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Congratulations to the Class of 2005!

The Dean's Musings

This article was originally published in the April - May 2005 issue of CLASnotes.

The end of the academic year is upon us, and we take special pleasure at this time in recognizing the achievements and dedication of our graduating class. These students represent the best of an extraordinarily gifted group who can clearly succeed wherever they go with the right direction, the right impulse and their dedication to serve. The number of distinctive awards won by our undergraduates continues to grow this year with two Goldwater, one Udall and four Beckman scholars, among others.

While we have come to expect high academic standards from our students in all areas, the commitment on their part to serve society at large has really impressed me. We have several students who have dedicated themselves to serve the Teach for America program, forgoing a start on their careers in order to give others less fortunate than them a chance by using their skills and knowledge to assist low-income neighborhood schools. Others are serving the country in different ways, through the military services, in hospitals, in the remote areas of the underdeveloped world, and in our nation's Capitol as interns to your representatives. Perhaps one of our most inspiring graduates is Donald Rosenberg, a 70-year-old PhD student who has earned his degree in Spanish literature after working in the restaurant business for more than 50 years and deciding anything is possible.

Our graduates are tomorrow's leaders, and we should be very proud of them. They are the standard bearers of new ethical issues and are determined to build a better world, more connected, and, if they succeed, more humane. Please join me in congratulating our graduating class of 2005, as we wish them all the success they fully deserve.

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Writer

Neil Sullivan
sullivan@phys.ufl.edu

Photo:
Jane Dominguez

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