On June 15, I joined our faculty, deans, provosts, trustees, regents, and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to celebrate 9,325 Tritons as they commemorate the culmination of their studies at UC San Diego and prepare for the next exciting stage in their lives.
From the birth of our experimental campus, we made a commitment to exploration and discovery outside the norm. We made a commitment to move theory into practice and back again in a symbiotic relationship. We made a commitment to challenge our students, faculty and researchers to look deeper at the world around them. We made a commitment to be inclusive, diverse and equity-minded. And we made a commitment to collaborate with knowledge builders inside and outside the institution in order to solve society’s most pressing issues.
"At this ceremony of celebration and anticipation," said Albright, "I hope you will each embrace the faith that every challenge surmounted by your energy; every problem solved by your wisdom; every soul awakened by your passion; and every barrier to justice brought down by your determination will ennoble your own lives, inspire others and explode outward the boundaries of what is achievable on this earth.”