Itís a privilege to be here today with such distinguished and accomplished students and alumni; you make all of us in the Lehman College community proud.
And itís an honor to welcome todayís prestigious Guest Speakers, including our Keynote Speaker, Tony Claudino, the Director of Student Outreach for Fulbright Programs.
The company that our Lehman students, past and present, keep is impressive: The Mountbatten Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation...
And the recognition they have received commendable:
Awards from institutions as valued as the
University of Pennsylvania,
the University of Oregon,
and the American Chemical SocietyÖ
This is a testament to our studentsí strong resolve
and keen interest
in the acquisition, generation, and promulgation of knowledge;
and a testament to the value of the Lehman College experience
that allows them to meet their full potential.
So over the course of today,
as you hear from Lehman students and alumni,
and the professionals who are here to work with you,
please reflect on what the pursuit of knowledge
really means to you and
to the fabric of the society you serve.
For knowledge in the hands of honorable people
is a most powerful thing;
it can be used to bridge the gap between our ideals of opportunity for all and our reality of deep inequality;
it can be used to address the indignities of health disparities among the haves and the have nots;
and it can be used to bring peace and sustainability to an increasingly unstable and unsustainable world.
Armed with a scholarship or fellowship
from one of the prestigious organizations represented here today,
you will be well on your way to not only achieving
your personal dreams and goals,
but also doing your part to change the world.