“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any
job I co
nsider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”
As you move to the next stage of your life, I hope you are able to continue living those ideals.Our world needs more people who care about making a difference.On that note, I want to ask you to take a moment now to do something for California. I knowthat many of you
and many of your guests
have smartphones with you today. So for just a
few minutes, maybe stop taking photos of family and friends, and let’s p
ut them to differentuse.
Let’s all send a message to our legislators and our governor. Let’s tell them what a great day we
are having at Humboldt at the graduation of these students, and insist that they support highereducation so future students have the same opportunities. They need a message from you.
Here is what I want you do, and I will do it with you. On your phone web browser, or later
today on a computer, visit Humboldt.edu/advocate (“humboldt
advocate”). That is our advocacy website. Click on the action called: “Send Sacramento aGraduation Message!” Then follow directions –
you can use the message that’s there or write
your own.I wrote mine earlier. It says: Greetings from Humboldt State University. I am currentlystanding in front of hundreds of graduating students, as well as their faculty and thousands of proud friends and family members. It is the best day of my year. I see hope and promise forour future, and one of the best investments that California can make. We need to make thispossible for more students, for their sake and for the prosperity of our state. Please wake upand make public higher education a priority.Then there is a paragraph about how funding for California State University has seriouslydeclined. How if we lose another $200 million this fall, as threatened, state support for theCSU will be at 1996 levels. Throw in inflation and 90,000 more students, and you can see wehave a serious problem.When you are done, go to the bottom
I already filled in my name and other information
and push “send message.”
Here goes my message … (pause to push send on phone)
I hope you will take the time to do this. It is so important that our elected leaders hear fromyou about the value of higher education. We have seen really extreme budget cuts and theresulting tuition hikes, so we know the message has not gotten through.Also, I hope you will consider supporting the tax measure that will likely be on the fall ballot.
If it fails, the governor’s budget calls for a mid
-year cut of $200 million for the CSU.