Please welcome the commencement platform
party led by the members of the city of Albany pipe band. The University at Albany Grand Marshall
distinguished teaching professor James Acker, members of the University at
Albany faculty led by Professor David McDowell, and 2019 Collins Award
recipient professor Ray Bromley. Marshals professor Mary McCarthy and professor
Sanjay Goel, the University at Albany Deans, the vice presidents and senior
leadership of the University at Albany. 2019 Torch Professor Susanna Fessler. Catherine Reid, director of our Catholic
campus ministry. Richelle Konian class of 1995, president of the UAlbany alumni
association. Members of the University Council, graduate student representative
Tom Robertson, faculty representatives Zena Lawrence, James Jackson, Mark Egan
and chairman Michael Castellana class of 1984 and 1992. University Senate chair
James Collins, this morning’s student speaker and Student Association
president Langie Cadesca, interim provost and senior vice president for
academic affairs Elga Wulfert, today’s commencement speaker chief executive
officer of Hertz Global Holdings Kathryn Marinello class of 1978, New York senior US Senator Charles E. Schumer and the 20th president
of the University at Albany Dr. Havidán Rodríguez. President Rodríguez, I declare that the
175th commencement of the University at Albany, State University of New York is
now in session. Please remain standing or rise if you are able for the singing of
the national anthem which will be led by UAlbany’s Chamber Singers Please remain standing for the
invocation which will be offered by Catherine Reid the director of UAlbany’s
Catholic campus ministry. Spirit of wisdom, we gather today in
gratitude and celebration. We gather to give thanks for all those receiving
degrees today, for the spirit of knowledge, wisdom, and perseverance that
has brought them here. For the spirit of joyful creation that invites them to
embrace the world beyond the walls of this institution. We remember with
gratitude all those who have supported, encouraged, challenged, questioned, and
energized these graduates. Each parent, grandparent, spouse, child, sibling, and
friend, each faculty, staff, and administration member, each mentor and
co-worker. We pray that you will bestow your warmest blessings on each person
who is receiving a degree here today. For those who will pursue further education,
may they have not only the knowledge they will need in their chosen fields,
but also the wisdom to apply that knowledge to life as it really is. For
those who will be going directly into the workforce may they have a spirit of
generosity and compassion and may they find joy in their work and be a blessing
to all the those they encounter. As we gather to celebrate those receiving
higher academic degrees, let us not forget that only a tiny fraction of the
inhabitants of this crowded global community of ours hold such degrees.
Therefore we pray that we will use these degrees, the doors they open, and the
knowledge they represent for the good of our communities and of all humanity. Amen. Please be seated. I now have the great pleasure of
introducing to you the 20th president of the University at Albany Dr. Havidén
Rodríguez. Good morning everybody! Muy buenos días! M embers of the University
Council, honored guests, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends, and certainly
our beloved candidates for graduation today it is my honor to welcome you to
the 175th commencement of UAlbany the University at Albany! This
ceremony is always a very special one, and that is even more the case today
as we celebrate the one hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of the
University at Albany’s founding. On May 7th 1844 the state legislature voted to
create the New York State Normal School and the rest as they say it’s history. A
hundred and seventy-five years worth. And we’ve come a long way in a hundred and
seventy-five years to become a major public research university with nearly
18,000 students, 1,200 faculty members and a 180,000 alumni
across the globe. But what has not changed across the generations is our
commitment to excellence and you are all direct evidence of that commitment. Today
marks the end of the very important chapter in your life and the beginning
of the next. Your education at UAlbany has created tremendous opportunities and
no matter where the next chapter leads you, you have opportunities to
think, dream, and dream big and act across cultural and natural boundaries beyond
the moment, beyond what you once thought was possible and this is
critical because our communities and workplaces will look to you for
solutions to their most urgent problems. To move forward we need you to be
leaders in all areas of life, we need you to be mentors and role models, we need
you to think globally and act locally, we need you to be good friends and good
neighbors and good community builders. I can tell you from my personal
experience you will be amazed at what you will be able to achieve. And I am so
inspired is that because UAlbany is truly an
engine of opportunity creating access and mobility for our communities
including first-generation students. In fact 31% of our undergraduates will be
the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. You may have noticed
some purple and gold number one stickers on some of our graduate’s caps. These are
to identify our first-generation students and now I would like to ask all
our first-generation graduates to please rise and be recognized Congratulations to each and every one of
you. And no matter what the future holds for you let me tell you something I hope
you will remember throughout your lives. Never ever be afraid to take chances and
make those difficult decisions and whatever setbacks you encounter don’t
ever ever give up. As the great Nelson Mandela once said, “Do not judge me by my
successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Once
again, thank you for being at the University at Albany and thank you for
helping UAlbany reach our vision which is to be the nation’s leading
diverse public research university, providing the leaders, knowledge, and
innovations to create a better world. We know what you have to offer, thank you so
very much for being here and never ever forget that you are the Great Danes! As you may have noticed we have a very
special guest with us on stage this morning and it’s my honor to welcome New
York Senior United States Senator Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Congratulations to the class of 2019! You’ve made it! Now first I’d like to
announce my class gift. As you know it’s hard to pay for college. If you’re poor
the federal government helps you out, that’s a good thing. But what about the
middle class? So a few years ago I wrote a law, it’s now on the books, that you or
your parents, whoever paid for college can take a full tax credit of $2,500 a
year off your federal taxes for every year of college provided, in Washington
there’s always a provided, provided your family income is below $200,000 a year.
So if you come from a family that makes below 200,000 make sure you,
or mom or dad takes that tax credit. You know last year about one-quarter of all
the people who are entitled didn’t because it’s new. Now if you forgot to do
it last year or any of the previous years, you can fill a simple form out
from the IRS it’s it’s just a page and get a check back for up to $7,500 in the
mail. Not a bad class gift. Now but we have to go further I’m also working on
legislation that will help you reduce your student debt burden once you get
out of college. My goal, no one should pay more than a small percentage of their
income any year for student debt. It’s long past time our government tackled
the student debt crisis once and for all. Now I have another class gift you know I
come here every year because I want to congratulate you, and I write a nice
speech but you know the weather isn’t cooperating here’s my second class gift. To the class of 2019, congratulations! Thank you again Senator Schumer for your
support of the University at Albany and for being with us today. Thank you
again so very much. And it is now my honor to introduce to you our Provost
Dr. Elga Wulfurt. Please welcome our Provost. Good morning everybody. It is my
honor to introduce you a UAlbany alumna from the class of 1978
who just happens to be the chief executive officer of Hertz Global
Holdings, Mrs. Kathryn Marinello. Since 2017 she has led Hertz,
one of the largest vehicle rental companies in the world, as one of only a
handful of female CEOs in the country. In fact just this week the latest
Fortune 500 list came out and it sets a new record. As of June first, 33 companies
will be led by female CEOs, the highest total ever. And while that number
represents only about 7% of the group as a whole,
it certainly is trending in the right direction isn’t it ladies? Mrs. Marinello’s varied business background
includes experience in automotive and consumer marketing, banking, business
services, technology, and executive management. A former UAlbany
psychology major, like me, she credits her degree with building her lifelong
awareness of people’s perceptions and motivations which has directly impacted
her success. Her experience includes leading companies such as GE, Citi Bank
Barclays, Area Management and Ceridian Corporation and participating on boards
of directors for companies such as General Motors, and Volvo. An auto
aficionado and mother of three, I personally look forward to hearing from
Kathryn and how she might even share with us her ultimate choice in cars. And
now Kathryn Marinello from the class of 1978. By the way that is my roommate
that I first met at state quad when I first came to the school. Yeah you go
girl! And a couple of my fellow employees and friends from GE and currently from
Hertz. Boy, that’s a tough thing do I need to rip up my speech? I know
don’t clap, give me a break here. When I got the call and was asked to consider
doing this commencement speech I have to be honest with you it was pretty amazing.
And I thought to myself, wait a second I graduated SUNY Albany pretty ordinary
student with a psychology degree. I worked washing dishes at State Quad. I
was a waitress at Red Lobster and I was checking people in at night at the Turf
Inn to pay for my school. So why am I here, why am I being asked? Well you
know as you heard I am in a rare group of people. I’m one of 30 women running a
Fortune 500, ten billion dollar company. Yeah! And so I thought it was really
important to come today for you to understand that I was just one of you
guys sitting out there never did I have a clue that I would
have this success. And there there’s not a real mystery to it, I don’t think about
it every day. I get up at about 6:00 in the morning walk my dogs go to work and
get the job done. But I’m here and I was just a normal kid in this audience not
too long ago I’d like to say. I didn’t have a spectacular academic career. I got
a degree in psychology, and my plan was to go out and save the world. I wanted to
make a difference, I was really focused on wanting to help underprivileged kids.
Wanting to make an impact and I tried and for a couple of years I was a foster
care social worker for the Brooklyn Diocese of Catholic Charities. And I
worked probably a hundred hours a week, I will tell you it was the hardest job I
ever had. It was beaten and abused kids, it was
horrific, and ultimately I burnt out and you could call that a failure but I did
give it it by all for a few years. I went the full nine yards and I finally said
I’ve got to find a different way. And so I left social work, but I had to get a
job and I had to pay the bills. And so what were my competencies to fall back
on? I took a ton of statistics here as a part of my psychology degree and I was
good at numbers so I talked my way into a accounting job a cost accounting job
and I worked at a metal desk in the middle of the
manufacturing floor basically counting numbers adding things up weighing things.
It was an unbelievably boring job. But it did pay the bills and I did learn how
companies make money. But part of what has gotten me through the years is
figuring out how to have fun. And through this boring job we would
listen to the radio, we’d play tunes and whoever would figure out the name of the
tune first got points. The one with the most points got free beers that night
when we all went out to drink beers. Right? So it is about having fun and
figuring out how to make the best of a tough situation. So ultimately I did
realize I’ve got to do something different this is not gonna make it for
me long-term and I went back to school. I worked full-time and I went to school full
time at night and I got my MBA and so ultimately again I ended up here, being
asked here, because I ran a Fortune 500 ten billion dollar company managing a
million cars and forty thousand people around the world. That is friggin awesome
guys. Right? And I love it! Right? And so I think not just for the women, here but
for all you guys here, you know it’s an amazing journey but anybody here in this
audience can have your own amazing end and have that awesome job. And so, you
know, I didn’t have a clue back then I was afraid, I had no idea what I was
gonna do, but I got it done. So a little bit of advice and I think I want to
start first and foremost with, what you do when you’re successful. And I think no
matter where you go and what you do you have to continue to serve others. And all
along the way what has motivated me and made me the leader that I am is my
passion for making things better for people, people I work with, people who I
have served in the community, and people need a little extra help. And my faith
has been an incredible driver behind this it sustained and reinforced the
responsibility I feel to share the gifts that I’ve been given
with the rest of the world and do good in the world. To that end I have, because
of my success, had the means to do good. I provide homes for foster children and
support that work, I provide mentoring opportunities and I built a community
center in my neighborhood that helps to train and helps kids with school skills
and kids who aren’t going to graduate high school basically get them their
credits and get them through the school. And I continue my passion to help
underserved minority youth. At Hertz we’ve established a scholarship
foundation to help kids through college and find their way. So as from a business
perspective, I’m a servant leader. I have a very simple plan for success. If I take
care of my employees they take care of the customers the customers come back
because they love the service and the people that they meet and in the end we
make more money, we’re investing back in the company, and we can create careers
for the people working for us. And when you give people a career, they’re proud,
they give back to their community, they do service, and right now I feel like
we’re creating 40,000 people that go out into their community and do good. So now
for some practical advice and if you talk to my kids they they love to hear
me give practical advice. No. And parents out there, there’s good news, they will
eventually see the wisdom. And to that end, I have three sons and right now,
they’re all working so that’s also good news for you guys but for the most part
they did listen and it will come full circle. There will things parents there
and professors there will be things you share with these students that they do
find in their jobs and apply in their jobs in their lives that make a
difference. So 7 tips that I share with my sons and I’ll share with you. When
you’re going into a job, be all in and go in there to make
and impact. Look around and ask yourself what needs to get done that’s not
getting done and then don’t overthink it just get it done. Be the first in to work
and always show up. Stay relevant, do the extra time and put in the extra effort
to continuously upgrade your skills. Be committed, if you don’t love your job,
quit and get one you love. And then finally, work hard, raise your hand step
up, take the hard job that others shy away from, because of the difficulty or
risk and hit it out of the park through hard work and tenacity. You’ll grow from
it and I guarantee you’ll be recognized. So for the parents who love these
graduates and were supportive all along the way, I will tell you again my kids
are all gainfully employed it’s a beautiful thing and yours will be to. And
believe it or not they now ask me for advice unsolicited. Very few people, though, obtain success by simply being in the right place at the
right time or winning with a single project or transaction. Shortcuts really
don’t pay off but the simple formula of hard work tenacity and doing what you
love will make a very ordinary person like me end up with extraordinary
success and happiness in life. And that leads me to my final piece of advice. You
have to work at happiness. It is hard work, it doesn’t just happen.You make
your own happy. It’s work, but it’s the best kind of work. And when I’m having a
bad day and I feel like I didn’t do a great job, I go home and I tell myself
tomorrow double-up make twice the impact and I go in I hit it out of the park. And
the success I have that day overrides any kind of sense of sadness or feeling
of failure. And then guess what, here’s another great hint. If I’m tired, pissed
off, overworked, I do something to treat myself and if it’s
been really hard, it’s really expensive and really fun. And if it’s just a bad
day, I maybe will call my old roommate up here, get her to tell me a joke or laugh,
and get out of the funk. But I refuse to be unhappy for more than a day, and I do
think that’s made a huge difference in my life. And never forget you can be
happy. You can make your own happy. So with this, everybody, I know you’re saying
is unleash your own greatness, you may not believe it or understand it yet but
I would have never thought sitting in the this chair that I would have been
able to unleash the greatness that I’ve gotten in my life and the achievement. So
go out there guys, kill it and prove them you can be great and extraordinary! God
bless you have fun today! Thank you Kathryn and good morning everyone.
I’m Mike Christakis class of 2001 and 2005. Yes thank you! And vice president for
student affairs. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know so many of you over
the past few years and based on my interactions I can assure you that this
graduating class is a special group of individuals who are truly committed to
UAlbany and its ideals. A perfect example of that commitment is this
year’s class gift, a way for students, parents, and friends to give back to UAlbany. The class gift also serves as a living tribute to great memories and
outstanding education and a bright future. Selected by UAlbany’s student
philanthropy council, this year’s class gift is in support of UAlbany’s
student emergency fund. A program designed to help those experiencing
unforeseen financial hardship or emergency with the goal of keeping more
students on track toward graduation. I am so proud to announce that over 500
students, parents, faculty, and staff pledged over nineteen thousand dollars
for the student emergency fund. Thank you. It is now my
distinct pleasure to introduce our student speaker Langie Cadesca.
Hang on, I’ve got more I’ve got more! Langie is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts
degree with honors in criminal justice in recognition of her academic
achievements she recently received a SUNY Chancellor’s award for student
excellence and the university’s President’s Award as an outstanding
senior. Though many of you recognize her as the outgoing president of the Student
Association or as a purple and gold ambassador. It is because of her academic
achievements that she was able to apply, and earn the chance to be your student
speaker this morning. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome one of the
greats, Langie Cadesca. Good afternoon everyone! Wait we’re
graduating today I didn’t hear anything! Good afternoon everyone! Greetings
president Rodríguez, Provost Wulfurt, distinguished faculty, staff, families and
my fellow graduates. I approach this day and the amazing opportunity to offer
remarks with humility, excitement, and if I’m to be completely honest a little bit
nervous. First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge my ancestry for laying
down a foundation for me. Especially to my mom who always stood by me. As I was
reflecting on what to offer this wonderful assemblage of family members
who have invested many prayers, affirming thoughts, words of encouragement, and more.
Administrators and faculty who lend their time and creativity to make UAlbany the institution that it is, and graduating seniors who have worked hard,
overcome obstacles, written papers perform research, and last but not least,
met the requirements for graduation, I was flooded with emotions and thoughts
around my journey from New York City public school system to this dais. I
imagine that like many of you, I gained invaluable perspective and insight on a
life throughout my four years here at UAlbany.
Inside the classroom I challenged myself to learn new perspectives and challenged
the status quo. Some of my greatest academic experiences include studying
abroad in India where I learned that different cultures have many
similarities, joining the student association, which allowed me to advocate on
behalf of thousands of students, becoming a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Incorporated where I learned how being a sister to those in and outside of the
organization build lifelong relationships, and even the simplest
things such as hanging out in the Campus Center, podiating instead of going to
class when it’s warm out, all of these experiences have a lit of fire at me
that could have only been developed at UAlbany. Yet today I’d also like to share
some lessons that I learned outside of the classroom. Service to others is not
only a gift to the community but a gift to one’s self as well. Through service it’s
become clear and cognizant that our global community becomes its best when
we are sensitive to the needs of others and make the pivots from, someone should
do something, to what can I do to make a difference in the life of others. It
really is okay to enter a situation without having the answers to every
question. It takes courage and conviction to admit that we are still works in
progress and some understand that there are safe havens where we can ask
questions, seek guidance, lean on others, and make mistakes. I have experienced
growth and development so much that if I were to be able to embark on the journey
of your lives I would give the following advice. Be confident. There will be no
shortage of people to question you, second-guess you, or discourage you from
taking risk. Even if you’re unsure of the outcome, by appreciating that there are
no guarantees in life, it is important to survey
the landscape, consider your options and move forward with confidence and
optimism. Choose to surround yourself with people who are willing to encourage
you and tell you what you need to hear even if you may not want to hear it. Life
is a team sport not an individual undertaking.
I think the song says it pretty well, lean on me when you’re not strong, I’ll
be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. It’s easy and tempting to try to go it
alone, but the best and most effective teams practice interdependence. In Haiti
our motto is L’Union fait la force, in unity there is strength. By surrounding oneself
with good teammates you learn to exploit your strengths and enhance the positive
attributes of your teammates. Last but not least, as I recall my experiences. The
most important message of all is don’t doubt your message because there is
power in your purpose and there is power in your platform. UAlbany graduates go
forth and make your mark on the world because of this is our time! Thank you,
and congratulations to the class of 2019! Thank You Langie, that was awesome. Now
please welcome Richelle Konian, class of 1995 and president of the UAlbany
Alumni Association. Richelle. As president of the Alumni Association it is my honor
to join you on your special day. On behalf of over a hundred and eighty
thousand alumni of this great institution, It is my pleasure to welcome
you into the University at Albany Alumni Association. I have been where you are
today so I know the joy and perhaps even a
little the trepidation you may be feeling as you face the future. Remember
this: the Alumni Association is here to help. We’ve been serving our UAlbany
graduates since our creation almost a hundred and seventy five years ago. Whether through our graduates of the
last decade, our gold alumni events, regional activities, Great Dane pregame
events and viewing parties, career advisory
services, or interacting with our social media accounts, the Alumni Association
can help you stay connected with friends and classmates while offering a vast
alumni network for career opportunities and more. Our goal is the same as yours.
For you to live up to your fullest potential and succeed in all your
endeavors. There are currently UAlbany alumni in
all of the 50 states and in a hundred and twenty-nine countries on six
continents. Today you join that remarkable family. Your hard work has
paid off and now you’re an alumnus of the University at Albany. I could not be
prouder to be your Alumni Association president. Congratulations and go Great
Danes! It is now my pleasure to welcome UAlbany’s all-female a cappella
group, Serendipity who have several members graduating
today to sing the alma mater which is printed on page 29 of your program.
Please rise if you are able and join in College of the Empire State, Mother of an army great, Thou the molder of our fate, Thee we sing today. Thine the hand with clasp so strong, Holding tho’ the years be long, Thou the burden of our song, Thee we sing today. Wisdom’s duty heeds thy call, Ever in Minerva’s thrall, Pass the torch from one to all, Guide each destiny. ‘Neath the Purple and the Gold, Let thy history unfold, Sons and daughters, young and old, Hail to Albany. Please be seated.
I’m sure many of you would agree that success is truly a community effort. As
we move along in our ceremony and with the sun finally out and shining, I would
like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our faculty, staff, and
extended UAlbany family for their support and dedication to our graduates.
But now graduates it’s your turn to show your appreciation. You are joined today
by members of your family, parents, children, grandparents, siblings, as well
as members of your extended families and friends. Each of them helped you to reach
this triumphant moment in your lives. Before we move on with the ceremony,
graduates please stand, turn to your families, friends, and faculty, and let
them hear from you how much you appreciate all they have done for you. Please be seated. And now among our
graduates today are those who are graduating with academic honors. The
names of these graduates are signified by an asterisk in your program and the
graduates themselves are wearing honor medallions. I ask those students who are
graduating from our Honors College as well as students graduating cum laude
magna cum laude or summa cum laude to please rise now and receive our
congratulations. And we now move to the recognition of our bachelors candidates
who will receive their baccalaureate degrees under a wide range of academic
majors. The degree candidates will be introduced by interim vice provost for
undergraduate education, Joann Malatesta a proud UAlbany alumna from the
classes of 1999 and 2008. Thank You Provost Wulfurt and good morning all.
Congratulations graduates. We will introduce our degree candidates by
school or college. Are you ready? First will the degree candidates with
majors in the School of Social Welfare please rise and be recognized. Congratulations. Will the degree
candidates with majors in the School of Public Health please rise and be
recognized. Congratulations. Will the degree candidates with majors in the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and policy please rise and be recognized. W ill the degree candidates with majors in the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering please rise. Congratulations. Will the degree
candidates with majors in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences please
rise and be recognized. Will the degree candidates with majors in the College of Emergency Preparedness Homeland Security and cyber security please rise. Will the degree candidates with majors
in the School of Education please rise. Will the degree candidates with majors
in the School of Criminal Justice please rise. Will the degree candidates with
majors in the School of Business please rise. Congratulations. And finally will the degree candidates with majors in the College of Arts and
Sciences please rise. Congratulations to you all and please
remain standing remain standing. I now ask all candidates for the degrees
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science to rise for conferral of the degree. President Rodríguez, these candidates
have completed a program broadly based in the fundamental fields of the Arts
and Sciences with specialized study in the area appropriate to their individual
courses of study. In the name of these faculties I have the honour of
presenting these candidates to you that you may confer upon them the degree,
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science as appropriate. Thank you. Once again, muy
buenos dias. I’m not sure if you noticed something. Despite all the weather
forecasts when Langie Cadesca class of 2019 got up, the skies cleared the sun
came out which is a clear indication that your
future is bright, exciting, and you will forever unleash greatness! And now for
the moment that everyone here, families, and friends, and faculty, and
staff, and especially our graduates have been waiting for. By the virtue of the
authority vested in me by the regents of the state of New York and the trustees
of the State University of New York, I hereby confer upon you the degree of
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science as earned with all the rights all the
privileges and responsibilities pertaining there onto felicidades congratulations everybody A group f optimistic believers answers an
extraordinary call. To better instill knowledge in others. In
order to change the world and in that moment our greatness was born. Our
greatness was born. What started as a school to train
teachers took on a life of its own and grew into so much more. For 175 years
we push forward the boundaries of knowledge and defied limitations. Our
researchers discovered how to summon snow from the sky and mastered the
Earth’s movements. Our faculty paved paths to the bright lights of Broadway and beyond.
Our alumni blazed trails so groundbreaking that the world was forever changed. And
at the center of it all, our students; energetic, independent, and inspirational,
have gone forth generation after generation as vibrant testaments to the
excellence and enthusiasm that beats in the heart of this place. Together brick
by brick we built this world-class public
research university where innovations take flight, where drive leads to
discoveries, for presidents and VIPs come to marvel. And where great minds are at
work leading the charge, challenging conventions, turning obstacles into
opportunities. Today we’re seizing our moment and building upon our legacy with
our largest academic expansion in half a century. We’re increasing our impact
around the globe and creating a community of extraordinary leaders,
thinkers, entrepreneurs, and committed citizens doing the things that matter.
Making a difference. This is our time to write the next great chapter of UAlbany’s history. This is our moment to unleash greatness in all that we do,
because the world needs greatness and just as we have done for 175 years the
University at Albany, the Great Danes, will continue to answer the call. You are now all a part of this tremendous tradition congratulations. As we prepare
to conclude the ceremony please remain in your seats until the platform party
is exited. When that has happened, feel free to join in with your family and
friends in the podium area. We respectfully ask that you refrain from
coming up to the stage. But one more time congratulations, and president Rodríguez
I declare that that the 175th commencement of the University at Albany
is now concluded. Congratulations!