As we prepare for Spring Commencement 2015 on seven campuses statewide, this is a perfect time to reflect on our role and relationship to the student. After all, they are the reason the University exists. Our work contributes to the success of IU in many ways, but none is more valuable than preparing students to move into the world with new knowledge and a greater sense of purpose.
This season, nearly 20,000 students (19,344 to be exact) are eligible to receive degrees. Their education, both in the classroom and outside of it, has been shaped by all of us, directly or indirectly. We “produce” students who serve the greater society and help secure our individual and collective futures. And while their tuition pays a large part of our salaries, for some of us, this is our lifework. We enjoy the non-monetary rewards as though we were performing a public service.
Before this season passes, let’s celebrate how we have touched the lives of our students and the positive impact they will have on Indiana and the world. This is an accomplishment about which we can be proud.