2016 UW Bothell Commencement Live Feed

I TESTING FOR CAPTIONING. >> WELCOME TO THE TWENTY-FIFTH
ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] TODAY, WE WELCOME MORE THAN
9,000 FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS – IN
BOTH ALASKA AIRLINES HEC EDMUNDSON
ARENA AND HUSKY STADIUM – WHO HAVE COME
TO CELEBRATE THIS GREAT DAY WITH
THE CLASS OF 2016! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] ANTHEM,
PERFORMED TODAY BY JERRI ROBERTS.
JERRI IS A UW BOTHELL ALUM WHO EARNED
HER BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MEDIA AND
COMMUNICATION. ¶ OH SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE
DAWN’S EARLY 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 STREAMING ¶¶ ¶ AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE ¶¶ ¶ THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ¶¶ ¶ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT
THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ¶¶ ¶ OH, SAY DOES THAT STAR
SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ¶¶ ¶ O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND
THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ¶¶ >> THANK YOU, JERRI.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. PLEASE BE SEATED. I NOW HAVE THE HONOR OF
INTRODUCING THE CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON BOTHELL, DR. WOLF YEIGH. TO OUR DISTINGUISHED GUESTS AND
FACULTY, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS – AND ESPECIALLY OUR CLASS OF 2016 –
I AM TRULY HONORED TO BE HERE WITH
YOU ON THIS SPECIAL DAY. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE VICTIMS AND
SURVIVORS OF THE MASAI LENS IN ORLANDO.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH
EVERYONE THERE, ESPECIALLY THE FAMILIES
OF THOSE LOST AND INJURED. NOW, PLEASE
JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE. THANK YOU.
UNFORTUNATELY, THIS TYPE OF HATE
CONTINUES TO CREEP IN OUR EVERYDAY
LIVES. SO RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, LET’S
DO TWO THINGS. LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE IT
AND KNOW THAT YOU, OUR FUTURE, YOU ARE
IN A POSITION TO BE THE POSITIVE CHANGE
CHANGE. AND ALSO LET’S MAKE THIS TIME
RIGHT NOW TO CELEBRATE THE FACT THAT
YOU ARE READY TO TAKE ON THAT CHALLENGE
CHALLENGE. AGREED ?
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] SO THIS IS A DAY TO CELEBRATE
YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. YOU CHOSE UW
BOTHELL. YOU SEIZEED THE OPPORTUNITY AND
YOU OVER CAME THE CHALLENGES AND NOW YOU
HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED YOUR
STUDIES AT UW BOTHELL. SO LET’S CELEBRATE
. THIS
IS A TIME TO HONOR YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR
HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE. IT’S ALSO TIME TO CLAIM YOUR
WELL-DESERVED DIPLOMAS. GRADUATES, YOU SHOULD BE VERY
PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.I KNOW
SPEAKING ALL OF US HERE AT UW BOTHELL, WE ALL ARE. SO CLASS
OF 2016, ON YOUR FEET. YOU SHOULD KEEP STANDING. YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE WITHOUT
THE SUPPORT OF MANY MANY PEOPLE,
INCLUDING IMMEDIATE AND EXTENDED FAMILY,
FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND SO MANY MORE. SO NOW, CLASS OF 2016, BACK ON
YOUR FEET!I WANT YOU TO TURN TO
THOSE HERE AT HEC ED, THOSE AT HUSKY STADIUM, AND
ALL YOUR LOVED ONES WATCHING YOU
CELEBRATE FROM HOME AND HERE AND ALSO
ABROAD, LET’S GIVE THEM A ROUND OF
APPLAUSE FOR ALL THE HELP THAT THEY HAVE
GIVEN YOU. (APPLAUSE). PLEASE BE SEATED.
SO WE HAVE SEVERAL VERY DISTINGUISHED
GUESTS SITTING ON ON ON PLATFORM TODAY. THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HAS THREE
UNIQUE CAMPUSES, ONE IN TACOMA, ONE
HERE IN SEATTLE AND OF COURSE OUR
CAMPUS IN BOTHELL. ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR
THESE CAMPUSES RESTS WITH THE 10
MEMBERS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
BOARD OF REGENTS. THESE DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN
DEVOTE TREMENDOUS SKILLS, PASSION AND
TIME EACH YEAR TO THE UNIVERSITY AND
EIGHT OF THEM ARE WITH US THIS
AFTERNOON. I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO
YOU. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL
THEY HAVE ALL BEEN INTRODUCED. CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS,
PATRICK SHANAHAN.
WILLIAM AYER. JOEL BENOLIEL. JEREMY JAECH. OUR STUDENT REGENT, VANESSA
KRITZER. CONSTANCE RICE.
ROGELIO RIOJAS. HERB SIMON.
PLEASE RECOGNIZE OUR REGENTS. [APPLAUSE] ALSO, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO
INTRODUCE TO YOU, THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, DR. ANA MARI
CAUCE. [APPLAUSE.] DEDICATED
LEADERSHIP TEAM. I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO
YOU AS WELL.
PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL OF
THEM HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED. VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC
AFFAIRS, SUSAN JEFFORDS. VICE CHANCELLOR FOR
ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING, ANA KARAMAN. VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ADVANCEMENT
AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS, PHILIP
AKERS. DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE
TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, ELAINE SCOTT. DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND SCIENCES, BRUCE
BURGETT. SANDEEP
KRISHNAMURTHY. THEO. ASSOCIATE DEAN OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON LIBRARIES AND
DIRECTOR OF THE UW BOTHELL LIBRARY, SARAH
LEADLEY. ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR FOR
RESEARCH, CAROLYN BRENNAN. ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR FOR
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, JOE SHELLEY. DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF NURSING
AND HEALTH STUDIES, DAVID ALLEN. DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF
EDUCATIONAL STUDIES, BRADLEY PORTIN. ROSS. ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR FOR
THE ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT, STEVE
SYVERSON. INTERIM DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY
PROGRAMS, CINNAMON HILLIYARD. AND GENERAL FACULTY
ORGANIZATION CHAIR, PROFESSOR BILL ERDLY WHO IS
SERVING AS OUR GRAND MARSHAL TODAY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING
OUR LEADERSHIP.
(APPLAUSE). ALSO SEATED ON THE PLATFORM
TODAY ARE FACULTY AND STAFF WHO WILL READ
THE NAMES OF EACH GRADUATE AS THEY
CROSS THE STAGE. READERS, WOULD YOU STAND SO WE
CAN ALSO RECOGNIZE YOU. IN A SHORT TIME, THE CLASS OF
2016 WILL BECOME HONORED UW BOTHELL
ALUMNI. HERE REPRESENTING OUR ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION IS GEORGE LAMPE. [APPLAUSE] WE ALSO HAVE AN ADVISORY BOARD
AT UW BOTHELL. THEY VOLUNTEER THEIR
TIME, EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM ON BEHALF
OF THE BOTHELL CAMPUS.
THEY HELP TO BUILD COMMUNITY SUPPORT,
AND PROVIDE IMPORTANT ADVICE AND
GUIDANCE. THE FULL LIST OF BOARD MEMBERS
IS IN YOUR PROGRAM. THE CENTERPIECE OF A UW BOTHELL
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IS THE CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE
BUILT AMONG OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND
STAFF. THE FACULTY HAVE GUIDED YOU AND
SHARED THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE
WITH YOU. THROUGHOUT YOUR JOURNEY. FACULTY AND STAFF, PLEASE RISE
SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU. AND YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN
MAKING THIS DAY POSSIBLE.
[ APPLAUSE ] AND, FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO
RECOGNIZE OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER, MR.
SHERMAN ALEXIE. [ APPLAUSE ].
I’LL GIVE A MORE DETAILED INTRODUCTION
LATER IN OUR PROGRAM. NOW OUR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
25 YEARS AGO, THERE WERE 26 GRADUATES.
26. TODAY WE HAVE 1800 GRADUATES
HERE AT UW BOTHELL.
(APPLAUSE). COUPLE ORDER OF MAGNITUDE
DIFFERENCE. TODAY WE WILL CONFER 1567
BACCALAUREATE DEGREES AND 185 MASTER’S
DEGREES. AND 22 STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE
THEIR WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENCY
CERTIFICATES IN EDUCATION. WE’VE GOT SOME EDUCATORS OUT
THERE. OUR GRADUATES TODAY RANGE IN
AGE FROM 19 YEARS OLD TO 67 YEARS YOUNG. AFTER WE CONFER THESE DEGREES,
WE’RE GOING TO HAVE OVER 17,000 UW
BOTHELL ALUMNI. I WANT TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT OUR GEM ON THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF
LAKE WASHINGTON KNOWN AS UW BOTHELL.
I AM PROUD TO SAY UW BOTHELL IS NOW A
DESTINATION OF CHOICE FOR STUDENTS OF
GREAT PROMISE FROM THE REGION. BUT IT DOESN’T STOP THERE. STUDENTS COME FROM ACROSS THE
STATE AND AROUND THE GLOBE. YES, WE HAVE GROWN SINCE OUR
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN A BOTHELL OFFICE
PARK. AND, AS WE HAVE GROWN, SO HAS
OUR COMMITMENT TO ACCESS AND TO
EXCELLENCE. AT UW BOTHELL, OUR FACULTY AND
STAFF WILL GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO
MAKE SURE YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL. THEY PROVIDE A LEADING-EDGE
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE, A REAL-WORLD
EXPERIENCE, A HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE.
THEY ARE CONNECTED WITH OUR MANY COMMUNITY PARTNERS LIKE SAGE
FARM, MOLBAKS NURSERY AND GLOBAL
PARTNERS LIKE BOEING, STARBUCKS, AND
MORE. COLLABORATIVE
SKILLS, AND SERVICE SKILLS THAT OUR
GRADUATES BUILD THROUGH THESE EXPERIENCES SET THEM APART –
AND SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS. SO NOW WITH THESE SKILLS, YOU
ARE PREPARED- WHETHER YOU’RE
CONTINUING YOUR CAREER, PLANNING TO START
A NEW CAREER, ATTENDING GRADUATE
SCHOOL OR WHATEVER YOU HAVE AHEAD OF YOU. JUST ASK ROBBY SCHAFFER, WHO IS
GETTING HIS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
DEGREE TODAY.
HE WORKED WITH A TEAM OF STUDENTS TO
TRANSFORM A SHIPPING CONTAINER INTO A
SOLAR POWERED COOLER. HOW COOL IS THAT? BECAUSE OF ROBBY AND HIS TEAM,
A LOCAL FARM CAN KEEP ITS HARVEST
LONGER AND PROVIDE MORE FOOD TO THE
HUNGRY. THIS COOLER WAS, IN FACT,
DELIVERED A COUPLE DAYS AGO.
THIS TECHNOLOGY ALSO HAS THE POTENTIAL
TO HELP FARMERS IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. SO YOU MIGHT ASK IMPRESSIVE?
ABSOLUTELY! THIS KIND OF INNOVATION TO
SOLVE REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS IS A DAILY OCCURENCE AT UW BOTHELL.
EMPLOYERS WANT CANDIDATES WITH THAT
REAL-WORLD HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE. UW BOTHELL IS MADE BETTER
BECAUSE EACH OF YOU BROUGHT US YOUR UNIQUE
STORY. LIKE NATAHRI FELTON’S STORY. HE HAS MAINTAINED A DEMANDING
CAREER AT MICROSOFT WHILE ATTENDING
CLASSES. NATAHRI IS ONE OF OUR MBA
GRADUATES WHO TOLD US THAT IT TOOK REALLY A
VILLAGE TO GET HIM TO ATTEND —
COMPLETE HIS STUDIES HERE AT UW BOTHELL. BY
THE WAY WAY, HE IS ONE OF THOSE FEW
STUDENTS WHO TOOK HIS CLASSES NOT ONLY
ON OUR BOTHELL CAMPUS BUT ALSO AT THE
EAST SIDE LEADERSHIP CENTER IN
BELLEVUE. SO WE’RE EVERYWHERE. IN FACT .
FOR NATHARI, IT ISN’T ENOUGH JUST TO
WORK AND GO TO SCHOOL FULL TIME.
HE’S ALSO A DEDICATED FATHER OF FIVE! SUPPORTIVE
VILLAGE FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO WALK
ACROSS THIS STAGE TODAY – HIS FAMILY,
HIS EMPLOYER AND HIS FRIENDS. AS I LOOK OUT AMONG YOU, CLASS
OF 2016, 2016.
I SEE MORE THAN 1300 UNIQUE STORIES
HERE TODAY. I SEE MANY WHO DARED TO BE
FIRST IN YOUR FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE A
FOUR-YEAR DEGREE. YEAH, THOSE FIRST GEN STUDENTS.
THIS YEAR, THAT FIRST GEN NUMBER IS
374. I SEE GRADUATES WHO HAIL FROM
19 DIFFERENT NATIONS IN ADDITION
TO THE U.S.WHAT I SEE IN THIS CROWD, I
SEE DIVERSITY AND TENACITY AND
PROMISE. I SEE A GROUP THAT IS POISED TO
BE THE CHANGE.
I SEE STUDENTS WHO HAVE AN UNQUENCHABLE THIRST TO LEARN AND TO TAKE
WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED TO IMPROVE YOUR LIVES
AND THOSE AROUND YOU. PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN A
RECENT SPEECH AT HOWARD UNIVERSITY, AND HE
SAID, “CHANGE IS THE EFFORT OF
COMMITTED CITIZENS WHO HITCH THEIR WAGON
TO SOMETHING BIGGER AND FIGHT FOR
IT EVERY DAY.
THAT STATEMENT REMINDED ME OF THE
SPIRIT OF MANY OF YOU SITTING HERE
TODAY WHO CAME TO UW BOTHELL TO PURSUE
YOUR DREAMS. YOU COMBINED YOUR OWN PASSION
WITH WHAT YOU LEARNED AT UW BOTHELL TO
FIGHT FOR POSITIVE CHANGES ON CAMPUS AND
IN THE GREATER COMMUNITY. I EXPECT ALL OF YOU TO GO ON TO
LEAD LASTING CHANGES THAT REACH FAR
BEYOND OUR CAMPUS.
INDIVIDUALLY AND IN COLLABORATIVE
TEAMS, YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.
LET ME GIVE YOU SOME EXAMPLES. NAVY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
BENJAMIN STUDLEY, YOU HELPED STUDENT
VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES SUCCESSFULLY
TRANSITION TO HIGHER EDUCATION AND
CIVILIAN LIFE, WHILE OVERCOMING YOUR
OWN HURDLES. YOU WILL BE WALKING ACROSS THIS
STAGE TODAY, GRADUATING WITH HONORS! A SPECIAL GROUP OF STUDENT
LEADERS COMES TO MIND – KELSEY
BOLINGER, JESSICA COLE, RUTH MEDINA,
MICHAELLA ROSNER AND ALEJANDRA PEREZ, YOU DEMONSTRATED PASSION,
LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE
LIVES AND EXPERIENCES OF OTHERS ON CAMPUS
AND IN THE COMMUNITY.
FOR THAT, YOU WERE SELECTED TO BE PART
OF THE INAUGURAL HUSKY 100 – STUDENTS
ACROSS ALL THREE UW CAMPUSES WHO WERE
HONORED IN MAY. OUR 67-YEAR YOUNG GRADUATE
ELIZABETH HUFFAKER CAN ALSO BE AN EXAMPLE
TO US ALL.
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR
LIFE AND TAKE WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED AT UW BOTHELL TO LEAD POSITIVE CHANGE
AROUND YOU. ELIZABETH SAYS THAT COLLEGE
EDUCATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN HER FAMILY.
BUT HER JOURNEY, LIKE MANY OF YOURS,
TOOK A DETOUR. SHE SAYS HER DESIRE TO DEVELOP
AN UNDERSTANDING OF HUMAN AND
CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS BROUGHT HER TO UW
BOTHELL. MANY OF YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD
CONCERNS ABOUT GOING TO COLLEGE – OR
BACK TO COLLEGE AS AN ADULT STUDENT
AFTER WORKING FOR A FEW YEARS.
IMAGINE WHAT ELIZABETH WAS THINKING!
WELL, SHE WAS THINKING ABOUT HER
NEVER-TOO-LATE ATTITUDE. SURE, SHE HAD SOME INITIAL
CONCERNS ABOUT A FOUR OR FIVE DECADE AGE
DIFFERENCE. BUT A GROUP PROJECT IN ONE OF
HER FIRST CLASSES WIPED THOSE CONCERNS
AWAY. HER TEAM, YOU, CREATED A SPACE
BUILT ON OPENNESS, ACCEPTANCE AND
RESPECT WHERE THEY COULD JUST SHARE AND LEARN
ABOUT CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. THE CONNECTION WAS DEEP AND
ELIZABETH HAS MAINTAINED FRIENDSHIPS WITH
MANY OF HER CLASSMATES. SHE PLANS TO USE HER NEW
KNOWLEDGE AS SHE EXPANDS HER COMMUNITY
SERVICE. ELIZABETH IS UNABLE TO BE AT
COMMENCEMENT TODAY, BUT I HAVE TO BRAG
ABOUT HER. SHE IS GRADUATING CUM LAUDE! LIKE ELIZABETH, NATHARI, AND
OUR HUSKY 100, YOU HAVE PERSERVERED.
YOU HAVE YOUR OWN STORY. YOU NOW HAVE THE TOOLS YOU NEED
TO SUCCEED.
THIS IS YOUR TIME TO HITCH YOUR WAGON
TO SOMETHING AND FIGHT FOR IT. BE THE CHANGE!ENGAGE THE FUTURE
, CHANGE THE WORLD. CLASS OF 2016, CONGRATULATIONS. DOMINICK JUAREZ IS PRESIDENT OF
THE ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL.
I HAVE BEEN PROUD TO COLLABORATE WITH DOM THIS YEAR, AND I WELCOME
HIM TO THE STAGE. THIS YEAR’S STUDENT LEADERSHIP
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
BOTHELL HAS BEEN EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED IN
THIS TIME AND PLACE. THE ASUWB CHALLENGED THE CAMPUS
AND MY ADMINISTRATION TO SEE THINGS
THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS, TO HAVE TOUGH
CONVERSATIONS DURING THESE TRYING TIMES
IN OUR SOCIETY. THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
BOTHELL IS COMMITTED TO A DIVERSE AND
INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE.
OUR MISSION FROM THE BEGINNING HAS BEEN TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO
EXCELLENCE. OPPORTUNITIES AND SOLUTIONS TO
DEEPEN THAT COMMITMENT. DOM TOOK ON A TOUGH JOB AND HAS
BECOME A VOICE FOR ALL STUDENTS ON
CAMPUS. I AM PROUD TO INTRODUCE
DOMINICK JUAREZ. ASUWB PRESIDENT. DOM.
GOOD AFTERNOON, CLASS OF 2016.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] LET ME START BY PUTTING SOME
RESPECT ON THE NAME THAT DESERVED IT. YOU
, YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES, ALL 3 OF
Y’ALL. PARENTS, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,
FACULTY AND STAFF, LET ME TRANSLATE
THAT FOR YOU.
ALL THREE OF THE GROUPS THAT I JUST
MENTIONED GRADUATES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
FRIENDS, YOU EARNED THE HONOR TO BE
HERE TODAY. MOST OF US HAVE HEARD THE
POPULAR SAYING “IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO
RAISE A CHILD.” AND IT’S TRUE. GRADUATES, I
KNOW YOU APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO HAS
SUPPORTED YOU THROUGH YOUR JOURNEY.
INCLUDING EVERYONE IN THIS BUILDING IN
HUSKY STADIUM NEXT DOOR, AND THE
PEOPLE THAT COULDN’T BE HERE TODAY.
BUT YOU KNOW THEY’RE HERE IN SPIRIT.
WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR MOMENT TO WALK
ACROSS THIS PHENOMENAL STAGE, WE KNOW
YOU’RE NOT SIMPLY WALKING FOR YOURSELVES. BUT YOU’RE ALSO
WALKING FOR THE PEOPLE THAT PAVED THE
WAY FOR YOU TO BE HERE TODAY.
BUT EVEN WITH ALL THAT SUPPORT, YOUR
JOURNEY REQUIRED DETERMINATION AND
DILIGENCE. YOUR DETERMINATION AND
INJURE DILIGENCE. SO FOR THESE NEXT COUPLE
SECONDS I’LL CALL OUT EACH SCHOOL AND I WANT
YOU TO TAKE YOUR MOMENT. IF YOU ARE
ABLE, LET IT BE HEARD HOW EXCITED YOU ARE
TO COMPLETE THIS CHAPTER OF YOUR
LIFE. ARE YOU READY?
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] EDUCATIONAL STUDIES. NURSING AND
HEALTH STUDIES. STEM. BUSINESS. AND
IAS. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
THAT’S WHAT I’M EXCITED FOR. I LOOK FORWARD TO MY OWN
COMMENCEMENT WHEN I’M SITTING IN YOUR PLACE. SITTING NEXT TO GRADUATES WHO
TRAVELED SIMILAR JOURNEYS AND JOURNEYS
THAT MAYBE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
EACH OF US HAVE OUR OWN UNIQUE STORY. WE
HOLD MANY DIFFERENT IDENTITIES AND
INTERSECTION ALLIED ‘TIS. BEING FIRST
GENERATION, PARENTS, UN DOCUMENTED. LGB
LGBTQIA+. VETERANS AND SONG OTHERS. I SO MANY
OTHERS, I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH THE
IMPORTANCE OF WORKING AND COLLABORATING
AND NETWORKING WITH THOSE NEXT TO YOU,
ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SHARE A DIFFERENT
IDENTITY. HARNESSING DIFFERENT LEADERSHIP
OPPORTUNITIES AND POSITIVE CHANGE.
BECAUSE TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK.
YOU KNOW, I TRAVELED ON A STUDY ABROAD
LAST SUMMER AND WAS AMONGST MANY
FRIENDS. ONE OF MY GREATEST TAKEAWAYS
WAS ONE SIMPLE PHRASE: WITH LIMITATIONS COMES NEW
POSSIBILITIES. THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO ALL OF US
WHO IDENTIFY DIFFERENTLY FROM THE
NORM. THAT IF WE DO NOT FEEL THE
PRESSURE OF BEING CONFINED, THEN WE WILL
NOT CHOOSE TO EXPAND AND GROW BEYOND THAT
CONFINE CONFINEMENT.
MY POINT IS ON THIS DAY IN THIS MANY
NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS, I KNOW THE
COUNTLESS HOURS SPENT TRYING TO SURVIVE
THIS ACADEMIC CHALLENGE. AND YOUR STRUGGLE WAS WORTH IT.
YOU HAVE GROWN. YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED
. BUT NOW I LIKE TO CHALLENGE YOU TO
LEARN ONE MORE THING. A NEW WORD.
WHEN I COUNT TO 3, AND IF YOU ARE ABLE
, SAY THE WORD LOUD AND PROUD. IT’S
FROM SOUTH AFRICA. AND IT MEANS “I
AM WHO I AM BECAUSE OF WHO WE ALL ARE.”
THAT WORD IS UMBUNTU. AGAIN, IT’S UMBU
UMBUNTU. ONE, 2, 3.. CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2016.
Y’ALL MADE IT!
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THANK YOU, DOM.
OUR ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ALSO
OFFERS US A MOMENT TO HONOR SOME
SPECIAL INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY. I NOW INVITE GEORGE LAMPE,
CHAIR OF THE ALUMNI COUNCIL, TO COME FORWARD
FOR A SPECIAL PRESENTATION. >> THANK YOU CHANCELLOR YEIGH. I FIRST WANT TO SAY TO THE
CLASS. OF 2016 – ON BEHALF OF THE OVER
16,000 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
BOTHELL ALUMNI – WELCOME TO THE FAMILY! THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW – THOSE
WHO WILL MAKE A LASTING IMPACT IN
YOUR COMMUNITIES. EACH YEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON BOTHELL RECOGNIZES ONE OF OUR ALUMNI WHO HAS
EXHIBITED DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONAL
ACHIEVEMENTS AND OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY
SERVICE. IT IS MY HONOR TO PRESENT THE
2016 UW BOTHELL DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
OF THE YEAR AWARD TO MONROE SCHOOL
DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT, FREDRIKA SMITH.
(APPLAUSE). FREDRIKA, WHO GOES BY DRIKA,
EARNED HER BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN THE
LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM IN 1994 AND
RECONNECTED WITH THE UNIVERSITY AS A
LECTURER SIX YEARS AGO IN THE LEADERSHIP
DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS (LEDE) MASTER’S
PROGRAM, WHICH LEAVES ABOUT 60 PERCENT
OF GRADUATES AS PRINCIPALS. AS SUPERINTENDENT IN THE MONROE
SCHOOL DISTRICT AND A UW BOTHELL
INSTRUCTOR, SHE CONTINUES TO FURTHER
DEVELOP INNOVATIVE, EQUITY FOCUSED
SYSTEMS THAT WILL CONTINUE TO TRANSFORM
LEARNING COMMUNITIES RANGING FROM K-12
THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION. THE BEAUTY OF PRESENTING
FREDRIKA WITH THIS AWARD IS THAT SHE SAYS IT SINCERELY FEELS LIKE HER CORE
VALUES, THE MISSION OF UW BOTHELL, AND
HER WORK IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE COME
FULL CIRCLE.
SHE EMBODIES THE MISSION AND VALUES OF
UW BOTHELL IN HER WORK SHAPING THE
FUTURE GENERATION OF LEARNERS. THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
ALUMNI COUNCIL RECOGNIZES FREDRIKA FOR
HAVING A POSITIVE IMPACT ON COMMUNITY
SCHOOLS BY ADDRESSING THE UNIQUE NEEDS
OF ALL LEARNERS AND WORKING TO IMPROVE
CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION. PLEASE JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING FREDRIKA SMITH AS THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL ALUMNA OF
THE YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ]. GEORGE, THANK YOU.
>> I INVITE VICE CHANCELLOR DR. SUSAN
JEFFORDS TO PRESENT THE DISTINGUISHED
TEACHING AWARD. >> AS IS TRADITION WITH MANY
OTHER UNIVERSITIES, WE CELEBRATE
TEACHING AND EFFECTIVE LEARNING BY
CONFERRING AWARDS UPON FACULTY AND STUDENTS WHO
HAVE EARNED RECOGNITION FOR
EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS.
EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF OUR FACULTY IS COMMITTED TO OUTSTANDING
TEACHING. YET, THE DISTINGUISHED TEACHING
AWARD RECOGNIZES ONE FACULTY MEMBER
WITH A PARTICULARLY OUTSTANDING RECORD
OF TEACHING AT UW BOTHELL.
HE RECIPIENT OF THIS YEAR’S DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD,
CHOSEN BY A COMMITTEE UPON
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES, AND
CONFERRED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNIVERSITY, IS DR. JANELLE SILVA. DR. SILVA HAS CONSISTENTLY
PROVEN HERSELF AS AN OUTSTANDING AND
SUCCESSFUL TEACHER, MENTOR, AND COLLEAGUE. STUDENTS LEAVE HER CLASSES
PREPARED TO LEAD POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE
COMMUNITY AND THROUGHOUT THE REGION. DR. SILVA SAYS HER TEACHING IS
DESIGNED TO CHALLENGE STUDENTS ABOUT
SOCIAL CONTEXT, POWER AND PRIVILEGE
AND THEN TAKE THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO THE
STREETS. DR. SILVA’S RESEARCH EXAMINES
THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN HOW THEY
FACILITATE QUESTIONS OF POWER, PRIVILEGE,
EQUITY, IDENTITY, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN
YOUNG PEOPLE. SILVA’S STUDENTS HAVE BEEN A
FORCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE ON OUR OWN
CAMPUS. DR. SILVA CAME TO UW BOTHELL IN
2012 AND HAS A DOCTORATE FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ IN
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY WITH AN EMPHASIS IN
FEMINIST THEORY.
WITH THIS IN MIND, I AM HONORED TO
INTRODUCE OUR UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
BOTHELL DISTINGUISHED TEACHER FOR 2016,
DR. JANELLE SILVA. [ APPLAUSE ]. NEW
AWARD TO HONOR ONE WITHIN THEIR RANKS
WHO PERFORMS TRANSFORMATIVE AND CREATIVE RESEARCH. THIS YEAR’S WINNER OF THE
DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND
CREATIVE ACTIVITY AWARD IS DR. JENNIFER
MCLOUD-MANN. [ APPLAUSE ]. DR. MCLOUD-MANN MADE
MATHEMATICS HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL
HEADLINES, ALONG WITH COLLEAGUE DR. CASEY
MANN AND UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER DAVID
VON DERAU, LAST YEAR WHEN THEY MADE
A MATH DISCOVERY THAT WAS THE FIRST OF
ITS TYPE SINCE 1985. DR. MCLOUD-MANN EXEMPLIFIES THE
INTEGRATION OF OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP,
IMPACT ON GLOBAL COMMUNITIES AND IMPACT
ON THE UW BOTHELL COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY
STUDENTS. TO ALL,
AND SHE IS A WONDERFUL ROLE MODEL FOR OUR STUDENTS PARTICULARLY OUR
FEMALE STUDENTS IN STEM FIELDS AND
OTHER UNDER UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS ACROSS
CAMPUS. DR. MCLOUD-MANN RECEIVED HER
DOCTORATE IN MATHEMATICS FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS IN 2002. SHE ESTABLISHED THE FIRST
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION RESEARCH
EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES AT UW
BOTHELL. SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT
INVOLVING STUDENTS IN HER RESEARCH. I AM DEEPLY HONORED TO PRESENT
THE DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH,
SCHOLARSHIP AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY AWARD TO DR.
JENNIFER MCLOUD-MANN. THANK YOU, SUSAN.
THERE ARE THREE GRADUATES WHO ARE
RECEIVING SPECIAL HONORS TODAY – TWO CHANCELLOR’S MEDALISTS AND THE
PRESIDENT’S MEDALIST. FIRST I INVITE ALEJANDRA PEREZ
AND BENJAMIN STUDLEY TO THE
PLATFORM. THE CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL IS
PRESENTED TO A UW BOTHELL STUDENT WHOSE
COMMITMENT TO LEARNING AND TO ACHIEVING A
DEGREE HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY, AND WHO
HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT SOURCE OF
INSPIRATION FOR FACULTY AND FELLOW
STUDENTS. BEFORE WE SHARE THE STORIES OF
OUR MEDALISTS TODAY, I WANT TO
SHARE A BIT ABOUT ONE OF OUR EARLIEST
CHANCELLOR’S MEDALISTS, MABEL EZEONWU, WHO
EMBODIES EVERYTHING THAT THIS MEDAL
STANDS FOR. MANY OF OUR NURSING AND HEALTH
STUDENTS PROBABLY KNOW HER BECAUSE SHE’S
AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NURSING
AND HEALTH STUDIES. JUST 13 YEARS AGO, MABEL SAT
RIGHT WHERE YOU’RE SITTING NOW.
BEN AND ALEJANDRA, SHE STOOD WHERE YOU
ARE STANDING. SHE RECEIVED A BACHELOR OF
SCIENCE IN NURSING FROM OUR RN-BSN PROGRAM
IN 2003 AND THEN WENT ON TO EARN A
PH.D. IN NURSING SCIENCE FROM UW
SEATTLE. – THIS
TIME TO TEACH AND TRAIN STUDENTS TO BE
SUCCESSFUL – IN IMPROVING THE LIVES OF
OTHERS. ALL THE
GREAT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WERE PRESENTED
TO HER — AND STOOD OUT BECAUSE SHE
DEVELOPED GREAT CONFIDENCE THAT WAS
BACKED BY THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
GAINED FROM HER EDUCATION AT UW BOTHELL. IN ADDITION TO TEACHING IN THE
CLASSROOM, MABEL WORKS WITH COMMUNITY
PARTNERS TO GIVE STUDENTS REAL WORLD
EXPERIENCE. IN FACT, TWO YEARS AGO, SHE AND
HER TEAM WENT ON A MEDICAL MISSION
TO TOGO, AFRICA.
STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS
REACHED MORE THAN 800 INDIVIDUALS IN SEVERAL REMOTE LOCATIONS –
CONDUCTING HEALTH SCREENINGS AND PROVIDING
BASIC HEALTH EDUCATION.
THIS SUMMER, SHE IS TAKING ANOTHER
GROUP ON A SIMILAR MISSION TO GUATEMALA. IN ADDITION, SHE WORKS CLOSELY
WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON OUR
CAMPUS AND VOLUNTEERS HER TIME WORKING
IN A FREE CLINIC – PROVIDING CARE TO
HOMELESS AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS. 13 YEARS AFTER RECEIVING HER
CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL, MABEL IS FOLLOWING
HER PASSION AND CONSTANTLY LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE THE LIVES
AROUND HER BOTH HERE AND ABROAD.
THESE ARE BIG SHOES TO FILL. NOW, I’D LIKE TO TELL YOU A BIT
ABOUT THE 2016 UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON BOTHELL CHANCELLOR’S MEDALISTS
WHO ARE ALREADY MAKING A POSITIVE
IMPACT ON THE WORLD. I AM PROUD TO PRESENT ALEJANDRA
PEREZ WITH A CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL. BEFORE SHE GETS HER MEDAL,
LET’S HEAR HER STORY. BELLINGHAM. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] >> ALEJANDRA, CONGRATULATIONS.
AS A FELLOW VETERAN, I AM SO GRATEFUL
FOR WHAT BEN HAS ACCOMPLISHED IN
SUPPORT OF STUDENT VETERANS AND THEIR
FAMIILIES ON OUR CAMPUS. I AM PROUD TO PRESENT BENJAMIN
STUDLEY WITH A CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL. HE HAS ALSO BEEN AN INSPIRATION
TO HIS PROFESSORS AND CLASSMATES.
HERE’S A LOOK AT HIS STORY. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] >> BENJAMIN, CONGRATULATIONS .
>> AND, NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE
PRESIDENT CAUCE TO THE LECTERN TO
PRESENT THE PRESIDENT’S MEDAL. >> THIS YEAR’S PRESIDENT’S
MEDALIST IS JUSTIN THOMPSON WHO IS
GRADUATING WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
BIOLOGY WITH A 3.97 GPA. [ APPLAUSE ]. LET’S LEARN MORE ABOUT JUSTIN…. >> CONGRATULATIONS .
[APPLAUSE] ARE THOSE THREE AMAZING STUDENTS
OR WHAT? [APPLAUSE.] THANK YOU, WOLF, AND THANK YOU
HONORED GUESTS, FACULTY, FRIENDS AND
FAMILY, INCLUDING THOSE OF YOU WATCHING
FROM HUSKY STADIUM. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO OUR
GRADUATES FOR YOU TO BE HERE, ESPECIALLY
BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT YOUR INVOLVEMENT AND
COMMITMENT TO THEIR SUCCESS STARTED
LONG BEFORE TODAY. AND TO THE CLASS OF
OF. 2016, WE CAN’T SAY IT OFTEN
ENOUGH. CONGRATULATIONS.
AS GRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
WASHINGTON, YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ARE
BOUNDLESS. NOT ONLY BECAUSE YOU RECEIVED
AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION FROM ONE OF
THE WORLD’S GREAT PUBLIC
UNIVERSITIES, BUT BECAUSE EACH OF YOU WORKED
INCREDIBLY HARD TO BE HERE.
EVERY ONE OF YOU OVERCAME OBSTACLES AND
MADE SACRIFICES TO RECEIVE THIS DIPLOMA
TODAY. WHETHER YOU WERE THE FIRST IN
YOUR FAMILY TO GET A COLLEGE DEGREE
OR WHETHER YOU HIT BUMPS ALONG THE
ROAD IN YOUR UNIVERSITY CAREER – AND
MOST OF US DID.
YOU MET THOSE CHALLENGES WITH GRIT AND
FORTITUDE. IF YOU HADN’T, YOU WOULDN’T BE
HERE TODAY.
BECAUSE YOU HAVE ACHIEVED THIS, NOW YOU
KNOW: YOU CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING. [ APPLAUSE ]. WITH THIS DEGREE – AND THE
WORK, LEARNING AND DISCOVERY IT TOOK
TO EARN IT – YOU BECOME PART OF A
FELLOWSHIP, JOINING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
OF FELLOW HUSKIES AROUND THE WORLD. AS UW
ALUMNI, YOU’RE PART OF A FAMILY THAT
BLEEDS PURPLE AND THAT NEVER RESTS IN
PURSUIT OF THEIR PASSIONS.
IN YOUR TIME HERE, YOU’VE DISCOVERED YOUR OWN PASSIONS; AS YOU
CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY, YOU’LL DISCOVER NEW
ONES. YOUR PASSIONS AND PATHS MAY
CHANGE, BUT YOUR EDUCATION AND WHAT YOU
TAKE FROM THIS UNIVERSITY WILL ALWAYS BE
WITH YOU. AND WHAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THIS
UNIVERSITY WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US. UW BOTHELL IS BETTER BECAUSE
YOU WERE HERE; YOU HAVE BECOME PART OF THIS
UNIVERSITY’S LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE AND
WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL. AS YOU STRIKE OUT INTO THE
WIDER WORLD, WE WILL WATCH YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS
PROUDLY, BECAUSE WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE
WHAT YOU WILL DO. AND WHATEVER COMES NEXT,
WHATEVER YOU’RE DREAMING OF, WHATEVER
MARK YOU CLUES TO MAKE ON THIS WORLD,
BECAUSE OF YOUR EDUCATION HERE, YOU ARE
READY. WHAT YOU WILL DO. ONCE MORE, CONGRATULATIONS,
CLASS OF 2016.
I’M SO PROUD OF EACH OF YOU. THANK YOU, PRESIDENT CAICUCE.
>> IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE
OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, SHERMAN
ALEXIE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] MR. ALEXIE IS AN AWARD-WINNING
POET AUTHOR, PRODUCER, AND DIRECTOR. HE WAS BORN TO SALISH INDIANS –
HIS FATHER – A COEUR D’ALENE TRIBE
AND MOTHER – A SPOKANE. MR. ALEXIE DEVELOPED A LOVE FOR
READING AT A VERY EARLY AGE. AS A TEEN, HE LEFT THE
RESERVATION TO ATTEND AN ALL-WHITE HIGH
SCHOOL. HE WAS AN HONOR STUDENT AND
CLASS PRESIDENT.
HIS EXPERIENCES THERE LATER FUELED A
YOUNG-ADULT NOVEL, “THE ABSOLUTELY
TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN.”READ THAT. AS A TEEN HE LEFT THE
RESERVATION. BUT IT WAS
A CREATIVE WRITING CLASS IN COLLEGE
INSPIRED MR. ALEXIE TO WORK ON “THE
BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING,” HIS FIRST
PUBLISHED COLLECTION OF STORIES AND
POEMS. SINCE THEN, HE HAS WRITTEN MORE
THAN TWO DOZEN BOOKS. MANY OF YOU HAVE READ HIS WORK
IN CLASS CLASS.
AMONG HIS MANY AWARDS ARE THE NATIONAL
BOOK AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE, THE PEN/FAULKNER
AWARD AND THE 2010 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
AWARD FROM THE NATIVE WRITERS’ CIRCLE
OF THE AMERICAS. HE ALSO WON AN AWARD FOR HIS
FILM “SMOKE SIGNALS .”
MR. ALEXIE LIVES IN SEATTLE WITH HIS
FAMILY WHERE HE CO-HOSTS THE PODCAST “A TINY SENSE OF
ACCOMPLISHMENT” WITH BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JESS
WALTER. IN A RECENT NPR INTERVIEW, HE
TALKED ABOUT HIS BELIEF IN THE POWER
OF ONE STORY TO CHANGE ONE LIFE AT A
TIME. THAT STORY FOR HIM WAS THE
FIRST BOOK THAT HE READ AS A CHILD, “A
SNOWY DAY” BY EZRA JACK KEATS.
NOW, MR. ALEXIE SAYS HE IS CONSTRUCTED OF STORIES THAT CHANGED HIS
LIFE. HIS STORY WILL INSPIRE YOU
TODAY. IT IS MY GREAT HONOR TO PRESENT
SHERMAN ALEXIE.[APPLAUSE.] HELLO. I’M SHERMAN. I WOULD
RATHER MY NAME BE WOLF. THAT WOULD SOUND
A LOT MORE INDIAN.
[ LAUGHTER ] THAN SHERMAN. SO MAYBE YOU CAN
THINK OF ME AS WOLF FOR THE REST OF
THIS TALK TALK. WOLF II.
IN THINKING ABOUT THIS SPEECH AND IN
PLANNING IT AND WRITING IT, I WAS GOING
TO BE TALKING ABOUT JOY. AND THEN I
WOKE UP THIS MORNING TO THE NEWS FROM
ORLANDO. AND I WAS ANGRY. I RAGED, I
RANTED. AND I THOUGHT HOW CAN I
POSSIBLY SPEAK ABOUT JOY TODAY.ALITY
ERRAND THEN MY SON WHO IS 14 SAID, “DAD
“DAD, ISN’T TODAY THE KIND OF DAY YOU
HAVE TO TALK ABOUT JOY?” . HE’S 14. LITTLE SHIT!
[ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ]. JOY, SEEMS IN SHORT SUPPLY. I
WAS THE FIRST PERSON IN MY FAMILY TO GO
TO COLLEGE, LET ALONE GRADUATE.
SO ALL OF YOU FIRST GENERATION, PLEASE
STAND! YOU HAVE DRAMATICALLY CHANGED
THE LIVES IN GENERATIONS OF YOUR FAMILY
FAMILY. NOW, YOU HAVE MADE EVERYTHING
MORE POSSIBLE. I CONGRATULATE YOU ON
YOUR COURAGE. NOW WHERE IS MY NATIVE
AMERICANS? WHERE ARE YOU COUSINS?
STAND STAND UP COUSINS?
THERE YOU ARE. [ APPLAUSE ].
I KNOW HOW HARD IT IS. LOOK AT YOU.
WE’RE ALWAYS THE ONLY ONE IN THE ROOM.
CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR BRAVERY AND
ALL THE TIMES YOU HAD TO ANSWER THAT
QUESTION “SO WHAT DO INDIANS THINK?”
AND YOU HAVE TO SAY, WELL, I’M JUST ONE
ONE, BUT HERE’S WHAT I THINK.” AND I’LL
TELL YOU THIS NOW. IT’S NEVER GOING TO
CHANGE. YOU’RE GOING TO BE 49 YEARS
OLD SITTING IN AN AIRPORT SOMEWHERE AND
YOU’RE GOING TO SAY SO WHAT DO AIRPORTS
THINK AND YOU’RE GOING TO SAY I’M JUST
TRYING TO GET HOME. CONGRATULATIONS TO
YOU MY FELLOW NATIVE AMERICANS. PLEASE RISE ALL YOU VETERANS.
I KNOW THAT’S SOMETHING BOTHELL —
[ APPLAUSE ]. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. MY
GRANDFATHER DIED IN OKINAWA. I WAS
RAISED BY A FATHER WHO LOST HIDES
FATHER IN WAR. SO I KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT THE
PAIN OF THAT AND A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SACRIFICE. AND I THANK YOU FOR
YOUR SACRIFICE AND I CONGRATULATE
YOU OFTEN THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY YOU’VE
BEEN ON TO BE IN THIS PLACE. NOW, YOU
KNOW WHO GETS FORGOTTEN AT THESE KINDS
OF COMMENCEMENTS, GRADUATIONS, ARE
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SECOND, THIRD,
FOURTH GENERATION. SO STAND UP
MULTIPLE GENERATION GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ].
BECAUSE REALLY, YOU COULD HAVE SCREWED
IT UP. YOU COULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE TO
END THE TRADITION AND THEN EVERYBODY
WILL BE LOOKING AT YOU.
YOU KNOW? DR. GRANDPA WOULD BE GOING I
DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT ONE. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AS
WELL. SO IN THE GREEN ROOM UP IN THE
FANCY ROOM WE WERE IN EARLIER, I WAS
SPEAKING TO A FEW PEOPLE AND I HAD A
STUTTER HICCUP THING HAPPEN.
AND IT SCARED ME. I HAD BRAIN SURGERY
IN DECEMBER. TO REMOVE A BENIGN TUMOR. AMEN
ING YOM A. I WAS BORN HYDRO
HYDROCEPHALIC AND HAD BRAIN SURGERIES AT 2 YEARS OLD.
I’VE STODGEDLED WITH THE SIDE
EFFECTS, THE AFTER EFFECTS. THE PRIMARY
TERTIARY FEAR, DOUBT, SEIZURES, LOTS OF
MEDICINE MEDICINE. LOTS OF DOCTOR
VISITS. LOTS OF CAT SCANS, LOTS OF M MRIS
AND UP THERE IT HAPPENED AGAIN.
I ALSO STARTED HEARING A HUMMING NOISE
THAT I’M HEARING RIGHT NOW AS WELL.
IT’S HARD TO FEEL HAPPY WHEN YOU’RE
HEARING THAT NOISE. NOW WE DISCOVERED THIS MENINGIO
MA EIGHT YEARS AGO. IRWAS DOING IR I
WAS DOING A DOCUMENTARY AND WENT TO UW, WENT IN, FOUND
IT WAS PEA SIZED. KIND OF SCARED ME.
MY NEUROLOGIST DR. EL AN LOGAN A
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PHYSICIAN SAID
AH, YOU’RE ALL RIGHT. COME BACK IN A
YEAR. WE’LL GET IT LOOKED AT AGAIN.
WELL, IN ADDITION TO BEING A NATIVE
AMERICAN, I’M AN IDIOT MAN. [ LAUGHTER ]
THERE’S A LOT OF IDIOT MEN IN HERE.
WHO DON’T TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.
EVERYBODY OVER 50 AND YOU’RE A MALE
STAND UP. 50-YEAR-OLD MEMBER AND OLDER
STAND UP. YOU UP THERE, TOO.
REMAIN STANDING. REMAIN STANDING.
IF YOU’VE HAD YOUR COLONOSCOPE SEE, COLONOSCOPY, YOU CAN
SIT DOWN. NOW, LOVED ONES, LOOK AT THE
MEN STILL STANDING AND START EXERTING
PEER PRESSURE.
YOU CAN SIT DOWN NOW. I BET YOU DIDN’T THINK YOU WERE
GOING TO GET THAT AT YOUR KID’S
GRADUATION. WE’D LIKE YOU ALL TO SEE YOUR
GRANDKIDS GRADUATION.
SEVEN YEARS AFTER WE FOUND THAT PEA
SIZESSED MENINGIOMA LAST NOVEMBER ONE
OF MY GOOD FRIENDS DIED OF BRAIN CANCER
AND I THOUGHT MAYBE WE SHOULD I SHOULD GO GET
THAT THING LOOKED AT. MAYBE I SHOULD GO GET THAT
BRAIN TUMOR LOOKED AT. MAYBE I SHOULD GO
GET THAT BRAIN TUMOR LOOKED AT. SO I MADE THE
APPOINTMENT AND I’M FAIRLY FAMOUS SO I
GOT IN THE NEXT DAY. SPEAKING OF
PRIVILEGE. AND I KIND OF KNEW I WENT
THROUGH THE CAT SCAN AND THE MRI AND THEY
JUST STARTED FEELING SCARED. MY
WIFE HAD A BUSINESS MEETING SHE COULDN’T
GET OUT OF SO SHE WAS AVAILABLE BY TEXT
. BUT I KIND OF KNEW. I GOT IT DONE
AND IT’S AMAZING HOW FAST IT IS NOW.
HOW FAST IT HAPPENS NOW. GROWING UP ON
THE RESERVATION, YOU KNOW, YOU HURT YOURSELF. AND YOU GET X-RAYS
AND THEN A MONTH LATER, THEY GET THEM
BACK. AND YOU’D WALK UP TO THE CLINIC
AND THE DOCTOR WOULD SAY YOU BROKE YOUR
ARM. I KNOW.
[ LAUGHTER ] BUT THESE THINGS CAME
BACK IMMEDIATELY, THE RESIDENT WALKED
IN, NOT MY FULL PHYSICIAN. THE LOOKED LIKE
HE WAS 11 AND HE WAS BEAUTIFUL. AND
SKINNY AND I HATED HIM. LIKE HALF OF
YOU. AND HE WALKED IN AND SAID I
HAVE NEWS. HAD HE EXPERIENCE. HE DIDN’T
SAY I HAVE GOOD NEWS OR BAD NEWS HE
DIDN’T SAY I HAVE GOOD AND BAD NEWS.
HE SAID, “I HAVE NEWS.”
THERE WAS NO ADJECTIVE NECESSARY. “I
HAVE NEWS” AND I — STARTED GET TING
SCARED AND TREMBLING AND THEN HE PULLS
OUT HIS IPAD. AN IPAD. AND SHOWS ME MY
BRAIN ON AN IPAD.
LIKE THERE’S A BRAIN TUMOR APP OR
SOMETHING SOMETHING. I WANTED TO KNOW CAN I FLICK IT
AWAY? HE SHOWS ME AND IT’S MY HEAD,
RIGHT? AND THE PEA SIZED TUMOR HAS
GROWN INTO A GOLF BALL.
WHICH IS STILL — IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT
IT, RELATIVELY MINOR. I HAD A GOLF
BALL IN MY HEAD AND IT WAS RELATIVELY
MINOR. AND HE SAID WE HAVE TO GET IT.
OKAY. WHEN?
WELL, WE HAVE AN OPENING IN SIX WEEKS .
OKAY. OKAY. SO HE WENT OUT TO START MAKING
ARRANGEMENTS AND I HAD MY OWN IPAD, BY
THE WAY. NOW I SAT THERE AND YOU ALL
KNOW WHAT A BUCKET LIST IS? THE THINGS
YOU PLAN ON DOING BEFORE YOU DIE THAT
ARE AMAZING. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE
ONE. YOU’RE YOUNG, MAYBE YOU HAVEN’T
THOUGHT OF THAT YET. I DIDN’T HAVE ONE
BECAUSE PRETTY MUCH MY WHOLE LIFE HAS
BEEN A BUCKET LIST. I GREW UP WITH AN
OUTHOUSE. YOU PEE IN AN OUTHOUSE UNTIL
THE AGE OF SEVEN, EVERYTHING AFTER THAT
IS GRAVY. AT — SO I THOUGHT I NEED TO
CREATE A BUCKET LIST BECAUSE SIX WEEKS,
I MIGHT DIE, I NEED — SO I DON’T KNOW
IF YOU KNOW THIS. BUT BUT, IF YOU HAVE
AN IPAD IN THE ROOM OF YOUR NEUROLOGIST
AND YOU THINK YOU MIGHT DIE IN SIX
WEEKS YOU CAN SPEND $17,000 ON THE
EXPERIENCES YOU WANT TO HAVE IN THE
NEXT SIX WEEKS. I BOUGHT DAVID ALSO TEXTED MY WIFE AND WE’VE
BEEN MARRIED 24 YEARS SO WE HAVE
SHORT HAND. AND I’M GOING TO CUSS HERE. SO
— BECAUSE I HAVE TO.
BECAUSE IT’S OUR SHORT HAND. BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN MARRIED A
LONG TIME. AND I JUST TEXTED HER SHIT.
AND SHE TEXTED BACK, HOW SHIT .
AND I TEXTED BACK TO HER, BIG S HIT.
AND SHE TEXTED BACK HOW BIG SHI T.
AND I TEXTED BACK GOLF BALL S I T SHIT “I’M
ON THE WAY.” SO I’M SITTING THERE SPENDING
MONEY THINKING ABOUT DYING, THINKING
ABOUT MY KIDS, MY WHOLE LIFE, MY WHOLE
FAMILY, EVERYTHING.
AND THEN HE COMES BACK IN. AND HE
SAYS, “WELL, I’VE GOT NEWS.” [ LAUGHTER ]
I SAID YEAH? HE GOES ” SOMEBODY’S
INSURANCE JUST FELL THROUGH.” WHICH IS NOT SOMETHING YOU
THINK YOU’D LIKE TO HEAR.
THE CONFLICT OF THAT. SOMEBODY’S
INSURANCE JUST FELL THROUGH AND WE HAVE
AN OPENING ON MONDAY. THIS IS FRIDAY I’M HEARING THIS
. YOU KNOW HOW THEY TELL YOU TO LIVE
FOR THE MOMENT? I I WAS MUCH HAPPIER
A MOMENT BEFORE WHEN I WAS LIVING FOR
SIX WEEKS FROM NOW.
I WAS MUCH HAPPIER THINKING ABOUT DAVID
COPPERFIELD THAN I WAS ABOUT BRAIN
SURGERY ON MONDAY. SO I SAID OKAY. AND HE LEFT
AGAIN TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.
AND THEN I WENT THROUGH MY IPAD $17,000 WORTH OF EXPERIENCES
EXPERIENCES. AND THE ONLY ONE I
COULDN’T CANCEL WAS THE DAVID COPPERFIELD TICKETS. AND THE B
URRO RIDING IN THE GRAND CANYON.
AND ONE I HAD TO CANCEL BY ACTUALLY
USING THE CAMERA AND iCHAT ON MY IPAD
AND SHOWING THEM THAT I WAS IN THE
NEUROLOGIST’S OFFICE. SEE? OKAY.
SIR, WE’LL CANCEL. MONDAY MORNING THEY WHEELED ME
INTO SURGERY.
II WAS SCARED. TERRIFIED. AND I WAS IN THE PREROOM, THE
ANESTHESIOLOGIST’S ROOM AND IT WAS
GREAT. MY ANESTHESIOLOGIST WALKED IN
AND SHE WAS A JAPANESE WOMAN. WALKED
UP TO ME AND SHE SAID ARE YOU OKAY?
AND I SAID NO. SHE SAID WOULD YOU LIKE
SOMETHING TO CALM DOWN. I SAID NO, I’M
AN ADDICT AND SHE SAYS SHERMAN, I’M NOT
YOUR DEALER. I SAID OKAY.
SHE GAVE ME A DRUG CALLED MUDAZ ALAM.
THAT’S ITS NAME. IT’S AN AMNESIAC DRUG, YOU TAKE
IT AND YOU IMMEDIATELY START
FORGETTING EVERYTHING.
WELL, SHE GAVE IT TO ME AND IT MADE ME
FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE
PERFECT FROM THEN ON. AND NOT JUST FOR ME BUT FOR
SEVEN GENERATIONS OF MY PEOPLE. I STARTED FLIRTING WITH
EVERYBODY. HER HER, YOU KNOW, MEN, WOMEN, I
WAS FLIRT FLIRTING WITH THE IV POLE.
I WAS GIVING THE FLOOR SEXY EYES. BUT I KEPT TRYING TO MAKE IT
OKAY. THEY GAVE ME THE DRUG AND I
CALMED AND MY HEART RATE DROPPED TO 55.
MY RESTING HEART RATE DROPPED. MY
RESTING HEART WAIT DROP AND I PANICKED.
I SAID ARE YOU ALLERGIC, NO, I KNOW I
DON’T LOOK IT BUT I’M AN ATHLETE.
[ LAUGHTER ] I PLAY BASKETBALL THREE DAYS A
WEEK FOR THREE HOURS. I HAVE A PHYSICAL
TRAINER TRAINER. I WEIGHT LIFT. I
KNOW I DON’T LOOK IT. I KNOW I’M KIND
OF A 50 50-YEAR-OLD ANDROGYNOUS SORT OF
OVER OVERWEIGHT DUDE. BUT I’M
STRONG! I’M SAYING THIS ALL STONED ON MEDAZ
ULAM. I SAID IT’S OKAY, IT’S OKAY, I’M
A CHUBBY JOCK.
THEY WRITE THAT DOWN. I SAW IT LATER ON MY CHART.
AND THEN THEY WHEELED ME INTO THE
OPERATING ROOM AND THERE WERE 20 PEOPLE
IN THE OPERATING ROOM. 20.
I WAS COUNTING THEM. I WAS STONED. 19
OF THEM WERE BROWN. I HEARD I DON’T
KNOW HOW MANY ACCENTS IN THE ROOM.
THERE WAS ONE DUDE’S ACCENT WAS SO
STRONG, I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND HIM. I
WAS STONED. I YELLED “HEY, I DON’T
EVEN UNDERSTAND YOU. I SAID YOU’RE ALL
IMMIGRANTS, AREN’T YOU? AND THEY
LAUGHED AND I SAID, “SCREW ANTI-
ANTI-IMMIGRATION ANTI-IMI LOVE YOU —
SCREW ANTI-IMMIGRATION. I LOVE YOU ALL
ALL! ” I SCREAMED I’M AN INDIGENOUS
MAN BEING SAVED BY THE LATEST TO
ARRIVE! SO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO JUST
GOT HERE. BECAUSE YOU ALL JUST GOT HERE.
ACCORD ACCORDING TO US. LIKE YESTERDAY.
YOU KNOW WHAT WE CALL THE LEWIS & CLARK
TRAIL? WHAT WE CALLED IT FOR MILLENIA,
THAT WAY TO GET OVER THERE. WE JUST NEVER MADE A SIGN.
DURING SURGERY I HAD A DREAM AND MY
MOM AND DAD APPEARED IN THE CLOTHES WE
BURIED THEM IN. MY MOM WAS WEARING
HER BEAUTIFUL TURQUOISE BUSINESS
SUIT. SHE DIED LAST YEAR, MY DAD WHO DIED
IN 2003 WAS WEARING HIS SWEATPANTS AND
THE JERONIMO T-SHIRT HE WANTED TO
BE BURIED IN, THE ONE THAT SAYS FIGHTING
TERRORISM SINCE 1492, THAT’S WHAT WE
BURIED HIM IN. THAT WAS IN HIS LAST
WILL AND TESTAMENT. THEY’RE STANDING
ON THIS RISE ABOVE ME AND DEPENDING ON
YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS , DEPENDING ON
WHERE YOU COME FROM ON THIS STUFF,
MAYBE IT WAS A NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE,
THAT’S NOT HOW I BELIEVE, BUT I BELIEVE THAT
REGARDLESS. METAPHORICALLY, IT WAS A
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE. THEY WERE UP ON
A RISE ABOVE ME. LOOKING DOWN AT ME
AND THE LIGHT WAS SHINING THROUGH THEM
AND I WAS LOOKING GOING WOW, THIS IS A
COOL DREAM AND THEN I REMEMBERED I WAS
IN BRAIN SURGERY. I THOUGHT NO , THIS
IS NOT A GOOD DREAM. I’M IN TROUBLE.
AND THEY STARTED BECKONING TOWARD ME.
MY MOM AND DAD WERE GOING LIKE THIS.
NOW I GREW UP — I HAD A VERY DIFFICULT
CHILDHOOD AND I HAVE NIGHTMARES , I HAVE
PTSD. SO OVER THE YEARS I’VE LEARNED
HOW TO BECOME ACTIVE INSIDE MY NIGHTMARES AND TAKE ACTION TO
END THE NIGHTMARE TO EMPOWER MYSELF
INSIDE THE NIGHTMARES. IT DOESN’T WORK,
BUT YOU TRY.
SO INSIDE THIS NIGHTMARE OF MY MOM AND
DAD BECKONING ME TOWARD THE LIGHT, COME
TOWARD THE LIGHT, COME TOWARD THE LIGHT
LIGHT, I GOT ACTIVE AND AND I JUST WENT NO
AND I RAN. SO I’M RUNNING IN MY DREAM.
SCARED. SUBCONSCIOUSLY UNCONSCIOUSLY
TERRIFIED. AND I DIDN’T KNOW BUT AT THE
TIME WHEN THEY HAD TAKEN OUT THE SKULL
CAP, THAT BECAUSE OF MY HYDROCEPHALUS
THEY THINK OF CHILDHOOD EVERYTHING WAS
ADHERED THAT THEY COULDN’T SEE ON THE M
RI. SO WHEN THEY PULLED THE SKULL CAP
I START STARTED BLEEDING AND I ENDED UP
NEEDING SEVEN TRANSFUSIONS. I MEAN, IT
WAS — I STILL WASN’T IN ALL THAT MUCH
DANGER. BUT I WAS IN ENOUGH DANGER
WHERE MY DOCTOR, DR. SHAKER WHO IS LIKE
THE STEP STEPH CURY OF SURGERY CALLED
THE DR. DR. LEBRON OF BRAIN SURGERY AND
THEY HAD A CONSULTATION AS I WAS
BLEEDING. I HAD ANOTHER DREAM WHERE MY
MOM AND DAD WERE WALKING AWAY FROM ME
IN A FIELD HOLDING HANDS AND THAT’S
WHEN I KNEW IT WAS A DREAM.
[ LAUGHTER ] MY MOM AND DAD WEREN’T THAT
AFFECTIONATE. IF THEY WERE WALKING AND
BICKERING, I WOULDN’T HAVE WENT AWW, MOM,
DAD? I THOUGHT I THINK IT’S AT THAT
MOMENT I STOPPED BLEEDING. THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH RAGE IN
THE COUNTRY. AND IN THE WORLD. SO
MUCH. IS IT ANY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE
? I DOUBT IT. BUT IT FEELS LIKE IT
. IS IT BECAUSE WE GET THIS INFORMATION
QUICKER QUICKER? IS IT BECAUSE WE GET
THIS INFORMATION INSTANTLY? I NEVER
WOULD HAVE HEARD ABOUT ORLANDO IF I
DIDN’T HAVE THE INTERNET. IT WOULD
HAVE TAKEN UNTIL TOMORROW OR TONIGHT ON
THE NIGHTLY NEWS. PROTESTS EVERYWHERE.
DEHUMANIZING LANGUAGE EVERYWHERE.
VIOLENCE EVERYWHERE. I WOKE UP. HAVE YOU EVER WOKEN
UP FROM THE SURGERY THAT COULD HAVE
POSSIBLY KILLED YOU? IT’S A GREAT
FEELING. BUT
I WASN’T SURE THAT I WAS OKAY. THAT
HUMMING GOT LOUDER. I’M NOT SURE I’M
OKAY NOW. WHEN ARE WE EVER SURE WE’RE
OKAY? I’VE
BEEN SAVING A JOKE, AN INAPPROPRIATE
JOKE, BECAUSE I’M INAPPROPRIATE .
BUT I SEEM LIKE IT WOULD BE THE TRUEST
MEASURE IF I HAD RETURNED. AS I SAID,
MY NEUROLOGIST WAS DR. SHAKER. EASE
INDIAN EAT INDIAN. I WOKE UP, MY WIFE WAS
THERE. DR. SHAKER. THE RESIDENT,
STRANGER MEDICINE PEOPLE I HAVE NO IDEA
WHO THEY WERE. SOME OTHER PEOPLE OVER
HERE. ROOM FULL OF, LIKE, 25 PEOPLE.
NOT ONLY BECAUSE I’D COME OUT OF
SURGERY BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE FANS. I WOKE UP AND LOOKED AT THEM
AND THEY LOOKED AT ME AND DR. SHAKER
WALKED OVER AND TOOK MY HAND. HE’S A KIND
KIND MAN MAN. TOOK MY HAND AND HE SAID,
“HOW ARE YOU FEELING?” AND I I SAID,
“DR. “DR. SHAKER, I BET THIS IS THE
FIRST TIME AN INDIAN AS SCALPED AN
INDIAN.” [ LAUGHTER ] THE ROOM WAS UTTERLY QUIET. I HAD THE
FEELING I KNOW IT’S INAPPROPRIATE BUT I
THOUGHT YOU ALL WOULD BE CELEBRATING
THE FACT THAT I COULD TELL AN INAPPROPRIATE JOKE. I’D BEEN
SAVING THAT ONE.
THEY JUST LOOKED AT ME. AND THEN I GOT
SCARED. I THOUGHT DID SOMETHING GO
WRONG? DID I THINK I SAID WHAT I SAID AND
I DIDN’T DIDN’T? IS SOMETHING
DISCONNECTED? DID I NOT MAKE SENSE? AND I STARTED
CRYING. A CRY A LOT MORE OFTEN NOW.
THAT’S ONE OF THE AFTER EFFECTS OF
BRAIN SURGERY, I THINK. I CARE MORE ABOUT THINGS. I’M
SURE A YEAR FROM NOW I WON’T.
[ LAUGHTER ] BUT IN THE AFTERMATH, I CARE. I LOOKED AT MY WIFE AND I
THOUGHT ABOUT MY KIDS AND I THOUGHT AM I
GOING TO BE THE SAME? AM I GOING TO BE
ABLE TO TELL STORIES? TELLING STORIES
IS WHO I AM. TELLING STORIES IS THE
CLOSEST CONNECTION TO MY TRIBAL HISTORY
, AM I HUMAN HISTORY. TELLING STORIES
IS THE WAY I MAKE MONEY. STORIES,
STORIES, STORIES, ARE THEY GONE? ARE MY
STORIES GONE? ARE MY STORIES GONE?
HE DIDN’T LAUGH AT MY JOKE. NOBODY
LAUGHED AT MY JOKE. NOBODY EVEN GOT
MAD AT ME. THERE WAS NO REACTION
WHATSOEVER TO MY JOKE. AND I FELT LIKE MAYBE I SHOULD
HAVE WENT WITH MY MOM AND DAD. AND MY WIFE
LEANED OVER CLOSE TO ME AND I THOUGHT
SHE WAS GOING TO TRY TO COMFORT ME. I
THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO SAY SOMETHING
AND I WAS BOG TO HOPE I UNDERSTOOD HER.
I DIDN’T KNOW IF MY RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE
WAS GONE. AND SHE SAID, ” SHERMAN,
YOU’VE TOLD THAT JOKE 11 TIMES .” THAT’S A HELL OF A DRUG. AND I STARTED
LAUGHING. MY HEAD WAS SHAVED, COMPLETELY SHAVED.
I LATER LEARNED THEY DON’T EVEN SHAVE
YOUR HEAD ANY MORE. I DID THAT ON MY
OWN. MY FACE WAS SWOLLEN TO TWICE
ITS SIZE. I HAVE AN A GIGANTIC HEAD
ANYWAY, LOOK AT IT. I INFLUENCE TIDES,
THAT’S WHY I’M NOT WEARING A HAT. THEY
DON’T MAKE THIS STUFF BIG ENOUGH FOR ME. I HAD A
BALL OF BRAIN JUICE HERE. 200 SOME
STITCHES. AND I WAS LAUGHING. I WAS
HAPPY TO BE ALIVE. I WAS JOY OUS.
THERE’S A LOT OF HORRIBLE THINGS IN THE
WORLD INDIVIDUALLY, COUNTRY WIDE,
INTERNATIONALLY, BUT PLEASE, LAUGH YOUR
ASS OFF. MAKE INAPPROPRIATE JOKES.
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR AND
YOUR SENSE OF GRIEF ARE EQUAL. I LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND
LAUGHED AND I SAID TO MY WIFE, YOU KNOW WHAT
THE MEANING OF ALL OF THIS IS? THE
SURGERY SURGERY, THE JOKES, THE QUIET,
THE FACT THAT I SAID IT 11 TIMES AND
DIDN’T KNOW IT, YOU KNOW WHAT THE MORAL OF
EVERYBODY’S LIFE IS? SHE SAID, “WHAT?”
I SAID, “WE ALL NEED A GOOD EDITOR.” I’M ALIVE AND WOUNDED. YOU’RE
ALL ALIVE AND WOUNDED. BUT TODAY
IS JOYOUS JOYOUS.
TODAY IS JOYOUS. TOMORROW MIGHT BE DIFFERENT. TODAY MIGHT BE DIFFERENT. A
YEAR FROM NOW MIGHT BE DIFFERENT. BUT
TOMORROW YOU’LL WAKE UP AND IT WILL BE
JOYOUS AGAIN. CHASE THE JOY, PEOPLE,
PLEASE. I KNOW IT’S HARD. BUT THIS IS
A RESERVATION INDIAN TELLING YOU
TO DO IT IT.
AND IF YOU CAN’T LISTEN TO THE RESERVATION INDIAN TELLING YOU
TO FIND THE JOY, THEN WHAT CHANCE TO
ANY OF YOU HAVE? FIND THE JOY. FIND THE
JOY. FIND THE JOY. FIND THE JOY.
THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE.] >>SHERMAN, ON BEHALF OF MYSELF,
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
BOTHELL, AND THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016,
THANK YOU FOR THOSE MOVING AND ELOQUENT
WORDS. THANK YOU FOR MAKING US LAUGH.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING US THINK. THANK
YOU FOR GIVING US JOY. AND TALKING ABOUT JOY,
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE TIME HAS NOW
COME TO AWARD THE DEGREES. >> DR. SUSAN JEFFORDS, VICE
CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, WILL
PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER’S
DEGREES, AND THEY WILL BE CONFERRED BY
REGENT SHANAHAN. MASTER
OF ARTS IN CULTURAL STUDIES, MASTER OF
ARTS IN POLICY STUDIES, MASTER OF FINE ARTS, MASTER OF NURSING, MASTER
OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, MASTER
OF SCIENCE IN CYBER SECURITY
ENGINEERING, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MASTER OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN
ACCOUNTING AND MASTER OF EDUCATION
DEGREES PLEASE RISE. TO
PRESENT THESE MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES. I RECOMMEND THAT ALL WHO HAVE
FULFILLED THE REQUIREMENTS PRESCRIBED BY
THE GRADUATE FACULTY OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL BE AWARDED
THEIR MASTER’S DEGREES. REGENTS
AND THE FACULTY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL, I AM
PLEASED TO CONFER UPON EACH OF YOU YOUR
RESPECTIVE DEGREES OF MASTER OF ARTS IN
CULTURAL STUDIES, MASTER OF ARTS IN
POLICY STUDIES, MASTER OF FINE ARTS,
MASTER OF NURSING, MASTER OF EDUCATION
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, MASTER OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MASTER
OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING.
CONGRATULATIONS . [APPLAUSE.]
>> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN
CULTURAL STUDIES FROM THE SCHOOL OF
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND SCIENCES: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
ARTS IN POLICY STUDIES FROM THE SCHOOL
OF INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND
SCIENCES: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
FINE ARTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF
INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND SCIENCES: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
NURSING FROM THE SCHOOL OF NURSING AND
HEALTH STUDIES:[NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED]
. >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
EDUCATION FROM THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES : [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE AND
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING FROM THE SCHOOL OF
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND
MATHEMATICS: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING FROM
THE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,
ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS: >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
SCIENCE IN CYBER SECURITY ENGINEERING
FROM THE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,
ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS : >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FROM THE SCHOOL
OF BUSINESS. >> CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTER OF
SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING FROM THE SCHOOL
OF BUSINESS: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] AND NOW VICE
CHANCE LOWER JEFFORDS WILL PRESENT
CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELORS DEGREES.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THIS IS THE BEST PART OF THE
AFTERNOON. WILL THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
CANDIDATES PLEASE RISE? REGENT SHANAHAN, I HAVE THE
HONOR TO PRESENT THESE CANDIDATES FOR
THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE.
I RECOMMEND THAT ALL WHO HAVE FULFILLED
THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS BE AWARDED
THEIR DEGREES. >> ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF
REGENTS AND THE FACULTY OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL, I AM
PLEASED TO CONFER UPON EACH OF YOU THE
BACCALAUREATE DEGREE. CONGRATULATIONS. YOUR UNIVERSITY IS VERY PROUD
OF YOU. >> CANDIDATES FROM THE SCHOOL
OF INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS AND
SCIENCES: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR
OF ARTS IN INTERACTIVE MEDIA DESIGN
FROM THE SCHOOLS OF INTERDISCIPLINARY
ARTS AND SCIENCES AND SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS. [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FROM THE SCHOOL
OF NURSING AND HEALTH STUDIES: OF
BUSINESS: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CANDIDATES FROM THE SCHOOL
OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,
ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS: >> CANDIDATES WHO ARE RECEIVING
THEIR WASHINGTON STATE TEACHING
CERTIFICATES: [NAMES BEING ANNOUNCED] >> CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL,
BUT THERE’S ONE LAST THING YOU HAVE
TO DO. GRADUATES, ON YOUR FEET ONE
MORE TIME!CLOSE. SO CLASS OF 2016, FOR ONE LAST
TIME, I WOULD LIKE YOU ON YOUR FEET. SO AT THIS TIME YOU MAY MOVE
YOUR TASSEL FROM YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR
LEFT. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]
AND YOU’RE NOW GRADUATES OF UNIVERSITY
OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL. CONGRATULATIONS
TO YOU ALL. OKAY. AS THE CEREMONY
CONCLUDES, WE ASK OUR GUESTS TO PLEASE REMAIN
IN YOUR SEATS UNTIL THE RECESSIONAL IS
COMPLETE COMPLETE. AS YOU EXIT, PLEASE
DO SO IN AN ORDERLY MANNER AND PLEASE DO
NOT BLOCK ANY AISLES OR DOORS SO
THANK YOU. SO THE FINAL STATEMENT, THE
25TH ANNUAL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BOTHELL IS HERE
BI BICONCLUDED. CONGRATULATIONS.
[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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