all better people through your passion and no matter what the discipline is that you've chosen. Commencement is a starting point. So you're going to start that journey, and what I ask is this, is please make us all proud, and go, Grizzlies.

>> Hello from Dr. Mahmoud. Let me begin by congratulating you on your graduation. I'm extremely happy being able to share in the excitement of this wonderful achievement, and I'm also very proud of each and every one of you. This achievement not only shows the passion and effort you have put forth to further your education, but also the many steps you have taken to enrich and better your lives. I will leave you with some words of wisdom one of my professors gave me back when I was a student. He said, "There are many things in life that will disappear, be taken away from you, or that you lose. However, the one thing that can never be taken away from you is your education." I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors, and again, happy graduation day.

>> Hello, graduates. You are certainly all moving forward to your next chapter during an interesting time in history. Thankfully, your proven dedication and resilience in the face of adversity will serve us all well as we all move forward. So congratulations to the Class of 2020. Make us all proud.

>> Hello, I'm professors Zexin Ma. Congratulations, class of 2020. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and to witness your achievements. Each one of you is unique in your own wonderful way, just like the beautiful trees behind me. We're proud of you. Please continue to embrace the diversity and support each other. Together, you will pump fresh air into our society and energize the future.

>> Good afternoon to the class of 2020. My name is Cynthia Miree, Professor of Management at the School of Business Administration, and I'd like to wish you all congratulations on your achievement. It hasn't always been easy, and it hasn't always been fun, but it definitely worth it. Whatever your next step is, whether it is graduate school, other career pursuits, as you begin your new career, I wish you all the best. Please keep in touch with us. As faculty, our students are very important to us, and we'd love to hear from you and know what's going on. Again, on behalf of the entire university and myself, congratulations, and I wish you all the best.

>> Congratulations, everybody. A special congratulations to all of the communication majors, the journalism majors, and the public relations majors. I so wish I was in the O'rena right now, reading your name into the microphone as you approach the stage, looking out at the audience and hearing somewhere out there, your family, your friends cheering loudly just for you, watching as you receive your diploma from Dean Corcoran, and watching as you shake President Pescovitz's hand, and watching as you become Oakland University alumni. But this graduation is unique and special in its own way, it is a story you will be telling for a long time. Congratulations, Grizzlies, and good luck, stay in touch.

>> Congratulations, class of 2020, and the graduates of the school of Education and Human Services. You are about to embark on an incredible career as a teacher. You are powerful. You're amazing, and I feel very certain that you are going to make a difference in the life of every child you touch. So go forth, teach, do the work that you're so ready to do. Teach your heart out, and remember to hold close to your heart, those words of Maya Angelou, "Just do right." I'm wishing you well. Congratulations.

>> Hi, graduates. I just wanted to say congratulations on completing your degree at Oakland University. That is a huge accomplishment, and while you might not be taking classes with us anymore, I wanted to remind me that you will always be part of the Oakland University community and your professors will always be there for you to help you in life. So as you prepare for your career, if any new questions come up, like how to prepare for a job interview or which career path to take, maybe consider emailing your favorite professor, we would love to hear from you. Congratulation again.

>> Congratulations, class of 2020. It has not been an easy ride, but you made it. You made it because you believed in yourself. As you start this new chapter in your life, remember to trust yourself and your experiences. This will bring you happiness and success. I wish you all the best of luck, and continue to make your Oakland family proud.

>> Congratulations on graduating from Oakland University during one of the most challenging years that most of us will face. You made it through, and that is most certainly worthy of celebration. I'd also like to congratulate you on investing in your education. Whether you're an undergraduate student or a graduate student, making that investment in yourself and in your education is one of the best choices that you could have made, and I certainly hope that the skills that you cultivated during your time at Oakland University serve you well moving forward. Good luck.

>> This is Linda Pavonetti, Chair of the Reading and Language Arts Department in the School of Education and Human Services. I want to congratulate all of the graduates this year, and especially the ones from our department in our school, and say best wishes to you in your future, no matter what you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to all of our teacher ed candidates out there. Just think, you finished studying teaching during a pandemic. If you can do that, you can do so much more. Remember, you've got this, go teach, change the world.

>> Hello, my name is Jae Kang, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship. First of all, many congratulations to your great achievement during this difficult time. As you can see from the world, everything is changing very fast. It is very difficult to predict what will happen next week. However, we do know that we will eventually declare a victory as you always did. We just need to live our daily life by doing something meaningful. Your journey is now started, believe in you, and follow your path. As you work through the road, you will meet great people, great opportunity, and sometime difficult moment. Don't regret your past, don't be afraid of your future, live your life now. I wish all the best for your journey. Thank you very much.

>> Hi, class of 2020. This is professor Thor, and I got dressed up for you today. Congratulations on completing your degree requirements and graduating. I am so proud of all of you for what you have accomplished. You finished your degree requirements in the middle of a global pandemic, and for that you deserve high praise. Although we can't be together at a traditional graduation ceremony, please know that I am cheering you on from home today and every day as you go out into the world and share the knowledge that you learned here at OU. When we get back to normal life again, and we will, please make sure that you come back to Elliott Hall and check in with me and let me know about all the great things that you've done. Congratulations, class of 2020, cheers to all of you.

>> Congratulations, class of 2020. Although it's been a tough year, you have persevered and come out stronger on the other side. As you embark on the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to follow your dreams, and work hard to achieve them. I wish you the best, and look forward to hearing about your successes. A special shout-out to the 2020 graduates from the Department of Dance. I'm extremely proud of you. Congratulations, class of 2020.

>> Congratulations, OU class of 2020. You've achieved a significant milestone, and it's time to celebrate. This is also the beginning of a new journey that will lead you to your goals, and your dreams, and your aspirations. So go with all your heart. Congratulations.

>> Dear class of 2020, congratulations on your graduation. I'm so happy and proud of your well deserved success. I know it's been scary and stressful lately, and I'm sure this is not the graduation you had in mind. But I'm glad we can still celebrate your amazing accomplishments today. Remember, it took a lot of hard work and persistence to get to this day. I hope you feel great about what you've accomplished at OU, and that you'll never stop learning and challenging yourself as you face your future adventures. Congratulations again, and best of luck.

>> Hello SMTD class of 2020. We're just popping in to tell you how proud we are of you, of the artists, and the educators that you've become. Really, over the past few months as the people and the humans that you've proven yourself to be when faced with these totally unexpected obstacles, that you looked them square in the face, you made decisions that were smart, that were right for you. Take care of yourselves, take care of your communities, and when you're ready, we can't wait to see what you create and who you become.

>> You should be proud of the work you've done, the things you've accomplished, your dedication, and your excellence. Bravo.

>> Hi. I just want to say congratulations to all of our Oakland University graduates in the class of 2020. I know the end of your time at Oakland wasn't what you had expected, but you did great and you have excelled. I also want to give a special shout out to our Master of Public Health students. You-all, it's been really great working with you for two years, and you'll always be able to say that you did your Master of Public Health degree in the middle of a pandemic. Again, congratulations, and we're all really proud of you, and happy for you, and we look forward to hearing about all the great work that you're going to be doing. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations the class of 2020. You're graduating at a very memorable time, you're entering a world full of challenge. In these fresh minds, it's people like you to make a change. This knowledge and the skills you learned at OU, I'm sure that you can well in any career you plan to pursue to shape up the world. Best wishes to you-all and stay in touch

>> Dear graduate, as you're at the end of one journey, congratulate yourself on this major achievement, and plodder on the ups and downs you may have experienced. Then be ready to start the next leg of your life journey using some of the tools you have acquired. This is likely to be very challenging as many societal structures are changing rapidly as it is. Be well, and remember that you are representing a great institution and a great program.

>> Congratulations, celebrations, we want to the world to know that you've made it your way. Congratulations, jubilations, go tell everyone you're ready for the world. You can tell everyone you ready for the world. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations crazy graduates of 2020. I'm Kevin Grimm, Associate Professor of English, and it was my pleasure and honor to work and learn with many of you during this past year. We all had to scramble and adjust to our big of a switch to remote classes in March, and that crazy semester ending blur that followed. But we all got through it, and whether this was the end of a four-year, or a six-year, or a 10-year, or even a longer journey since you first arrived on campus, you should be proud of your perseverance and resourcefulness, grizzly determination, if you will, that has brought you to this happy day. So today I hope you reflect on the big picture of your total OU experience, especially the good times that you've had here. To you-all, and to your families, I say, well done. Go forward and please keep in touch. We at OU are still and always are here for you. Congratulations.

>> Congratulation class of 2020. You've worked so hard and have so much to be proud of. You've completed your studies during an unprecedented time. Despite the challenges the world has thrown at you, you've overcome and wrestled above them. I hope that you take the lessons you've learned and the friendships you've developed here at OU along with you as you move out into the world. Don't be afraid to take risks, make mistakes, ask questions, and acknowledge your blind spots. As you move on to your next adventures, don't forget your connections and network here at OU. You have so many faculty and staff here ready and willing to support you and help you navigate this time. Stay in touch and don't be afraid to reach out with questions, we're here for you. Congratulations and good luck.

>> Hello everyone and bonjour. This is Dikka Berven behind the mask. I figure this is the year of the mask so why not have a mask like this one? I wouldn't be teaching with this mask, but it's a special occasion, so I thought I'd wear it because I would like to give you something to remember. You will be the only people, I hope, that ever have their graduation ceremony from a car, and that will be something to tell your children and your grandchildren. That is the upside of this whole thing. There are other upsides too. It's commencement, that means the beginning. It's a French word, commencement. It feels like the end to us, but it is the beginning for you. I hope you won't forget us, I hope you'll send postcards, e-mails. I'm always ready for a cup of coffee and a visit, and in the meantime, I would like to say have fun, enjoy the day. Au revoir

Doctoral and Masters – University Wide

Friday, August 28, 2020

2:00 p.m.

Transcript

>> Welcome to Oakland University's 2020 Spring Commencement that we're holding in August. All of us at Oakland University salute today's graduates for their perseverance, their passion, and their dedication for completing their degrees amid the most challenging circumstances of the past several months. Now, please join us as we honor our nation and come together as a community with the singing of the national anthem performed by Angela Bonello a voice performance major from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

>> 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 thru 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
 O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

>>Thank you, Angela, for that beautiful and inspiring performance. It's a pleasure to welcome the members of the graduating class of 2020, along with their families, friends, special guests, and colleagues. The pandemic and related events of the past five months remind all of us of how quickly life can change and how we must appreciate life's most important gifts. Among those most precious gifts are the people in our lives who support and love us. Life is a team sport, our success depends on the love, guidance, and encouragement of family, friends, and mentors. Graduates, embrace your team and cherish this moment. To the families and friends of today's graduates, we're honored and happy to have you as part of this remarkable day in the lives of the students we honor. Commencement is always a unique and special day in the life of any university. It's a day when everything that you aim to be as a university is reflected in the graduates who leave Oakland University to make their mark on the world. Each graduate has worked tirelessly and has looked forward to this special day. Supported by our faculty and staff, today's graduates are prepared to go forth with purpose and courage to make the world a better place. While you are graduates today, you must realize that you are also the leaders of tomorrow. We wish you well, and now, I welcome Provost Michelle Piskulich to begin the ceremony.

>> I would like to congratulate the students who graduate from Oakland University today. I applaud you on your achievements, and I encourage you always to continue the quest for excellence. You have studied with outstanding faculty and staff. You have been encouraged and supported by the faculty and staff and by your families and friends. Today, we are extremely proud of each and every one of you. As students, your lives have been changed forever because you chose to study at Oakland University, you chose to pursue a college education and you chose to be successful. You depart this campus as a very different person than you were the day you enrolled. Today, you emerge as a leader, you take with you precious and unique skills, knowledge, and values. Within this ceremony, we have 512 students graduating, 62 percent are women, and 38 percent are men. Eighty four percent are from Michigan, 19 percent are international, 66 percent are from Oakland and Macomb counties. The average age is 31, the youngest graduate is 22, and the oldest is 64. Out of all graduate students graduating this semester, 12 percent are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 18 percent are from the School of Business Administration, 31 percent are from the School of Education and Human Services, 27 percent are from the School of Engineering and Computer Science, seven percent are from the School of Health Sciences, and five percent are from the School of Nursing. I'd like to acknowledge the veterans who are graduating today. Please honk your horns to congratulate them. Thank you for your service. I'd like to welcome Susan Awbrey, Dean of the Graduate School.

>> Welcome. I'm Dr. Susan Awbrey, Interim Dean of the Graduate School. Thank you for joining us to celebrate this important milestone in your lives. For those who are about to receive your master's, educational specialists, or doctoral degree, these are some of the highest academic degrees awarded. To earn your degree, you have shown subject matter expertise and many of you have made original contributions to your field. You've moved from student to graduate. This journey has been a long one for many of you, made especially difficult by the pandemic. We not only celebrate your accomplishments, but those people who have given you encouragement and strength to complete your goals, both you and they should be extremely proud of your achievements. Your knowledge and courage will help to change our world, and will inspire others follow you. On behalf of the Graduate School in Oakland University, I wish you congratulations and all the best as you continue your next step on your journey and put into practice all that you've learned at Oakland University.

>> It is my pleasure to announce the outstanding thesis and dissertation awards. Oakland University has a tradition of excellence in graduate education. Since the 1970s, the graduate programs have produced outstanding scholarship, reflected in publications, thesis, and dissertations. The purpose of these awards is to acknowledge the importance of producing quality dissertations and theses, and to support excellence in graduate work. We are proud to present the outstanding dissertation and thesis Awards for 2019. It is my pleasure to introduce the outstanding thesis award recipient, Ms. Jacqueline Paul. Jacqueline Paul, I am pleased to present you with the 2019 Outstanding Thesis Award based on your work titled "A study of antibiotic resistance effects on the electrochemical detection of Escherichia Coli." Jacqueline Paul's promising research focuses on developing point-of-care biosensors to detect bacterial infection, especially those resulting from antibiotic resistant bacteria. New biosensor technologies are highly sought after for clinical diagnostics and biodefense due to their capacity to protect the public from the negative health consequences that result from contamination by biological agents. Ms. Paul's research was inspired by her interest in a multi-state outbreak of E-coli in September 2006, and the resulting public panic and the strain on public health labs. She was also inspired by the overuse of antibiotics that contributes to the emergence of resistant pathogens, leading physicians to treat common infectious diseases with even more potent antibiotics. This practice accelerates the emergence of more resistant organisms and will eventually undermine antibiotic resistance. In this very innovative and challenging project, Ms. Paul demonstrated her ability to learn multiple techniques, and in doing so, she developed and validated new biosensor concepts to detect the E-coli bacteria. Ms. Paul's discovery and the insight from her thesis work forms a foundation for establishing new electoral analytical techniques for bacterial detection. She applies old chemistry fundamentals to develop new biosensor concepts that quickly identify pathogenic bacteria without the need of expensive testing that can take several weeks. Jacqueline Paul, we congratulate you and wish you continued success as you pursue your goals and dreams. It is now my pleasure to announce the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award for non-STEM areas of research. Dr. Julienne Baxa received the award for her ambitious dissertation titled "Teacher knowledge matters". This noteworthy study examined the classroom practices of teachers as they collected, scored, identified comprehension objectives and use data from informal reading inventories to inform comprehension instruction with students. Dr. Baxa created a succinct model to guide the planning, reflection, coaching, and informative evaluation of teachers, and selecting and integrating digital text and tools in literacy lessons. Her digital framework is an important and essential tool in assisting teachers as they consider content accuracy, quality for supporting literacy development, intuitiveness, and user interactivity in their instruction. Dr. Baxa's dissertation demonstrates why digital texts and tool integrations matter and transforms instruction beyond what is possible with pencil and paper texts and tools. She has made significant and important contribution to our understanding of literacy instruction by expanding and deepening the teacher's understanding of how digital texts work to support students in their literacy development. Dr. Baxa's work will have lasting effect with teachers who are actively seeking ways to dismantle traditional approaches to literacy instruction and to transform instead their mindset and theories about learning literacy in the 21st century. Dr. Julienne Baxa, we congratulate you and wish you continued success as you pursue your goals and dreams. I am now pleased to announce the 2019 outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics Dissertation Award recipient, Dr. Christopher. C. Melekian. Dr. Christopher Melekian, I am pleased to present you with this 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award. In recognition of your dissertation, "matching, prelusion and generalizations". Significant progress has been made in building supercomputers with many processors due to rapid and consistent technical progress in networking, hardware, and software, where an inter processor network plays a crucial role. In some applications, processors are paired up to perform certain computations. If this can be done, the network has perfect matching. However, processors and links between processors can be damaged over time. Dr. Melekian's research was to investigate whether a damaged network with faulty processors and faulty links has a perfect matching. He studied the structure of the distribution of these faulty processors and faulty links in worst-case scenarios. He developed general techniques for classifying these worst-case scenarios. Moreover, he expanded this concept and generalized many existing results. Dr. Melekian has also given a number of national and international presentations of these results and has written numerous publications. According to Google Scholar, his papers in this area have been cited over 30 times, which is a remarkable accomplishment for someone just starting their career. Dr. Melekian has proven to be a leading researcher in the problem of analyzing matchings in Modern Graph Theory. Dr. Melekian, we congratulate you and wish you continued success as you pursue your dreams and long-term goals.

>> Thank you Provost Pescovitz and Dean Aubrey. Students, you have worked very hard for many years for this degree and the time has come. We will now present the doctoral candidates with their hoods. Traditionally, the dean and the dissertation adviser would place your hood on you. But due to social distancing, we're asking for you to have a member of your family or a special guest to assist you with your hooding. Upon nomination of The Faculty of Oakland University and by authority of the State of Michigan, vested in the Board of Trustees and delegated to me, I hereby confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Education Specialist, Master of Accounting, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Music, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science, Master of Science in Nursing, and Master of Training and Development. I now call upon your guest to invest you with the doctoral hood and place the hood on your doctoral candidate. After the hooding, remain outside of your vehicle as we would like to salute you by tipping our hats in celebration of your advanced degrees. Please step out of your vehicles at this time with one of your guests to assist with your hooding. Congratulations to all of our new doctors. Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, I present to you the Spring 2020 Oakland University graduates. Let's give all of our new masters and doctoral candidates a well-deserved round of applause and few horn hunks. Now you may get back into your vehicles and now, for our valediction.

>> Congratulations to all of the Oakland University graduates and to your families and friends, how exciting to have been the first ever to graduate and receive your degree in a parking lot. The parking lot that most of you dreaded going to because you could never find a parking spot. We are honored to share in this joyful celebration of your milestone achievement. We will conclude the ceremony with a valediction. As alumni of Oakland University, it is our hope that this ceremony will begin a lifetime connection to your alma mater. Rather than saying goodbye to this university today, we hope you will simply say, "So long, for now", and return soon to participate in the many programs and opportunities we offer alumni. We hope that you've you today, this unique commencement celebration as the beginning of your life as a member of the Oakland University family and that you will always feel a connection to your fellow graduates, and the faculty, and the staff. Graduates, we sincerely hope you will strive to maintain contact with Oakland University. We hope that you think of OU when you need support and resources or when support and resources are yours to share. We hope that you will bear the torch of this great academic center and shine its light whenever the opportunity arises. Wherever you go, please remember, Oakland University goes with you as the foundation of your career and a successful life. As you make your way in the world, we hope that you will always take the meaning of the Oakland University seal to heart. Seguir virtute e canoscenza, meaning a seeker of virtue and knowledge. From this day forward, may you continue to seek knowledge, be courageous in your endeavors and search for growth, and stay wondrously aware of the impact you can make on your community. We are also asking you as new alumni of Oakland University to be model citizens and responsible civic leaders in our global society and most important, we are asking you to act with integrity, forethought, compassion, and breadth of awareness of those around you. With extreme pleasure, I welcome you into the Oakland University family. Congratulations and best wishes.

>> Congratulations graduates, you have endured a pandemic and been faced with personnel decisions about systemic racism and injustice. You have demonstrated perseverance and [inaudible] to, during these challenging times. It is my hope that you will use this unique set of circumstances to help shape your personal convictions in purpose along with your determination to achieve your dreams. This commencement will signal the beginning of the next phase of your life. This is a very special moment, focus on significant experiences and memories that you've had at Oakland University. You are now alumni of a very prestigious university. There are more than a 120,000 of us living and working across the world. From one alum to another, allow me to offer you some advice. Take advantage of your golden grizzly network. The Oakland University Alumni Association has a membership of talented, accomplished, and well-connected individuals providing you with access to an incredible legacy of grads to connect to. There are unlimited networking opportunities for new graduates seeking new friendships, partnerships, and employment. I hope you will choose to become active alumni and will become part of the leadership that helps sustain this organization. Our alumni chapters develop engaging in events and programming every year to connect new grads like you back to your alma mater and your fellow classmates. You can make a difference by supporting events that help raise funds for scholarships, by volunteering time to mentor students, by encouraging others who are seeking education to consider Oakland University and someday down the road, we hope you will be in a position to assist others with the cost of their education. We are truly an alumni family. There are thousands of current Oakland University students with a brother, a sister, mother, father, and a grandparent who are OU alum. Your graduation can continue that family legacy or begin a new one. We encourage you to participate in the life of Oakland University in a way that is meaningful to you, you can make a difference. What you give of yourself will directly impact the future of Oakland, the State of Michigan, and this country. I leave you with this challenge from Bishop Tutu, 'Justice demands the truth be told to whatever extent possible the harm be repaired, and the conditions that produce the injustice be changed'. On behalf of more than 120,000 smart, extraordinary people who graduated from Oakland University, congratulations to each of you and a very special congratulations to my son, Adam Davenport. We are honored to welcome each of you into this Alumni Association. Take care, stay safe, and be healthy. Congratulations.

>> The Oakland University fight song was established in 1999 and written by one of our own faculty members, Professor Michael Mitchell from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences. Please join Dean Jon [inaudible] in singing the school fight song. Thank you, Dean Margerum-Leys. I would also like to thank the musical artists of the Cobra Face, Pipes and Drums band for the music played today. A word of thanks is also due to the numerous departments, staff, and other individuals who have worked hours to make this occasion possible. There's a stage at the other end of the parking lot to take photos and pick up your diploma cover. Cars will be directed out by rows and you may choose to exit on squirrel road if you do not want to walk across the stage for a photo. Please be sure to maintain social distance and be considerate of your fellow Oakland University students and guests safety. Congratulations graduates.

>> Congratulations graduates. I'm so proud of you and I know you're going to go out and change the world.

>> Congratulations to the Class of 2020 of Oakland University, and a massive shout-out to all of the graduates in music, theater, and dance. We're so proud of you.

>> Congratulations to Class of 2020 on your graduation and outstanding achievement. You have made it. This fight all the odds and the good time this year. Good luck on your next adventure. Best wishes for a bright future.

>> Hello, OU Class of 2020. I am so proud of you, and your drive and perseverance to excel despite these trying times. I am optimistic about your contributions to make this country and this world a fairer and more equitable place to live and thrive in. Thank you for your hard work and the perspectives that you've cultivated here at Oakland University, that I'm sure will effect positive social changes. I am inspired by you. Congratulations, Class of 2020. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hi, I'm Liz Barclay from the School of Business Administration. I'd like to congratulate you on your commencement. I know that the last several months have been quite demanding and you've stepped up to the challenge. I wish you a success in your future careers and life. Again, I hope you continue to keep Oakland University in your hearts as we'd keep you in ours.

>> Congratulations to all the new graduates. Special congratulations to all the graduates from School of Engineering and Computer Science. This is a very special day for all of you. Be brave, be honored, be helpful, and be happy forever. Bye.

>> Congratulations to the graduates from the Bachelor of Integrated Studies, as true interdisciplinary and you have been trained to enhance your career fields by solving complex problems, thinking critically, and analyzing all perspectives. You are talented, creative, driven, and bright. Remember, that success comes to those who work hard and do great things. Continue to practice your civic engagement by volunteering in the community to share your knowledge and talents with others. You have worked so hard through your studies, and I am beaming with pride. Go into the world as interdisciplinarians and dream big. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hi, on behalf of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, I want to congratulate all of you on your graduation from Oakland University. We are so proud of your accomplishments and we wish you the very best in everything you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to the Oakland University graduating Class of 2020. I am proud of your success. I'm sure today, we'll be only the first of many proud successful moments for you. A clear lesson learned during the COVID-19 disruption is that it is crucial to be open to change. So please use this lesson to build your successful careers. Don't be easily discouraged, always be open to change and aspire for the best. Congratulations on your well-deserved graduation from Oakland University for the Class of 2020. I'm wishing you success as you transition to your next adventure.

>> Congratulations SECS Class of 2020. I am so proud of you, and I wish you all the very best. I wish I could be there in person to congratulate you, especially after all the hard work you've put into getting your degree. But I'm sure that day will come, soon. Meanwhile, I wish you a great journey. There may be some bumps along the way, but I am sure that you will be very successful with the education that you got at Oakland University. Congratulations again. Go Grizzlies.

>> Congratulations Class of 2020. I'm excited to be part of your celebration today. This graduation may not look like you expected, but your accomplishments are all the more impressive. Your success in the face of adversity reminds me of Oakland University's motto, "Seek virtue and knowledge." As you may know in the book that that quotation comes from, a ship captain who's literally trapped in hell, uses those words, seek virtue and knowledge, to motivate his crew onward to greater adventures. I know that your Oakland University degree and the virtue of knowledge you acquired while earning it, will likewise propel you forward to many great adventures. Congratulations Class of 2020.

>> Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Well, I know this year has brought some unexpected challenges. It also is likely to bring some unique opportunities. Seize these opportunities, sometimes they lead to life's greatest rewards. I wish you all a tremendous amount of luck. I hope your future holds all of the promise that you anticipate.

>> You guys, deserve the credit that you earned in all classes that are you, but you also deserve a huge amount of credit for being the graduating class in 2020. Well done.

>> Hello, 2020 grads, Professor Engle from the Religious Studies department. I'm so proud of you. Go make the world a better place to be, and stay in touch.

>> To the Class of 2020, congratulations. This is Doctor Anica Bowe in the School of Education and Human Services. My words to you; when you first enter the university, the world is one way. Now that you are exiting the University, the world is another. So seize every opportunity that you can. You have the background, you have the expertise, and you have the preparation. So any moment, any opportunity that approaches you, even ones that you are never considered before times, but now that we're in the moment, take them. You have what it takes to succeed. Also, consider these new opportunities, different areas of growth, different areas where you can develop other expertise you hadn't even consider having. When your academic preparation and these new areas of expertise coalesce in the future, they will make pathways for you that you didn't even dreamed of. So seize them, and congratulations.

>> Hi, everyone. This is Dr. Dzwik from the School of Education and Human Services, and I have a couple of pieces of advice for you. The first one is, life is about growing? It's okay to make mistakes. Please learn from them and grow from them. The very best people have made themselves very successful from learning from their mistakes. The other piece of advice I have for you is this, is we need you. We need you to take us into the next chapter of our being through your skills, your lessons learned, and through all of the other things that come up in life. You have what it takes to make us all better people through your passion, no matter what the discipline is that you've chosen. Commencement is a starting point. You're going to start that journey. What I ask is this, is please make us all proud. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hello from Doctor Mahmoud. Let me begin by congratulating you on your graduation. I'm extremely happy being able to share in the excitement of this wonderful achievement. I'm also very proud of each and every one of you. This achievement, not only shows the passion and effort you have put forth to further your education, but also the many steps you have taken to enrich a better lives. I will leave you with some words of wisdom, one of my professors gave me back when it was student. He said, "There are many things in life that will disappear. They take it away from you or that you lose. However, the one thing that can never be taken away from you is your education." I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors. Again, happy graduation day.

>> Hello, graduates. You are certainly all moving forward to your next chapter during an interesting time in history. Thankfully, your proven dedication and resilience in the face of adversity will serve us all well, as we all move forward. So congratulations to the Class of 2020. Make us all proud.

>> Hello, I'm Professor Zexin Ma. Congratulations to Class of 2020. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and to witness your achievements. Each one of you is unique in your own wonderful way, just like the beautiful trees behind me. We're proud of you. Please continue to embrace the diversity and to support each other. Together, you will pump first share into our society and energize the future.

>> Good afternoon to the Class of 2020. Good morning students. My name is Cynthia Miree, professor of Management in the School of Business Administration. I'd like to wish you all congratulations on your achievement. It hasn't always been easy and it hasn't always been fun, but it definitely has been worth it. Whatever your next step is, whether it's graduate school, other career pursuits or as you begin your new career, I wish you all of the best. Please keep in touch with us. As faculty, our students are very important to us and we'd love to hear from you and know what's going on. Again, on behalf of the entire university and myself, congratulations, and I wish you all the best.

>> Congratulations everybody. A special congratulations to all of the Communication majors, the Journalism majors and the Public Relations majors. I so wish I was in the arena right now, reading your name into the microphone as you approach the stage, looking out at the audience and hearing somewhere out there, your family, your friends cheering loudly Just for you. Watching as you receive your diploma from Dean Corcoran and watching as you shake President Pescovitz's hand, and watching as you become Oakland University Alumni. But this graduation is unique and special in its own way and it is a story you will be telling for a long time. Congratulations Grizzlies, and good luck. Stay in touch.

>> Congratulations, Class of 2020, and the graduates of the School of Education and Human Services. You are about to embark on an incredible career as a teacher. You're powerful. You're amazing. I feel very certain, that you are going to make a difference in the life of every child, who you touch. So go forth, teach, do the work that you're so ready to do. Teach your heart out. Remember to hold close to your heart, those words of Maya Angelou, "Just do right." I'm wishing you well. Congratulations.

>> Hi, graduates. I just wanted to say, congratulations on completing your degree at Oakland University. That is a huge accomplishment. While you might not be taking classes with us anymore, I wanted to remind you that you will always be part of the Oakland University community and your professors will always be there for you, to help you in life. As you prepare for your career, if any new questions come up like, how to prepare for a job interview or which career path to take? Maybe consider e-mailing your favorite professor, we would love to hear from you. Graduations again.

>> Congratulations, Class of 2020. It has not been an easy ride, but you made it. You made it because you believed in yourself. As you start this new chapter in your life remember to trust yourself and your experiences. This will bring you happiness and success. I wish you all the best of luck, and continue to make all family proud.

>> Congratulations on graduating from Oakland University. During one of the most challenging years that most of us will face, you made it through and that is most certainly worthy of celebration. I'd also like to congratulate you on investing in your education, whether you're an undergraduate student or a graduate student. Making that investment in yourself and in your education is one of the best choices that you could have made. I certainly hope that the skills that you cultivated during your time at Oakland University, serve you well moving forward. Good luck.

>> This is Linda [inaudible] , chair of the Reading and Language Arts Department in the School of Education and Human Services. I want to congratulate all of the graduates this year. Especially the ones from Art Department in our school and say, best wishes to you in your future, no matter what you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to all of our teacher and candidates out there. Just think you finished student teaching during a pandemic. If you can do that, you can do so much more. Remember you got this, go teach, change the world.

>> Hello, my name is Jae Kang, associate professor of Entrepreneurship. First of all, many congratulations to your great achievement during this difficult time. As you can see from the world, everything is changing very fast. It is very difficult to predict what will happen next week. However, we do know that we will eventually declared it a victory as we always did. We just need to live our daily life by doing something meaningful. Your journey is now started, believe in you and follow your path. As you walk through the road, you will meet great people, great opportunity, and sometime difficult moment. Don't regret your past. Don't be afraid of your future. Live your life, now. I wish all the best for your journey. Thank you very much.

>> Hi Class of 2020. This is Professor Thor and I got dressed up for you today. Congratulations on completing your degree requirements and graduating. I am so proud of all of you for what you have accomplished. You finished your degree requirements in the middle of a global pandemic and for that you deserve high praise. Although we can't be together at a traditional graduation ceremony, please know that I am cheering you on from home today and every day as you go out into the world and share the knowledge that you learned here at OU. When we get back to normal life again, and we will, please make sure that you come back to Elliot Hall and check in with me and let me know about all the great things that you've done. Congratulations, Class of 2020. Cheers to all of you.

>> Congratulations, Class of 2020. Although it's been a tough year, you have persevered and come out stronger on the other side. As you embark on the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to follow your dreams and work hard to achieve them. I wish you the best and look forward to hearing about your successes. A special shout-out to the 2020 graduates from the Department of Dance. I'm extremely proud of you. Congratulations, Class of 2020.

>> Congratulations all you Class of 2020. You've achieved a significant milestone and it's time to celebrate. This is also the beginning of a new journey that will lead you to your goals and your dreams and your aspirations, so go with all your heart. Congratulations.

>> Dear class of 2020, congratulations on your graduation. I'm so happy and proud of your well deserved success. I know it's been scary and stressful lately and I'm sure this not the graduation you had in mind. But I am glad we can still celebrate your amazing accomplishments today. Remember it took a lot of hard work and persistence to get to this day. I hope you feel great about what you've accomplished at OU you and that you'll never stop learning and challenging yourself as you face the future adventures. Congratulations again and best of lack.

>> Hello SMTD Class of 2020. We're just popping in to tell you how proud we are of you, of the artists and the educators that you've become. Really over the past few months of the people and the humans that you've proven yourself to be when faced with these totally unexpected obstacles, that you look them square in the face, you made decisions that were so smart, that were right for you. Take care of yourself, take care of your communities and when you're ready, we can't wait to see what you create and who you become.

>> You should be proud of the work you've done, the things you've accomplished, your dedication and your excellence. Bravo.

>> Hi, I just want to say congratulations to all of our Oakland University graduates in the class of 2020. I know the end of your time at Oakland wasn't what you had expected, but you did great and have excelled. I also want to give a special shout out to our Master of Public Health students. You all, it's been really great working with you for two years and you'll always be able to say that you did your Master of Public Health degree in the middle of a pandemic. Again, congratulations and we're all really proud of you and happy for you and we look forward to hearing about all the great work that you're going to be doing. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations the class of 2020. You are graduating at a very memorable time. You're entering a world full of challenge. In these fresh minds, exactly like you can make a change. This knowledge and the skills you learned at OU, I'm sure that you can do well in any career you plan to pursue to shape up the world. Best wishes to you all and stay in touch.

>> Dear graduate, as you are in the end of one journey, congratulate yourself on this major achievement and ponder on the ups and downs you may have experienced. Then, be ready to start the next leg of your life journey using some of the tools you have acquired. This is likely to be very challenging as many societal structures are changing rapidly these days. Be well and remember that you are representing a great institution and a great program.

>> Congratulations. Celebration! What a world to live in to make the grade. Congratulations! Jubilation! You can tell everyone you’re ready for the world. You can tell everyone you’re ready for the world. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations grizzly graduates of 2020. I'm Kevin Grimm, Associate Professor of English and it was my pleasure and honor to work and learn with many of you during this past year. We all had to scramble and adjust to our big switch to remote classes in March and that crazy semester ending blur that followed, but we all got through it. Whether this was the end of a four year, or a six year, or 10 year, or even a longer journey since you first arrived on campus, you should be proud of your perseverance and resourcefulness. Grizzly determination, if you will, that has brought you to this happy day. Today I hope you reflect on the big picture of your total OU experience, especially the good times that you've had here. To you, and to you all, and to your families, I say well done. Go forward and please keep in touch. You know we are still and always here for you. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. You've worked so hard and have so much to be proud of. You've completed your studies during an unprecedented time. Despite the challenges the world has thrown at you, you've overcome and risen above them. I hope that you take the lessons you've learned and the friendships you've developed here at OU along with you as you move out into the world. Don't be afraid to take risks, make mistakes, ask questions and acknowledge your blind spot. As you move on to your next adventures, don't forget your connections and network here at OU. You have so many faculty and staff here ready and willing to support you and help you navigate this time. Stay in touch and don't be afraid to reach out with questions, we're here for you. Congratulations and good luck.

>> Hello everyone and bonjour. This is Dikka Berven behind the mask. I figure this is the year of the mask, so why not have a mask like this one? I wouldn't be teaching with this mask, but it's a special occasion so I thought I'd wear it because I would like to give you something to remember. You will be the only people I hope that ever have their graduation ceremony from a car. That will be something to tell your children and your grandchildren so that is the upside of this whole thing. There are other upsides too, its commencement, that means the beginning. It's a French word, commencement. It feels like the end to us, but it is the beginning for you and I hope you won't forget us, I hope you'll send postcards, e-mails. I'm always ready for a cup of coffee and a visit. In the meantime, I would like to say have fun, enjoy the day and au revoir.

Undergraduate Ceremony: School of Education and Human Services, School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences

Saturday, August 29, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Transcript

>> Welcome to Oakland University's 2020 spring commencement, which we're holding in August. All of us at Oakland University salute today's graduates for their perseverance, their passion, and their dedication for completing their degrees amid the most challenging circumstances of the past several months. Now, please join us as we honor our nation and come together as a community with the singing of the national anthem performed by Angela Bonello, a voice performance major from the School of Music, Theater and Dance.

>>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 thru 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
 O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

>>Thank you Angela for that beautiful and inspiring performance. It's a pleasure to welcome members of the graduating class of 2020 along with your families, friends, special guests, and colleagues. The pandemic and related events of the past five months remind all of us of how quickly life can change and how we must appreciate life's most important gifts. Among those precious gifts are the people in our lives who support and who love us. Life is a team sport, our success depends on the love guidance and encouragement of family, friends, and mentors. Graduates, embrace your team and cherish this moment. To the families and friends of today's graduates, we're honored and happy to have you as part of this remarkable day in the lives of the students we honor. Commencement is always a unique and special day in the life of any university. It's a day when everything that you aim to be as a university is reflected in the graduates who leave Oakland University to make their mark on the world. Each graduate has worked tirelessly and has looked forward to this special day. Supported by our faculty and staff, today's graduates are prepared to go forth with purpose and courage to make the world a better place. While you are graduates today, you must realize that you are also the leaders of tomorrow, and we wish you well. Now, please join me in welcoming Provost, Michelle Piskulich to begin the ceremony.

>> I would like to congratulate the students who graduate from Oakland University today. I applaud you on your achievements, and I encourage you always to continue the quest for excellence. You have studied with outstanding faculty and staff. You have been encouraged and supported by the faculty and staff, and by your families and friends. Today, we are extremely proud of each and every one of you. As students, your lives have been changed forever because you chose to study at Oakland University. You chose to pursue a college education, and you chose to be successful. You depart this campus as a very different person than you were on the day you enrolled. Today, you emerge as a leader. You take with you precious and unique skills, knowledge, and values. Throughout our undergraduate ceremonies this semester, we have 1,872 students graduating, 60 percent are women and 40 percent are men. Ninety-seven percent are from Michigan, two percent are international, 75 percent are from Oakland and Macomb counties. The average age is 24, the youngest graduate is 19, and the oldest is 71. Out of all undergraduate students graduating this semester, 40 percent are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 14 percent are from the School of Business Administration, 7 percent are from the School of Education and Human Services, 14 percent are from the School of Engineering and Computer Science, 12 percent are from the School of Health Sciences, 9 percent are from the School of Nursing, and 4 percent are from the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. I'd like to acknowledge the veterans who are graduating today. Please honk your horns to congratulate them. Thank you for your service. I'd like to introduce Graeme Harper, dean of the Honors College, followed by deans Jon Margerum-Leys of the School of Education and Human Services, Kevin Ball from the School of Health Sciences, and Judy Didion from the School of Nursing.

>> Hi, I'm Dr. Graeme Harper. I'm Dean of the Honors College here at Oakland University. Oakland University was the first university in the nation created with the input of Honors College students. Back in 1958 and 1959, when we were creating the first curriculum of Oakland University, we took Honors College student advice to create that curriculum. If you're graduating today with University Honors, you'll be getting a gold cord. Can we get everybody who's getting a gold cord, University Honors to honk your horns please. Let's hear from you. Congratulations University Honors. If you're graduating today with departmental honors, you'll be getting a red cord. Let's hear from you. Everybody graduating with departmental honors, red cords, honk your horns. Congratulations. If you graduating today from the Honors College, you'll be receiving a unique Honors College medallion. You've completed service for the university and for the community, you've undertaken the study of languages, and you've completed a thesis or creative project that now places you in the top five percent of graduates in the nation. Congratulation Honors College graduates. Let's hear from you, honk your horns if you're a graduate of the Honors College. Fabulous stuff. I've worked in universities all around the world, and I love Oakland University. Students and graduates here are smart, you're committed to making a difference, a positive difference in the world, this is a great university. We wish you well. Is that a bear driving over there? I got to go check it out. Don't be strangers. Go Grizzlies.

>> Greetings. This is a pretty great day. On behalf of the faculty and staff with the School of Education and Human Services, I wanted to start by saying we have missed you so much. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be with you here today. All of us do what we do every day because we know that it matters to you, our students. Not being able to directly share our work with you over these last few months has been tremendously difficult. Now, here we are together for the first time in what seems like forever. I'm spending my day today grinning, because I get to share the day with you. It's just fantastic. Though I have to say that it's also a little weird. Usually at commencement, you sit with your friends and you wave to your family. Today, here you are sitting with your family and waving to your friends. Usually at commencement, everyone sees your shoes and no one sees your car. After commencement, it can be sometimes difficult to know where to meet your family. Once you do meet them, it can be hard to remember just where you park your car. Today, I predict that those things will not be a problem. Usually at commencement, you don't get to pick the temperature, to bring snacks, or to recline your seat to catch a quick snooze, which you might be doing right now. Today, in fact, you can do all of those things. Lucky you. I consider recommending a particular portion of the commencement through which to snooze, but then I remember that I really do like working here at Oakland University and hope to continue working here for some time to come. But to be serious, I'm a third generation school teacher. My grandmother taught for the Philadelphia public schools, my mom taught for the Milwaukee public schools, and I taught in New Hampshire and California. Our family as teachers goes back to 1932. For the School of Education and Human Services Teacher Education and Human Resource Development graduates, there has never in all of those years since 1932, been a time when this nation has needed you more. We find ourselves in a global health pandemic and in an American justice pandemic. If our workplaces and our schools are to become both safe and just, and they must, you're the ones to make them so. We need you. We need you to be aware of the ways in which our society must be better, and we need you to support others in making genuine progress. The School of Education and Human Services prepares graduates who in turn take responsibility for the development of others, whether that is in the classroom or the workspace. Our satisfaction and our mission come from the growth of those we serve. I charge you today to be ever mindful of that mission. Focus on the success of others and on that success being measured in part through their place in a safer and more just world. Again, America needs you. As faculty and staff, the School of Education and Human Services is so proud of you today and every day. I, and all of us, wish you the very best. I would now like to introduce Kevin Ball, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

>> Dear Health Science graduates, on behalf of the faculty and staff members of the School of Health Sciences, we extend to you our heartiest congratulations in recognizing all of the wonderful accomplishments that have led to this graduation day. Yes, this day of celebration is for you. Yet, it is also a landmark day for each of us; graduates, family, friends, and faculty members to reflect upon and to give thanks for. The women and men graduating in this ceremony have each pursued their own personal journeys. Certainly with the challenges of the major COVID-19 pandemic upon us, there has never been a more meaningful time to graduate into a health serving career. Yet, in the School of Health Sciences, we know that no person stands alone. We are collectively over 2,000 Undergraduate, Master's, Doctoral, and Post-Professional students who through expert faculty guidance and community partnerships, endeavor earnestly in purpose for health to advance theory into best practices in four thematic areas. Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from our Health Sciences program, exploring where life and health interests intersect, we celebrate today our graduates earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, with steady concentrations in nutrition, holistic health, and pre-health professions. We celebrate also awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Health Sciences to the many hardworking health care professionals who in also returning to their studies, have now advanced beyond their original associate degree. In Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, serving the sciences of clinical determination, we proudly celebrate awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences and congratulate those with a specialization in Pre-Professions, Medical Laboratory Science, Histotechnology, Radiologic Technology, and Nuclear Medicine. Human Movements Science, serving to restore an advanced physical health. We extend our compliments and congratulations to the dedicated women and men earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, and those with specialization in Pre-Physical Therapy. Also the master of Exercise Science degree, the Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree, the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy, and to those earning Post-Professional certificates. In public and environmental wellness, boldly pursuing society's big health challenges, we celebrate awardees of the Bachelor of Science degree in Wellness and Health Promotion, the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety, the Master of Science in Safety and Health, and the Master of Public Health degree. Now, dear graduates, let us reflect. You are surrounded by friends and family, by companions and perhaps, virtually, your now former classmates, who are soon to be your future colleagues, and together you are to engage in the great enterprise of serving others. The world is in need. Our country is in need. All people, whether we meet them through the organized benefit of insured healthcare or do so in a haphazard fashion on the street in underserved communities, yes, all people are in need of the help that you have learned to provide. Again, let us reflect upon your vivid experiences within our School of Health Sciences. Was it by sleeping in a cardboard box one cold night, participating in a wellness and health promotion, fight the night campaign, experiencing what it is to be homeless, or was it by helping to assess and serve the health and social needs of our neighbors in poor urban communities? Might it have been through helping to provide disabled persons who could not afford free physical therapy services with their assistance, or was it by responding as the COVID-19 crisis began raging in Michigan to help package food for deliveries to communities in need? Together, today we mark your emergence as competent, collaborative, compassionate scholars and practitioners. Dear graduates, each of you has pursued your dream, no doubt aided by those who have cared for you and every bit of this caring has made a difference to you, and most certainly also to the person who has cared for you. You have gained much, so how can you best show your thanks and gratitude? Well, a warm embrace, a note of appreciation, and an enthusiastic cheer or two are most certainly in order. But please do consider what this celebratory moment is really all about. You are ready. So give back. Draw upon the best of your now proven intellect. Give guidance and service through the best application of your clinical skills. Help others by learning what you don't yet know so as to refine your abilities and make the best use of your leadership talents by first getting involved. As you rise to meet all future challenges, please remember always to keep close for your support, your friends, family, colleagues, and indeed your School of Health Sciences academic family. For together, we are at our best, in purpose, for health. Thank you. I would now like to introduce Judy Didion, Dean of the School of Nursing.

>> Good day everyone. Graduates, today marks a major milestone that you have met along the way of becoming a member of one of this country's most noble and trusted professions, nursing. Take a moment to savor your success, to reflect upon your determination to excel in the sciences. Your careful efforts to create plans of care for your patients and your late night study sessions that led to early morning alarms. These sacrifices ensure your future. Today's achievement marks, and for some of you who completed in the Winter, marked your transition from nursing student to professional nurse. You are entering the profession at a time of rapid change, a time where a pandemic has turned our healthcare system and the economy 360 degrees. A time that demands more technological advances, a time when more people have challenges accessing quality health care, and a time when the demographics of the nation are shifting as the baby boomers turn 65. By 2030, 20 percent of citizens will be at retirement age and the diversity of the population will be greater than ever. These changes will challenge you to use innovative leadership skills, develop sophisticated models of care delivery, and use your creative talents to deliver safe, effective, and efficient healthcare to our communities. I am confident that you will lead the charge and make the differences needed. I know because you have met the challenges of completing your quality nursing curriculum at a time in higher education history that required determination, persistence, and flexibility. COVID unraveled the traditional nursing education program and reshaped how you learned and where you learned. You met the program outcomes because you adapted, pursued, and succeeded during this time. You will continue to adapt, pursue, and succeed in your nursing profession because just as you experienced as a student nurse in healthcare organizations, they are doing the same. Where will you be tomorrow? Graduation is not the destination, but just one of several milestones along the path of your new career. Since this is my last chance to address you, I would like to take just a few moments to share with you some helpful advice I've heard over the years and it has served me well. I hope you will take it to your heart. Embrace every opportunity presented to you, it will make you stronger, wiser and open more doors for you. Every experience is a learning experience and positions you for your next career opportunity. Set goals for yourself and work towards them, standing still, living day-to-day becomes stale and contributes to fatigue and burnout. Keep yourself refreshed and healthy. Remember you cannot provide good care to others if you don't care for yourself. Don't stop learning, what you don't know is more important than what you do. Ask questions, learn from others. Never let your ego stand in the way of doing what's best for your patient, this will keep you and your patients safe. Never forget that every patient is a person and they need your support and care. When you're feeling worn out or cranky, remember, our patients are someone's father, mother, grand parent, child, and best friend, stay present for them. Always keep the patient and family as key members of the healthcare team, they are our guide for safe and effective care, so listen to them. Speak the truth, always and never ever be afraid to speak the truth to those you might perceive to be more powerful than yourselves. You are your patient's best advocate, you are the advocate for our nation's health. Strive each day to be better than you were the day before. Be more generous, give more than you think you can, reach higher, be better. Keep a sense of humor, it's the key to your success, especially during very tough days. Finally, be kind, compassion and kindness are key attributes for an excellent nurse. I hope you remember these words and think about what kind of nurse you want to be because it begins now. Your success depends on you and your faculty, and I know each of you will succeed. I will be proud to have an Oakland nurse take care of me or my loved ones. So congratulations graduate nurses.

>> Thank you Provost Piskulich , deans Graeme Harper, John Margolies, Kevin Ball, and Judy Didion. Students, you have worked very hard for many years for a college degree. It's a long-standing tradition that after receiving a post-secondary degree, the cap tassel is shifted from the right side to the left side of the cap. This signifies to all the completion of the degree. Upon nomination of the faculty of Oakland University and by authority of the State of Michigan, vested in the Board of Trustees and delegated to me, I hereby confer upon you the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Now, the time has come, will all of the graduates please step out of your vehicles and please move your tassels. Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, I now present to you the Spring 2020 Oakland University graduates. Let's give our new Oakland University bachelor's of well-deserved round of applause and a few horn hunks too, congratulations. You may now get back into your vehicles, and now for our valediction.

>> Congratulations to all of the Oakland University graduates, and to your families, and friends. How exciting to have been the first ever to graduate and receive your degree in the parking lot? The parking lot that most of you dreaded going to because you could never find a parking spot. We are honored to share in this joyful celebration of your milestone achievement. We will conclude this ceremony with a valediction. As alumni of Oakland University, it is our hope that this ceremony will begin a lifetime connection to your alma mater. Rather than saying goodbye to this university today, we hope you will simply say so long for now and return soon to participate in the many programs and opportunities we offer alumni. We hope that you view today, this unique commencement celebration as the beginning of your life as a member of the OU family. That you will always feel a connection to your fellow graduates, the faculty, and the staff. Graduates, we sincerely hope that you will strive to maintain contact with Oakland University. We hope that you think of OU when you need support and resources or when support and resources are yours to share. We hope that you will bear the torch of this great academic center and shine its light whenever the opportunity arises. Wherever you go, please remember, Oakland University goes with you as the foundation of your career and beginning of a successful life. As you make your way in the world, we hope that you will always take the meaning of the Oakland University seal to heart, "Seguir virtute e canoscenza", meaning seeker of virtue and knowledge. From this day forward, may you continue to seek knowledge, be courageous in your endeavors, and search for growth, and stay wondrously aware of the impact you can make on your community. We are also asking you as new alumni of Oakland University to be model citizens and responsible civic leaders in our global society. Most important, we are asking you to act with integrity, forethought, compassion, and a breath of awareness of those around you. With extreme pleasure, I welcome you into the Oakland University Family. Congratulations and best wishes.

>> Congratulations, graduates. You have endured a pandemic and been faced with personal decisions about systemic racism and injustice. You have demonstrated perseverance and fortitude during these challenging times. It is my hope that you will use this unique set of circumstances to help shape your personal convictions and purpose. Along with your determination to achieve your dreams. This commencement will signal the beginning of the next phase of your life. This is a very special moment. Focus on significant experiences and memories that you've had at Oakland University. You are now alumni of a very prestigious university. There are more than a 120,000 of us living and working across the world. From one alum to another, allow me to offer you some advice. Take advantage of your Golden Grizzly network. The Oakland University Alumni Association has a membership of talented, accomplished, and well-connected individuals providing you with access to an incredible legacy of grads to connect to. There are unlimited networking opportunity for new graduates seeking new friendships, partnerships, and employment. I hope you will choose to become active alumni and will become part of the leadership that helps sustain this organization. Our alumni chapters develop engaging events and programming every year to connect new grads like you back to your alma mater and your fellow classmates. You can make a difference by supporting events that help raise funds for scholarships, by volunteering time to mentor students, by encouraging others who are seeking education to consider Oakland University. Someday down the road, we hope you will be in a position to assist others with the cost of their education. We are truly an alumni family. There are thousands of current Oakland University students with a brother, a sister, mother, father, and a grandparent who are OU alum. Your graduation can continue that family legacy or begin a new one. We encourage you to participate in the life of Oakland University in a way that is meaningful to you. You can make a difference. What you give of yourself will directly impact the future of Oakland, the State of Michigan, and this country. I leave you with this challenge from Bishop Tutu, "Justice demands the truth be told to whatever extent possible the harm be repaired, and the conditions that produce the injustice be changed." On behalf of more than a 120,000 smart, extraordinary people who graduated from Oakland University, congratulations to each of you. A very special congratulations to my son, Adam Davenport. We are honored to welcome each of you into this alumni association. Take care, stay safe, and be healthy. Congratulations.

>> The Oakland University fight song was established in 1999 and written by one of our own faculty members, Professor Michael Mitchell from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences. So now, please join Dean Jon Margerum-Leys in singing our school fight song.

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>> Thank you, Dean Margerum-Leys. I would also like to thank the musical artists of the Cabre Feidh Pipes and Drums Band for the music that played today. A word of thanks is also due to the numerous departments, staff, and other individuals who have worked hours to make this occasion possible. There's a stage at the other end of the parking lot where you can take photos and pick up your diploma cover. Cars will be directed out by rows, and you may choose to exit on Squirrel Road, if you do not want to walk across the stage for a photo. Please be sure to maintain social distance, and be considerate of your fellow Oakland University students and guests safety. and Congratulations graduates.

>> Congratulations graduates. I'm so proud of you and I know you're going to go out and change the world.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020 Oakland University. A massive shoutout to all of the graduates in music, theater, and dance. We're so proud of you.

>> Congratulations the class of 2020 on your graduation and outstanding achievement. You have made it despite all the odds and difficult time this year. Good luck on your next adventure, and best wishes for a bright future.

>> Hello OU class of 2020. I am so proud of you, and your drive, and perseverance to excel despite these trying times. I am optimistic about your contributions to make this country and this world a fairer and more equitable place to live and thrive in. Thank you for your hard work and the perspectives that you've cultivated here at Oakland University, that I'm sure will effect positive social changes. I am inspired by you. Congratulations class of 2020. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hi, I'm Liz Barclay from the School of Business Administration. I'd like to congratulate you on your commencement. I know that the last several months have been quite demanding, and you've stepped up to the challenge. I wish you success in your future careers and life. I hope you continue to keep Oakland University in your heart as we keep you in ours.

>> Congratulations to all the new graduates. Special congratulations to all the graduates from School of Engineering and Computer Science. This is a very special day for all of you. Be brave, be honored, be helpful, and be happy forever. Bye.

>> Congratulations to the graduates from the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. As true inter-disciplinarians, you have been trained to enhance your career fields by solving complex problems, thinking critically, and analyzing all perspectives. You are talented, creative, driven, and bright. Remember, that success comes to those who work hard and do good things. Continue to practice your civic engagement by volunteering in the community to share your knowledge and talents with others. You have worked so hard through your studies and I am beaming with pride. Go into the world as inter-disciplinarians and dream big. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hi, on behalf of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, I want to congratulate all of you on your graduation from Oakland University. We are so proud of your accomplishments and we wish you the very best in everything you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to the Oakland University graduating class of 2020. I am proud of your success, and I'm sure today will be only the first of many proud successful moments for you. A clear lesson learned during the COVID-19 disruption is that it is crucial to be open to change. Please use this lesson to build your successful careers. Don't be easily discouraged. Always be open to change, and aspire for the best. Congratulations on your well-deserved graduation from Oakland University in the class of 2020. I am wishing you success as you transition to your next adventure.

>> Congratulations SECS class of 2020. I am so proud of you, and I wish you all the very best. I wish I could be there in person to congratulate you, especially after all the hard work you've put into getting your degree, but I'm sure that they will come soon. Meanwhile, I wish you a great journey. There may be some bumps along the way, but I am sure that you will all be very successful with the education that you got at Oakland University. Congratulations again. Go Grizzlies.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. I'm excited to be part of your celebration today. This graduation may not look like you expected, but your accomplishments are all the more impressive. Your success in the face of adversity reminds me of Oakland University's motto: seek virtue and knowledge. As you may know, in the book that that quotation comes from, a ship captain who's literally trapped in hell, uses those words, seek virtue and knowledge, to motivate his crew onward to greater adventures. I know that your Oakland University degree, and the virtue and knowledge you acquired while earning it, will likewise propel you forward to many great adventures. Congratulations class of 2020.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020. While I know this year has brought some unexpected challenges, it also is likely to bring some unique opportunities, seize these opportunities. Sometimes they lead to life's greatest rewards. I wish you all a tremendous amount of luck, and I hope your future holds all of the promise that you anticipate.

>> You guys deserve the credit that you earned in our classes at OU, but you also deserve a huge amount of credit for being the graduating class in 2020. Well done.

>> Hello, 2020 grads. Professor Engle from the Religious Studies Department. I'm so proud of you. Go make the world a better place to be, and stay in touch.

>> To the class of 2020, congratulations. This is Dr. Anica Bowe in the School of Education and Human Services. My words to you, well, when you first entered the university, the world was one way. Now that you are exiting the university, the world is another. Seize every opportunity that you can. You have the background, you have the expertise, and you have the preparation. So any moment, any opportunity that approaches you, even ones that you have never considered before times, but now that we're in the moment, take them. You have what it takes to succeed. Also consider these new opportunities, different areas of growth, different areas where you can develop other expertise you hadn't even consider having. When your academic preparation and these new areas of expertise coalesce in the future, they will make pathways for you that you didn't even dream of. So seize them, and congratulations.

>> Hi everyone. This is Dr. D. from the School of Education and Human Services. I have a couple of pieces of advice for you. The first one is, life is about growing. It's okay to make mistakes. Please learn from them and grow from them. The very best people have made themselves very successful from learning from their mistakes. The other piece of advice I have for you is this, is we need you. We need you to take us into the next chapter of our being. Through your skills, your lessons learned, and through all of the other things that come up in life, you have what it takes to make us all better people. Through your passion, and no matter what the discipline is that you've chosen. Commencement is a starting point. You're going to start that journey, and what I ask is this, is please make us all proud. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hello from Dr. Mahmoud. Let me begin by congratulating you on your graduation. I'm extremely happy to be able to share in the excitement of this wonderful achievement. I am also very proud of each and every one of you. This achievement not only shows the passion and effort you have put forth to further your education, but also the many steps you have taken to enrich and better your lives. I will leave you with some words of wisdom one of my professors gave me back when I was a student. He said, "There are many things in life that will disappear, be taken away from you, or that you'll lose. However, the one thing that can never be taken away from you is your education." I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors. Again, happy graduation day.

>> Hello graduates. You are certainly all moving forward to your next chapter during an interesting time in history. Thankfully your proven dedication and resilience in the face of adversity will serve us all well as we all move forward. So congratulations to the Class of 2020. Make us all proud.

>> Hello, I'm Professor Zexin Ma. Congratulations, Class of 2020. It was a great pleasure to meet you-all and to witness your achievements. Each one of you is unique in your own wonderful way, just like the beautiful trees behind me. We're proud of you. Please continue to embrace the diversity and to support each other. Together, you will pump fresh air into our society and energize the future.

>> Good afternoon to the Class of 2020. My name is Cynthia Miree, Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration. I'd like to wish you-all congratulations on your achievement. It hasn't always been easy, and it hasn't always been fun, but it definitely has been worth it. Whatever your next step is, whether it's graduate school, out there with your skills, where as you begin your new career, I wish you all the best. Please keep in touch with us. As faculty, our students are very important to us. We'd love to hear from you, and know what's going on. So again, on behalf of the entire university and myself, congratulations. I wish you all the best.

>> Congratulations everybody, and a special congratulations to all of the communication majors, the journalism majors and the public relations majors. I so wish I was in the O'rena right now. Reading your name into the microphone as you approach the stage, looking out at the audience and hearing somewhere out there, your family and your friends cheering loudly just for you. Watching as you receive your diploma from Dean Corcoran and watching as you shake President Pescovitz's hand, and watching as you become Oakland University alumni. But this graduation is unique and special in its own way. It's a story you will be telling for a long time. Congratulations Grizzlies, and good luck. Stay in touch.

>> Congratulations Class of 2020, and the graduates of the School of Education and Human Services. You are about to embark on an incredible career as a teacher. You're powerful. You're amazing. I feel very certain that you are going to make a difference in the life of every child you touch. So go forth, teach, do the work that you're so ready to do. Teach your heart out. Remember to hold close to your heart, those words of Maya Angelou. Just do right. I'm wishing you well. Congratulations. Hi graduates. I just wanted to say, congratulations on completing your degree at Oakland University. That is a huge accomplishment. While you might not be taking classes with us anymore, I wanted to remind you that you will always be part of the Oakland University community, and your professors will always be there for you to help you in life. So as you prepare for your career, if any new questions come up, like, how to prepare for a job interview or which career path to take. Maybe consider emailing your favorite professor, I'll be here for you. Congratulations again. Congratulations Class of 2020. It has not been an easy ride, but you've made it. You made it because you believed in yourself. As you start this new chapter of your life, remember to trust yourself, and your experiences. This will bring you happiness and success. I wish you all the best of luck, and continue to make your Oakland family proud. Congratulations on graduating from Oakland University during one of the most challenging years that most of us will face. You made it through, and that is most certainly worthy of celebration. I'd also like to congratulate you on investing in your education, whether you're an undergraduate student or a graduate student. Making that investment in yourself and in your education is one of the best choices that you could have made. I certainly hope that the skills that you cultivated during your time at Oakland University serve you well moving forward. Good luck. This is Linda Pavonetti, Chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the School of Education and Human Services. I want to congratulate all of the graduates this year, and especially the ones from our department and our school, and say best wishes to you and your future. No matter what you do. Congratulations. Congratulations to all of our teacher and candidates out there. Just think, you finished student teaching during a pandemic. If you can do that, you can do so much more. Remember you got this, go teach, change the world. Hello, my name is Jae Kang. Associate professor of Entrepreneurship. First of all, many congratulations to your great achievement during this difficult time. As you can see from the world, everything is changing very fast. It is very difficult to predict what will happen next week. However, we do know that we will eventually declare the victory as you always did. We just need to live our daily life by doing something meaningful. Your journey is now started. Believe in you, and follow your path. As you walk through the road, you will meet great people, great opportunity and sometime difficult moment. Don't regret your past. Don't be afraid of your future. Live your life now. I wish all the best for your journey. Thank you very much. Hi, Class of 2020. This is Professor Thor, and I got dressed up for you today. Congratulations on completing your degree requirements and graduating. I am so proud of all of you for what you have accomplished. You finished your degree requirements in the middle of a global pandemic, and for that you deserve high praise. Although we can't be together at a traditional graduation ceremony, please know that I am cheering you on from home today and every day as you go out into the world and share the knowledge that you learned here at OU. When we get back to normal life again, and we will, please make sure that you come back to Elliot Hall and check in with me and let me know about all the great things that you have done. Congratulations Class of 2020. Cheers to all of you. Congratulations, Class of 2020. Although it's been a tough year, you have persevered and come out stronger on the other side. As you embark on the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to follow your dreams and work hard to achieve them. I wish you the best and look forward to hearing about your successes. A special shout-out to the 2020 graduates from the Department of Dance. I'm extremely proud of you. Congratulations Class of 2020. Congratulations OU Class of 2020. You've achieved a significant milestone, and it's time to celebrate. This is also the beginning of a new journey that will lead you to your goals and your dreams and your aspirations. So go with all your heart. Congratulations.

>> Dear class of 2020. Congratulations on your graduation. I'm so happy and proud of your well deserved success. I know it's been scary and stressful lately, and I'm sure this is not the graduation you had in mind, but I am glad we can still celebrate your amazing accomplishments, today. Remember it took a lot of hard work and persistence to get to this day. I hope you feel great about what you've accomplished that for you, and that you'll never stop learning and challenging yourself, as you face your future adventures. Congratulations again and best of luck.

>>Halloo SMTD Class of 2020, we're just popping in to tell you how proud we are of you, of the artists and educators that you have become and really over the past few months of the people and the humans that you've proven yourself to be when faced with these totally unexpected obstacles, that you look them square in the face, you made decisions that were smart, that were right for you. Take care of yourself, take care of your communities, and when you're ready, we can't wait to see what you create and who you become.

>> You should be proud of the work you've done and things you've accomplished. Your dedication and your excellence. Bravo

>>Hi, I just want to say congratulations to all of our Oakland University graduates and the class of 2020. I know the end of your time at Oakland wasn't what you had expected, but you did great and you have excelled. I also want to give a special shout out to our master public health students. You all, it's been really great working with you for two years, and you'll always be able to say that you did your master public health degree in the middle of a pandemic. Again, congratulations and we're all really proud of you and happy for you and we look forward to hearing about all the great work that you're going to be doing. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations. The class of 2020, you are graduating at a very memorable time, you're entering a world full of challenge. In these fresh minds, it looks like you'll make a change. This knowledge, the skills you've learn it all well, I'm sure that you can do well in any career you can pursue to shape up the world. Best wishes to you all, and stay in touch.

>> The undergraduate SCR at the end of one journey. Congratulate yourself on this major achievement, and wonder on the ups and downs you may have experienced. Then, be ready to start the next leg of your life journey using some of the tools you have acquired. This is likely to be very challenging, as many societal structures are changing rapidly this days. Be well and remember that you are representing a great institution and a great program.

>> Congratulations. Celebration! What a world to live in to make the grade. Congratulations! Jubilation! You can tell everyone you're ready for the world. You can tell everyone you're ready for the world. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations, grizzly graduates of 2020. I'm Kevin Grim, Associate Professor of English, and it was my pleasure and honor to work and learn with many of you during this past year. We all had to scramble and adjust to our... We switched to remote classes in March, and that crazy semester ending blurred to follow but we all got through it, and whether this was the end of a four-year or a six-year or a 10 year or even a longer journey since you first arrived on-campus, you should be proud of your perseverance and resourcefulness. Grizzly determination, if you will, that has brought you to this happy day. Today I hope you reflect on the big picture of your total OU experience. Especially the good times that you've had here, and to you, and to you all, and to your families, I say, well done. Go forward and please keep in touch. We at OU are still, and always here for you. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. You've worked so hard and have so much to be proud of. You completed your studies during an unprecedented time. Despite the challenges the world has thrown at you, You've overcome and risen above them. I hope that you take the lessons you've learned and the friendships you've developed here at OU along with you as you move out into the world. Don't be afraid to take risks, make mistakes, ask questions, and acknowledge your blind spots. As you move on to your next adventures, don't forget your connections and network here at OU, you have so many faculty and staff here ready and willing to support you and help you navigate this time. Stay in touch and don't be afraid to reach out with questions. We're here for you. Congratulations and good luck.

>> Hello everyone, and bonjour. This is Dikka Berven behind the mask. I figured this is the year of the mask, so why not have a mask like this one? I wouldn't be teaching with this mask, but it's a special occasion, so i thought I'd wear it because I would like to give you something to remember. You will be the only people I hope, that ever have their graduation ceremony from a car, and that will be something to tell your children and your grandchildren. That is the upside of this whole thing, and there are other upsides to, its commencement. That means the beginning. It's a French word, le commencement. It feels like the end to us, but it is the beginning for you, and I hope you won't forget us. I hope you'll send postcards, emails. I'm always ready for a cup of coffee and a visit, and in the meantime, I would like to say have fun, enjoy the day, and au revior.

Undergraduate Ceremony: School of Business Administration, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Integrative Studies

Saturday, August 29, 2020

3:00 p.m.

Transcript

>> Welcome to Oakland University's 2020 Spring Commencement, which we're holding in August. All of us at Oakland University salute today's graduates for their perseverance, their passion, and their dedication for completing their degrees amid the most challenging circumstances of the past several months. Now, please join us as we honor our nation and come together as a community with the singing of the national anthem performed by Angela Bonello, a voice performance major from the School of Music, Theater and Danc e.

>> O 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. O say does that star-spangled. banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave

>> Thank you, Angela for that beautiful and inspiring performance. It's a pleasure to welcome members of the graduating class of 2020, along with your families, friends, special guests, and colleagues. The pandemic and related events of the past five months remind all of us of how quickly life can change and how we must appreciate life's most important gifts. Among those precious gifts, are the people in our lives who support and who love us. Life is a team sport. Our success depends on the love, guidance, and encouragement of family, friends, and mentors. Graduates, embrace your team and cherish this moment. To the families and friends of today's graduates, we're honored and happy to have you as part of this remarkable day in the lives of the students we honor. Commencement is always a unique and special day in the life of any university. It's a day when everything that you aim to be as a university is reflected in the graduates who leave Oakland University to make their mark on the world. Each graduate has worked tirelessly, and has looked forward to this special day. Supported by our faculty and staff, today's graduates are prepared to go forth with purpose and courage to make the world a better place. While you are graduates today, you must realize that you are also the leaders of tomorrow, and we wish you well. Now please join me in welcoming Provost Michele Piskulich, to begin the ceremony.

>> I would like to congratulate the students who graduate from Oakland University today. I applaud you on your achievements, and I encourage you always to continue the quest for excellence. You have studied with outstanding faculty and staff. You have been encouraged and supported by the faculty and staff, and by your families and friends. Today, we are extremely proud of each and every one of you. As students, your lives have been changed forever because you chose to study at Oakland University, you chose to pursue a college education, and you chose to be successful. You depart this campus as a very different person than you were on the day you enrolled. Today, you emerge as a leader. You take with you precious and unique skills, knowledge, and values. Throughout our undergraduate ceremonies this semester, we have 1,872 students graduating. Sixty percent are women, and 40 percent are men. Ninety-seven percent are from Michigan, two percent are international, 75 percent are from Oakland and Macomb counties. The average age is 24, the youngest graduate is 19, and the oldest is 71. Out of all undergraduate students graduating this semester, 40 percent are from the College of Arts and Sciences, 14 percent are from the School of Business Administration, seven percent are from the School of Education and Human Services, 14 percent are from the School of Engineering and Computer Science, 12 percent are from the School of Health Sciences, nine percent are from the School of Nursing, and four percent are from the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. I'd like to acknowledge the veterans who are graduating today. Please honk your horns to congratulate them. Thank you for your service. I'd like to introduce Graeme Harper, Dean of the Honors College, followed by Sarah Jahimiak, Assistant Director for the Bachelor of Integrative Studies, and deans Michael Mazzeo, of the School of Business and Louay Chamra of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

>> Hey. Hi. I'm Dr. Graeme Harper. I'm dean of the Honors College here at Oakland University. You know, Oakland University was the first university in the nation created with the input of Honors College students. Back in 1958 and 1959, when we were creating the first curriculum of Oakland University, we took Honors College student advice to create that curriculum. If you're graduating today with university honors, you'll be getting a gold cord. Can we get everybody who's getting a gold cord, university honors to honk your horns, please. Let's hear from you. Congratulations, university honors. If you're graduating today with departmental honors, you'll be getting a red cord. Let's hear from you. Everybody graduating with departmental honors, red cords, honk your horns. Congratulations. If you're graduating today from the honors college, you'll be receiving a unique honors college medallion. You've completed service for the university and for the community, you've undertaken the study of languages, and you've completed a thesis or creative project that now places you in the top five percent of graduates in the nation. Congratulation, honors college graduates. Let's hear from you. Honk your horns if you are a graduate of the honors college. Fabulous stuff. I've worked in universities all around the world, and I love Oakland University. Students and graduates here are smart, you are committed to making a positive difference in the world. This is a great university and we wish you well. Oh, is there a bear driving over there? I got to go check it out. Don't be strangers. Go Grizzlies.

>> Congratulations to our Bachelor of Integrative Studies students on the completion of your degree. Finishing a bachelor's degree is no small feat. But especially during the tumultuous winter semester we had, you all dug deep and remained steadfast toward your goal. I was excited to see that each and every one of our degree candidates competed their requirements, and we did not have one student denied for graduation. That speaks volumes to the caliber of students we have in Integrative Studies. On behalf of the entire advising office, I want you to know how proud of you we are. It's exciting to be a part of your graduation ceremony today, because in advising, we have the unique opportunity to really get to know you personally. With Integrative Studies being such a specialized major, knowing your background along with your future goals, helps us assist you in course planning. But along the way we truly learn who you are. You introduce us to your significant others, your parents and your children. You send us pictures of your newborn babies. So to walk beside you throughout your time at Oakland and that to be here to celebrate you at this moment, is especially meaningful. To share with you some of the amazing things that Integrative Studies students have accomplished, I'd like to highlight a small sample of our students. Graduating today is a 22-year veteran of the army military police corp, bringing together coursework from 10 institutions to finish her degree. Graduating today is a mother of four, all under four years of age, who maintained a 4.0 GPA, and is going to medical school. Graduating today are three students that just finished their first year of law school. Other students graduating today include an aspiring children's author, an act of moving to New York City. Many of you starting graduate school in the fall while others are looking forward to a promotion at work and some are even planning for their retirement. Each of our graduates have persevered, sacrificed and have been unwavering in their commitment to finish their degrees. The Bachelor of Integrative Studies is a great program because it is suited for any type of student. Each of you chose Integrative Studies degree for different reasons. Maybe you came back to school after a long break in your education, maybe a traditional major did not fit with your career goals or maybe you had a change of heart with your career aspirations. Whatever your reasons, you all have one thing in common, you all created a custom-designed plan of study tailored to your academic and career goals. Your passion became your plan. What you may not have realized was having a multifaceted program was going to arm you with the creativity to seek connections and concepts through multiple disciplines. The ability to evaluate issues from a variety of perspectives is an invaluable skill that is highly sought after. As an Integrative Studies graduate, you have unlimited opportunities in front of you. While the chapter of your bachelor's degree may be coming to an end, that does not mean your story is done being written. I do not need to tell you to go out and do amazing things, you already are doing those things. But don't forget while you're doing those things to be present, truly listen and laugh a lot. I do also want to encourage you to keep setting new goals. What do you want your next chapter to look like? What is something you've always wanted to do, but we're not able to get started or you were unable to finish? There was a major theme I noticed during our meetings over the winter semester. Many of you had a hard time believing that your bachelor's degree was almost complete. How could time have moved so quickly? Just like that in what seemed like a blink of an eye, you were done. You might be thinking, someday I'll get started on the next chapter, but keep in mind, there are seven days in a week and someday is not one of them. I cannot wait to see you at our alumni events to hear what your new chapters have been all about. Congratulations again. We will be rooting for you and cheering you on.

>> Today, we're celebrating your graduation from a nationally recognized school of business. More importantly, it is an accredited school of business. Now, what does that mean? There are over 15,000 business programs worldwide, only about 600 or so are actually accredited by something called AACSB. Among these 600 or so, only 186 programs are accredited both in the accounting and in the business program. Our school, your school, is one of them. Now beyond this accreditation, which is a very thorough review of our program, we are also recognized in US news and World report. We're recognized in Princeton review. We're also recognized in our graduate programs by CEO magazine. Now these recognitions really enhance your degree. It gives a great reputation for our program, and it's basically great recognition. Now, employers highly value an Oakland business school degree. You have studied hard, you have networked, you interned, you have worked long hours, and now you're here. Reminds me of a quote by the actor Denzel Washington. "Luck is when opportunity comes and you are prepared for it", and you are. What that means is, look ahead, anticipate, rely on your training and your skills. You will be successful. As the dean, I can tell you that our students, you, have natural curiosity, you've gone through a rigorous academic program, you are ready for the world, and we're very proud of you. With that, congratulations. Best of luck.

>> Good afternoon graduates, faculty, parents, friends, and family. Albert Einstein once said, "Scientists investigated that which already is, engineers create that which has never been". The question I want to ask you today is this, what do you wish to create? You are entering the professional world at an unprecedented moment, a moment that's both very challenging and very rewarding. Your knowledge and skills can be used to the fullest potential as you apply them to the greater good. With science and technology assuming increasing importance in our society, you and your fellow engineers, computer scientists, and information technologists can and should create the transformation of knowledge into new capabilities that will change the world. Your creative ideas are needed today more than at any time in history. You can play a vital role in preventing and eliminating human suffering through technology. This Winter, your last semester on our campus, your lives were altered by the pandemic that still needs to be resolved. You have persevered, continued to learn from this experience, and finished your degree successfully. Now you can turn your knowledge into innovation by working to provide solutions and to prevent future pandemics at the local and global levels. As an engineer, computer scientist, or information technology professional, you can make a big difference in the affairs of a humankind. I am sure that you feel honored to be in this position. Yet, this honor implies a great responsibility. A moral responsibility to improve the lives of people around you. As the dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, my charge to you therefore is very simple. Always remember that every opportunity yields potential to serve the greater good. We all need you, we depend on you for a world of safety, peace, and joy. Every moment of your life can become that very moment that will be remembered for years to come. I wish you all the best as you enter this new and exciting chapter in your life. We are so proud of you for this significant achievement. Now, go and create that which had never been. Congratulations.

>> Thank you, Provost Piskulich, Sarah Jahimiak and deans Michael Mazzeo and Louay Chamra. Students, you have worked very hard for many years for a college degree. It's a long-standing tradition that after receiving a post-secondary degree, the cap tassel is shifted from the right side to the left side of the cap. This signifies to all the completion of the degree. Upon nomination of the faculty of Oakland University and by authority of the State of Michigan, vested in the board of trustees and delegated to me, I hereby confer upon you the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and Bachelor of Integrative Studies. Now, the time has come. Will all of the graduates please step out of your vehicles and please move your tassels. Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, I present to you the Spring 2020 Oakland University graduates. Let's give our new bachelors a well-deserved round of applause and a few horn honks too. Congratulations, graduates. You may now get back into your vehicles, and now for our valediction.

>> Congratulations to all of the Oakland University graduates, and to your families and friends. How exciting to have been the first ever to graduate and receive your degree in the parking lot, the parking lot that most of you dreaded going to because you could never find a parking spot. We are honored to share in this joyful celebration of your milestone achievement. We will conclude this ceremony with the valediction. As alumni of Oakland University, it is our hope that this ceremony will begin a lifetime connection to your alma mater. Rather than saying goodbye to this university today, we hope you will simply say, "So long for now," and return soon to participate in the many programs and opportunities we offer alumni. We hope that you view today this unique commencement celebration as the beginning of your life as a member of the OU family, and that you will always feel a connection to your fellow graduates, the faculty, and the staff. Graduates, we sincerely hope that you will strive to maintain contact with Oakland University. We hope that you think of OU when you need support and resources, or when support and resources are yours to share. We hope that you will bear the torch of this great academic center and shine its light whenever the opportunity arises. Wherever you go, please remember Oakland University goes with you as the foundation of your career and beginning of a successful life. As you make your way in the world, we hope that you will always take the meaning of the Oakland University seal to heart. "Seguir virtute e canoscenza," meaning seeker of virtue and knowledge. From this day forward, may you continue to seek knowledge, be courageous in your endeavors and search for growth, and stay wondrously aware of the impact you can make on your community. We are also asking you as new alumni of Oakland University to be model citizens and responsible civic leaders in our global society. Most important, we are asking you to act with integrity, forethought, compassion, and a breadth of awareness of those around you. With extreme pleasure, I welcome you into the Oakland University family. Congratulations and best wishes.

>> Congratulations, graduates. You have endured a pandemic and been faced with personal decisions about systemic racism and injustice. You have demonstrated perseverance and fortitude during these challenging times. It is my hope that you will use this unique set of circumstances to help shape your personal convictions in purpose, along with your determination to achieve your dreams. This commencement will signal the beginning of the next phase of your life. This is a very special moment. Focus on significant experiences and memories that you've had at Oakland University. You are now alumni of a very prestigious university. There are more than 120,000 of us living and working across the world. From one alum to another, allow me to offer you some advice. Take advantage of your golden grizzly network. The Oakland University Alumni Association has a membership of talented, accomplished, and well-connected individuals, providing you with access to an incredible legacy of grads to connect to. There are unlimited networking opportunities for new graduates seeking new friendships, partnerships, and employment. I hope you will choose to become active alumni and will become part of the leadership that helps sustain this organization. Our alumni chapters develop engaging events and programming every year to connect new grads like you back to your alma mater and your fellow classmates. You can make a difference by supporting events that help raise funds for scholarships, by volunteering time to mentor students, by encouraging others who are seeking education to consider Oakland University. Someday down the road, we hope you will be in a position to assist others with the cost of their education. We are truly an alumni family. There are thousands of current Oakland University students with a brother, a sister, mother, father, and a grandparent, who are OU alum. Your graduation can continue that family legacy or begin a new one. We encourage you to participate in the life of Oakland University in a way that is meaningful to you. You can make a difference. What you give of yourself will directly impact the future of Oakland, the state of Michigan, and this country. I'll leave you with this challenge from Bishop Tutu, "Justice demands the truth be told to whatever extent possible, the harm be repaired, and the conditions that produce the injustice be changed." On behalf of more than 120,000 smart, extraordinary people who graduated from Oakland University, congratulations to each of you, and a very special congratulations to my son, Adam Davenport. We are honored to welcome each of you into this alumni association. Take care, stay safe, and be healthy. Congratulations.

>> The Oakland University fight song was established in 1999 and written by one of our own faculty members, Professor Michael Mitchell from the School of Music, Theater, and Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences. So now, please join Dean Jon Margerum-Leys in singing our school fight song. Thank you, Dean Madrum Lays. I would also like to thank the musical artists of the Cabra Fai pipes and drums band for the music that played today. A word of thanks is also due to the numerous departments, staff, and other individuals who have worked hours to make this occasion possible. There's a stage at the other end of the parking lot where you can take photos and pick up your diploma cover. Cars will be directed out by rows and you may choose to exit on Squirrel road if you do not want to walk across the stage for a photo. Please be sure to maintain social distance and be considerate of your fellow Oakland University students and guests' safety. Congratulations graduates.

>> Congratulations graduates. I'm so proud of you and I know you're going to go out and change the world.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020 at Oakland University, and a massive shout-out to all the graduates in music, theater, and dance. We're so proud of you.

>> Congratulations class of 2020 on your graduation and outstanding achievement. You have made it despite all the odds and difficult times this year. Good luck on your next adventure and best wishes for a bright future.

>> Hello, OU class of 2020. I am so proud of you and your drive and perseverance to excel despite these trying times. I am optimistic about your contributions to make this country and this world a fairer, and more equitable place to live and thrive in. Thank you for your hard work and the perspectives that you've cultivated here at Oakland University that I'm sure will effect positive social changes. I am inspired by you. Congratulations class of 2020. Go Grizzlies!.

>> Hi. I'm Liz Barclay from the School of Business Administration. I'd like to congratulate you on your commencement. I know that the last several months have been quite demanding and you've stepped up to the challenge. I wish you success in your future careers and life. Again, I hope you continue to keep Oakland University in your heart as we keep you in ours.

>> Congratulations to all the new graduates. Special congratulations to all the graduates from the School of Engineering and Computer Science. This is a very special day for all of you. Be brave, be honored, be helpful, and be happy forever. Bye.

>> Congratulations to the graduates from the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. As true interdisciplinarians, you have been trained to enhance your career fields by solving complex problems, thinking critically, and analyzing all perspectives. You are talented, creative, driven, and bright. Remember that success comes to those who work hard and do good things. Continue to practice your civic engagement by volunteering in the community to share your knowledge and talents with others. You have worked so hard through your studies and I am beaming with pride. Go into the world as interdisciplinarians and dream big. Go Grizzlies!

>> Hey. On behalf of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, I want to congratulate all of you on your graduation from Oakland University. We are so proud of your accomplishments and we wish you the very best in everything you do. Congratulations!

>> Congratulations to Oakland university graduating class of 2020. I am proud of your success and I'm sure today will be only the first of many proud successful moments for you. A clear lesson learned during the COVID-19 destruction is that it is crucial to be open to change. Please use this lesson to build your successful careers. Don't be easily discouraged. Always be open to change and aspire for the best. Congratulation on your well-deserved graduation from Oakland University for the class of 2020. I'm wishing you success as you transition to your next adventure.

>> Congratulations SECS class of 2020. I'm so proud of you, and I wish you all the very best. I wish I could be there in person to congratulate you, especially after all the hard work you've put in to getting your degree. But I'm sure that day will come soon, and meanwhile, I wish you a great journey. There may be some bumps along the way, but I am sure that you will all be very successful with the education that you got at Oakland University. Congratulations again, and Go Grizzlies.

>> Congratulation class of 2020. I'm excited to be part of your celebration today. This graduation may not look like you expected, your accomplishments are all the more impressive. Your success in the face of adversity reminds me of Oakland University's motto, "Seek virtue and knowledge.'' As you may know in the book that that quotation comes from, a ship captain who's literally trapped in hell, uses those words, seek virtue and knowledge, to motivate his crew onward to greater adventures. I know that your Oakland University degree and the virtue and knowledge you acquired while learning it will likewise propel you forward to many great adventures. Congratulations, class of 2020.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020. WelI, I know this year has brought some unexpected challenges. It also is likely to bring some unique opportunities, seize these opportunities. Sometimes they lead to life's greatest rewards. I wish you all a tremendous amount of luck and I hope your future holds all of the promise that you anticipate.

>> You guys deserve the credit that you end in our classes at OU, but you also deserve a huge amount of credit for being the graduating class in 2020. Well done.

>> Hello, 2020 grads. Professor Angle from the Religious Studies Department. I'm so proud of you. Go make the world a better place to be, and stay in touch.

>> To the class of 2020, congratulations, this is Dr. Anica Bowe in the School of Education and Human Services. My words to you, when you first entered the university, the world was one way. Now that you are exiting the University, the world is another. So seize every opportunity that you can. You have the background, you have the expertise, and you have the preparation. So any moment, any opportunity that approaches you, even ones that you would have never considered before times, but now that we're in the moment, take them, you have what it takes to succeed. Also, consider these new opportunities, different areas of growth, different areas where you can develop other expertise, you wouldn't even consider having. When your academic preparation and these new areas of expertise coalesce in the future, they will make pathways for you that you didn't even dream of. So seize them and congratulations.

>> Hi, everyone. This is Dr. Dzwik from the School of Education and Human Services, and I have a couple of pieces of advice for you. The first one is, life is about growing, it's okay to make mistakes. Please learn from them and grow from them. The very best people have made themselves very successful from learning from their mistakes. The other piece of advice I have for you is this, is we need you. We need you to take us into the next chapter of our being. Through your skills, your lessons learned, through all of the other things that come up in life, you have what it takes to make us all better people through your passion and no matter what the discipline is that you've chosen. Commencement is a starting point, so you're going to start that journey, and what I ask is this, please to make us all proud and go Grizzlies.

>> Hello, from Dr. Mahmoud. Let me begin by congratulating you on your graduation. I'm extremely happy to be able to share in the excitement of this wonderful achievement, I'm also very proud of each and every one of you. This achievement not only shows that passion and effort you have put forth to further your education, but also the many steps you're taking to enrich lives. I will leave you with some words of wisdom one of my professors gave me back when I was student. He said, "There are many things in life that will disappear, taken away from you, or that you lose. However, that one thing that can never be taken away from you is your education." I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors and again, happy graduation day.

>> Hello, graduates. You are certainly all moving forward to your next chapter during an interesting time in history. Thankfully, your proven dedication and resilience in the face of adversity will serve us all well, as we all move forward. So congratulations to the class of 2020, make us all proud.

>> Hello. I'm Professor Zexin Ma. Congratulations, class of 2020. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and to witness your achievements. Each one of you is unique in your own wonderful way, just like the beautiful trees behind me. We're proud of you. Please continue to embrace the diversity and support each other. Together, you will pump fresh air into our society and energize the future.

>> Good afternoon to the class of 2020. My name is Cynthia Miree, Professor of Management at the School of Business Administration. I'd like to wish you all congratulations on the achievement. It hasn't always been easy, and it hasn't always been fun, but it definitely has been worth it. Whatever your next step is, whether it's graduate school, or educational pursues, where you'll begin your new career, I wish you all the best. Please keep in touch with us. As faculty of students in theory , and we'd love to hear from you and know what's going. On behalf of the entire university and myself, congratulations, and I wish you all the past.

>> Congratulations, everybody, and a special congratulations to all of the communication majors, the journalism majors, and the public relations majors. I so wish I was in the o'rena right now. Reading your name into the microphone as you approach the stage, looking out at the audience and hearing somewhere out there, your family, your friends cheering loudly just for you. Watching as you receive your Diploma from Dean Corcoran, and watching as you shake President Pesky with his hand, and watching as you become Oakland University Alumni. But this graduation is unique and special in its own way, is a story you will be telling for a long time. Congratulations, Grizzlies, and good luck. Stay in touch.

>> Congratulation, class of 2020, and the graduates of the School of Education and Human Services. You are about to embark on an incredible career as a teacher. You are powerful. You're amazing, and I feel very certain that you are going to make a difference in the life of every child you touch. So go forth, teach, do the work that you're so ready to do. Teach your heart out, and remember to hold close to your heart those words of Maya Angelou, "Just do right." I'm wishing you well. Congratulations.

>> Hi, graduates. I just wanted to say congratulations on completing your degree at Oakland University. That is a huge accomplishment. While you might not be taking classes with us anymore, I wanted to remind you that you will always require the Oakland University community and your professors will always be there for you, to help you in life. So as you prepare for your career, if any new questions come up, like, how to prepare for a job interview, or which career path to take, maybe consider emailing your favorite professor. We would love to hear from you. Congratulations again.

>> Congratulations, class of 2020. It has not been an easy ride, but you made it. You made it because you believed in yourself. As you start this new chapter of your life, remember to trust yourself and your experiences. This will bring you happiness and success. I wish you all the best of luck. And continue to make your OU make me proud.

>> Congratulations on graduating from Oakland University. During one of the most challenging years that most of us will face. You made it through, and that is most certainly worthy of celebration. I'd also like to congratulate you on investing in your education, whether you're an undergraduate student or a graduate student. Making that investment in yourself, and in your education is one of the best choices that you could have made, and I certainly hope that the skills that you cultivated during your time at Oakland University, serve you well moving forward. Good luck.

>> This is Linda Pavonetti, Chair of the Reading and Language Arts Department in the School of Education and Human Services. I want to congratulate all of the graduates this year, and especially the ones from Art Department in our school, and say, best wishes to you in your future, no matter what you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to all of our teacher and candidates out there. Just think you finished student teaching during a pandemic. If you can do that, you can do so much more. Remember, you got this. Go teach, change the world.

>> Hello, my name is Jae Kang. Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship. First of all, many congratulations to your great achievement during this difficult time. As you can see from the world, everything is changing very fast. It is very difficult to predict what will happen next week. However, we do know that we will eventually declare the victory as you always did. We just need to live our daily life by doing something meaningful. Your journey is now started, believe in you and follow your path. As you work through the road, you will meet great people, great opportunity, and sometime difficult moment. Don't regret your past, don't be afraid of your future, live your life now. I wish all the best for your journey. Thank you very much.

>> Hi, class of 2020. This is Professor Thor, and I got dressed up for you today. Congratulations on completing your degree requirements and graduating. I am so proud of all of you, for what you have accomplished. You finished your degree requirements in the middle of a global pandemic, and for that you deserve high praise. Although we can't be together at a traditional graduation ceremony, please know that I am cheering you on from home today and every day, as you go out into the world and share the knowledge that you learned here at OU. When we get back to normal life again, and we will, please make sure that you come back, to Elliot Hall and check in with me and let me know about all the great things that you've done. Congratulations, class of 2020. Cheers to all of you.

>> Congratulations, class of 2020. Although it's been a tough year, you have persevered and come out stronger on the other side. As you embark on the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to follow your dreams, and work hard to achieve them. I wish you the best and look forward to hearing about your successes. A special shout-out to the 2020 graduates, from the Department of Dance. I'm extremely proud of you. Congratulations, class of 2020.

>> Congratulations, OU class of 2020. You've achieved a significant milestone and it's time to celebrate. This is also the beginning of a new journey, that will lead you to your goals, and your dreams, and your aspirations. So go with all your heart. Congratulations.

>> Dear class of 2020, congratulations on your graduation. I'm so happy and proud of your well deserved success. I know it's been scary and stressful lately, and I'm sure this is not the graduation you had in mind, but I am glad we can still celebrate your amazing accomplishment today. Remember, it took a lot of hard work and persistence to get to this day. I hope you feel great about what you've accomplished over you and that you'll never stop learning and challenging yourself as you face your future adventures. Congratulations again, and best of luck.

>> Hello SMTD class of 2020. We're just popping in to tell you how proud we are of you of the artists and educators that you've become and really, over the past few months of the people and the humans that you've proven yourself to be when faced with these totally unexpected obstacles, that you look them square in the face, you made decisions that were smart, that were right for you. Take care of yourselves, take care of your communities, and when you're ready, we can't wait to see what you create and who you become.

>> You should be proud of the work you've done, the things you've accomplished, your dedication and your excellence, bravo.

>> Hi, I just want to say congratulations to all of our Oakland University graduates in the class of 2020. I know the end of your time at Oakland wasn't what you had expected, but you did great and you've excelled. I also want to give a special shout-out to our Master Public Health students. It's been really great working with you for two years, and you'll always be able to say that you did your Master Public Health degree in the middle of a pandemic. So again, congratulations and we're all really proud of you and happy for you, and we look forward to hearing about all the great work that you're going to be doing. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations the class of 2020. You are graduating at a very memorable time, you're entering a world full of challenge. It needs fresh minds exactly like you to make a change. This knowledge and skills you've learned at OU, I'm sure that they can do well in any career you'll plan to pursue to shape up the world. Best wishes to you all, and stay in touch.

>> Dear graduate, as you are in the end of one journey, congratulate yourself on this major achievement and ponder on the ups and downs you may have experienced. Then be ready to start the next leg of your life journey using some of the tools you have acquired. This is likely to be very challenging as many societal structures are changing rapidly these days. Be well and remember that you are representing a great institution and a great program. Congratulations! Celebrations! We want the world to know you made the grade. Congratulations, Jubilations! We'll tell everyone you're ready for the world. You can tell everyone you're ready for the world!

>> Congratulations.

>> Congratulations grizzly graduates of 2020. I'm Kevin Grimm, Associate Professor of English, and it was my pleasure and honor to work and learn with many of you during this past year. We all had to scramble and adjust to our being able to switch to remote classes in March and that crazy semester ending, you know the fallout, but we all got through it. Whether this was the end of a four-year or a six-year or 10-year or even a longer journey since you first arrived on campus, you should be proud of your perseverance and resourcefulness, grizzly determination if you will that has brought you to this happy day. So today, I hope you reflect on the big picture of your total or your experience, especially the good times that you've had here and to you, and to you all, and to your families, I say, well done. Go forward and please keep in touch, you know we are still and always here for you. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. You've worked so hard and have so much to be proud of. You've completed your studies during an unprecedented time. Despite the challenges the world has thrown at you, you've overcome and wrestled above them. I hope that you take the lessons you've learned and the friendships you've developed here at OU along with you as you move out into the world. Don't be afraid to take risks, make mistakes, ask questions, and acknowledge your blind spots. As you move on to your next adventures, don't forget your connections and network here at OU. You have so many faculty and staff here ready and willing to support you and help you navigate this time. Stay in touch and don't be afraid to reach out with questions, we're here for you. Congratulations and good luck.

>> Hello everyone, and bonjour. This is Dikka Berven behind the mask. I figured this is the year of the mask, so why not have a mask like this one? I wouldn't be teaching with this mask, but it's a special occasion, so I thought I'd wear it because I would like to give you something to remember. You will be the only people I hope that ever have their graduation ceremony from a car, and that will be something to tell your children and your grandchildren. So that is the upside of this whole thing, and there are other upsides too, its commencements, that means the beginning. It's a French word, commencement. It feels like the end to us, but it is the beginning of for you, and I hope you won't forget us, I hope you'll send postcards, e-mails, I'm always ready for a cup of coffee, and a visit. In the meantime, I would like to say have fun, enjoy the day, and Au revoir.

Black Excellence Celebratory Congratulations Video
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Benjamin Lane: Hi, this is Ben.

Gicentroy Henry...: And this is Troy.

Benjamin Lane: And four years ago, Troy and I graduated from Novi High School. Naturally, once we graduated, people began to ask us what we wanted to do, to which we typically replied-

Gicentroy Henry...: Change the world. And I'd say we're pretty much on track. Three years in the CMI office, Keeper of the Dream recipients and active members of Greek life. I'd say we left our mark, a mark that was left intentionally by capitalizing on-

Benjamin Lane: What we could control. That was one of the important lessons we learned at OU. While there's some things that we can control, there are plenty that we cannot. While we were focused on changing the world, the world ended up changing around us. So as we say farewell-

Gicentroy Henry...: Remember to try new things and don't limit yourself.

Benjamin Lane: Always be adaptable, but stay grounded in your goals.

Gicentroy Henry...: And although the world looks different right now-

Benjamin Lane: Never lose sight of what you truly care about. And of course, change the world.

Gicentroy Henry...: Change the world.

Benjamin Lane: Change it, change the world. You can do it.

Gicentroy Henry...: Let's go.

Benjamin Lane: You can do it, I promise you. Yep.

Gicentroy Henry...: Yeah.

Kendra Agee: Congratulations, class of 2020 Oakland University graduates. My name is Kendra Agee. I am a two time graduate of Oakland University. I received my bachelor's in 2013, and then again, turned around and got my master's in 2015. I'm so excited for you all. My advice to you is to be sure to go back and create changes in the communities that you come from. At a time where we are continuously sharing the narrative as to why black lives matter, your ability to use what you've learned on the campus of Oakland University in order to create change for not just yourself, but for other people who look like you, is so significant and so important.

Kendra Agee: So definitely be sure that you're doing all that you can to not only create change, but also be the change that you want to see and manifest your purpose. The world is waiting for you to do exactly what you were created to do. So, once again, congratulations. And yeah, congratulations.

Omar Brown-El: Congratulations, class of 2020. I'm so proud of each of you, as I know you are. Success is defined, measured or determined in many ways. One thing that is consistent with success is completion. No matter where you started, how easy or rough the journey, you have completed the task. I wish for you greatness in everything that you do and that you never give up. Be great every day. All the best.

Stephanie J. Le...: Congratulations, 2020 graduates of Oakland University. We are so happy that you chose Oakland University for your academic career. We would like to wish you all of the best in your endeavors. Remember, accept every challenge and hit it with the full extent of what you have in you. We want you to always do your best and remember that you're a Oakland University Golden Grizzly. Congratulations.

Caryn Reed-Hend...: This is Dr. Caryn Reed-Hendon from Oakland University, William Beaumont School of Medicine. Let me be one of the many to say that I am so proud of each and every one of our 2020 graduates. You all have hit a huge milestone in your lives and you're embarking on the next part of your lives. This is an exciting time, but I also understand that it can be scary.

Caryn Reed-Hend...: Here's some things that I want you to remember and recognize. You have knowledge that no one anywhere can take away from you, and I want you to use that to your advantage. If I had to give you one piece of advice, recognize that you can always go back to where you started from. You have a host of individuals that are here at OU, that are here to support you and to guide you. While your technical education has ended here at OU, understand that there are so many of us that are still here, ready, willing and able to do our part to make sure that you're successful. We encourage you. We love you. We're here to guide you and we're here to lift you up. Congratulations.

Michelle Southw...: Congratulations, class of 2020. My name is Michelle Southward and I am the director of academic advising and student services for the School of Health Sciences. I am also a two time opening Oakland University alum, and I am super stoked to have this chance to send my warmest wishes and congratulations to each and every one of our graduating students.

Michelle Southw...: From our undergrad to our grad and doctoral students, your resilience during this pandemic have been monumental. I know and believe that you are more than conquerors, and the abilities that you have displayed to overcome any obstacle during this time have been deemed epic. I would like to say that I am proud to be a member of your village. Again, I send my congratulations and leave you with one of my favorite quotes. And that is to go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

Felicia Arzu Ca...: Hello, OU class of 2020. I am so proud of you and your drive and perseverance to excel despite these trying times. I am optimistic about your contributions to make this country and this world a fairer and more equitable place to live and thrive in. Thank you for your hard work and the perspectives that you've cultivated here at Oakland University that I'm sure will effect positive social changes. I am inspired by you. Congratulations, class of 2020. Go Grizzlies.

Chaunda Scott: Hello. My name is Dr. Chaunda Scott, and I'm an associate professor in the School of Education and Human Services and the Department of Organizational Leadership. I'm very excited to today to graduate the Oakland University graduating class of 2020. Congratulations, you guys. You did it.

Richard Olawoyi...: Congratulations to the Oakland University graduating class of 2020. I am proud of your success and I'm sure today will be only the first of many proud, successful moments for you. A clear lesson learned during the COVID-19 disruption is that it is crucial to be open to change, so please use this lesson to build your successful careers. Don't be easily discouraged. Always be open to change and aspire for the best. Congratulations on your well-deserved graduation from Oakland University with the class of 2020, and wishing you success as you transition to your next adventure.

Cynthia Miree: Good afternoon to the class of 2020. My name is Cynthia Miree, professor of management in the School of Business Administration, and I'd like to wish you all congratulations on your achievement. It hasn't always been easy and it hasn't always been fun, but it definitely has been worth it. Whatever your next step is, whether it's graduate school, entrepreneurial pursuits, or as you begin your new career, I wish you all the best. Please keep in touch with us. As faculty, our students are very important to us and we love to hear from you and know what's going on. And so, again, on behalf of the entire university and myself, congratulations and I wish you all the best.

Sharman Davenpo...: Congratulations, class of 2020. I'm Dr. Sharman Davenport and I graduated in 1980, and I'm currently the chair of the Black Alumni Chapter. On their behalf, I welcome and celebrate your achievements. We know that this has been a very challenging time for you, forced to cope with the pandemic and all of the challenges that it brings with it. But you also have had the opportunity to witness and to participate in a social movement for racial justice and equality.

Sharman Davenpo...: We hope that you will use these unique circumstances to help shape your character, your personal convictions, and your drive to achieve your goals and impact your community. We hope that you will stay connected to this chapter and this university. Congratulations to each and every one of you and a special congratulations to my son, Adam Davenport. I love you. May God continue to bless you and to guide you as you continue your journey and your attempt to strive and achieve your dreams. Be safe, be connected and stay safe. God bless.

Glenn McIntosh: On behalf of the entire Oakland University community, congratulations to the class of 2020. I'm Glenn McIntosh, senior vice president of student affairs, as well as chief diversity officer. And today, I stand in awe of your persistence to the purpose of positioning yourself for upper mobility. You have crossed the line, you finished the race. Now, in this year of protest and the pandemic, we learned that there's a movement called Black Lives Matter. And black lives do matter. And so, the challenge and the choice for you now is to wake up every day and use your power of choice to stand up, to stand out, to stand above. Be leaders, be outstanding, be great. Go Grizzlies.

Faculty Congratulations to the Graduates of 2020
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>> Congratulations graduates. I'm so proud of you and I know you're going to go out and change the world.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020 at Oakland University and a massive shout-out to all of the graduates in music, theater and dance. We're so proud of you.

>> Congratulations the class of 2020 on your graduation and outstanding achievement. You have made it despite all the odds and difficult time this year. Good luck on your next adventure and best wishes for a bright future.

>> Hello, OU class of 2020. I am so proud of you and your drive and perseverance to excel despite these trying times. I am optimistic about your contributions to make this country and this world a fairer and more equitable place to live and thrive in. Thank you for your hard work and the perspectives that you've cultivated here at Oakland University that I'm sure will effect positive social changes. I am inspired by you. Congratulations class of 2020. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hi, I'm Liz Barclay from the School of Business Administration. I'd like to congratulate you on your commencement. I know that the last several months have been quite demanding and you've stepped up to the challenge. I wish you success in your future careers in life and I hope you continue to keep Oakland University in your hearts as we keep you in ours.

>> Congratulations to all the new graduates. Special congratulations to all of the graduates from School of Engineering and Computer Science. This is a very special day for all of you. Be brave, be honest, be helpful, and be happy forever. Bye.

>> Congratulations to the graduates from the Bachelor of Integrative Studies. As true inter-disciplinarians, you have been trained to enhance your career fields by solving complex problems, thinking critically, and analyzing all perspectives. You are talented, creative, driven, and bright. Remember that success comes to those who work hard and do good things. Continue to practice your civic engagement by volunteering in the community to share your knowledge and talents with others. You have worked so hard through your studies and I am beaming with pride. Go into the world as inter-disciplinarians and dream big. Go Grizzlies.

>> Hi. On behalf of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, I want to congratulate all of you on your graduation from Oakland University. We are so proud of your accomplishments and we wish you the very best in everything you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to the Oakland University graduating class of 2020. I am proud of your success and I'm sure today, will be only the first of many proud successful moments for you. A clear lessons learned during the COVID-19 disruption is that it is crucial to be open to change. So please, use this lesson to build your successful careers. Don't be easily discouraged. Always be open to change and aspire for the best. Congratulations on your well-deserved graduation from Oakland University for the class of 2020. I am wishing you success as you transition to your next adventure.

>> Congratulations SECS class of 2020. I am so proud of you and I wish you all the very best. I wish I could be there in person to congratulate you, especially after all the hard work you've put in to getting your degree. But I'm sure that day will come soon and meanwhile, I wish you a great journey. There may be some bumps along the way, but I am sure that you will all be very successful with the education that you got at Oakland University. Congratulations again and go Grizzlies.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. I'm excited to be part of your celebration today. This graduation may not look like you've expected but your accomplishments are all the more impressive. Your success in the face of adversity reminds me of Oakland University's motto, "Seek virtue and knowledge." As you may know in the book that that quotation comes from, a ship captain who's literally trapped in hell uses those words, "Seek virtue and knowledge" to motivate his crew onward to greater adventures. I know that your Oakland University degree and the virtue and knowledge you acquired while earning it, will likewise propel you forward to many great adventures. Congratulations class of 2020.

>> Congratulations to the class of 2020. While I know this year has brought some unexpected challenges, it also is likely to bring some unique opportunities. Seize these opportunities sometimes they lead to life's greatest rewards. I wish you all a tremendous amount of luck and I hope your future holds all of the promise that you anticipate.

>> You guys deserve the credit that you earned in our classes at OU, but you also deserve a huge amount of credit for being the graduating class in 2020. Well done.

>> Hello 2020 grads, Professor Engle from the Religious Studies department. I'm so proud of you. Go make the world a better place to be and stay in touch.

>> To the class of 2020, congratulations. This is Dr. Anica Bowe in the School of Education and Human Services. So my words to you. Well, when you first entered the university, the world's was one way, now that you are exiting the university, the world is another. So seize every opportunity that you can. You have the background, you have the expertise, and you have the preparation. So any moment, any opportunity that approaches you, even ones that you have never considered before times, but now that we're in the moment, take them, you have what it takes to succeed. Also, consider these new opportunities, different areas of growth, different areas where you can develop other expertise you hadn't even consider having. So when your academic preparation and these new areas of expertise coalesce in the future, they will make pathways for you that you didn't even dream of. So seize them and congratulations.

>> Hi, everyone. This is Dr. Dzwik from the School of Education and Human Services and I have a couple of pieces of advice for you. The first one is life is about growing, it's okay to make mistakes. Please learn from them and grow from them. The very best people have made themselves very successful from learning from their mistakes. The other piece of advice I have for you is this, we need you, we need you to take us into the next chapter of our being. Through your skills, your lessons learned and through all of the other things that come up in life, you have what it takes to make us all better people through your passion and no matter what the discipline is that you've chosen. Commencement is a starting point. So you're going to start that journey and what I ask is, please make us all proud and go Grizzlies.

>> Hello from Dr. Mahmoud. Let me begin by congratulating you on your graduation. I'm extremely happy to be able to share in the excitement of this wonderful achievement. I'm also very proud of each and every one of you. This achievement not only shows the passion and effort you have put forth to further your education, but also the many steps you have taken to enrich and better your lives. I will leave you with some words of wisdom one of my professors gave me back when I was student. He said, "There are many things in life that will disappear, either taken away from you or that you lose. However, the one thing that can never be taken away from you is your education." I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors and again, happy graduation day.

>> Hello graduates. You are certainly all moving forward to your next chapter during an interesting time in history. Thankfully, your proven dedication and resilience in the face of adversity will serve us all well as we all move forward. So congratulations to the class of 2020. Make us all proud.

>> Hello, I'm Professor Zexin Ma. Congratulations class of 2020. It was a great pleasure to meet you all and to witness your achievements. Each one of you is unique in your own wonderful way. Just like the beautiful trees behind me. We're proud of you. Please continue to embrace the diversity and support each other. Together, you will pump fresh air into our society and energize the future.

>> Good afternoon to the class of 2020. My name is Cynthia Miree, professor of Management in the School of Business Administration, and I'd like to wish you all congratulations on your achievement. It hasn't always been easy and it hasn't always been fun, but it definitely has been worth it. Whatever your next step is, whether it's graduate school, entrepreneur pursuits, or as you begin your new career, I wish you all of the best. Please keep in touch with us. As faculty, our students are very important to us and we'd love to hear from you and know what's going on. Again, on behalf of the entire university and myself, congratulations. I wish you all the best.

>> Congratulations, everybody. A special congratulations to all of the communication majors, the journalism majors, and the public relations majors. I so wish I was in the arena right now reading your name into the microphone as you approach the stage, looking out at the audience and hearing somewhere out there your family, your friends cheering loudly just for you, watching as you receive your diploma from Dean Corcoran, and watching as you shake President Pescovitz's hand, and watching as you become Oakland University alumni. But this graduation is unique and special in its own way and it's a story you will be telling for a long time. Congratulations Grizzlies. Good luck. Stay in touch.

>> Congratulations class of 2020 and the graduates of the School of Education and Human Services. You are about to embark on an incredible career as a teacher. You are powerful, you're amazing, and I feel very certain that you are going to make a difference in the life of every child with your touch. So go forth, teach, do the work that you're so ready to do. Teach your heart out and remember to hold close to your heart, those words of Maya Angelou, "Just do right." I'm wishing you well. Congratulations.

>> Hi, graduates. I just wanted to say congratulations on completing your degree at Oakland University. That is a huge accomplishment. While you might not be taking classes with us anymore, I wanted to remind you that you will always be part of the Oakland University community and your professors will always be there for you to help you in life. As you prepare for your career, if any new questions come up like how to prepare for a job interview or which career path to take, maybe consider emailing your favorite professor. We'd love to hear from you. Congratulations again.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. It has not been an easy ride, but you made it. You made it because you believed in yourself. As you start this new chapter of your life, remember to trust yourself and your experiences. This will bring you happiness and success. I wish you all the best of luck and continue to make your OU family proud.

>> Congratulations on graduating from Oakland University. During one of the most challenging years that most of us will face, you made it through and that is most certainly worthy of celebration. I'd also like to congratulate you on investing in your education, whether you're an undergraduate student or a graduate student, making that investment in yourself and in your education is one of the best choices that you could have made, and I certainly hope that the skills that you cultivated during your time at Oakland University serve you well moving forward. Good luck.

>> This is Linda Pavonetti, chair of the Reading and Language Arts Department in the School of Education and Human Services. I want to congratulate all of the graduates this year, and especially the ones from our department in our school and say best wishes to you and your future, no matter what you do. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations to all of our teacher and candidates out there. Just think you finished student teaching during a pandemic. If you can do that, you can do so much more. Remember you got this, go teach, change the world.

>> Hello. My name is Jae Kang, associate professor of Entrepreneurship. First of all, many congratulations to your great achievement during this difficult time. As you can see from the world, everything is changing very fast. It is very difficult to predict what will happen next week. However, we do know that we will eventually declare the victory as we always did. We just need to live our daily life by doing something meaningful. Your journey has now started, believe in you, and follow your path. As you walk through the road, you will meet great people, great opportunity, and some time difficult moment. Don't regret your past. Don't be afraid of your future. Live your life now. I wish all the best for your journey. Thank you very much.

>> Hi, class of 2020. This is Professor Thor, and I got dressed up for you today. Congratulations on completing your degree requirements in graduating. I am so proud of all of you for what you have accomplished. You finished your degree requirements in the middle of a global pandemic, and for that, you deserve high praise. Although we can't be together at a traditional graduation ceremony, please know that I am cheering you on from home today and every day as you go out into the world and share the knowledge that you learned here at OU. When we get back to normal life again and we will, please make sure that you come back to Elliot Hall and check in with me and let me know about all the great things that you have done. Congratulations, class of 2020. Cheers to all of you.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. Although it's been a tough year, you have persevered and come out stronger on the other side. As you embark on the next chapter of your life, I encourage you to follow your dreams and work hard to achieve them. I wish you the best and look forward to hearing about your successes. A special shout-out to the 2020 graduates from the Department of Dance. I'm extremely proud of you. Congratulations, class of 2020.

>> Congratulations, OU class of 2020. You've achieved a significant milestone and it's time to celebrate. This is also the beginning of a new journey that will lead you to your goals, and your dreams, and your aspirations. Go with all your heart. Congratulations.

>> Dear class of 2020, congratulations on your graduation. I'm so happy and proud of your well deserved success. I know it's been scary and stressful lately and I'm sure this is not the graduation you had in mind. But I am glad we can still celebrate your amazing accomplishments today. Remember, it took a lot of hard work and persistence to get to this day. I hope you feel great about what you've accomplished at OU and that you'll never stop learning and challenging yourself as you face your future adventures. Congratulations again, and best of luck.

>> Hello, SMTD class of 2020. We're just popping in to tell you how proud we are of you, of the artists and the educators that you've become. Really over the past few months of the people and the humans that you've proven yourself to be when faced with these totally unexpected obstacles. That you look them square in the face, you made decisions that were smart, that were right for you. Take care of yourselves, take care of your communities, and when you're ready, we can't wait to see what you create and who you become.

>> You should be proud of the work you've done, the things you've accomplished, your dedication, and your excellence. Bravo.

>> Hi, I just want to say congratulations to all of our Oakland University graduates in the class of 2020. I know the end of your time at Oakland wasn't what you had expected, but you did great and you have excelled. I also want to give a special shout out to our master public health students. You all, it's been really great working with you for two years and you'll always be able to say that you did your master public health degree in the middle of a pandemic. Again, congratulations and we're all really proud of you and happy for you and we look forward to hearing about all the great work that you're going to be doing. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations, class of 2020. You are graduating at a very memorable time. You're entering a world full of challenge. It needs fresh minds exactly like you to make a change. These knowledge, these skills you learn at OU, I'm sure that you can do well in any career you plan to pursue to shape up the world. Best wishes to you all, and stay in touch.

>> Dear graduate, as you are at the end of one journey, congratulate yourself on this major achievement and ponder on the ups and downs you may have experienced. Then be ready to start the next leg of your life journey using some of the tools you have acquired. This is likely to be very challenging as many societal structures are changing rapidly these days. Be well, and remember that you are representing a great institution and a great program.

>>Congratulations! Celebration! What a world to live in to make the grade. Congratulations! Jubilation! You can tell everyone you're ready for the world. You can tell everyone you're ready for the world. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations Grizzly graduates of 2020. I'm Kevin Grimm, associate professor of English and it was my pleasure and honor to work and learn with many of you during this past year. We all had to scramble and adjust to our big switch to remote classes in March and that crazy semester ending blur that followed. But we all got through it and whether this was the end of a four-year or a six-year or 10-year or even a longer journey since you first arrived on campus, you should be proud of your perseverance and resourcefulness. Grizzly determination, if you will, that has brought you to this happy day. So today I hope you reflect on the big picture of your total OU experience, especially the good times that you've had here. To you all and to your families, I say, well done. Go forward and please keep in touch. We at OU are still and always here for you. Congratulations.

>> Congratulations class of 2020. You've worked so hard and have so much to be proud of. You've completed your studies during an unprecedented time. Despite the challenges the world has thrown at you, you've overcome and risen above them. I hope that you take the lessons you've learned and the friendships you've developed here at OU along with you as you move out into the world. Don't be afraid to take risks, make mistakes, ask questions, and acknowledge your blind spots. As you move on to next adventures, don't forget your connections and network here at OU. You have so many faculty and staff here ready and willing to support you and help you navigate this time. Stay in touch and don't be afraid to reach out with questions. We're here for you. Congratulations and good luck.

>> Hello everyone and bonjour, this is Dikka Berven behind the mask. I figure this is the year of the mask so why not have a mask like this one. I wouldn't be teaching with this mask, but it's a special occasion, so I thought I'd wear it because I would like to give you something to remember. You will be the only people, I hope, that ever have their graduation ceremony from a car and that will be something to tell your children and your grandchildren so that is the upside of this whole thing. There are other upsides too. Its commencement, that means the beginning. It's a French word, commencement. It feels like the end to us, but it is the beginning for you. I hope you won't forget us. I hope you'll send postcards, emails. I'm always ready for a cup of coffee and a visit. In the meantime, I would like to say have fun, enjoy the day, and au revoir.