Chancellor Khosla Class of 2019 Commencement Address

Congratulations, Class of 2019. I am delighted to welcome our graduates and their family and friends to our All Campus Commencement.

Joining me on the platform are: California Speaker Emeritus and UC Board of Regents Chair-Elect John A. Pérez; UC Regents Maria Anguiano, Richard Lieb and Charlene Zettel; UC San Diego Trustees, Cabinet members, Deans, Provosts, and esteemed Faculty; Members of the Classes of 1969 and 1994 celebrating their 50th and 25th anniversaries, respectively; and our distinguished commencement speaker—former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Madeleine K. Albright.

We are so fortunate that Dr. Albright accepted our invitation to be here with us today. Her commitment to dialogue, collaboration, diplomacy and—most importantly—service so closely aligns with our university’s vision. Recognized as one of the top 15 universities in the world, UC San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university.

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.

Each year when I see our students graduate, I am reminded of what makes UC San Diego unique. Where else can a microbiologist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a physician from the School of Medicine work together to create a revolutionary medical treatment from a newly discovered marine microorganism?

Only at UC San Diego, and nowhere else.

Where else can those same individuals then collaborate with an engineer from the Jacobs School of Engineering and a physicist from the Department of Physics to test potential outcomes?

Only at UC San Diego, and nowhere else.

Where else can they receive assistance from a data scientist at the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute and leverage the power of the San Diego Super Computer Center?

Only at UC San Diego, and nowhere else.

And where else can they work with scientists from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and doctors from UC San Diego Health to test the treatment in clinical trials?

Only at UC San Diego, and nowhere else.

This is just one example of the power of UC San Diego’s focus on multi-discipline collaboration.

For our students, we’ve broken down the walls between schools, departments and disciplines. We’ve broken down the barriers to knowledge creation. We’ve broken down ivory tower concepts to build broad avenues for new learning for everyone.

Our students have access to our top-ranked Division of Arts & Humanities, our School of Global Policy and Strategy, and our Rady School of Management—just to name a few.

The courses and tracks available to them are designed to mold well-rounded critical thinkers into multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-faceted, global citizens. And that is precisely what you—the Class of 2019—have become.

Today we celebrate you and your accomplishment. Congratulations.