Go Big Grad: A Husker Graduation Celebration
Chancellor Ronnie Green hosts a virtual celebration of 2020 graduates.
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- [00:00:00.667](gentle music)
- [00:00:06.639]RONNIE GREEN: Good morning
and thanks for joining me
- [00:00:08.908]for this special celebration
- [00:00:10.443]of our 2020 Husker graduates.
- [00:00:13.213]Today is a historic celebration
in our 151 year history.
- [00:00:18.151]We'll award a record
number of degrees
- [00:00:20.520]and, if this were a normal
year, at this very moment
- [00:00:24.023]your faculty, family,
- [00:00:26.159]would be gathered at
Pinnacle Bank Arena
- [00:00:28.128]for our formal
- [00:00:30.730]It's one of my very
favorite days of the year.
- [00:00:34.534]In fact, the
University of Nebraska
- [00:00:36.903]has celebrated commencement
- [00:00:38.238]with a formal ceremony
nearly every year since 1869,
- [00:00:42.542]with very few exceptions.
- [00:00:44.778]One of those, ironically, was
a commencement cancellation,
- [00:00:48.248]believe it or not, during the
1918 Spanish flu pandemic.
- [00:00:52.452]Back then as now,
- [00:00:54.220]we didn't let world
events get in the way
- [00:00:56.189]of figuring out other ways
- [00:00:57.590]to recognize the
of our graduates.
- [00:01:01.428]Our thanks to NET for making
this program available
- [00:01:04.964]to all Nebraskans on
- [00:01:07.867]and worldwide on streaming.
- [00:01:10.537]We invite you to share in
- [00:01:11.771]the celebration on social
media using the #GOBIGGRAD.
- [00:01:16.509]While we're so happy
to celebrate today,
- [00:01:18.478]a television show is
just not a substitute
- [00:01:20.914]for the real thing.
- [00:01:22.115]So, we sincerely
invite our graduates
- [00:01:24.250]to come back to your alma mater
- [00:01:26.119]and join us at one of
our future ceremonies
- [00:01:28.421]at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
- [00:01:30.256]You'll get to walk
across the stage
- [00:01:31.958]and we'll be giving
you special recognition
- [00:01:34.427]as the class of 2020.
- [00:01:37.063]By now, graduates should
have received a small gift
- [00:01:39.666]from your university.
- [00:01:41.167]Our staff have worked
tirelessly behind the scenes
- [00:01:43.870]preparing and mailing nearly
3,700 celebration boxes
- [00:01:47.807]to each of our honorees today.
- [00:01:51.744]Among these graduates is a
familiar face to Husker fans.
- [00:01:55.315](troop chants)
- [00:01:56.783]Ramarro Lamar balanced his roles
as a Naval ROTC midshipman,
- [00:02:02.088]a member of the
Nebraska Spirit Squad,
- [00:02:04.424]and a recording artist,
- [00:02:05.725]all while being a
student at Nebraska.
- [00:02:08.528]Ramarro just got
his Go Big Grad box.
- [00:02:10.997]We asked him to help
us with an unboxing.
- [00:02:14.133]RAMARRO LAMAR:
What's up seniors?
- [00:02:14.968]So finally got the
awesome Go Big Grad box
- [00:02:17.637]in the mail today.
- [00:02:19.506]I think it's about
time we check it out
- [00:02:20.740]and see what it's about.
- [00:02:21.741]I only got my steak knife here,
- [00:02:22.909]so, we'll make it work.
- [00:02:26.012]And let's open her up.
- [00:02:31.251]some more instructions
from the University.
- [00:02:35.088]Looks like it's an inventory
list of everything
- [00:02:37.123]that's in the box.
- [00:02:39.192]This is awesome.
- [00:02:41.294]Man, I finally got...
- [00:02:42.862]Finally got my cap.
- [00:02:45.064]Can bring it out really quick.
- [00:02:47.600]A letter from
Chancellor Ronnie Green.
- [00:02:49.702]We'll read this later.
- [00:02:52.338]Some cool Husker stickers.
- [00:02:54.541]Probably gonna throw this
on the back of my car.
- [00:02:57.010]Maybe a Humvee in the future.
- [00:02:58.444]Stationed in Quantico.
- [00:03:01.047]This pretty sweet alumni pin.
- [00:03:02.815]Can't throw it on a uniform,
- [00:03:03.950]but probably find like a nice
fresh suit to put that on.
- [00:03:07.554]Man, a cool class
of 2020 pennant.
- [00:03:09.889]This is absolutely unreal.
- [00:03:11.691]Time is flying by so fast.
- [00:03:15.061]Now let's see what this is.
- [00:03:17.063]Like a cool little
- [00:03:19.198]Sweet, you got
postcards in here.
- [00:03:20.433]Well, definitely be getting
some good use of this,
- [00:03:22.368]sending some letters
back home to Chicago.
- [00:03:24.637]Congratulations to every
senior in class of 2020.
- [00:03:27.307]We finally made it.
- [00:03:28.374]We did it.
Go Big Red.
- [00:03:31.344]GREEN: We wish Ramarro the best
of luck in the Marine Corps
- [00:03:34.480]and I hope your box
- [00:03:35.715]adds a little joy to
your family celebration.
- [00:03:38.518]Throughout today's program,
- [00:03:39.819]we'll hear from some proud
alumni and supporters.
- [00:03:43.156]In this time of
- [00:03:45.191]thankfully we have a little
help from technology.
- [00:03:48.027]The other day,
- [00:03:49.028]I took a call from one of our
very most famous graduates.
- [00:03:53.166]WARREN BUFFETT:
Ronnie, how are you doing?
- [00:03:54.500]GREEN: I'm doing good.
- [00:03:55.735]I hope that you--
BUFFETT: Good for you.
- [00:03:57.637]GREEN: Staying well and doing
well on this time.
- [00:04:00.206]You were a member of
the class of 1951,
- [00:04:04.010]what advice would you like
to share with our graduates?
- [00:04:08.014]BUFFETT: All I like to say to
all of you graduates
- [00:04:10.116]is that investing in yourself
- [00:04:11.951]is the best investment
you'll ever make.
- [00:04:15.088]What I learned at
UNL 70 years ago
- [00:04:17.223]has delivered huge dividends
to me throughout my lifetime,
- [00:04:20.893]and it'll do the
same for you as well.
- [00:04:23.863]So, congratulations to all
of you and Go Big Red.
- [00:04:28.534]GREEN: Go Big
Red indeed Warren.
- [00:04:31.304]Best wishes to you.
- [00:04:33.072]BUFFETT: Well,
I appreciate that
- [00:04:34.607]and I'm cheering for
every UNL graduate.
- [00:04:37.977](upbeat music)
- [00:04:41.614]GOV. PETE RICKETTS:
on your graduation.
- [00:04:43.549]I am so sorry that you cannot do
- [00:04:45.618]the official
- [00:04:47.487]But we all understand you're
looking through historic times.
- [00:04:49.822]You'll be able to look
back someday and say,
- [00:04:51.290]"Remember when."
- [00:04:52.291]But in the meantime,
- [00:04:54.460]♪ Go big red ♪
- [00:04:57.997]TED CARTER:
To the graduates of
the great class of 2020
- [00:05:02.235]for The University of
Nebraska at Lincoln,
- [00:05:04.404]I want to say
congratulations to you.
- [00:05:06.172]This has certainly been
an unpredictable year,
- [00:05:09.175]so many things that have
been defined by COVID-19,
- [00:05:11.811]but this is the one
thing that I do know.
- [00:05:13.846]The future is very bright
for our state, our nation,
- [00:05:16.149]and our world because
of your great work.
- [00:05:18.117]Congratulations, I look
forward to seeing all
- [00:05:20.553]the great things you're
gonna do in the world.
- [00:05:22.188]Go Big Red.
- [00:05:23.456]JIM PILLEN: Congrats,
you are now graduates
- [00:05:25.825]of the University of Nebraska.
- [00:05:27.827]Because of it your life will
be full of opportunities
- [00:05:31.564]that are beyond
- [00:05:34.200]Go Big Red.
- [00:05:35.668]EMILY JOHNSON: Hey, graduates,
as excited as I was
- [00:05:37.437]to walk across the stage
- [00:05:38.271]with all of you in May,
- [00:05:39.872]I just want to say how
proud I am, we all did it.
- [00:05:41.741]We got our diplomas.
- [00:05:42.975]Thank you so much for
letting me be your president
- [00:05:44.677]this past year and Go Big Red.
- [00:05:46.512](lively music)
- [00:05:48.614]GREEN: The Bob Devaney Sports
Center has been home
- [00:05:50.817]to Nebraska
volleyball since 2013.
- [00:05:54.454]Before that, the Huskers
played at the NU Coliseum.
- [00:05:58.424]Interestingly, we also
- [00:06:01.327]at the NU Coliseum
starting in 1926.
- [00:06:05.298]Over the years, the ceremony
- [00:06:06.799]has been held at
various other locations
- [00:06:09.135]before bringing
the ceremony here
- [00:06:11.337]to the Devaney Sports
Center in 1976.
- [00:06:15.108]In 2013, as volleyball moved
into this new renovated arena,
- [00:06:20.146]our graduating class outgrew
even this large space.
- [00:06:24.317]So since then, in normal times,
- [00:06:27.120]we hold ceremonies in
Pinnacle Bank Arena.
- [00:06:30.256]It offers more than 15,000 seats
- [00:06:32.959]for family and friends
of our graduates.
- [00:06:35.695](soft music)
- [00:06:36.829]Back to Nebraska volleyball.
- [00:06:38.798]We hold a record 268
- [00:06:43.069]and lead the nation
- [00:06:45.905]And the team is led by
my good friend, John Cook.
- [00:06:49.575]He's heading into
his 21st season here
- [00:06:52.044]as Husker volleyball head coach
- [00:06:54.113]after leading the Huskers to
four national championships,
- [00:06:57.817]nine final fours, 12
- [00:07:01.554]and 17 top 10 final rankings
since the year 2000.
- [00:07:06.659]Cook holds multiple
coach of the year honors.
- [00:07:09.362]But maybe most important,
- [00:07:11.264]he's an amazing role model
and educator for our students.
- [00:07:16.068]And I'm so pleased he
is a speaker here today
- [00:07:19.505]for our graduation celebration.
- [00:07:22.341]His remarks are
titled "Dream Big".
- [00:07:25.978]Here's John Cook.
- [00:07:27.980](soft bright music)
- [00:07:28.815]JOHN COOK: Today is one of the
greatest honors of my life
- [00:07:30.983]to be with the class of 2020
- [00:07:32.618]on their graduation date
- [00:07:33.853]from the University of Nebraska.
- [00:07:35.555]Sometimes through crisis
- [00:07:38.257]We are not gonna let
this virus take away
- [00:07:40.393]from making this day special.
- [00:07:42.295]You all have accomplished
- [00:07:44.964]Think of it this way.
- [00:07:46.032]You've scored the
- [00:07:47.633]You've made the final
kill to win a big match.
- [00:07:50.036]You've scored the
- [00:07:51.704]you hit the walk off home run.
- [00:07:53.639]Today is a special day.
- [00:07:55.408]Both of my kids graduated from
the University of Nebraska.
- [00:07:58.911]It was awesome to be there
- [00:07:59.812]and watch them go through that.
- [00:08:01.814]However, the speakers, I
don't remember who they were.
- [00:08:06.052]So today, my goal is to
make this day really special
- [00:08:09.355]and you will take something
away from this talk.
- [00:08:11.657]And let me just start by
saying how special this day is.
- [00:08:14.694]The only time I
ever saw my dad cry
- [00:08:16.596]was the day I
graduated from college.
- [00:08:18.898]When the chancellor
asked me to speak today,
- [00:08:22.034]at first, I'm like,
"Are you kidding me?
- [00:08:24.837]"You want a volleyball coach
to talk at graduation?"
- [00:08:27.640]So, then I started
thinking about it.
- [00:08:28.975]Why would the chancellor ask
me to talk at graduation?
- [00:08:31.978]So here are some of the
reasons I came up with.
- [00:08:34.313]Well, the first one is
I'm a first gen graduate.
- [00:08:37.083]Both of my parents were in
high school when I was born.
- [00:08:40.119]The thought of college
never even came up
- [00:08:42.255]until a coach took
me aside and said,
- [00:08:43.923]"Hey, I think you can go to
college and do something great."
- [00:08:46.726]Maybe it's 'cause
we bleed Husker.
- [00:08:48.761]Maybe it's because
both my kids graduated
- [00:08:50.630]from the University of Nebraska
and I paid a lot of tuition.
- [00:08:52.965]I may be called a coach,
- [00:08:54.333]but I'm still a teacher.
- [00:08:56.736]Maybe it's because
- [00:08:58.204]has 100% graduation rate.
- [00:09:00.706](crowd singing)
- [00:09:01.540]Maybe it's because you as
freshmen started your first day
- [00:09:04.744]in Nebraska in Devaney
with the chancellor
- [00:09:07.513]and all the professors
in freshmen orientation.
- [00:09:11.150]♪ There is no place
like Nebraska ♪
- [00:09:14.020]COOK: We have a saying here,
- [00:09:14.921]"There's no place like Nebraska"
- [00:09:17.890]and I just want you
guys to know today,
- [00:09:20.192]there's a lot of people
working really hard
- [00:09:22.194]to make this day special,
- [00:09:23.963]even though with all the
challenges that we have.
- [00:09:26.132]So don't forget that, there
is no place like Nebraska.
- [00:09:29.068]Today, I also want to share some
coaching secrets with you.
- [00:09:32.338]Let's keep these
between you and I.
- [00:09:34.073]I don't want this to get out
- [00:09:35.274]in any other schools
in the Big 10,
- [00:09:37.643]these are our secrets.
- [00:09:38.778]The first one is the
attitude of gratitude.
- [00:09:40.746]I learned about the importance
of this with Chick-fil-A.
- [00:09:43.382]When our players were camped out
- [00:09:44.984]to go to the first opening of
the Chick-fil-A in Lincoln,
- [00:09:47.353]I'm like, "What is this place?"
- [00:09:48.888]I'd never heard of it.
- [00:09:49.889]And what I found out is
- [00:09:52.058]it's one of the most successful
franchises in America.
- [00:09:54.527]And the reason it is because
when you go in there,
- [00:09:56.295]they make you feel appreciated.
- [00:09:58.030]What do they say?
- [00:09:58.864]They say, "It's my pleasure."
- [00:10:01.000]Take that through life.
- [00:10:02.468]It's my pleasure.
- [00:10:03.302]Show everybody you
come in contact with
- [00:10:05.137]the attitude of gratitude.
- [00:10:06.539]It makes a huge difference.
- [00:10:07.940]The second secret I
want to share with you is,
- [00:10:10.443]the longer I coach,
the less I know.
- [00:10:12.511]My first year, we went undefeated
- [00:10:14.480]and won the national
- [00:10:16.148]I thought I knew
everything about coaching.
- [00:10:18.617]20 years later, I learned more
in last year about coaching
- [00:10:21.520]than I did in the previous 19,
- [00:10:23.489]because I'm open to learning.
- [00:10:25.224]It makes it fun.
- [00:10:26.692]You grow on the journey
that you're going through
- [00:10:29.228]with your team.
- [00:10:30.229]And it also prevents burnout
- [00:10:31.630]because I'm always learning
and trying to get better.
- [00:10:34.633]The longer I coach,
the less I know.
- [00:10:36.435]Take that with you.
- [00:10:38.104]The next secret is a
great story I used to tell
- [00:10:40.373]to my seventh-grade
boys basketball team,
- [00:10:42.108]the first team I coached.
- [00:10:43.976]And it was a story about
the greatest civilization
- [00:10:47.046]and the leaders of
- [00:10:48.647]wanted to pass down
generation to generation
- [00:10:51.717]why they were so successful.
- [00:10:53.652]So, they had the smartest
guys write it all down
- [00:10:56.222]and they got it
down to one sentence
- [00:10:58.024]and that one sentence was,
there ain't no free lunch.
- [00:11:01.027]Nobody's gonna
give you anything.
- [00:11:02.728]You're gonna go out
and have to earn it
- [00:11:04.397]and work for it.
- [00:11:05.398]There ain't no free lunch.
- [00:11:07.500]And the next secret,
- [00:11:09.468]I've studied the most
- [00:11:11.270]and the successful
- [00:11:13.372]and they all have
one thing in common.
- [00:11:15.474]A team within a team.
- [00:11:17.209]They surround themselves
with a group of people
- [00:11:19.278]that are gonna help them
be the best they can be.
- [00:11:21.547]These are trusted advisors,
- [00:11:22.848]people they can rely on
- [00:11:24.283]and go to and seek counsel.
- [00:11:26.018]I have a team within my team.
- [00:11:28.054]I encourage you all
to surround yourself
- [00:11:29.889]with a group of people
- [00:11:30.723]that can help you be
the best you can be.
- [00:11:32.625]And finally, the last secret
I want to share with you today
- [00:11:35.528]is about trust.
- [00:11:37.563]And this is a story
about Danny Mancuso.
- [00:11:39.965]Where we came up with
dream like a champion.
- [00:11:42.401]And Danny Mancuso was a player
- [00:11:44.036]on our 2016 team from
- [00:11:46.906]And we were getting
ready to play Stanford
- [00:11:48.674]for the national championship,
- [00:11:50.910]and we were underdogs.
- [00:11:52.445]And the night before, we showed
them the movie "Miracle on Ice"
- [00:11:55.414]about the 1980 hockey team.
- [00:11:57.049]'Cause we were underdogs,
- [00:11:58.050]I knew we were gonna have
to have that mindset.
- [00:12:00.786]So that team beat the
Russians who had never lost.
- [00:12:04.757]So we showed it to them
and at 2:14 in the morning
- [00:12:06.892]I get a text from her.
- [00:12:08.227]It says, "Coach, dream big,
dream like a champion."
- [00:12:11.997]Not only did she
send that text to me,
- [00:12:13.666]she sent it to the entire team.
- [00:12:15.367]And at that moment I
knew we were gonna win
- [00:12:17.736]because if she had
that much confidence
- [00:12:19.772]that she could
send out that text,
- [00:12:22.374]I knew our team was gonna
be in a great place.
- [00:12:24.276]We went on the next day
to beat Stanford in four
- [00:12:26.412]for the national championship.
- [00:12:28.481]Dream big, dream
like a champion.
- [00:12:31.050]Every day, there's three
questions I ask myself.
- [00:12:33.886]The first one is,
who needs me today?
- [00:12:37.456]Every day I wake up,
somebody's gonna need me.
- [00:12:39.425]I gotta figure out
who that person is
- [00:12:41.060]and take care of them.
- [00:12:41.961]It could be in my family,
it could be our team.
- [00:12:44.296]Somebody needs me every day.
- [00:12:46.565]The second question
I ask myself,
- [00:12:48.200]if they were hiring a volleyball
coach at Nebraska today,
- [00:12:51.437]would I be doing
a good enough job
- [00:12:52.872]that they would want to hire me?
- [00:12:54.874]I gotta do that every day
- [00:12:56.909]so I know that I'm
getting it done
- [00:12:58.878]and they still want me to
be the coach at Nebraska.
- [00:13:01.080]And the third question I ask
myself every day is this,
- [00:13:05.017]would I want to be
coached by me?
- [00:13:07.520]And there's some days I
don't do a good enough job.
- [00:13:09.822]I know my players leave
- [00:13:11.390]and they don't want
to come back.
- [00:13:13.592]So, my goal each day,
- [00:13:14.827]am I doing a good enough
job coaching my team
- [00:13:16.962]and working with my staff
- [00:13:18.531]that they want to come back
and be coached the next day?
- [00:13:21.901]I think those three questions
are really great questions
- [00:13:24.103]to ask yourself every day,
- [00:13:25.304]whatever field
you're gonna go into.
- [00:13:28.474]And the other thing you're
gonna have to figure out is
- [00:13:30.075]what is your why?
- [00:13:31.310]Ask yourself what is your why?
- [00:13:32.912]What is gonna inspire
you to be great,
- [00:13:35.080]to go do great things
- [00:13:36.215]and to get up every
day and get after it?
- [00:13:38.884]And I want to tell you a story
- [00:13:41.120]that kind of illustrates the
importance of somebody's why.
- [00:13:44.256]In 2008 we were playing
in the regional finals
- [00:13:47.626]at Washington.
- [00:13:48.494]They were seated number one.
- [00:13:51.463]We lose the first two games.
- [00:13:52.998]We come back and win
games three and four.
- [00:13:54.867]We're down nine three
in the fifth, it's over.
- [00:13:58.304]Washington's gonna win
and go to the final four.
- [00:14:01.006]Jordan Larson, after our final
timeout, takes over the match.
- [00:14:04.310]You can YouTube this
and watch the comeback.
- [00:14:06.545]We come back and win
15, 13 in the fifth.
- [00:14:09.215]Jordan wills her team back.
- [00:14:10.883]It was one
of the most incredible
things I've ever seen.
- [00:14:14.019]And then it hit me,
- [00:14:16.222]what allowed her to
be able to do that?
- [00:14:18.123]And it was about her why.
- [00:14:19.792]This would have been
her senior match,
- [00:14:21.660]her last match in
a Nebraska uniform.
- [00:14:24.029]Her mom was in the hotel
- [00:14:26.065]and was too weak and sick
from her cancer treatments
- [00:14:28.867]to be able to make
it to the match.
- [00:14:31.470]Jordan was not gonna let
her mom miss her final match
- [00:14:33.839]of her career at Nebraska.
- [00:14:35.808]And because we
came back and won,
- [00:14:37.409]her mom got to come back
- [00:14:38.811]and see her finish
out her career
- [00:14:40.112]in the final four in Omaha.
- [00:14:42.014]That's when I learned the
importance of somebody's why,
- [00:14:44.950]and how powerful that can be.
- [00:14:47.152]When you leave today and
you flip over your thing
- [00:14:50.356]and you celebrate
with your family,
- [00:14:52.524]there's three bones
you need to make sure
- [00:14:54.093]that you've developed
and take with you.
- [00:14:55.961]The first one is a backbone.
- [00:14:57.896]Your backbone
needs to be strong.
- [00:14:59.431]You need to be able to
stand up to challenges.
- [00:15:00.933]You need to be able to say no.
- [00:15:02.434]You need to know what you're
about and who you are.
- [00:15:05.037]The second bone is a wishbone.
- [00:15:06.405]You need to dream big.
- [00:15:07.606]I just talked about
Jordan in eighth grade.
- [00:15:09.608]She's from Hooper, Nebraska,
one stoplight town.
- [00:15:12.611]She told me she was gonna
win a national championship
- [00:15:14.813]and be an Olympian.
- [00:15:15.981]She's accomplished all that.
- [00:15:17.983]She taught me, every
person in this state
- [00:15:20.552]and graduates in
Nebraska, can dream big.
- [00:15:23.489]Set your goals high.
- [00:15:25.190]And the third bone
is a funny bone,
- [00:15:26.692]because whatever you
do should be fun,
- [00:15:28.994]you should have passion,
- [00:15:30.129]and you should be excited
- [00:15:31.297]about whatever you're
doing each day.
- [00:15:33.165]So make sure you have
those three bones
- [00:15:34.767]when you leave today.
- [00:15:36.335]And finally, it's an
honor and a privilege
- [00:15:39.004]to be with you today.
- [00:15:40.606]Go Big Red.
- [00:15:41.507]And remember this, it's a
great day to be a Husker.
- [00:15:45.210](bright upbeat music)
- [00:15:48.447]SCOTT FROST: Hello everyone.
- [00:15:49.281]As a proud alumnus of the
University of Nebraska,
- [00:15:51.483]I'd like to
congratulate all of you
- [00:15:52.918]on earning a degree from
our wonderful institution.
- [00:15:55.988]Good luck to everybody
in the future
- [00:15:57.456]and Go Big Red.
- [00:15:59.358]ANGELA MERCURIO: I want to
wish you congratulations
- [00:16:00.726]on this amazing accomplishment.
- [00:16:02.428]You should be very proud
of yourselves right now.
- [00:16:04.363]I wish you all the best
in your future endeavors.
- [00:16:06.465]Go Big Red.
- [00:16:07.800]ERIC CROUCH:
Hi one, Eric Crouch here.
- [00:16:09.335]First of all, congratulations.
- [00:16:11.670]A long journey that's
- [00:16:14.740]I wish you all the very best
in your future endeavors
- [00:16:17.676]and Go Big Red.
- [00:16:19.445]JORDAN LARSON:
Hey guys, Jordan Larson here.
- [00:16:20.713]I just wanted to
- [00:16:23.215]I know this situation
isn't the most ideal,
- [00:16:25.250]but you guys did it
- [00:16:26.819]and wishing you all the best
- [00:16:28.620]and success in
the years to come.
- [00:16:31.123]NDAMUKOING SUH: Class of 2020,
congratulations on graduating.
- [00:16:34.827]Enjoy these moments.
- [00:16:36.295]Have fun with it.
- [00:16:37.496]But prepare for the
next endeavors in life.
- [00:16:39.698]Go Big Red.
- [00:16:40.999]ANTON STEPHENSON:
Hello fellow Huskers.
- [00:16:42.434]I would like to send my
- [00:16:44.269]to you all for becoming
- [00:16:46.705]Though we cannot be together
- [00:16:47.573]to celebrate your
successes in person.
- [00:16:49.575]I hope you all can take
a moment to appreciate
- [00:16:51.210]the monumental accomplishments
you all have made
- [00:16:53.846]and how it's prepared you for
the next step in your journey.
- [00:16:55.781]Be proud and welcome to the
family of Husker alumni.
- [00:16:59.251]TOM OSBORNE: Well, congratulations to
all of you graduating seniors.
- [00:17:02.087]I know this is a little bit of
- [00:17:04.056]an interrupted process for you,
- [00:17:06.625]but this is the end of a
very significant journey.
- [00:17:09.561]So, congratulations on
- [00:17:11.997]It's a big deal
- [00:17:13.866]and we want to make sure
that going forward,
- [00:17:16.735]you guys have a great experience
- [00:17:18.303]and the rest of your lifetime
- [00:17:20.272]and you're proud
of your experience
- [00:17:21.507]that you had here at the
University of Nebraska.
- [00:17:26.412]RONNIE GREEN: I often
reflect on the outright grit
- [00:17:28.447]that our founders had to have
- [00:17:29.882]to establish this great
university in 1869.
- [00:17:34.353]The first chancellor,
- [00:17:36.622]planned the original
four block City Campus
- [00:17:39.458]and purchased this land
now known as East Campus.
- [00:17:43.262]How lucky we are that
- [00:17:46.098]land grant university has
helped generations experience
- [00:17:49.334]the transformative power
of higher education.
- [00:17:52.571]There are a lot of people here
- [00:17:54.173]who continue to build on a
bold vision started in 1869.
- [00:17:58.710](lively music)
- [00:18:01.146]KATHERINE ANKERSON: Congratulations from the
College of Architecture
- [00:18:03.649]on achieving this
milestone in your life.
- [00:18:06.885]There has never been a
more important time
- [00:18:08.720]to use your education to
affect a positive world.
- [00:18:11.623]So, Go Big Red, Go Big Grad.
- [00:18:15.794]JOHN BARTLE:
I want to congratulate
our students graduating
- [00:18:18.096]with a bachelor
of science degree
- [00:18:19.698]in criminology and
- [00:18:22.468]I urge you to use
what you've learned
- [00:18:24.870]to make our communities
safer and more just.
- [00:18:28.440]MARK BUTTON:
Congratulations to you on
this wonderful achievement.
- [00:18:31.477]This is a special moment
- [00:18:32.811]and we applaud all
the hard work
- [00:18:34.313]that you've done to get here.
- [00:18:35.981]On behalf of everyone in the
College of Arts and Sciences,
- [00:18:38.517]we wish you every
- [00:18:40.586]Go Big Grad.
- [00:18:42.221](lively music)
- [00:18:45.023]TIM CARR:
In our grit, our glory.
Snow Big Red.
- [00:18:51.463]KATHY FARRELL:
- [00:18:53.098]We are proud of you
- [00:18:54.199]and look forward to the
many ways you will lead
- [00:18:56.668]the future of business.
- [00:18:58.904]AMY GOODBURN: Congratulations
2020 Husker graduates.
- [00:19:01.740]I know you probably
- [00:19:03.208]this semester
- [00:19:05.043]But you've demonstrated
- [00:19:06.879]and finishing strong.
- [00:19:08.347]Good luck and Go Big Red.
- [00:19:10.782]TIFFANY HENG-MOSS:
CASNR graduates, you did it.
- [00:19:12.985]Congratulations on reaching
this important milestone.
- [00:19:16.288]Go Big Red and welcome
to the CASNR alumni.
- [00:19:19.892]SHERRI JONES:
- [00:19:21.693]you're off to great things.
- [00:19:23.161]Go Big Grads and Go Big Red.
- [00:19:25.797]CAPT. MARK LAKAMP:
Good morning to
all our graduates,
- [00:19:27.733]both our veterans as well
as our ROTC graduates
- [00:19:32.104]and all our
graduates in general.
- [00:19:33.205]Congratulations on
this momentous occasion.
- [00:19:35.674]Go Big Red and Go Big Grad.
- [00:19:38.443]RICHARD MOBERLY:
go be great leaders.
- [00:19:40.412]I can't wait to see
what you're gonna do.
- [00:19:43.248]CHARLES O'CONNOR:
From all of us
- [00:19:44.182]in the Hixson Lied College
of Fine and Performing Arts,
- [00:19:46.385]and to all of our
graduates of 2020,
- [00:19:49.187]Go Big Red and Go Big
- [00:19:53.625]LANCE PEREZ: On behalf of all
of the College of Engineering
- [00:19:55.594]faculty and staff,
- [00:19:58.430]Now go do big things.
- [00:20:01.033]AMY STRUTHERS: From all the staff and faculty
- [00:20:02.568]at the College of Journalism
and Mass Communications,
- [00:20:05.103]congratulations to
our 2020 May grads.
- [00:20:07.806]Go Big Grad.
- [00:20:09.975]LT. COL. C. J. ZAWORSKI:
Want to take this opportunity
to congratulate all of you
- [00:20:12.945]on your graduation, especially
our veterans, cadets,
- [00:20:15.714]and midshipmen in
the crowd today.
- [00:20:18.216]This is a tremendous
- [00:20:19.751]and we wish all of
you the best of luck.
- [00:20:22.354]Go Big Red.
- [00:20:26.925]RONNIE GREEN: At Nebraska,
we're proud to have students
- [00:20:29.161]from every state in the country
- [00:20:30.762]and more than a hundred
countries around the world.
- [00:20:33.932]Our international
students bring to campus
- [00:20:36.068]an amazing richness of
experiences and culture.
- [00:20:39.438]In fact, American
students often tell me
- [00:20:42.040]how their world has expanded
thanks to friendships
- [00:20:45.143]with our students from abroad.
- [00:20:47.245]Members of our global community
- [00:20:48.847]want to extend a special
greeting to our graduates.
- [00:20:52.351]JOSH DAVIS: To all of our
- [00:20:54.686]we're so glad that you chose
- [00:20:55.921]to make Nebraska
your second home.
- [00:20:58.290]Your presence has truly
enriched our campus.
- [00:21:01.226]And we're so proud
that you will forever
- [00:21:02.861]be a part of the global
- [00:21:06.431](speaking in
- [00:21:10.602]ZILFA IRAKOZE: Hello Huskers.
- [00:21:11.970]What an amazing
four years together.
- [00:21:14.339](speaking in Arabic language)
- [00:21:15.641]MOHAMMED AL LAWATI:
Congratulations Husker graduates
- [00:21:17.909]and Go Big Red.
- [00:21:19.945](speaking in Mandarin
Chinese and Malay language)
- [00:21:23.915]CHIN MAY TEOH:
Thank you UNL, I love you.
These columns originally stood
- [00:21:31.523]at Omaha's Burlington
- [00:21:34.393]During the remodeling,
- [00:21:35.627]they were shipped to this very
spot on our campus in 1930.
- [00:21:40.198]They frame the
original campus gates,
- [00:21:42.834]which were part of an iron fence
- [00:21:44.436]that surrounded the entire
City Campus until 1925.
- [00:21:48.974]Through these old Gates
- [00:21:50.142]have past generations
of Husker alumni.
- [00:21:53.278]Let's hear from a few now.
- [00:21:57.249]BARBARA HENDRICKS: Congratulations to
the class of 2020.
- [00:22:01.086]I wish you a successful
and fulfilled life
- [00:22:05.390]in spite of the uncertain
times in which we live.
- [00:22:09.127]JOANN MARTIN: To each of you
graduates, savor the moment.
- [00:22:12.197]Congratulations, your
future is bright.
- [00:22:15.801]Go for it.
- [00:22:17.402]DAVID GRAFF: Congratulations
graduates. Go Big Red.
- [00:22:20.205]ERLEEN HATFIELD: And I am challenging you
- [00:22:21.873]to be a leader,
innovator, and risk taker.
- [00:22:24.342]To make a positive
impact on the world.
- [00:22:26.478]Your aspirations will
evolve and that's okay.
- [00:22:29.047]You have the education
to make a difference.
- [00:22:31.817]DEEPAK KESHWANI:
Congratulations and welcome
- [00:22:33.218]to a global community
of Nebraska alumni
- [00:22:35.087]making a difference
in our world.
- [00:22:36.788]PAULA LAVIGNE: Just because
you won't be walking
- [00:22:38.023]across the stage this spring
- [00:22:39.391]doesn't mean you can't march out
- [00:22:41.059]and take on the world.
- [00:22:42.627]How you handle adversity
says so much more about you
- [00:22:45.263]than any ceremony
- [00:22:47.966]And if that isn't enough to
put this all into perspective,
- [00:22:50.936]just remember
that this also means
- [00:22:52.370]that you get all of
the cake to yourself.
- [00:22:57.542]GREEN: Nothing pleases me more
- [00:22:59.077]than watching as our alumni
leverage their education
- [00:23:02.481]to find success
and impact in life.
- [00:23:06.084]And now you're joining
that proud family.
- [00:23:08.787]Here with a special welcome
is Shelley Zaborowski,
- [00:23:11.857]executive director of the
Nebraska Alumni Association.
- [00:23:16.061]SHELLEY ZABOROWSKI: Congratulations graduates.
- [00:23:17.696]It is my pleasure to welcome you
- [00:23:19.431]to the Nebraska alumni family.
- [00:23:21.900]Your college days have
come to an unexpected end.
- [00:23:24.636]But you're joining a
- [00:23:26.571]of nearly 200,000 alumni
living all around the world
- [00:23:29.875]who are proud of all
you have accomplished.
- [00:23:32.210]For the rest of your lives,
- [00:23:33.411]you are Nebraska alumni
- [00:23:34.913]and I encourage you to
stay connected and engaged
- [00:23:37.282]with the university
as you go forth.
- [00:23:39.785]The path for your
- [00:23:41.720]was paved by those
who came before you.
- [00:23:44.489]It now becomes your privilege
- [00:23:46.158]to pay it forward to the
next generation of Huskers
- [00:23:48.760]through your gifts,
not just of treasure,
- [00:23:51.163]but of time, talents,
- [00:23:54.466]As a way to say welcome,
- [00:23:55.634]I'm proud to offer each member
- [00:23:57.269]of the May graduating
class of 2020
- [00:23:59.838]a complimentary
- [00:24:01.640]in the Nebraska
- [00:24:04.042]You can claim your membership
online at this website.
- [00:24:06.845]Then as an alumni
- [00:24:09.481]you'll see the many ways
- [00:24:10.482]you can stay connected
to the university
- [00:24:12.284]and to other Huskers.
- [00:24:13.885]You have much to
offer our alma mater
- [00:24:15.987]and your continued involvement
- [00:24:17.289]is critical to
- [00:24:19.858]Once again, congratulations.
- [00:24:21.927]Welcome to the alumni family.
- [00:24:23.628](soft bright music)
- [00:24:26.798]GREEN: We've reached the finale
of today's virtual celebration.
- [00:24:30.502]If you have your cap nearby,
- [00:24:32.337]now's the time to get it ready.
- [00:24:34.840]As I put on my academic regalia,
- [00:24:37.142]let me tell you a
little bit about it.
- [00:24:39.611]Academic costumes date back to
the 12th and 13th centuries.
- [00:24:44.015]The ordinary dress of
both students and teachers
- [00:24:46.885]was the dress of a cleric.
- [00:24:48.954]In the modern era, gowns
have symbolic meanings
- [00:24:52.057]tied to sleeve length,
stoles, hoods, and colors.
- [00:24:55.994]Our ceremonies culminate
- [00:24:57.696]with the turning of
the tassel on your cap.
- [00:25:00.565]The tassel before
graduation is on your right,
- [00:25:03.835]symbolizing your times as a
student here at the university.
- [00:25:07.973]When moved to the left,
- [00:25:09.608]you're identified now as a
University of Nebraska graduate.
- [00:25:14.779]It's now my honor to
confer your degree.
- [00:25:18.884]By authority of the
State of Nebraska,
- [00:25:21.386]vested in the university of
Nebraska's Board of Regents
- [00:25:24.990]and upon recommendation
from the faculty,
- [00:25:27.893]I am pleased to confer
upon each of you
- [00:25:31.096]a degree from the University
- [00:25:34.266]according to your particular
curriculum and course of study
- [00:25:37.802]with all of the associated
- [00:25:41.473]and responsibilities.
- [00:25:43.642]Now to make official your
status as Husker graduates,
- [00:25:48.380]I've asked an old
friend to help us out.
- [00:25:51.917]On my direction, I'll ask
you to move your tassel
- [00:25:55.420]from right to left.
- [00:25:58.556]Class of 2020, please
turn your tassel.
- [00:26:03.828](Husker fight song)
- [00:26:08.033]And with that, you are
a Nebraska graduate.
- [00:26:11.870]I can't wait to see
you back on our campus
- [00:26:14.205]to participate in a future
- [00:26:17.242]or just to visit
your alma mater.
- [00:26:19.911]Although everything's disrupted,
- [00:26:21.980]we're glad there's one
thing they can't cancel,
- [00:26:25.317]your bright future and
impact on the world.
- [00:26:28.920]On behalf of the entire
- [00:26:31.756]congratulations graduates
of the class of 2020.
- [00:26:35.527]Stay safe, be strong.
- [00:26:37.996]And as always, Go Big Red.
- [00:26:41.333](Husker fight song)
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