The University of Nebraska congratulates the 6,500-plus students who earned degrees or certificates over the past week – the next generation of NU alumni who will go on to become health care workers, business leaders, scientists, teachers, farmers and ranchers, artists and many other talented workers.
President Hank Bounds, participating in his first commencement activities since beginning his tenure in April, attended ceremonies on all four campuses as well as the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Among the milestones for this year’s commencements: NCTA awarded its first certificates in its new irrigation technician program, which trains employees for the mechanized irrigation industry. And UNL, with more than 3,000 degrees awarded, set a new graduation record for May.
Bounds thanked students for choosing the University of Nebraska, and recognized family members, friends, faculty and staff, and other mentors whose guidance helped the graduates succeed.
President Hank Bounds delivers remarks at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s spring 2015 commencement ceremony.
In remarks to the graduates, Bounds recalled his own upbringing in rural Mississippi, noting he never dreamed he would have the opportunity to even to go college, much less become president of a leading university. A college degree, he said, will change students’ lives in the same way it changed his, opening doors he never would have thought possible.
“I hope you have learned to dream big,” Bounds told the graduates. “This is the opportunity that a University of Nebraska education provides you – the opportunity to dream big.”
He extended his best wishes to the students, whatever their next steps may be – starting a job, working on a family farm, continuing their education, traveling or something else.