I am pleased to welcome you to Sonoma State University’s 2014 Commencement exercises. The students graduating today join the ranks of more than 55,000 proud alumni. Commencement marks the completion of one important phase of a student’s life, but it also signals the beginning of the rest of life’s journey. On that journey, always carry the sprit of inquiry and the excitement of new discovery. Always maintain confidence in yourself, your intellect, your skills and your talents that this accomplishment has brought, and never doubt that one person can make a difference.
Today is a day to celebrate your achievements—and we celebrate with you. It is also a day to recognize and acknowledge the additional responsibilities that come with those achievements. The investment made by you, your family, friends and the faculty and staff of Sonoma State University is a considerable one. I urge you to bear in mind the responsibility—and the power—you have acquired to make this world a better place for yourself, your family and your fellow citizens.
On behalf of the entire University, I offer you best wishes for the journey ahead.
Dr. Ruben Armiñana
President, Sonoma State University