May 062004

Congratulations to the Spring 2004 graduates of Colorado State


Just a few weeks ago, I was officially inaugurated as the 13th

president of Colorado State University and the occasion gave me an

opportunity to reflect on how much I’ve enjoyed my first year at

CSU. For me, without question, the highlight of this year has been

getting to know so many students across campus that have impressed

me with their commitment, sincerity and confidence in the


In a few days, we’ll be saying goodbye to a group of students

who have truly made a difference at this institution. Our graduates

are ending their college careers and preparing to move on to the

next phase of their personal and professional lives. I hope

everyone on campus will join me in congratulating these students on

their achievements and celebrating their many successes.

We live in an economy that is driven by knowledge and education,

where individual progress depends largely on a person’s passion for

lifelong learning. Our graduates are now well-prepared to become

active, contributing leaders in this society, and they will be

challenged to seek ways to continue to expand their understanding

of our world and their role within it.

Graduates, no matter what the future holds, you will always

remain alumni of Colorado State University. In the years ahead, we

will follow your accomplishments and look forward to your visits

back to our campus, but most of all, we will take pride in knowing

that your Colorado State education is proving of value to you and

to our society.

Congratulations and best wishes!

Larry Edward Penley


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