Graduation is a bittersweet time for students as they say goodbye to the many people they’ve come to know and admire at their college. It’s also an exciting time as they face the world to conquer new frontiers. They came to us wide-eyed, and sometimes apprehensive, and are leaving us as confident, educated community members. They came from all walks of life. They’ve overcome obstacles. Their goals and professions vary. Many are the first in their families to attend college. And now, they all share one distinct commonality – being called a college graduate.
Systemwide this spring we have 7,177 graduates who received nearly 14,000 credentials. I know it hasn’t been easy for some of them. That’s what makes graduation so rewarding for me and for the faculty and staff who work with our students. We know what it takes for them to complete their programs and how it affects their families who sacrifice right along with them. But in the end, it’s worth it for all of them. Whether these grads go on to a four-year university or straight to work, they are prepared to be successful and help lead their communities.
As our grads make their way in the world, I hope they’ll consider what new frontiers they want to explore. Although they’ve completed this part of their journey, it doesn’t mean the journey has ended.
There’s much more to learn and do. Dreams can change over time, so I charge our graduates to be open to new ideas and to realize this is an ongoing journey to success and prosperity.
Our mission at KCTCS is to improve the lives and employability of Kentuckians. We’ve just helped 7,177 more Kentuckians to do that. I wish each of them continued success and for the courage to forge their own new frontiers. Most importantly, I hope they’ll never stop learning.