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Agriculture | Spring Commencement 2019


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APPLAUSE ] GOOD AFTERNOON.
I AM DON BOGGS, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE.
WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE SPRING COMMENCEMENT
CEREMONY. I WISH TO THANK OUR BAG PIPER,
TERRY FERGUSON, K-STATE ALUMNUS, AND OUR ORGANIST, RACHAEL GROS,
GRADUATE STUDENT IN MUSIC, FOR THE PROCESSIONAL MUSIC.
IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE DANIELLE COMSTOCK,
GRADUATING SENIOR IN AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS AND
JOURNALISM FROM FALL RIVER, KANSAS, AND HANNAH FRY,
GRADUATING SENIOR IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION FROM
HIATTVILLE, KANSAS, TO SING OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM.
THROUGHOUT HER TIME AT K-STATE, DANIELLE COMSTOCK SERVED IN
LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE COUNCIL, ALPHA OF
CLOVIA COOPERATIVE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP HOUSE, AND STUDENT
GOVERNING ASSOCIATION.
SHE HAS ALSO BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE OF
AGRICULTURE AMBASSADORS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT, AND SERVED AS THE
ADVERTISING MANAGER FOR THE AGRICULTURIST MAGAZINE.
SHE COMPLETED INTERNSHIPS WITH CARGILL, MONSANTO, KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY, AND KANSAS SOYBEAN
ASSOCIATION. AFTER GRADUATION, DANIELLE WILL
SERVE AS A COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE FOR TEXTRON’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM IN WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA.
HANNAH FRY SERVED IN LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE AGRICULTURAL
EDUCATION CLUB, ALPHA OF CLOVIA COOPERATIVE LEADERSHIP
SCHOLARSHIP HOUSE, NATIONAL SOCIETY OF COLLEGIATE SCHOLARS,
AND MEAT SCIENCE ASSOCIATION. SHE COMPETED ON THE KSU MEATS
JUDGING TEAM, SERVED ON AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION’S TASK
FORCE, PARTICIPATED MISSION VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, AND
ALSO GAINED WORK EXPERIENCE WITH THE KANSAS FFA ASSOCIATION,
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY RECREATIONAL SERVICES, AND ROCK
SPRINGS 4-H CENTER. SHE WILL BE TEACHING
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AT DONIPHAN WEST HIGH SCHOOL
FOLLOWING IN COLLEGIATE 4-H. SHE COMPLETED HER GRADUATION.
PLEASE STAND AS DANIELLE AND HANNAH SING OUR
NATIONAL ANTHEM. O SAY CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DAWN’S
EARLY DANIELLE AND HANNAH SING OUR
NATIONAL ANTHEM. O SAY CAN YOU SEE, 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
SPRING AT STREAMING.
AND THE ROCKETS’ 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. WOW. tDEAN KLAHR, GRADUATING SENIOR
IN ANIMAL SCIENCES AND INDUSTRY WITH A MINOR IN AGRICULTURAL
ECONOMICS, FROM HOLTON, KANSAS, HAS BEEN SELECTED TO SHARE
REFLECTIONS. WHILE AT K-STATE,
tDEAN KLAHR, GRADUATING SENIOR IN ANIMAL SCIENCES AND INDUSTRY
WITH A MINOR IN DEAN HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE COLLEGE
OF AGRICULTURE AMBASSADORS ORGANIZATION AND ALPHA GAMMA RHO
FRATERNITY. HE COMPETED ON THE RESERVE
NATIONAL CHAMPION LIVESTOCK AND AQHA WORLD CHAMPION
INTERCOLLEGIATE HORSE JUDGING TEAMS, AS WELL AS THE MEAT
ANIMAL EVALUATION TEAM.
HE ALSO SERVED AS A STUDENT SENATOR AND KANSAS FFA SECRETARY
DURING HIS TIME IN THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, AND PARTICIPATED
IN AN ANIMAL SCIENCE STUDY TOUR OF AUSTRALIA.
DEAN COMPLETED UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF
ANIMAL SCIENCES AND INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS INTERNSHIPS WITH
NATIONAL CATTLEMEN’S BEEF ASSOCIATION, THE NOW BE SEATED.
KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, HILL’S PET
NUTRITION, BACA COUNTY FEED YARD, AND LORTSCHER ANIMAL
NUTRITION. DEAN WILL BE CONTINUING HIS
EDUCATION AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AFTER GRADUATION,
PURSUING A GRADUATE DEGREE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL
SCIENCES AND INDUSTRY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING DEAN
KLAHR TO THE PODIUM.
GOOD AFTERNOON, IT IS WITH MUCH APPRECIATION I HAVE THE PLEASURE
OF STANDING BEFORE YOU TODAY TO REFLECT UPON OUR TIME, HERE AT
THE GREATEST LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY; AND I SAY モGREATESTヤ
BECAUSE OF THE FRIENDS, FAMILY, ALUMNI, FACULTY, AND STAFF WHO
HAVE SUPPORTED US. TO YOU, WE SAY THANK YOU.
IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE HOW OUR UNDERGRADUATE YEARS HAVE FLOWN
BY. REFLECTING BACK WE QUICKLY THINK
OF TIMES MEETING NEW FRIENDS, HANGING OUT WITH OLD, LATE
NIGHTS CRAMMING FOR AN EXAM, AND TIMES SPENT CHEERING ON THE CATS
IN BILL SYNDER FAMILY STADIUM. ALL OF OUR JOURNEYS LOOK A
LITTLE DIFFERENT, BUT WHEN WE REFLECT ON THE MEMORIES MADE AND
RELATIONSHIPS BUILT WE EACH CAN’T HELP BUT SMILE AT WHAT OUR
K-STATE FAMILY MEANS TO EACH OF US.
WHEN WE FIRST STEPPED FOOT ON CAMPUS AS A STUDENT SOME OF US
KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WE WHAT WE WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH AND OTHERS
A LITTLE MORE UNCERTAIN, YOU CAN JUST ASK MY ADVISOR, DR. JONES,
AND SHE WILL PROBABLY CHUCKLE, REACH OVER TO HER FILE CABINET
AND PULL OUT THE 5 OR MAYBE EVEN 6 FOUR-YEAR PLANS WE DREW UP.
WHETHER WE CHANGED OUR MAJOR 3 TIMES OR NEVER AT ALL, WE EACH
CAME HERE WITH A GOAL OF FINDING A PLACE IN THIS WORLD WHERE WE
CAN LIVE OUT OUR PASSION SERVING THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY.
THIS PAST MARCH I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL WITH 24
OTHER COLLEGE OF AG STUDENTS TO THE GREAT COUNTRY OF AUSTRALIA.
WHILE THERE WE SPENT 10 DAYS VISITING VARIOUS ANIMAL
AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS ALONG THE EAST COAST.
ONE DISTINCT ENTERPRISE WE VISITED WAS PALGROVE.
THE CEO WAS A VERY HUMBLE MAN BY THE NAME OF DAVID BONDFIELD.
HE AND HIS WIFE STARTED THE OPERATION WITH AND I QUOTE モ50
REGISTERED COWS, 750 ACRES AND A LOT OF DEBT.ヤ
TODAY THE OPERATION RUNS APPROXIMATELY 8,000 COWS THAT
GRAZE OVER 50,000 ACRES BETWEEN TWO STATES.
MR. BONDFIELD WAS OBVIOUSLY A VERY ACCOMPLISHED BUSINESSMAN
AND HAD A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE TO SHARE WITH US.
AS WE WERE WRAPPING UP OUR VISIT HE LEFT US WITH SOME WORDS OF
WISDOM THAT WILL ALWAYS STICK WITH ME.
HE TALKED ABOUT ALL THE CHALLENGES THEIR OPERATION FACED
AND ALL THE RISKS THEY TOOK THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, AND HE
SAID TO US モIT’S ONLY A MISTAKE IF YOU DO IT A SECOND TIME.ヤ
WHETHER RETURNING HOME TO THE FAMILY BUSINESS, CONTINUING ON
TO GRADUATE SCHOOL OR ENTERING THE INDUSTRY.
WITH THIS DIPLOMA WE TAKE THE FIRST STEP IN THE JOURNEY OF OUR
CAREERS. WE DO SO WITHOUT FEAR OF
FAILURE, WITHOUT FEAR OF RISK, AND WITHOUT FEAR OF MAKING
MISTAKES. NOT BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT THOSE
THINGS, BUT BECAUSE OUR INDUSTRY DOESN’T LEAVE ROOM FOR SUCH
THINGS. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT
AMERICAN AGRICULTURE IS FACING MORE CHALLENGES THAN EVER
BEFORE. A GLOBAL DISCONNECT FROM
PRODUCTION AGRICULTURE HAS CAUSED A NEGATIVE CHANGE IN
PERCEPTION TO WHAT MANY OF US REFER TO AS A WAY OF LIFE AND
DISAGREEMENTS IN TRADE LEAVE MANY VULNERABLE IN THE
MARKETPLACE, JUST TO NAME A FEW, AND YET WITH EVERY CHALLENGE
COMES OPPORTUNITY. AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE AND
ADAPT, TO BRING NEW IDEAS TO THE TABLE AND IMPROVE THE FUTURE OF
THE INDUSTRY WE ARE ALL SO PASSIONATE ABOUT. AS YOU REFLECT BACK, I HOPE YOU
SMILE AT THE PERSON THIS UNIVERSITY HAS SHAPED YOU INTO
AND WALK AWAY FROM THIS SPOT YOU LOVE FULL WELL, WITH
DETERMINATION AND PRIDE IN YOUR STEP.
MAY YOU USE THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES GAINED HERE AT
KANSAS STATE AND IN THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE TO FOLLOW YOUR
PASSION, WITHOUT FEAR OF FAILURE, AND THE WILLPOWER TO
CREATE AN EVEN BETTER TOMORROW. GOOD LUCK, GOD BLESS, AND GO
CATS! p AS WE BEGIN THIS PROGRAM, I
WILL INTRODUCE THE PLATFORM PARTY.
I WOULD ASK EACH OF THEM TO STAND AS THEY ARE INTRODUCED.
PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL HAVE BEEN
DR. BOGGS: THANK INTRODUCED. BEGINNING ON MY IMMEDIATE LEFT
IS: DR. ERNIE MINTON, INTERIM DEAN
OF THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND INTERIM DIRECTOR OF K-STATE
RESEARCH AND EXTENSION r RICHARD MYERS, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
PRESIDENT p DR. CHARLES TABER, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY PROVOST
AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT pRICK MALIR, FOUNDER AND CEO OF CITY
BARBEQUE tDR. SHANNON WASHBURN, ASSISTANT DEAN, COLLEGE OF
AGRICULTURE p DR. ZELIA WILEY, ASSISTANT DEAN, COLLEGE OF
AGRICULTURE DR. MARTY DRAPER, INTERIM ASSOCIATE DEAN OF
RESEARCH AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND INTERIM DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, K-STATE RESEARCH AND REFLECTIONS. EXTENSION p IN THE SECOND ROW
IS: DR. ALLEN FEATHERSTONE, HEAD,
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS p DR. JASON ELLIS,
HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND AGRICULTURAL
EDUCATION DR. JOE HARNER, HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL AND
AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING p DR. MICKEY RANSOM, INTERIM HEAD,
EXTENSION p IN THE SECOND ROW DEPARTMENT OF AGRONOMY DR.
SUNGHUN PARK, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE AND
NATURAL RESOURCES p DR. GREGG HADLEY, ASSOCIATE
DIRECTOR, EXTENSION AND APPLIED RESEARCH p CONTINUING ON MY
IMMEDIATE RIGHT IS: SANDY KLEIN, ASSISTANT DEAN,
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE p CLAUDIA HISSONG, GRADUATING
SENIOR, AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS tDEAN KLAHR, GRADUATING SENIOR,
ANIMAL SCIENCES AND INDUSTRY DANIELLE COMSTOCK, GRADUATING
SENIOR, AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS AND JOURNALISM
tHANNAH FRY, GRADUATING SENIOR, AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION vt BE
SEATED. IN THE SECOND ROW IS:
DR. EVAN TITGEMEYER, INTERIM HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL
SCIENCES AND INDUSTRY DR. KAREN SCHMIDT, PROFESSOR, FOOD SCIENCE
AND INDUSTRY p DR. GORDON SMITH, HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF GRAIN
SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY t DR. BRIAN MCCORNACK, INTERIM HEAD,
DEPARTMENT OF ENTOMOLOGY pDR. MEGAN KENNELLY, INTERIM HEAD,
DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PATHOLOGY p AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND
CEO OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION v v r PLEASE HELP
ME IN THANKING THE PLATFORM PARTY.
[ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE PLEASED THAT YOU HAVE
JOINED US FOR THE SPRING 2019 COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE
COMMENCEMENT. TODAY, WE ARE ASSEMBLED TO HONOR
AN EXCELLENT GROUP OF AGRICULTURAL GRADUATES FOR THEIR
MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS. HOWEVER, WE ALSO WISH TO
ACKNOWLEDGE SOME OTHER VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR OUR
GRADUATES TO SUCCEED THAT WOULD BE THE THE FAMILY MEMBERS
PRESENT TODAY. WE HAVE MANY SPOUSES AND
CHILDREN, PARENTS, SIBLINGS, GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT
GRANDPARENTS WITH US TODAY. WILL ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF
OUR GRADUATES PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED? GRADUATES, LET’S SHOW THEM A
NICE ROUND OF APPLAUSE IN THANKS. [ APPLAUSE ]
IN ADDITION TO OUR GREAT STUDENTS, WE ARE FORTUNATE AT
K-STATE TO HAVE AN OUTSTANDING GROUP OF FACULTY IN THE COLLEGE
OF AGRICULTURE WHO HAVE DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES THROUGH
EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING, ADVISING, EXTENSION AND RESEARCH
ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR. THEIR NAMES AND AWARDS ARE
LISTED ON PAGES 54-55 OF THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM.
WE WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR FACULTY FOR THEIR COMMITMENT AND
SUPPORT OF OUR STUDENTS. WOULD ALL OF THE FACULTY PRESENT TODAY PLEASE
STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED? CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, WE WILL RECOGNIZE
AND CONGRATULATE THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING WITH
UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC HONORS. p SHANNON WASHBURN, ASSISTANT
DEAN FOR THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, WILL INTRODUCE OUR
HONORS GRADUATES. STUDENTS, AS I READ YOUR NAMES,
PLEASE STAND AT YOUR LOCATION AND REMAIN STANDING UNTIL ALL IN
YOUR GROUP HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED. STUDENTS GRADUATING WITH AN
OVERALL GPA OF 3.75 AND ABOVE ON AT LEAST 60 K-STATE CREDITS ARE DESIGNATED CUM
LAUDE. THE CUM LAUDE GRADUATES ARE:
tDEAN ADCOCK CODY BODEN DANIELLE COMSTOCK SYDNEY CULLISON GRACE
DAVIS GONZALO DORIA ZUBIZARRETA KEALEY DWYER BROOKE
FALK HANNAH FRY LAUREN GABRIEL GABRYELLE GILLIAM PAUL GLOVER
JULIE HESLOP REBECCA KARNS DEAN KLAHR TAYLOR BELLE MATHENY LUCAS
MOEDER LEAH PARSONS JACOB PETTIGREW SHILO SCHAAKE MICHELLE
VOEGELI WHITNEY WHITAKER CONOR WILLIAMS BRIANNA YATES p
PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR CUM LAUDE GRADUATES.
[ APPLAUSE ] PLEASE BE SEATED. GRADUATES WHO HAVE ATTAINED AN
OVERALL GPA OF 3.85 OR ABOVE ON AT LEAST 60 K-STATE CREDITS ARE
DESIGNATED MAGNA CUM LAUDE. OUR MAGNA CUM LAUDE GRADUATES
ARE: COLBE AUSTIN RACHEL BELLAR
AMANDA CLAWSON TREVOR DEHAAN WYATT DURST MEAGAN FORTIN
CHADRON KOEHN ERIN MANVILLE AARON MEYER SARAH MOYER SHAYNE
MYERS RACHEL REITH JAYLIN RIECK MOLLY ROACH REED SAGE KELLI
SCHRAG STERLING STEPP KARL WILHELM EMILY WRIGHT p PLEASE
JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR MAGNA CUM LAUDE GRADUATES.
[ APPLAUSE ] PLEASE BE SEATED.
GRADUATES WHO HAVE ATTAINED AN OVERALL GPA OF 3.95 OR ABOVE ON
AT LEAST 60 K-STATE CREDITS ARE DESIGNATED SUMMA CUM
LAUDE. OUR SUMMA CUM LAUDE GRADUATES
ARE: tJUSTIN BINA AMY COLLINS TAYLOR
DUFF KAYLIN FINK HALEY FIRKINS ABIGAIL HARBERT MEGAN HARESNAPE
CLAUDIA HISSONG ERIC KOEHLMOOS ADAM KOSTNER MELINA NISTICO
BAILEY PETERSON GWYNETH SCHULER EMILY ZWICK p PLEASE JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING OUR SUMMA CUM LAUDE GRADUATES.
PLEASE BE SEATED. WE HAVE TWO GRADUATES WHO HAVE
COMPLETED THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE SCHOLARS PROGRAM.
THESE GRADUATES HAVE COMPLETED A PROJECT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF
A FACULTY MEMBER AND HAVE COMPLETED ADVANCED COURSE WORK
TO EARN THE DISTINCTION OF SCHOLARS PROGRAM GRADUATE.
AT THIS TIME, WE WILL RECOGNIZE OUR SCHOLARS PROGRAM GRADUATES.
PLEASE STAND AS I READ YOUR NAMES:
ERIC KOEHLMOOS MELINA NISTICO p PLEASE JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING OUR SCHOLARS PROGRAM GRADUATES.
[ APPLAUSE ] DR. BOGGS?
THANK YOU, DR. WASHBURN.
p IT IS MY PLEASURE TO NOW INTRODUCE RICK MALIR AS OUR
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. CITY BARBEQUE FOUNDER AND CEO
RICK MALIR GREW UP ON A FARM SOUTH OF WILSON, KANSAS, AND
LATER GRADUATED CUM LAUDE FROM KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY WITH A
BACHELOR’S OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS.
IN 1999, HE LEFT A PROMISING CAREER WITH JOHN DEERE, TEAMED UP WITH A
COMPETITION BARBEQUE TEAM, BOUGHT AN OLD DOUGHNUT SHOP IN
OHIO, AND OPENED THE FIRST CITY BARBEQUE.
TWENTY YEARS LATER, CITY BARBEQUE HAS RESTAURANTS IN
SEVEN STATES, MORE THAN 1,400 TEAM MEMBERS, AND SERVES MORE
THAN NINE MILLION POUNDS OF MEAT A YEAR.
AS FOUNDER AND CEO, RICK GUIDES THE COMPANY’S VALUES.
HIS FIRST PRIORITY IS TO TAKE CARE OF HIS TEAM, WHICH CALLS
FOR INDUSTRY-LEADING PAY, EVER-IMPROVING BENEFITS,
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, AND MORE.
CITY BARBEQUE’S TEAMS SERVE THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES BY
GIVING BACK PRE-TAX PROFITS TO LOCAL CHARITIES AND NON-PROFITS;
DONATING FOOD BOTH TO COMMUNITY EVENTS AND TO FOOD-INSECURE
FAMILIES VIA FOOD RESCUE; AND RAISING FUNDS FOR ORGANIZATIONS
SUCH AS THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, THE RESURRECTING LIVES
FOUNDATION, AND THE FFA, AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF LOCAL CHARITIES
AND NONPROFITS. UNDER RICK’S LEADERSHIP, THE
COMPANY HAS BEEN AWARD HONORS DATING BACK TWO DECADES.
CITY BARBEQUE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR ITS SCRATCH-MADE
FOOD, EXPERT CATERING, LONGSTANDING COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENT, AND INDUSTRY-LEADING PEOPLE
SERVICES. THE FOUNDATION OF CITY
BARBEQUE’S SUCCESS IS DERIVED LARGELY FROM THE CULTURE RICK
HAS CREATED AND NOURISHED. WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME RICK
MALIR TO THE PODIUM FOR HIS REMARKS.
RICK? CK?
[ APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, DR.
BOGGS. I’M JUST HONORED TO BE HERE.
DEAN MINTON AND PRESIDENT MEYERS AND ALL THE PARENTS AND OTHERS,
THE GRADUATES, THOSE THAT HAPPENED TO BE HERE TO GET OUT
OF THE RAIN. I’M VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE, BUT
I’M A VERY POWERFUL MAN. I’M VERY POWERFUL BECAUSE I’M
ONE OF THE LAST OBSTACLES BETWEEN YOU AND r YOURR
DIPLOMA AND THE TAPPING OF THE KEG. THAT JUST ENSURED I WILL
NEVER GET BACK. MY LAST TWO YEARS AT THE UNIVERSITY, THE
FOOTBALL TEAM WENT 0-21 AND ONE. THAT FALL THEY HIRED A YOUNG
COACH NAMED p BILL SNYDER, AND tTHE REST IS HISTORY. I
GRADUATED JUST IN TIME NOT TO ENJOY prprtrpTHE BILLL SNYDER
AREA. MY DAD, 87 YEARS YOUNG, IS
SITTING OVER THERE. HE’S A KANSAS STATE GRAD.
AND, OBVIOUSLY, MY PARTNER, BEST FRIEND, AND WIFE, BONNIE IS
SITTING UP THERE AS WELL. I JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEM AS
WELL. [ APPLAUSE ]
THANK YOU, BONNIE, FOR BELIEVING IN ME. THANKS, DAD, FOR A GOOD
WORK ETHICC AND SPIRITUAL FAITH. GRADUATES, WHEN I p WAS IN MY
30s, I THOUGHT I KNEW EVENING. WHEN I WAS IN MY 40s I REALIZED
I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING. WHEN I WAS IN MY 50s, I REALIZED
NOBODY ELSE KNEW p ANYTHING EITHER.
GIVEN MY CREDENTIALS, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I CAN TELL YOU. I’M
GOING TO SHARE TWO STORIES. I’M GOING TO GIVE p t YOU A FEW
TAKEAWAYS. THESE STORIES ARE BROKEN UP INTO TWO PARTS.
GRADUATES, SIT BACK, ENJOY, THINK ABOUT THE REST OF THE DAY.
THE FIRST STORY IS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE
UNDERGRADUATES IN THE CROWD. WHERE ARE YOU? CLAP. I t
GREWEW UP IN WILSON, KANSAS. I WAS IN WILSON HIGH SCHOOL.
I WAS A MEDIOCRE STUDENT AT BEST. I MANAGED TO FLUNK p
ALGEBRA 2. I WAS NOT A GOOD STUDENT AND DIDN’T HAVE A GOOD
CHARACTER. BUT FFA WAS THE SAVING GRACE I
HAD AND GOT ME ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
WHAT HAPPENED IS I RECEIVED A LOT OF WELL-MEANING ADVICE p
AND AND COUNSEL FROM SO-CALLED EXPERTS.
THEY SAID, RICK, BASED ON YOUR GRADES IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU
SHOULD EXPECT Cs AND A BOT OF Bs IN COLLEGE, AND YOU SHOULD
PROBABLY GO TO A JUNIOR COLLEGE TO LEARN HOW TO STUDY.
I DIDN’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT. WHEN MY FOLKS TOOK
ME TO SEE SEE ROLANDO BLACKMAN TO PLAY BASKETBALLL OR I SAW THE
FIELD HOUSE, ANDERSON HALL, THESE WERE SKY SCRAPER TO A KID
FROM WILSON, KANSAS. I WANTED TO BE A PART OF IT, EVEN THOUGH
I PROBABLY DIDN’T pDESERVE TO BE HERE.
I ENROLLED AND TOOK AG ECONOMICS. WHY?
IT SOUNDED LIKE MONEY. I LIKED MONEY.
p I ENROLLED IN AG ECONOMICS BECAUSE I COULDN’T THINK OF
ANYTHING ELSE TO DO. I KNEW I HAD TO SURROUND MYSELF WITH GOOD
FOLKS IF I WAS GOING TO GET ANYWHERE. I DID HAVE THAT GOOD
SENSE. I JOINED THE FRATERNITY, TALKED
MY WAY IN. I DON’T KNOW HOW I DID IT.
I I JOINED THE FRATERNITY THAT WAS HIGHLY ACADEMIC.
I WAS ABLE TO GET THERE AND SURROUND MYSELF WITH FOLKS.
I’VE HAD BAD trpGRADES, LOW, LOW S.A.T.
SCORES. I WAS SCARED. I FELT LIKE AN
OUT CAST. YOU KNOW, I KIND OF FEELFEEL
LIKE AN OUTCAST TODAY. THE REASON THAT IS IS BECAUSE I
HAVE NOT SEEN A SINGLE EPISODE OF “GAME OF THRONES.”
I HAVEN’T SEEN A SINGLE EPISODE. ALL I KNOW IS SUNDAY NIGHT,
TOMORROW NIGHT, IS THE FINAL EPISODE, AND I’M GOING TO BE
REALLY GLAD WHEN ALL MY FRIENDS QUIT TALKING ABOUT IT.
BUT I DIGRESS. SO I WAS SCARED TO DEATH.
I WAS IN COLLEGE. I STRUGGLED THE FIRSTST TWO
YEARS, I DID. I WAS TERRIBLE IN CHEMISTRY.
TERRIBLE IN BIOLOGY. ANY AG CLASS THAT HAD SCIENCE BEHIND
IT, rp I STRUGGLED IN. BUT I WORKED HARD.
I GREW. I TOOK A YEAR OFF TO TRAVEL WITH
THE FFA ORGANIZATION. WHEN I CAME BACK, I WAS SO BOLD
TO ASK MY ADVISER AT THE pTIME, HEY, I REALLY LOVE ECONOMICS AND
BUSINESS. COULD I TAKEKE HIGHER-LEVEL ECONr ECONp ECON
COURSES? AND NOT TAKE ALL THE SCIENCE COURSES?
HE SAID, YEAH, I WILL LET YOU DO THAT. I FLOURISHED IN COLLEGE
MY LAST TWO YEARS AND LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
p I ALSOO SURROUNDED MYSELF WITH A BUNCH OF OTHER FOLKS WHEN I
CAME BACK AFTER THOSE TWO YEARS. WE LIVED IN A HOUSE ON HUMBOLDT
STREET. WE NAMED IT OUR OWN FRATERNITY,,, THE DOGHOUSE. WE
ALSO HAD A HOUSE MANAGER WHO WAS VERY INSPIRATIONAL.
BOBBY WAS A MANNEQUIN THAT STOOD IN THE CORNER. VERY HANDY tpt
TO PUT MY MOTORCYCLE HELMET ON TO STORE IT.
xvI I FLOURISHED AT KANSAS STATE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
HERE IS THE TAKE AWAY? IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR FUTURE,
LOOK AT YOUR FRIENDS. I’M GOING TO REPEAT.
THAT IF YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR FUTURE, LOOK AT YOUR FRIENDS.
THE SECOND IS: STUDY WHAT YOU LOVE.
AND THE THIRD, WHICH MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS THAT MAY BE STRUGGLING A BIT OROR UNDERGRADUATES
STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT. YOUR PAST DOES NOT MATTER.
IF IT’S WHERE YOU START TODAY AND YOUR DESIRE TO MOVE FORWARD
THAT TRUMPS THAT. BY THE WAY, I NEVER HAD A C IN COLLEGE. SO I
SO I DEFIEDp DEFIED rp MY ADVISERS WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE.
NOW, FOR THE GRADUATES, I WANT THE PARENTS TO STAND UP AGAIN.
PARENTS, STAND UP. COME ON, DO IT.
GIVE THEM A HAND. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW,, GRADUATES, YOU NEED TO
STAND UP AND APPLAUD ALL OF THOSE PARENTS. GET LOUD. WHAT
THEY ALL DID FOR YOU, PARENTS, CONGRATULATIONS.
THEY’RE OFF THE PAYROLL. ALSO, I BET A FRIEND BACK HOME I
COULDN’T GET A STANDING OVATION, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
GRADUATES, CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR DIPLOMA IS SIMPLY A LICENSE TO
LEARN. ALSO, THE ONLY GUARANTEE I CAN MAKE YOU IS THE JOB OR
COMPANY YOU START TODAY IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFERENT FIVE YEARS
FROM NOW. SO WHEN I GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, FROM KANSAS STATE,
I THOUGHT I WAS A HOT SHOT. I HAD MY t DEGREE IN ECONOMICS.
I WENT OUT AND GOT A JOBvr p AT JOHN DEERE. I HAD A COMPANY
CAR. I HAD ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF WHAT
A YOUNG MAN WOULD ENJOY DOING, AND I WAS OUT THERE. AND IT WAS
AN AMAZING COMPANY. FOR 10 YEARS I WORKED HARD, BUT THERE
WAS JUST SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT.
IT WAS A GREAT COMPANY. IT WAS GREAT PEOPLE. I DIDN’T LOVE IT.
I JUST DIDN’T LOVE r IT. I DIDN’T THINK ABOUT IT ALL THE
TIME. SOMETHING WAS EATING AT ME.
ACTUALLY, I WAS UP FOR A PROMOTION I THOUGHT I DESERVED.
MY BOSS CAME IN AND SAID, HEY, RICK, A prtrp GUY NAMED STAN IS
GOING TO GET THAT PROMOTION YOU’RE HOPING FOR. I HOPE
YOU’RE OKAY WITH THAT. I WAS FRUSTRATED.
I DIDN’T LIKE IT. I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE LIFE WAS
FAIR, AND I WAS STUCK. IT WAS THEN THAT I REALIZED MAYBE I
SHOULD TRY THIS BARBECUE THING THAT I HAD BEEN THINKING ABOUT.
MAYBE I SHOULD TRY THAT AND MAYBE I SHOULD FOLLOW THAT DREAM
BECAUSE SOMETHING CONTINUED TO EAT AT ME. BY NOT GETTING THAT
PROMOTION, IT KIND OF GAVE ME THAT KNOWLEDGE TO DO THAT. SO I
DID. WHAT WAS INTERESTING ABOUT IT
WAS I HAD A LOT OF WELL-MEANING FRIENDS AGAIN TO TRY TO GIVE ME
ADVICE AND TRY TO TALK ME OUT OF IT.
THANK GOODNESS BONNIE BELIEVED IN ME, AND WE GAVE IT tvxv A
SHOT. THEY WOULD SAY, WHY WOULD YOU GIVE UP ALL THOSE BENEFITS
AND DO ALL OF THAT TO START A BARBECUE JOINT? I WANTED TO DO
THAT. I WAS SCARED. I WAS VERY
SCARED. WE DOUBLE MORTGAGED OUR HOUSE
AND PUT OUR LIFE SAVINGS ON THE p THE LINE, AMONGST EVERYTHING
ELSE WE r HAD TO START A BARBECUE JOINT. IF WE FAILED,
WE WOULD START OVER AT 36. BUT IT WAS A PASSION I HAD. SO
I GAVE IT A SHOT. WE WANTED TO START A A VIRTUOUS
COMPANY. BARBECUE IS A PRETTY SIMPLE
THING, RIGHT? WE’RE NOT OUT CURING CANCER.
WE’RE NOT OUT TRYING TO BUILD A ROCKET SHIP, BUT WHAT WE WANTED
TO DO IS IF YOU’RE SUFFERING FROM CANCER, MAYBE YOU CAN COME
IN AND EXPERIENCE OUR RESTAURANT AND HAVE p A BETTER DAY. OR IF
YOU’RE AN EMPLOYEE AT CITY — CITY
BARBEQUE, tvrp MAYBE IT WILL BE A GREAT JOB. OUR PURPOSE IS
PURPOSE IS SIMPLY TO SERVE AND CREATE HAPPINESS. IT WASN’T
EASY. WE LIVED PAYROLL TO PAYROLL FOR A LOT OF YEARS.
HOWEVER, TODAY, WE HAVEVE 1,472 EMPLOYEES rWITH, I HOPE, A
BETTER LIFE BECAUSE OF A SINGLE IDEA.
SO WHAT ARE THE TAKEAWAYS FROM THAT? WELL, FIRST OF ALL,
GRADUATES, LIFE IS NOT FAIR. AND THAT IS A GOOD THING. BY
THE WAY, THANK YOU, STAN. rIF I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THAT
PROMOTION THAT I THOUGHT I SO DESERVED, CITY BARBEQUE WOULD
NOT EXIST TODAY. SO IT IS A WINDING ROAD.
LIFE IS NOT FAIR, AND THAT IS A GOOD THING.
THE SECOND IS THAT NOT EVERYONE WILL LOVE YOU. NOT EVERYONE
WILL BELIEVE IN YOU. THE MORE YOU DO, THE MORE
CRITICS YOU CAN HAVE. THERE’S PROBABLY FOLKS RIGHT NOW
THAT HATE THIS SPEECH, BUT YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND
SIMPLY BE WHO YOU ARE. AND THE LAST IS SO IMPORTANT.
BET ON YOURSELF. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT THAT BET IS. IT’S IN YOUR
HEART. FOLLOW IT. BECAUSE ADVICE FROM OTHERS IS
JUST SIMPLY THAT. IT’S ADVICE. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR
HEART. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ONE THING
VERY QUICKLY BEFORE THEY PLAY THE MUSIC ONN ME. I DON’T KNOW
WHETHER YOU’RE MILLENNIALS OR GEN Z OR GEN X.
PERSONALLY, I THINK THAT’S HOW CONSULTANTS MAKE A LOT OF MONEY,
BY IDENTIFYING YOU. ALL I KNOW IS YOU’RE WEIRD.
YOU’RE DIFFERENT. YOU HAVE STRANGE IDEAS. DO YOU
KNOW WHY? BECAUSE YOU’RE 30 YEARS YOUNGER THAN I AM.
WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, I WAS WEIRD, DIFFERENT. AND I HAD
STRANGE IDEAS. WHEN YOU’RE PARENTS, GUESS WHAT.
YOUR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE WEIRD, DIFFERENT, AND THEY’RE GOING TO
HAVE STRANGE IDEAS. THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL THING, BUT I
WILL TELL YOU WE’RE IN VERY, VERY GOOD HANDS.
I’M CONFIDENT OF THAT. WHEN I LOOK AT THE TEAMMATES IN OUR
COMPANY, CITY BARBEQUE, AND I LOOK AT YOU, I KNOW p WE’RE IN
VERY GOOD HANDS. THERE’S COMPANIES OUT THERE THAT ARE ALL
STARTED AND LED TODAY BY MEN AND WOMEN UNDER 30 YEARSS OF AGE.
SO LITERALLY, THE FUTURE IS WHAT WE CREATE. SO I WANT YOU TO
FIND WHAT YOU LOVE. DON’T QUIT UNTIL YOU FIND IT. AND USE YOUR
GIFTS. WHEN YOU DO, YOU WILL BE DOING
prprpt SOMETHING MEANINGFULUL BECAUSE pr FAILURE IS NOT GIVING
UP ON YOUR DREAMS. S. SIMPLY DO THIS FOR ME. GO HOME, TAP THE
KEG, AND THEN GO FEED THE WORLD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]
THANK YOU, RICK. CLAUDIA HISSONG, A GRADUATING
SENIOR FROM GREENCASTLE, PENNSYLVANIA, HAS BEEN SELECTED
TO DELIVER THE GRADUATE ADDRESS. CLAUDIA WILL GRADUATE WITH A
MAJOR IN [ APPLAUSE ]
THANK YOU, RICK. CLAUDIA HISSONG, A GRADUATING
SENIOR FROM AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND A SECONDARY MAJOR
IN GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP.
DURING HER TIME AT K-STATE, SHE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AMBASSADORS, STUDENT FELLOW FOR
THE CENTER FOR RISK MANAGEMENT EDUCATION AND RESEARCH, AND
ACTIVE MEMBER OF BLOCK AND BRIDLE.
CLAUDIA ALSO COMPLETED TWO UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROJECTS
COMBINING HER INTERESTS IN ECONOMICS AND THE LIVESTOCK
INDUSTRY, AND PARTICIPATED IN A FOOD SCIENCE STUDY ABROAD TOUR
OF ITALY. SHE WAS SELECTED AS THE
2018-2019 COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE STUDENT OF THE YEAR.
CLAUDIA COMPLETED INTERNSHIPS WITH CARGILL FEED AND NUTRITION
AND THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS.
SHE ALSO SERVED AS A LEARNING ASSISTANT FOR THE LEADERSHIP FOR
AGRICULTURAL ADVOCACY COURSE THROUGH K-STATE FIRST.
NEXT, CLAUDIA WILL BE ATTENDING GRADUATE SCHOOL AT KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING CLAUDIA HISSONG TO THE PODIUM
FOR THE GRADUATE ADDRESS. [ APPLAUSE ] GOOD AFTERNOON FELLOW GRADUATES,
TODAY IS A PIVOTAL DAY IN OUR LIVES.
A DAY WE RECOGNIZE ALL WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED DURING OUR TIME AS
STUDENTS HERE. A DAY WE EMBARK ON A FUTURE THAT
WILL BE FILLED WITH SURPRISES AND CHALLENGES, BUT EXCITING,
NONE THE LESS. WE ARE AT A CROSSROADS IN OUR
LIVES WHERE OUR HARD WORK, PARALLELED WITH THE DEDICATION
OF FACULTY AND STAFF OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY MEETS THE
OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE BEEN YEARNING FOR.
AS WE GO INTO OUR FUTURES, LET US REMEMBER WHERE WE CAME FROM,
REFLECT ON ALL WE ENDURED, AND PREPARE FOR WHATEVER LIFE HOLDS
BEFORE US. TODAY, WE HAVE EARNED THE
ABILITY TO PROUDLY SAY, モI AM AN ALUMNUS OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY,ヤ IF WE FLASH
BACK TO OUR FIRST SEMESTER AS STUDENTS, THIS DAY SEEMED A
LIFETIME AWAY. WE WERE MORE FOCUSED ON LEARNING
TO NAVIGATE CAMPUS, DEVELOPING FRIENDSHIPS WITH THOSE IN OUR
CLASSES, AND ANXIOUSLY ATTENDING THE WATERMELON FEED IN SEARCH OF
AN ORGANIZATION TO INVEST OUR TIME.
THE FIRST SEMESTER QUICKLY TURNED INTO OUR FINAL SEMESTER,
WHERE OUR FOCUS SHIFTED TOWARDS NAVIGATING LIFE AFTER COLLEGE,
PREPARING FOR OUR FINAL PRESENTATION AS UNDERGRADUATES,
AND THE SAD REALIZATION THAT THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME LIVING
IN THE SAME TOWN AS OUR CLOSEST FRIENDS.
AS ALUMNI OF THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AT KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY WE JOIN A COMMUNITY OF FORWARD THINKERS AND
ACHIEVERS WHO ARE BONDED OVER A LOVE OF PURPLE.
WE ARE ALUMNI OF THE FIRST LAND GRANT INSTITUTION, FOUNDED IN
1863. FOUNDED DURING A TIME OF TURMOIL
IN THE MIDST OF THE CIVIL WAR. EVEN THROUGH DARK TIMES, THE
PEOPLE OF KANSAS AND KANSAS STATE TRIUMPHED TOWARDS A BETTER
FUTURE. MAY WE EMBODY THE RESILIENCE OF
OUR UNIVERSITY AND REFLECT ON ALL THE GREAT ACCOLADES THAT
WERE MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH A COMMITMENT TO THE LAND GRANT
MISSION. AS STUDENTS, WE LIVED THE
MISSION OUR OF UNIVERSITY AND THE WILDCAT WAY EVERYDAY THROUGH
SHARING OUR K-STATE STORY TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS, BEING
SOMEONE A FELLOW K-STATER COULD COUNT ON IN A TIME OF NEED, AND
PUSHING OURSELVES TO THINK DEEPER.
WILDCATS, AS WE PREPARE TO LEAVE KANSAS STATE,
CONTINUE TO LIVE THE WILDCAT WAY EVERY DAY.
KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A FAMILY WITHIN KANSAS STATE.
BE CONFIDENT THAT THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HAVE
YOUR BACK NOW AND FOREVER.
HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE RISKS, RECOVER FROM DEFEAT AND WIN WITH
HUMILITY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, REMEMBER WHY
WE CHOSE TO BE WILDCATS, AND ALWAYS CHOOSE TO BE PURPLE AND
ALL THAT IT REPRESENTS.
K-STATE HAS A POWERFUL TRADITION OF LIVING THE WILDCAT WAY, AND
NOW IT IS OUR TURN TO UPHOLD THAT TRADITION. IN OUR FUTURES, WE WILL FACE
DIFFICULTIES, BUT MAY WE LOOK AT THESE CHALLENGES AND FEEL
ENSURED THAT WE CAN HANDLE THEM, BECAUSE WE ARE WILDCATS.
WE’VE BEEN TAUGHT BY EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELD, WE’VE CONDUCTED OUR
OWN RESEARCH PROJECTS, WE’VE TRAVELED TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO
SEE AGRICULTURE IN A NEW LIGHT, WE’VE COMPETED ON NATIONALLY
RANKED JUDGING TEAMS, AND WE’VE BEEN LEADERS ON CAMPUS THROUGH
ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTS OF SERVICE.
OUR EXPERIENCES HAVE PREPARED US FOR A PATH OF SUCCESS, THAT NO
DIFFICULTY CAN DETER US FROM. AS WE REFLECT ON OUR TIME AT
K-STATE, THINK ABOUT ALL THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE ALREADY OVERCOME.
TESTS, THAT WE THOUGHT WERE TOO DIFFICULT, WE PASSED.
PAPERS, THAT WE DIDN’T THINK WE COULD GET TO THE NECESSARY
LENGTH, ARE WRITTEN, AND THE WORRY OF FINDING YOUR PLACE IN A
LARGE UNIVERSITY IS DIMINISHED AS YOU SIT HERE WITH OVER 400
FELLOW GRADUATES THAT HAVE TURNED INTO FAMILY.
THOSE CHALLENGES WE ONCE WORRIED ABOUT SEEM SO MINUSCULE AS WE
SIT HERE TODAY, BASKING IN THE GLORY OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS.
IT’S NOW OUR TIME TO EMBARK ON AN ADVENTURE THAT WILL LAST THE
REST OF OUR LIVES, AND WE ARE THE ONE LEADING THAT ADVENTURE.
EACH DAY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL MY PRINCIPAL WOULD SAY, モMAKE IT A
GREAT DAY OR NOT, THAT CHOICE BELONGS TO YOU.ヤ
FELLOW GRADUATES, IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT TODAY IS A GREAT
DAY, BUT I’M GOING TO CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE IT A GREAT LIFE.
MAKE IT A LIFE FULL OF LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE SHARING, FRIENDSHIPS,
AND A GROWING PASSION FOR THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY.
ALTHOUGH, THAT CHOICE BELONGS TO YOU, TAKE ALL THAT YOU HAVE
GAINED FROM BEING A STUDENT IN THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND
MAKE THE MOST OF IT. CLASS OF 2019, CONGRATULATIONS
ON ALL YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED AND ALL YOU WILL ACHIEVE IN YOUR
FUTURE. GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL, GOD BLESS,
AND AS ALWAYS, GO CEREMONY, WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE
AMY BUTTON-RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION, BRING SPECIAL GREETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE CATS!
THANK YOU, CLAUDIA. K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
THANK K YOU, DR. BOGGS. I’M PLEASED TO BE PART
OF YOUR SPECIALCIAL IAL DAY.
TODAY, AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE, WE’RE EXCITED TO
CELEBRATE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
WE’RE ALSO HERE TO WELCOME YOU INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP r WITH
YOUR ALMA MATER AS YOU BEGIN THIS NEW CHAPTER AS A K-STATE
GRADUATE. THE MISSION AT THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION IS TOTO THE DEGREE ENCOURAGE LIFE LONG INVOLVEMENT.
I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THE THREE CORE VALUES THAT GUIDE US IN OUR
MISSION TO HELP YOU STAY CONNECTED WITH p K-STATE. YOU
CAN STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH HUNDREDS OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES
HELD ON CAMPUS, AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND INTERNATIONALLY.
ANOTHER VALUE IS TRADITION. YOU WILL LIKELY CELEBRATE A FEW
TRADITION THIS IS WEEKEND AS YOU SING THE ALMA MATER OR p TAKE
KSU PHOTOS ON YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS ON CAMPUS. YOU MAY HAVE
FOND MEMORIES OF DOING THE WABASH OR RUBBING THE NOSE AT
THE STAT YOU AT THE ALUMNI CENTER FOR GOOD LUCK ON A TEST
OR ENSURE A VICTORY. WE HOPE YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT THE
ALUMNI rptrpCENTER TOTO SEE ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS KEPT THERE.
A STAINED GLASS PIECE DESIGNED BY pMARCUS GILBERT THAT PAYS
TRIBUTE TO OUR STATE AND THE K-STATE CAMPUS.
THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS PURPLE. FOR K-STATERS, IT’S MORE THAN A
COLOR. IT’S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE AND
FAMILY. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE SPORTING A
K-STATE LICENSE PLATE OR WEARING A RING, YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THAT FAMILY. WE’RE COMPLIMENTING YOU
WITH A ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP. WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE MEMBERSHIP
AND CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER AFTER YOUR FIRST YEAR.
OUR ALUMNI IS SOME OF THE MOST LOYAL.
WE RANK TOP FIVE IN THE NATION AND IN THE BIG 12 FOR GRADUATES
THAT ARE MEMBERS. THOSE MEMBERS HAVE THE SHAME PASSION FOR
K-STATE AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE FROM ONE OF THE FINEST
UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION. THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ISr IS PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU
WITH A WAY TO STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR K-STATE FAMILY.
CONGRATULATIONS 2019 GRADUATES, AND GO CATS.
THANK YOU, AMY. ALL RIGHT. WE’RE GETTING DOWN
TO IT, GRADUATES.
WE HAVE A FEW ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE DEGREE
CEREMONY. THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE IS
PLEASED TO PROVIDE A COMPLEMENTARY 5″ X 7″
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUR GRADUATION.
ONE PHOTO WILL BE TAKEN ON STAGE, AND A SECOND PHOTO WILL
BE TAKEN BY THE BACKDROP AT THE REAR OF THE SEATING AREA.
PLEASE PAUSE AND TURN TOWARD THE CAMERA TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE
READY FOR YOUR PHOTOS. FAMILY MEMBERS, IF YOU WANT TO
TAKE PICTURES, YOU MAY DO SO FROM BEHIND THE ROPED AREA
AROUND THE EDGE OF THE FLOOR SEATING.
PLEASE REFER TO YOUR COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM ON PAGES
55-58 FOR THE ORDER IN WHICH THE GRADUATES WILL BE RECOGNIZED.
GRADUATES MAJORING IN AGRIBUSINESS THROUGH WILDLIFE
AND OUTDOOR ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ARE SEATED ON THE
WEST SIDE AND WILL CROSS THE STAGE FROM WEST TO EAST.
THE REMAINING GRADUATES ARE SEATED ON THE EAST SIDE AND WILL
CROSS THE STAGE FROM EAST TO WEST.
PLEASE PREPARE FOR YOUR PHOTO JUST BEFORE YOUR GRADUATE
APPROACHES THE STAGE, AND THEN RETURN TO YOUR SEAT SO OTHERS
CAN ACCESS THE AREA. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE DR. ERNIE MINTON, INTERIM DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF
AGRICULTURE AND INTERIM DIRECTOR OF K-STATE RESEARCH AND
EXTENSION AND INVITE HIM TO THE PODIUM FOR THE CONFERRAL OF
DEGREES. pINTERIM DEAN MINTON WOULD ALL GRADUATES NOW PLEASE
RISE FOR THE CONFERRAL OF DEGREES? BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE
OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, AND UPON
RECOMMENDATION BY THE FACULTY AND UPON COMPLETION OF ALL
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER UPON YOU THE
RESPECTIVE DEGREES YOU HAVE EARNED AT KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY. GRADUATES, PLEASE MOVE YOUR
TASSELS TO THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR MORTAR BOARD.
[ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. PLEASE BE THANK SEATED.
AT THIS TIME, COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION WILL PREPARE FOR
THE DIPLOMA COVER PRESENTATION. THE DEPARTMENT HEADS WILL
PRESENT DIPLOMA COVERS TO EACH GRADUATE AS THEY CROSS THE
STAGE. I ALSO INVITE K-STATE PRESIDENT
RICHARD MYERS AND PROVOST CHARLES TABER TO JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING THE GRADUATES AS THEY CROSS THE STAGE.
THANK YOU, INTERIM DEAN STAGE.
THANK YOU, INTERIM EAN MINTON.
WE WILL PROCEED IN ORDER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR FACULTY
MARSHALS MARSHALS.
IT IS NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT
OF AGRICULTURE OF ECONOMICS WHO WILL PRESENT DIPLOMA COVERS TO
THE GRADUATESt GRADUATES.
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[ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ] WE WILL NOW PRESENT THOSE
GRANTING WITH IN EDUCATION. [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ] NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE
THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING.
[ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ] [ READING OF [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
[ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ] GRADUATING IN PARK MANAGEMENT
AND GRADUATES’ NAMES ] WECONSERVATION. [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ] [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
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[ READING OF NOW PRESENT TO PRESENT TO THOSE GRADUATING WITH
OUTDOOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
WE [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
[ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ] WE WILL NOW PAUSE TO CHANGE
SIDES AND INTRODUCE THE REMAINING GRADUATES, STARTING
WITH THE GRADUATES t INr IN ANIMALS AND SCIENCE AND
INDUSTRY. IT IS NOW MY PRIVILEGE TO
INTRODUCE THE INTERIM HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE
AND INDUSTRY WHO WILL PRESENT TO GRADUATES RECEIVING DEGREES WITH
MAJORS IN SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY AND VETERINARIAN tpt MEDICINE. [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
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[ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ] WE’LL NOW PRESENT TO THOSE
GRADUATING IN SEA SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT. [ READING OF GRADUATES’ NAMES ]
rDR. BOGGS, THAT CONCLUDES OUR DIPLOMA PRESENTATION.
[ APPLAUSE ] HOW ABOUT A ROUND OF APPLAUSE
FOR ALL OF OUR GRADUATES? [ APPLAUSE ]
JUST A FEW FINAL THOUGHTS. FIRST, COMMENCEMENT DOES NOT
MEAN THE END. IT’S ABOUT THE BEGINNING.
BEGINNING OF NEW CAREERSCAREERS FOR SOME OF YOU
ANDtYOU AND NEW FAMILIESr FAMILIES FOR OTHERS.
YOU CAN BE PROUD TO BE A GRADUATE OF KANSAS STATE, THE
FIRST LAND-GRAND UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION.
BUT WE DO HAVE A FEW EXPECTATIONS OF YOU AS A K-STATE
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE ALUM. FIRST, WE EXPECT YOU TO
CAPITALIZE ON YOUR EDUCATION AND THE TRAINING YOU HAVE RECEIVED
TO MAKE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS IN YOUR CAREERS AND TO YOUR
PROFESSIONS, AS WELL AS TO CONTINUE YOUR PROFESSIONAL
DEVELOPMENT AS A LIFELONG LEARNER.
SECONDLY, WE EXPECT YOU TO BUILD UPON THE OUTSTANDING RECORD OF
CITIZENSHIP, PHILANTHROPY AND SERVICE THAT YOU HAVE
ESTABLISHED AT K-STATE BY BECOMING OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF
THE COMMUNITIES TO WHICH YOU RELOCATE, TO START YOUR CAREERS
OR CONTINUE YOUR SCHOOLING. GET INVOLVED AND BE ENGAGED IN
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, THEY NEED YOUR TALENTS AND LEADERSHIP
SKILLS. FINALLY, WHAT TRULY MAKES THE
K-STATE COLLEGE OF AG GREAT IS THE INVOLVEMENT AND EXPECTATIONS
OF OUR ALUMNI. THUS, WE EXPECT YOU TO KEEP
BLEEDING PURPLE, TO STAY INVOLVED WITH K-STATE AND TO
CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE US TO BE THE BEST WE CAN BE.
I AM CONFIDENT THAT I SPEAK FOR ALL OF OUR FACULTY,
STAFF AND ADMINISTRATORS WHEN I SAY THAT IT HAS TRULY BEEN OUR
PRIVILEGE TO CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR EDUCATION AND BE A PART OF YOUR
LIVES THESE LAST FEW YEARS. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU AND WE
WISH YOU THE VERY BEST.
AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS SPECIAL
OCCASION FOR OUR GRADUATES. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE REMAIN
SEATED FOR THE FORMAL RECESSIONAL.
THE GRADUATES WILL FOLLOW THE STAGE PARTY TO THE REAR OF THE
FLOOR SEATING AND UP THE FAR OUR GRADUATES.
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS SPECIAL
OCCASION FOR OUR GRADUATES. WE ASK THAT YOU NORTH STAIRS TO
THE CONCOURSE AREA. WE ASK THAT FAMILIES THEN EXIT
IMMEDIATELY BEHIND YOUR SECTION AND MEET THE GRADUATES ON THE
UPSTAIRS CONCOURSE. THIS WILL HELP US CLEAR THE
FLOOR FOR THE NEXT CEREMONY THAT FOLLOWS.
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN TO OUR MUSICIANS FOR SHARING YOUR
MUSICAL TALENTS AND TO DEAN KLAHR, RICK MALIR, AND CLAUDIA
HISSONG FOR SPEAKING AT OUR CEREMONY TODAY.
AGAIN, MY CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO THE GRADUATES.
FOR OUR ADJOURNMENT, PLEASE RISE AND JOIN IN AS DANIELLE COMSTOCK
AND HANNAH FRY LEADS US IN SINGING THE K-STATE ALMA MATER.
♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ALMA MATER.
♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ WELL, ‘TIS NOT IN FOREST NOR YET IN DELL, EVER IT
HOLDS ME WITH MAGIC SPELL, I THINK OF THEE ALMA MATER.
KSU, WE’LL CARRY THE BANNER HIGH, KSU LONG, LONG MAY THY
COLORS FLY. LOYAL YOU TO THEE THY CHILDREN WILL SWELL THE CRY.
HAIL, HAIL, HAIL ALMA MATER.”
[ APPLAUSE ]

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