2020 Virtual International Student Graduation Reception
Celebrating our 2020 graduates from around the globe.
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- [00:01:11.389]Hello from Nebraska,
- [00:01:12.860]and welcome to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- [00:01:15.331]International Student Graduation Reception.
- [00:01:18.696]My name is Josh Davis and I'm
- [00:01:20.241]the Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
- [00:01:22.786]at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- [00:01:25.464]This reception is one of the highlights of my year
- [00:01:28.032]because it's where we get to recognize
- [00:01:29.640]our international graduates
- [00:01:31.357]who have come from all around the world
- [00:01:33.378]to be a part of the Husker community.
- [00:01:36.525]To all of our new international alumni
- [00:01:38.807]who have just graduated this May,
- [00:01:40.566]as well as those who graduated
in August and December 2019,
- [00:01:44.468]I want to congratulate you on completing your degrees at Nebraska.
- [00:01:48.265]We're so glad to have the chance
to celebrate your accomplishments,
- [00:01:51.625]along with your friends and family
- [00:01:53.488]all around the world.
- [00:01:55.575]We began hosting this annual
Reception in May 2017,
- [00:01:59.369]in partnership with the Nebraska Alumni Association,
- [00:02:02.856]to celebrate your hard work and connect with
- [00:02:05.003]friends, faculty, staff, and family who have
- [00:02:08.049]supported your educational career at UNL.
- [00:02:11.141]Of course, with COVID-19 impacting all of us,
- [00:02:14.187]no matter where in the world we live,
- [00:02:16.074]this year we're bringing our
reception to you virtually.
- [00:02:19.598]During this virtual reception,
- [00:02:21.521]we'll have a special message from the Executive Director
- [00:02:24.090]of the Nebraska Alumni Association
- [00:02:26.699]and other guests from across
UNL and around the world
- [00:02:30.250]who want to offer you a
special graduation message.
- [00:02:33.360]We've also invited some of your peers
- [00:02:35.802]to share their own Husker journey and photos
- [00:02:38.400]from their time at Nebraska.
- [00:02:40.532]Finally, we'll recognize each of our
more than 750 international graduates
- [00:02:45.400]at the conclusion of our virtual reception.
- [00:02:49.055]As an international student, you have overcome
many obstacles to reach your goal of graduation:
- [00:02:54.699]traveling to a new country away from home,
immersing yourself in another language and culture
- [00:03:00.514]and adjusting to a completely new academic setting.
- [00:03:04.174]You've also made new friends, you've engaged
in co-curricular activities through student
- [00:03:08.970]organizations all across campus.
- [00:03:12.530]Traditionally, this is a time where we also
get to celebrate this accomplishment with
- [00:03:17.830]your families—those who have done so much
to support you and who have entrusted us with
- [00:03:24.140]the important work of providing you with a
- [00:03:28.383]While we're disappointed that we can't
celebrate in person with each and every one
- [00:03:32.700]of you in these unique circumstances, we're
so proud of how you all have risen to the
- [00:03:37.560]challenge and adjusted to the new ways that
we've all had to work and learn over the
- [00:03:42.849]last few months.
- [00:03:44.979]All of you, our international graduates who
represent 69 different countries, have earned
- [00:03:51.443]795 degrees in the past year, across all 9 colleges,
- [00:03:56.056]in more than 150 majors and specializations.
- [00:03:59.416]Each and every one of you has made a lasting
impact on our campus and our community, and
- [00:04:04.260]have created friendships and professional
networks in Nebraska that will last a lifetime.
- [00:04:09.472]Never forget that you have a forever family
and a second home here at Nebraska.
- [00:04:14.725]And now, I'd like to welcome Executive Director
of the Nebraska Alumni Association,
- [00:04:19.937]Shelley Zaborowski, to share some remarks.
- [00:04:22.970]She also has a message just for our May graduates
about the Graduation Celebration Box from
- [00:04:29.060]the university to commemorate your final semester
during these unprecedented times.
- [00:04:34.945]Hello, friends.
- [00:04:36.260]My name is Shelley Zaborowski,
and I am the Executive Director
- [00:04:39.152]of the Nebraska Alumni Association.
- [00:04:41.746]Our mission is to maintain connections with
Nebraska graduates, and help them connect
- [00:04:46.280]back to the University, as well as with each
- [00:04:49.180]When you came to the University of Nebraska,
you were strangers.
- [00:04:52.880]You studied, worked, and played as friends.
- [00:04:55.770]Now, as you graduate, you leave as part of
our Nebraska family.
- [00:04:59.190]You're joining a network of more than 200,000
- [00:05:04.360]We want to stay connected with you.
- [00:05:06.190]We want to hear about your successes,
and share your stories with
- [00:05:09.056]current students to inspire them.
- [00:05:11.050]Please visit our website at HuskerAlum.org
for news and updates.
- [00:05:15.660]We want you to be our advocates, share the
news about your experience here at the University,
- [00:05:20.385]and the amazing work being done
to help elevate our reputation,
- [00:05:23.721]and encourage other students to attend.
Don't be shy!
- [00:05:26.890]Be proud and tell the world!
- [00:05:29.450]If you've not already, you will receive
a Graduation Celebration Box from the University.
- [00:05:34.240]One of the items in that box is a Nebraska
Alumni lapel pin.
- [00:05:38.220]I invite you to wear it proudly, and show
the world that you are a Nebraska alumnus.
- [00:05:43.440]Included in the box, is also an offer for
a free year's membership
- [00:05:46.436]in the Nebraska Alumni Association.
- [00:05:48.240]Follow the instructions on the card to claim
the membership, and continue to get updates
- [00:05:53.340]about how you can stay connected with other
Nebraska graduates and with your University.
- [00:05:58.353]Congratulations once again.
- [00:06:00.370]Go Big Red, and welcome to the Alumni Family!
- [00:06:04.683]Thank you, Shelley, for those remarks.
- [00:06:08.130]Before we continue with our Reception, I want
to say congratulations once again to all of
- [00:06:14.199]our new engineers, architects, scientists,
journalists, entrepreneurs, teachers and all
- [00:06:20.840]of our new professionals who are ready to
create a lasting change around the world.
- [00:06:25.070]We're so proud of all of your accomplishments,
and we trust that your years at UNL
- [00:06:30.549]have prepared you to pave the way
as future leaders around the world.
- [00:06:35.770]Go Big Red and Go Big Grad!
- [00:06:38.965]I hope you enjoy the reception.
- [00:06:43.776]And now we have a special message from
some of our international graduates
- [00:06:47.481]in the last year.
- [00:06:51.187]For my fellow graduates and students at
UNL, I know that this is a hard time for all
- [00:06:57.319]of us, but just remember to believe in yourself
and you can be the best.
- [00:07:03.090]This pandemic has affected our lives in
- [00:07:06.690]I think this is a challenge that we can all
- [00:07:09.139]Always remember that it is with the hardest
times of our lives that we are able to make
- [00:07:14.289]the most personal growth and lifelong stories.
- [00:07:17.100]Congrats to all graduates.
- [00:07:18.319]You made it through college and a global pandemic!
- [00:07:22.180]Remember that this is only a small portion
of your journey and that we still have so
- [00:07:27.349]many positive things ahead.
- [00:07:28.759]To find a place where you feel safe and
welcomed and a very strong community of researchers
- [00:07:35.810]and scholars... I found that in UNL.
- [00:07:38.310]Graduating from Nebraska means having a
strong sense of community, education, hard
- [00:07:44.569]work, and excellence.
- [00:07:46.620]Deciding to take the "3+1" Program was a
very important moment for me.
- [00:07:51.759]I would live in a completely new environment
for a year.
- [00:07:57.410]But what was more important is that I would
have more ways to observe the world.
- [00:08:02.680]The best thing about being a Husker is
meeting people from all around the world.
- [00:08:07.490]My favorite memory during
college experience at UNL is
- [00:08:11.113]being part of the International Welcome Team.
- [00:08:13.654]We just had so much fun.
- [00:08:14.949]I made so much friends.
- [00:08:16.030]Being able to look back to everything that
I've done in Nebraska
- [00:08:19.472]is truly an amazing feeling.
- [00:08:21.076]My favorite part about Nebraska is how
inclusive the community is.
- [00:08:26.029]I love the diversity at UNL for sure.
- [00:08:28.099]Well, I think the global community at UNL
is very rich, to a point that I got a lot
- [00:08:36.450]of cultures that I've been influenced by.
- [00:08:39.719]I volunteered for many years for the Nebraska
chapter of the Partners of Americas, which
- [00:08:44.800]is a non-profit organization here in Lincoln.
- [00:08:48.100]We worked to connect and empower the international
community not only on campus,
- [00:08:53.513]but all over the city.
- [00:08:55.619]The best thing about being a Husker is
being part of such a
- [00:08:59.551]welcoming and caring community.
- [00:09:01.982]The Nebraskans are what make it really
great and also what's around what's surrounding
- [00:09:06.280]the environment.
- [00:09:08.633]The best thing about being
a Husker is absolutely the
- [00:09:11.205]life-long friendships that you'll make.
- [00:09:13.140]I've never felt like a
stranger being in Nebraska
- [00:09:16.097]and I'm definitely proud to be a Husker.
- [00:09:18.440]The best thing about being a Husker is
the school spirit.
- [00:09:23.630]I loved those football games.
- [00:09:26.840]My favorite memory at UNL was studying
abroad at Oxford.
- [00:09:32.310]Being abroad with UNL students has opened
me to new horizons as well as to become more
- [00:09:39.380]daring in trying new things.
- [00:09:41.010]I got involved in many campus groups at
- [00:09:44.920]My favorite memory I would have to say is
working with my teammates at LunaBotics. I was
- [00:09:49.250]able to represent the university at NASA's competition,
- [00:09:53.137]and I'm proud to say
that I was a team leader.
- [00:09:54.900]One of my favorite memories here was when
I was visiting cities in the Western part
- [00:09:59.920]of the state during the plant pathology course
named Plant Diseases Across Nebraska.
- [00:10:05.300]It was so much fun to see how creative local
Nebraskan farmers are to combat plant diseases.
- [00:10:12.468]My favorite memory at UNL is Recess Day.
- [00:10:15.760]Big Red Resilience and Wellbeing organizes
a Recess Day annually for campus
- [00:10:21.661]to relieve stress and have fun.
- [00:10:23.959]As a Wellbeing Ambassador, I was assigned
to design some cultural games
- [00:10:29.269]in the last Recess Day,
and I enjoyed seeing people having fun.
- [00:10:34.980]My biggest and proudest accomplishment
from my time at UNL: I decided to become
- [00:10:42.179]a leadership position of Vice President at
Cultural Ambassadors and it was really fun.
- [00:10:49.549]It was really, really, really interesting
and then I learned so much.
- [00:10:54.530]I am proud of quite a number of things
that I was able to achieve.
- [00:10:57.480]I was the president for the College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources Program Week Council.
- [00:11:01.860]I was blessed to, you know, represent the
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- [00:11:05.260]again at the World Food Prize.
- [00:11:06.790]But if I was to say probably one of my biggest
achievements would for sure be able to secure
- [00:11:12.059]an internship with the Nebraska Department
- [00:11:15.060]I am most proud of my grades and academic
success here at UNL.
- [00:11:20.630]It wasn't always easy but I feel rewarded
from my hard work at UNL.
- [00:11:26.830]One of my biggest accomplishments was starting
my first job at the Office of Admissions.
- [00:11:33.720]I worked with prospective international students
and helped them decide
- [00:11:38.140]if Nebraska was right for them.
- [00:11:39.841]A lot of memories to share. One of my
most outstanding are the ones that are related
- [00:11:46.209]to my project that I worked on.
- [00:11:48.290]Brian Kelly, one of my professors, who said
once that it's the time to express and test
- [00:11:55.559]the limits, there is no limits.
- [00:11:57.449]One of the main ones I worked on a project
for the Joslyn Museum of Art
- [00:12:03.581]and was designing a chair.
- [00:12:06.260]And then I was honored to be one of those
who displayed their work.
- [00:12:10.320]My proudest accomplishment was reuniting
graduate students and the university administration
- [00:12:15.829]to advocate for graduate education when
I was serving as the president of the
- [00:12:22.073]ASUN Graduate Student Assembly.
- [00:12:24.850]My proudest accomplishment is definitely
earning a degree in mechanical engineering
- [00:12:28.460]and a minor in mathematics.
- [00:12:30.939]The road was definitely long, but after being
a graduate for a while, and looking back at it
- [00:12:35.617]I am proud of the person I am today.
- [00:12:39.860]I think my journey as a Nebraska Alumni is
only getting started.
- [00:12:43.600]Graduating from Nebraska has shaped a great
part of who I am today.
- [00:12:47.800]Nebraska has truly become a second home to me.
- [00:12:51.863]I will cherish the experience at UNL.
- [00:12:54.690]Graduating from the University of Nebraska
means that I have challenged myself.
- [00:12:59.590]It does mean a lot me because I am in a
unique position where even though I'm still
- [00:13:04.400]an international student, I went to high school
within Nebraska at Columbus, Nebraska actually.
- [00:13:11.150]I am glad I finally made it second degree
completed, so I'm just really excited.
- [00:13:17.579]Graduating from Nebraska means graduating
from one of the most featured universities
- [00:13:25.510]in the American Midwest, and I'm proud of
- [00:13:28.980]After graduation, I'm most looking forward
to apply the knowledge that I acquired here
- [00:13:34.051]on campus back to the community.
- [00:13:36.200]I have decided to take the master's program
of food science
- [00:13:41.676]in Wageningen University, Netherlands.
- [00:13:44.298]In fall, I will come back to South Dakota State University
- [00:13:47.736]to start my Dietetic Internship program.
- [00:13:51.226]After graduating, I am planning to continue
my graduate studies here at UNL.
- [00:13:57.750]My dream job is becoming a business incubator because
- [00:14:01.866]I want to help people make a
difference in their community.
- [00:14:04.870]I am ready to be more involved in international
trade because as an international business
- [00:14:10.830]major, I think that is something what I am
truly passionate into.
- [00:14:14.128]What I'm most looking forward to after
graduation is the ability to explore, make
- [00:14:19.060]new memories, and for sure make new relationships.
- [00:14:22.110]Graduating from Nebraska means the beginning
of a new journey for me.
- [00:15:30.620]Thank you to those incredible, eight international
graduates for sharing your story as a Husker.
- [00:15:36.810]As we continue to celebrate all of your accomplishments,
we have invited some of our UNL faculty, staff,
- [00:15:43.280]and global partners to share words of congratulations
for our sponsored student programs
- [00:15:48.871]and all of our new international alumni.
- [00:15:52.240]Please enjoy our guest speaker messages as
well as a special photo montage
- [00:15:56.646]from your peers.
- [00:15:59.674]Congratulations to the 2020 graduates of
the Undergraduate Scholarship Program of the
- [00:16:05.280]College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- [00:16:10.450]Just last December, the Rwanda Defense
Forces and the National Guard of Nebraska
- [00:16:15.569]signed a partnership agreement.
- [00:16:17.490]I noted at that ceremony the Rwanda and Nebraska
ties will build on a strong foundation laid
- [00:16:23.230]by UNL in Lincoln and the Rwandan Institute
of Conservation Agriculture in Rwanda.
- [00:16:28.640]Thanks to support from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation.
- [00:16:31.799]I salute all of you for your hard work and
most importantly the leadership that you demonstrate.
- [00:16:37.179]For example, Herve Christian Sheja Kabanda
- [00:16:41.172]is the president of the
Agriculture Leadership Shields.
- [00:16:44.752]All of you, the CUSP Scholar graduates of
2020, will be pioneers in fields as important
- [00:16:51.679]as genomics, animal and food science as well
as biochemistry, horticulture and water science.
- [00:16:58.459]Today's graduates are doing amazing things;
having completed their studies with distinction
- [00:17:04.030]and high GPAs in Lincoln and internships in
the US and Rwanda.
- [00:17:09.209]Many of the organizations where you have worked
in Rwanda are key partners in both the development
- [00:17:14.559]field and in the private sector, including
members of our new American Chamber of Commerce
- [00:17:19.819]in Rwanda, such as the Rwanda Trading Company
where Deo did market research.
- [00:17:24.680]I'm thrilled that Nadine worked at Get It,
the vegetable wholesale, and Clement at
- [00:17:29.784]Masaka Creamery, two companies that practice inclusive
hiring of people with disabilities
- [00:17:35.222]and contribute to the
Rwanda agribusiness economy.
- [00:17:39.390]In the field of agricultural development,
Precious and Gloria worked for One Acre Fund,
- [00:17:44.799]and Olivier for USAID's Hinga Weze programs
which are complimentary in Rwanda and contribute
- [00:17:50.860]to improving agriculture, the backbone of
- [00:17:54.940]In conclusion, hats off to you, to your professors,
and to your parents on your successful commencement.
- [00:18:02.020]Nuko nuko!
- [00:18:20.330]Congratulations to all of our graduating
- [00:18:24.760]This is an important milestone and we want
you to know your Nebraska family
- [00:18:29.038]is proud of your accomplishments.
- [00:18:30.300]We are wishing you all the best, and Go Big
- [00:18:47.114]Hello everyone, I just want to say how
proud I am of all of you for all the hard
- [00:18:51.060]work you've done and all the accomplishments
that you've completed.
- [00:18:54.790]I wish we could be together to celebrate your graduation,
- [00:18:57.663]but I hope you go on to great and better things.
- [00:19:00.530]Go Big Red!
- [00:19:17.504]Hey international Huskers,
- [00:19:19.157]congratulations on your huge achievement.
We've been so proud of you,
- [00:19:22.909]your resilience and the commitment you've kept to your education
- [00:19:25.840]and now it's finally paid off.
- [00:19:27.360]We're so excited for you and we can't
wait to see what you do in the future.
- [00:19:31.284]Congratulations and Go Big Red!
- [00:19:55.143]Congratulations from students around the
world as you get ready to graduate from the
- [00:19:59.978]University of Nebraska-Lincoln this semester.
- [00:20:02.790]We're so glad you were here.
- [00:20:04.980]Your presence enhanced our campus and made
us better and now we just want to say thank
- [00:20:10.930]you and wish you all the best in this next
phase of your career.
- [00:20:31.407]Hello Engineering graduates, I am so proud
of all of the hard work that you've put
- [00:20:35.380]into reaching this milestone in your education.
- [00:20:37.630]Please know that no matter where you go in
life, you'll always be a Husker.
- [00:20:41.940]Go Big Red!
- [00:21:00.354]Congratulations graduates on an amazing
accomplishment in pursuing
- [00:21:03.639]and receiving your college degree.
- [00:21:06.440]We are proud of you and we want to thank you
for choosing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- [00:21:11.741]Best wishes in your future adventures.
- [00:21:38.660]Thanks for deciding to come to Nebraska
and being a Cornhusker.
- [00:21:41.720]You've touched so many lives and enriched
people's experiences by being here
- [00:21:47.153]and we wish you the best.
- [00:21:49.018]Congratulations, and as always, Go Big Red.
- [00:22:07.978]Hello, UNL international graduates. Dan Hutt
here with the Center for Academic Success
- [00:22:14.509]and Transition, CAST. Some of you might
know me as one of the coordinators
- [00:22:19.554]of Coffee Talks.
- [00:22:21.128]A big congratulations on your magnificent
- [00:22:25.470]I hope you're very proud of yourself because
we're proud of you.
- [00:22:29.649]Wishing you all the best in your very bright
futures. Take care!
- [00:22:50.216]Congratulations, graduate!
- [00:22:52.271]Myself and everyone in the College of Business
is so excited for you and we can't wait
- [00:22:56.140]to hear what you're doing next, so please
stay in touch now and in the future.
- [00:22:59.861]Go Big Red!
- [00:23:15.650]Congratulations, graduates!
- [00:23:17.414]It's so exciting to think that no matter
where people travel in this world, our graduates
- [00:23:22.530]will be there to make it a better place.
- [00:23:25.210]Congratulations and good luck in your next
phase of life.
- [00:23:43.229]So happy to share in the excitement of
your graduation day
- [00:23:47.377]and so very proud of you too.
- [00:23:49.961]I just know life has even more wonderful things
in store for you.
- [00:23:54.020]Prayers and blessings on your
graduation and for your future.
- [00:23:58.850]Go Big Red!
- [00:24:18.139]From all of us at international admissions,
- [00:24:21.446]Nebraska's newest international graduates.
- [00:24:23.510]We are so proud of what you've accomplished
so far in Lincoln and can't wait to see
- [00:24:26.370]what you'll do next.
- [00:24:27.610]Until then, enjoy this, you've earned it.
- [00:24:45.639]Hi, this is Stephanie Kuenning from the
College of Architecture.
- [00:24:49.610]I wanted to take a minute and congratulate
each of our international students
- [00:24:53.444]graduating this May.
- [00:24:55.170]I feel certain you're ready to make a great
impact on our world.
- [00:24:58.780]Go Big Red, and Go Big Grad!
- [00:25:18.180]I want to personally thank you for making
UNL a better place and I look forward to all
- [00:25:22.550]the great work you will continue to do.
- [00:25:24.767]Congratulations and Go Big Grad.
- [00:25:43.459]Hello, everyone! Congratulations
on your graduation today.
- [00:25:47.022]I just wanted to say that you worked very
hard and we're very proud of you.
- [00:25:52.059]Have a great celebration and a successful
- [00:25:55.370]Go Big Red! Go Big Grad!
- [00:26:13.359]This has been such a long and interesting
journey and we could not be prouder of you
- [00:26:17.970]for achieving this accomplishment.
- [00:26:20.456]Thank you so much for making Nebraska your
second home and don't forget to celebrate.
- [00:26:26.028]Congratulations global
Huskers, and Go Big Red!
- [00:26:44.878]Before we conclude our 2020 International
Student Graduation Reception,
- [00:26:49.834]we want to emphasize how proud
- [00:26:51.876]the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
is of all of you.
- [00:26:55.771]Please take a moment to recognize all of our
- [00:26:57.657]more than 780 international graduates
- [00:27:01.180]from this past year as each alumni name
- [00:27:04.276]and their degree is shared in alphabetical order
- [00:27:06.610]by commencement cycle.
- [00:34:12.417]Thank you once again to everyone
who was able to join us for our
- [00:34:16.165]2020 International Student Graduation Reception.
- [00:34:20.060]Although we would have much preferred
to celebrate with you in person,
- [00:34:23.877]we hope you all know how proud we are to
- [00:34:25.886]count you in our Husker alumni family.
- [00:34:29.312]Congratulations once again to each of you,
- [00:34:31.869]and remember: once a Husker, always a Husker.
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