It is with great pride and honor that I write this to
congratulate the graduating seniors of 2004. I write this with
particular excitement because I too will be sharing the joy with
all of you as I walk to receive my diploma on May 15. In two short
weeks, you will find that your life has been irrevocably changed,
for the better, by emerging into one of the greatest distinctions
on earth- becoming an alumni of Colorado State University. I say
this with confidence because I, like so many of you, have truly
become who, and what, I want to be and owe so much of it to the
experience afforded to me at CSU.
Colorado State University holds a special place in my heart, and
I’m sure the hearts of every student that ever set foot on campus.
I look back and see that I experienced the highest successes and
the lowest failures of my life in my four short years here, and I
wouldn’t trade a thing. Everything I experienced will forever be
associated with the time I spent at CSU. I watched RAM football
beat CU two times, and as far as I remember, we only played them
twice in my four years, right? I studied all night long, four
nights in a row, and took the weekend to celebrate. I involved
myself in everything I could get my hands on. I went from the
highest mountains of Canada to the indescribable border towns of
Mexico and even tried my luck surfing in Malibu. I met the love of
my life. And finally, I found the friends that will be the ushers
at my wedding, and the pallbearers at my funeral. I’m sure that if
we all sat down in the same room to share memories, we would all
have a lot of these memories in common. Most importantly, we would
all be linked by the greatness of being a CSU student.
Somewhere between all the schoolwork that has been piled upon me
(or I piled upon myself, but that’s surely debatable) I search for
the strength to finish strong and survive the next two weeks.
Though it may be completely clich�, I always look to Vince
Lombardi’s “What it takes to be Number One” speech, which now
adorns my wall, to light a fire underneath me. One line in
particular has brought me through even the darkest day and I wish
to pass it on to you.
“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – the greatest
fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has
worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the
field of battle – victorious.” To those of you who don’t have any
work to do between now and graduation: keep it to yourself.
Finally, when you leave CSU, don’t forget to look at your time
here as an investment in a great future. Continue to be involved in
the life of the university and search for ways to keep the
connection strong. I’ll be moving to downtown Denver in July, and
intend to become active in the alumni chapter down there. Whatever
you do, continue to tell others about your experience here and what
it has meant to you.
I want to congratulate each and every one of you for such a
great achievement. You no doubt walk away with a completely unique
and personal experience at CSU, but in the end we can all take
pride in the fact that we are together branded with the mark of a
truly great institution. I wish you all the best of luck in your
future. GO RAMS!
2003-2004 ASCSU President