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President Rubenzahl's Address

President Rubenzahl's Address

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STCC president's 2012 speech to graduates
STCC president's 2012 speech to graduates

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Commencement AddressDr. Ira Rubenzahl, STCC President
GOOD EVENING CLASS OF 2012!!! GIVE YOURSELVES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. YOU DESERVE IT!IN ADDRESSING YOU TONIGHT I WOULD LIKE, IDEALLY, TO BE AS WISE AS ALBERT EINSTEIN AND ASFUNNY AS CHRIS ROCK! SINCE I HAVE A DEGREE IN PHYSICS SPEAKIN
G EINSTEIN’S LANGUAG
E ISN
’T
TOTALLY OUT OF THE Q 
UESTION…BUT…A STAND
-
UP COMEDIAN…I’M NOT. SO RELATIVE
LY SPEAKINGMY REMARKS WILL BE BRIEF AND TO THE POINT.
I’VE DECIDED TO TALK
TO YOU THIS EVENING ABOUT DECISIONS. PEOPLE MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONSEVERY DAY: SAYING,
“YES…OR NO” TO A MAR
RIAGE PROPOSAL; DECIDING TO ENLIST IN THE MILITARY;SPEAKING UP WHEN OTHERS ARE SILENT; AND TAKING THE STEP TO ATTEND COLLEGE. FOR SOME OFYOU, IT WAS A NATURAL PROGRESSION FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO ENROLL AT SPRINGFIELD TECHNICALCOMMUNITY COLLEGE: TO LEARN A VALUABLE SKILL AND START YOUR CAREER OR SAVE SIGNIFICANTMONEY WHILE PREPARING TO TRANSFER TO A FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION. BUT FOR MANY OF YOU,CHALLENGES BARRED THE WAY
WORK, FAMILY, PERSONAL CHALLENGES AND OTHER COMMITMENTSDELAYED THE PATH THAT LED YOU TO STCC.SOME OF YOU CAME TO STCC
WITH BACHELOR’S AND MASTER’S DEGREES FOL
LOWING SUCCESSFULCAREERS. YOU CAME TO STCC TO CHANGE CAREERS AND IN MANY CASES FOLLOW A DESIRE TO BEEDUCATED
IN WHAT YOU’RE MOST
PASSIONATE ABOUT. OTHERS CAME TO US TO LEARN ENGLISH ASTHE FIRST STEP ON AN EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY.
WHETHER TONIGHT’S DE
GREE IS YOUR FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWEROF YOUR DECISION TO ATTEND A PUBLIC INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION.THE LAST DECADE HAS BEEN ONE OF CHANGE AND CHALLENGE FOR THE PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATIONINSTITUTIONS IN MASSACHUSETTS. ENROLLMENT IS UP 25% IN COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND THENUMBER OF STUDENTS RECEIVING DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES IS UP 21%; UNFORTUNATELY STATESUPPORT IS DOWN 11%.

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