Guttman Community College 2018 Commencement

Guttman Community College 2018 Commencement

October 12, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


I hereby direct the fifth annual
commencement of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College to begin. Today is the day. The day in which we can repeat to ourselves
I made it. We are what success looks like and we are each in a better position now,
to define for ourselves what success means. As we prepare to move on to
greater things. Labor, education and life in general. We must acknowledge the
change on who we were when we arrived at Guttman and who we have become. The esteemed poet and MC Nas once said turning nothing into something is God
work and you never get nothing without struggle and hard work. A rhyme simple in
nature, yet so profound and meaning when analyzed within the context of our young
collegiate careers. No mere mortal is responsible for orchestrating the grand
symphonies of life and we must give thanks to the Most High for opening
doors for us and even the most dismal situations. But as we give thanks, we must
remember that it is up to us to get up each and every day and put in the effort
to walk through those doors. Welcome students, distinguished guests, families
and friends. These students are Guttman’s fifth graduating class. This ceremony is
an important milestone for these graduates and it’s important milestone
for all of us here today. Especially for families and friends. Thank you for being
here. May all of you know that you stand on the shoulders of excellence. That you
now inspire excellence. And that you are the dreams realized for so many of your
family members, bless you all and congratulations! So when I tell you I
want you to go out and make some good trouble stand up, stand up on your own
you have the education, you have the drive and you have the intelligence make
trouble, make good trouble change the world because you have it in
your hands to do. So as Guttman graduates, you are ready to do the job to
make sure the change that you see, serves the needs of the many and not the few
and I know you’ll be successful, because you’re also empathetic. You do not live
in a bubble, you’re New Yorkers. You know how to put yourself in someone else’s
shoes, how to be objective and how not to be biased but to be understanding. So at Guttman you have been both challenged and mentored, pushed and
supported, stretched and nurtured and with you, your faculty have challenged,
supported and stretched themselves. Together you have become a tightly knit
community of learners and scholars who have come to rely on each other, as you
each pursue your own goals. Graduates whatever you do next, keep that community bond alive. I am proud to inform you all that I just
graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science along with
American History minor to boot as part of City College graduating class of
2018. Of course many of you are feeling apprehensive about what the future holds
for you. Many of you may not have plans after your graduation. I sure didn’t. Do
not be frightened of what you have yet to know, you’ve made it this far have you
not? when times get tough I say remember your obligation to yourself,
put away your timidity and replace it with a daring spirit. Dare to be who you
are and dare to find out who you are to become. We all have a path that
leads to our own promised land, some clearer than others. Nevertheless for a
number of us, the considerable amount of time and experience awaiting our arrival
there might seem to be stretched out like a smouldering desolate desert road.
And if it is then I say fear not, strap up your boots, pack some extra water and
get to hiking. I’ve been deeply moved by the idealism and optimism of the
students I have met. What I have witnessed is a genuine enthusiasm for
learning and discovery. Fueled by intellectual curiosity.
Please remember luck is an acquired skill.
This is a moment in our country and in our graduates lives of defining
conscience. Buenos días y felicidades a la quinta clase que hoy se gradúa de el Colegio comunitario Stella y Charles Guttman. First I like for all of us to
welcome and thank our friends and family for supporting us, pushing us, ensuring
that we made it to this beautiful day, graduation day. I can honestly admit I
can honestly admit that I wouldn’t be on a stage if it weren’t for my mother’s
unshakable goal of seeing me become the first college graduate of my family. Today we present the president’s medal to Dr. John B. King As Joseph and Miguel said a few minutes
ago, this is what success looks like. When you came to Guttman you made a choice a
choice to invest in the effort to get to this day. You chose not to let obstacles
get in your path whether that was time-consuming jobs or long commutes or
family responsibilities, you didn’t let any of those things get in your way.
You chose to reach out for help when you needed it from mentors from advisors,
from professors, and from fellow students it’s never easy to ask for help, none of
us wants to admit that we need help, but everybody does nobody succeeds entirely
on their own and I recommend that you continue that, as you go forward seeking
out help from others as you pursue your goals. You are here today because people
made that choice about you because they chose to invest in you because people
created, Guttman to be a community of support, a place that lives the American
promise of opportunity, you’re here today because the folks who built Guttman
understood that investing in you is an investment in a long term future of the
city, the state, and the country. You worked hard, you dealt with your fears,
you excelled in some areas and was made uncomfortable in others, hopefully along
the way you also failed a bit. And learned something, about yourself and
about your fellow classmates, and about your family and about your hopes and
dreams. You made choices and sacrifices to earn your degree, you earned this. This
moment is one moment in a destiny of great things to come. And you, are not
finished. At Guttman, we are serious about listening to the voices of our
students, and in many ways the valedictorian is a leader,
among the student body. I want to remember this quote that was said on a
day different than this one. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you
can do for your country” For those of you who know me, this quote
being fed here today is not meant for chanting. It’s not meant for repeating. It
is meant for thinking about and contemplating. It is a day of reflection
after all, and today over fifty-seven years since it was said, perhaps it’s
time to ask again, what has your country done for you? what could your country do
for you? and unfortunately I know that I can ask what has your country done to
you? The authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees, and upon
recommendation of the faculty, I confer upon all of you have completed the
respective requirements the degree of Associate in Business Administration,
associate in Human Services, associate in Applied Information Technology, associate
in Liberal Arts and Sciences, associate in Urban Studies, with all the rights
privileges and responsibilities pertaining thereto. Congratulations
graduates you may now turn your tassels from the right to the left of your
caps. Hadja Sow. Jarvis Grant. Devon Laramore. As 2018 graduates you challenge all the graduates after you, for us to fill
your shoes. We’ll we be able to fill them? You, and I will forever be a Guttman
Grizzly. This is a bear that’s bigger than each of us. It is not just a bear
associated with our College. We are fearless, relentless, warriors and mistake
changers. I proclaim our commencement completed!