2021 International Student Graduation Reception
Join the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Global Strategies and the Nebraska Alumni Association in celebrating the accomplishments of our incredible 700+ international graduates from May 2021, December 2020 and August 2020. Learn more at https://go.unl.edu/intl2021.
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[00:00:00.922][Music: There is No Place Like
Nebraska, New Bounce]
[00:01:35.892]Hello, and welcome to the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln's
[00:01:38.999]2021 virtual International
Student Graduation Reception.
[00:01:43.340]My name is Josh Davis and
I'm the Associate Vice Chancellor
[00:01:45.060]for global affairs and senior
international officer at UNL.
[00:01:50.330]As we gather today from around the
world to celebrate the accomplishments of
[00:01:53.990]our incredible international
graduates in the past year,
[00:01:57.530]I'm reminded how lucky we are to have a
Husker family that stretches across the
[00:02:01.310]globe. To all of our May 2021 graduates
who will officially join that family
[00:02:06.140]this weekend, and to all of our recent
graduates from August and December 2020:
[00:02:10.730]we're so proud to count you among
this family of 200,000 Huskers.
[00:02:14.840]I want to offer you my sincere
congratulations on completing your degree
[00:02:18.440]here at Nebraska, and know that no matter
where you are in the world,
[00:02:21.410]Nebraska will always
be another home to you.
[00:02:24.320]I know that 2020 was a challenging year
as we grappled with the pandemic and the
[00:02:29.000]reality of not always being able
to see each other face to face.
[00:02:32.600]Some of you may have returned to your
home countries earlier than planned,
[00:02:36.290]and others may have gone longer than
expected without being able to see your
[00:02:39.620]friends and family.
[00:02:41.420]As I look back at the past year and
think about the progress that we've made,
[00:02:45.050]I'm optimistic about the future because
of the resilience and the Husker grit
[00:02:48.980]each of you have demonstrated
through these challenges.
[00:02:52.370]I hope you're proud of achieving so much
in earning your degree in the midst of
[00:02:56.420]a global pandemic, because it is
truly an incredible accomplishment.
[00:03:01.270]But beyond the challenges that
we faced in the last year,
[00:03:04.090]I'm even more optimistic about the future
because of the strong international
[00:03:08.200]community each of you
have helped create at UNL.
[00:03:11.770]We know you've overcome many obstacles
to reach your goal of graduation
[00:03:15.250]as an international student:
traveling to a new country,
[00:03:18.490]immersing yourself in another language
and culture and adjusting to a new
from where you grew up.
[00:03:25.240]And in addition to all
of these accomplishments,
[00:03:27.580]you have brought the world to
Nebraska in sharing your unique culture.
[00:03:31.780]You've shaped your university community
to be more inclusive and globally minded
[00:03:36.400]through the organizations that you've
engaged with and the initiatives that
[00:03:39.880]you've led. Earlier in February this year,
[00:03:42.370]we unveiled the university's
first ever institutional
[00:03:45.332]global strategy, Forward Together.
[00:03:48.040]As we went through the intensive, year-
long process of creating the strategy,
[00:03:52.090]it was critical that we gathered input
from some of our international students
[00:03:55.930]to hear your voices because you're
an important part of our community.
[00:04:00.130]Your presence on campus,
your needs, your engagement -
[00:04:03.070]we've taken all this into
account in our strategy.
[00:04:05.740]And particularly in Goal 3,
[00:04:07.600]Bring the Best to Nebraska, because we
know how much international students
[00:04:11.350]enrich our university community.
[00:04:14.350]This reception is a chance for us to
acknowledge all of our international
[00:04:17.260]graduates in the past year to celebrate
your legacy as a Husker and to
[00:04:22.000]thank your friends and family for the
support that they've provided while
[00:04:25.360]entrusting us with your education.
During our time together today,
[00:04:29.500]we have some guests from across UNL
and the Nebraska Alumni
[00:04:32.890]Association who want to share
messages of congratulations with you.
[00:04:37.090]We've also invited some of your peers
to share their own Husker journey and
[00:04:40.960]photos from their time at Nebraska.
[00:04:43.420]Finally, we'll recognize each of our more
than 700 international graduates at the
[00:04:47.740]conclusion of our virtual reception.
[00:04:50.115]Now I'd like to welcome our
Chancellor, Ronnie Green,
[00:04:52.840]to offer his congratulations
to each of you
[00:04:55.269]for your remarkable
achievements in the past year.
[00:04:59.130]To all of our international
graduates in the past year,
[00:05:02.340]congratulations on earning your degree
from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:05:07.350]We're so grateful and proud of
the tremendous impact you've
[00:05:09.991]had on our campus and our community.
[00:05:13.410]Each of your unique perspectives
have made Nebraska a better place.
[00:05:18.330]Our international graduates in the last
year represent 74 countries and have
[00:05:23.280]earned 734 degrees across
all nine colleges in more
[00:05:28.110]than 130 majors and specializations.
Each and every one of
[00:05:33.090]you has made a lasting impact on
Nebraska and have created friendships
[00:05:37.710]and professional networks that will
last a lifetime. Congratulations
[00:05:42.330]once again to each of you, and
never forget that you have a Husker
[00:05:47.100]family and second home here. Nebraska
is always here to support you in
[00:05:52.770]your lives, your education
and careers. Go Big Red.
[00:05:59.000]Thank you, Chancellor Green.
As you become part of our alumni family,
[00:06:02.810]I hope that you'll continue to stay
engaged with UNL as advocates for the
[00:06:06.800]university, as supporters of our
global strategy and as liaisons to
students. And of course,
[00:06:14.270]as you pursue your professional
career, we'd love to have you back
[00:06:17.342]in Nebraska for another degree.
[00:06:20.030]I'd now like to welcome executive director
of the Nebraska Alumni Association,
[00:06:24.140]Shelley Zaborowski, to
share her remarks with you.
[00:06:27.430]Hello, my name is Shelly Zaborowski
[00:06:29.000]and I serve as the executive
director of the
[00:06:31.690]Nebraska Alumni Association.
[00:06:34.150]Our mission at the Alumni Association is
to keep our alumni and friends connected
[00:06:38.230]to the university and to one another.
[00:06:41.230]When you first came to the University
of Nebraska, you came as strangers.
[00:06:45.220]You studied, worked and played as
friends. Now, as you graduate,
[00:06:49.870]you leave as an official member
of our Husker alumni family.
[00:06:55.810]You are joining a network of
200,000 alumni from all around the
[00:06:59.980]world. We want to stay connected to you:
[00:07:03.280]share your stories with us so that we
can use them to inspire current students.
[00:07:07.930]Help us be our advocates
and connect with
[00:07:09.610]business partners, research
partners, and future students.
[00:07:14.590]And, help recruit more students to attend
the university so they can have the same
[00:07:18.910]wonderful experience. You can
connect with us on our website,
[00:07:25.750]or download the Nebraska
Alumni app on the app store.
[00:07:30.110]After you cross the stage at Commencement,
[00:07:32.050]you'll have a chance to pick up
one of these alumni lapel pins.
[00:07:35.530]This is our gift to you.
[00:07:36.970]Take it and proudly show all the
world that you're a proud Husker alum.
[00:07:41.410]Once again, congratulations and
welcome to the alumni family.
[00:07:45.880]Before we continue with
the rest of our reception,
[00:07:48.310]I want to say congratulations once
again, to all of our new engineers,
[00:07:51.910]architects, scientists, artists,
journalists, entrepreneurs, teachers,
[00:07:56.560]and professionals who are ready to
create lasting change around the world.
[00:08:00.370]We're so proud of your accomplishments
and trust that your years at UNL prepared
[00:08:04.750]you to pave the way as future
leaders around the world.
[00:08:08.380]I hope you enjoy the reception.
[00:08:11.800]We are now thrilled to introduce you to
eight incredible international alumni
[00:08:15.850]from the past year, as they share
more about their Husker journey
[00:08:19.420]and the road ahead.
[00:08:22.870]My time at the University of Nebraska-
Lincoln was dream-like. Irreplaceable.
[00:08:31.690]Life changing. Miracle.
[00:08:34.330]Moving to Nebraska from Colombia
was one of the scariest,
[00:08:37.690]but bravest things I've ever done.
But the moment I stepped into Lincoln,
[00:08:41.500]I knew right there and then that
this new journey was going to be what
[00:08:45.340]I made of it. The first thing that
comes to my mind is how at my start,
[00:08:50.500]I had trouble talking to people
outside my comfort zone. After a while,
[00:08:54.910]one the international students invited
me to participate in one of the sports
[00:08:59.160]clubs at the university.
[00:09:00.810]I was able to find the confidence in
myself, talk with people and also make
[00:09:05.640]friends from many
[00:09:08.300]The summer after my freshman year,
[00:09:09.980]I had the opportunity to attend a field
class at the biological station in
[00:09:14.300]Ogallala, Nebraska. I had no
idea who's going to be there
[00:09:18.350]and was scared of going alone.
[00:09:20.220]After a month in Ogallala,
making new connections
[00:09:23.000]and friends, and conducting research
and learning more about the course,
[00:09:27.110]I was so glad I did not
give away this opportunity.
[00:09:30.110]My most memorable moments were during
my time at the International Welcome
[00:09:34.730]team. Not only did we take good
care of international students,
[00:09:39.770]but we also managed to
become lifelong good friends.
[00:09:42.860]My researcher and extension
involvement at UNL was one of the most
I've ever had in my life.
[00:09:49.970]Because participating in a statewide
initiative with more than 100
[00:09:54.050]cooperators from everywhere
[00:09:57.380]I feel, to my personal
and professional growth.
[00:10:00.410]My proudest achievement at UNL
is becoming who I am today.
[00:10:04.430]All the responsibilities I took up,
[00:10:06.380]all the opportunities that
I work to be qualified for -
[00:10:09.620]They are the results of UNL showing
me that I could do more, be more.
[00:10:14.810]During my time at UNL,
[00:10:16.550]I kind co-founded a RSO for
[00:10:21.110]LGBTQA+ students in business
to create a safe space and support.
[00:10:27.680]It meant a lot to me because
during my first year,
[00:10:31.519]there was no such thing.
[00:10:33.500]Since its establishment,
LGBTQA+ students in business
[00:10:38.420]are now more welcome and supported,
not just here at UNL,
[00:10:42.710]but also in Nebraska.
[00:10:44.630]So when I was nominated for the Woman
of Courage, Character and Commitment Award,
[00:10:49.350]it was a huge shock to me because
[00:10:51.880]I always minimized the work that I'm doing.
[00:10:55.340]Being selected as a recipient
is my biggest accomplishment.
[00:11:00.740]And it confirms to me that I can
see myself doing it for a long time.
[00:11:05.510]One of my biggest accomplishment at UNL
was being nominated by faculty to do the
[00:11:10.320]speech for the university graduates at
the College of Architecture this year.
[00:11:15.620]I'm so grateful to the faculty who
gave me patience in the past years.
[00:11:20.390]I think the best thing about being a
Husker is the fact that you belong to a
[00:11:23.930]very big family with a very welcoming
people. I enjoyed almost everything.
[00:11:28.730]I had at UNL, but what I
liked the most are the people.
[00:11:33.770]Locals, foreigners, teachers,
students, workers, officers:
[00:11:38.480]they all helped in some aspects.
[00:11:40.250]The first person I remember meeting
at UNL is Anne, my academic advisor.
[00:11:45.530]I just got off the plane.
[00:11:46.850]I went from tropical to snowstorm
and Anne's was the first face I
[00:11:51.650]associated with UNL. She has always
been friendly, supportive and
[00:11:56.300]an amazing listener.
[00:11:58.380]I can't think Dean Kathy Farrell
enough for her leadership to emphasize
[00:12:03.360]the College of Business commitment
to inclusive excellence.
[00:12:07.980]Not to mention the LGBTQA+
resource center and the
[00:12:12.210]OASIS. Thank you so much for
all your support. Without you,
[00:12:17.160]I won't be where I am today.
[00:12:19.710]I cannot just thank one
person, I have so many people!
[00:12:24.150]Thank you to everyone who was a part
of my journey, especially to Brianne,
[00:12:29.050]my supervisor; Kaitlyn Waller,
[00:12:32.040]CUSP Success Navigator. And to
everybody else that I met
[00:12:36.840]along the way. Thinking about
my impact at UNL,
[00:12:40.020]I think sharing my story
through Husker dialogues,
[00:12:42.810]inspired students to pursue
what they really want to do
[00:12:46.001]and build their desired career path.
[00:12:48.150]One of the ways I believe I have
impacted the community at UNL is being an
[00:12:52.650]active member of New Student Enrollment.
[00:12:55.080]It was an honor to share my experiences
and talk with incoming students,
[00:12:59.790]whether they're international
or domestic students.
[00:13:02.340]Now that I have graduated from UNL,
[00:13:05.040]I think my legacy is being
visible with those who can't.
[00:13:09.300]During my junior and senior years,
[00:13:11.220]I participated in the We Are Nebraska
program and Husker Dialogues
[00:13:16.770]to share my story on
diversity and inclusion.
[00:13:19.950]The best thing about being a Husker
is being part of this ecosystem.
[00:13:24.660]Everything I did, both outside and
inside the classroom, were involved with
[00:13:29.460]students and teachers
from all over the world.
[00:13:32.670]I took this as a huge privilege and I'm
really satisfied that I was a part of
[00:13:37.380]the global community at UNL.
Since I first came to UNL in 2017,
[00:13:42.240]I always felt extremely
welcomed by this
[00:13:45.690]charming and really thriving community.
[00:13:47.940]The support and the kindness
of people from Nebraska,
[00:13:51.540]it always made it feel
like home for me.
[00:13:54.450]To my fellow graduates, we made it! Really,
[00:13:59.250]against all odds, the pandemic,
the chaos in the world --
[00:14:03.930]We made it! And that reason
[00:14:06.060]alone should be a testimony
that you can get through anything.
[00:14:11.970]We will walk on the graduation day
[00:14:13.793]with heads held high and be
proud of ourselves because
[00:14:16.518]despite all these challenges,
[00:14:18.486]-- (because we're still in a pandemic) --
[00:14:20.310]Still, we get to accomplish this degree and
move one step closer towards the success.
[00:14:25.500]We should also never forget to value
the things that really matter to us.
[00:14:29.790]And we have to believe in ourselves
to be as strong enough and to be resilient.
[00:14:35.000]Be proud of who you are
and where you come from.
[00:14:38.220]There is history and pride in you,
and no one can tell you otherwise.
[00:14:42.630]I will be the first generation
to graduate from UNL.
[00:14:46.170]And also the first in my family to
graduate from a country outside the
[00:14:51.140]Middle East. I'm so thankful to my
family for their continuous support.
[00:14:56.450]I'm so happy I came to Nebraska because
I have learned not only from
[00:15:02.660]the books and paper, but also from
the people and the lifestyle.
[00:15:07.160]Graduating from UNL means stepping
into a new stage of my life.
[00:15:11.153]It means success, fulfillment and
inspiration for me,
[00:15:15.220]but also for the ones that
came before me and after me.
[00:15:18.320]Nebraska has helped me
accomplish that goal.
[00:15:20.860]And my goal is to becoming
a better version of myself.
[00:15:23.650]Graduating from Nebraska, for me,
[00:15:25.930]means belonging forever to a charming
and really hard working community.
[00:15:30.220]It doesn't matter where you go after this.
[00:15:32.950]I'm still going to be a Husker
because Nebraska was my first home
[00:15:37.900]when I got to the U.S.
[00:15:39.730]UNL has prepared me well and I'm nervous,
[00:15:42.700]but eager to take the next step
into a new stage of my life.
[00:15:46.900]I have decided to continue on my
master's degree here at UNL in the
[00:15:51.610]major of community regional
planning. In the next year,
[00:15:55.600]I will pursue a master's degree in
economics at either Austin, Texas,
[00:16:00.545]or Madison, Wisconsin.
[00:16:02.709]I am very excited to go to Cambridge, Massachusetts
[00:16:05.494]for my master's in movement and dance
therapy with a focus on neuropsychology.
[00:16:10.180]I really want to use these two passions
of mine and integrate them to address
[00:16:14.800]emotional, cognitive and physical
health in individuals.
[00:16:18.170]My dream job is to become a marketing
consultant and have my own agency.
[00:16:24.130]After graduating from UNL,
[00:16:25.780]I will be pursuing a dual degree program
in doctorate of veterinary medicine and
[00:16:30.340]master's of public health at
The Ohio State University.
[00:16:34.000]I have accepted an offer to study
higher education and student
[00:16:38.920]affairs at the University
of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
[00:16:43.780]And I'm really excited about that.
[00:16:46.690]I am currently applying for jobs in the
advertising and marketing industry,
[00:16:51.160]especially in the field of writing.
[00:16:53.350]After graduating from UNL in August 2020,
[00:16:56.710]I began pursuing a PhD program
at Cornell University in New York.
[00:17:00.940]And I'm really excited to build on the
knowledge I learned at UNL in Nebraska
[00:17:06.080]and hope to help with my research and
extension efforts to sustainable
[00:17:10.120]agricultural development across the world.
[00:18:18.890]Thank you to those incredible
graduates for sharing your stories.
[00:18:22.700]As we continue to celebrate
all of your accomplishments,
[00:18:25.670]some of our UNL faculty and staff
have prepared special messages
[00:18:29.539]to celebrate your graduation.
[00:18:31.760]Please enjoy their wishes and a
special photo montage from your peers.
[00:18:37.567]Congratulations to our graduates.
We're all so proud of you!
[00:18:40.790]And what an achievement
during such unprecedented times.
[00:18:43.430]As always, we're proud and Go Big Red!
[00:19:09.230]You've made it!
[00:19:10.760]You've given a bit of yourself
to Nebraska and now as graduates,
[00:19:15.740]I hope that you will take a bit of
Nebraska and university with you
[00:19:20.650]wherever you go. Congratulations,
and Go Big Red!
[00:19:55.250]I wanted to congratulate all graduating
international students within the
[00:19:59.120]University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
and especially within the
[00:20:01.860]College of Agricultural
Sciences and Natural Resources.
[00:20:05.090]This has been an extremely
[00:20:07.520]but you've been able to
show your resilience and proven
[00:20:09.440]that you were able to succeed.
So Go Big Red!
[00:20:43.220]So happy to share the excitement of
your graduation day. I'm so very
[00:20:48.100]proud of you too. I just know life
has even more wonderful things
[00:20:52.900]installed for you. Prayers and blessings
on your graduation and for your future.
[00:21:18.330]Congratulations on all the hard work
that you've put into earning your degree.
[00:21:20.600]And an extra congratulations on finishing
your degrees amidst the challenges
[00:21:24.630]of the past year. Thank you so much
for choosing UNL.
[00:21:27.090]We're lucky to have you as part
of our global Husker community.
[00:21:51.810]I grew up in Bangkok, Thailand.
I've studied at UNL.
[00:21:53.780]So just like you, I am international
[00:21:57.730]Just want to wish you the best
of success. And congratulations!
[00:22:26.880]Congratulations to all of our amazing
international student graduates.
[00:22:31.050]You have done so much to enrich the
lives of the students and staff
[00:22:35.130]working here at UNL.
[00:22:58.170]I wanted to take this opportunity to
congratulate all of our international
[00:23:02.490]students who are graduating in May and
who have graduated in the past year.
[00:23:05.940]It was an honor to have at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:23:35.310]Congratulations to you all! For the
future, stuff as many coping skills as you
[00:23:40.080]can in your stress management
toolbox to prevent burnout.
[00:24:15.500]I want to congratulate you on getting
your Ph.D.'s or master's degrees from...
[00:24:23.120](What's the name of the school? I can't
remember.) Anyways, congratulations.
[00:24:28.400]This is a huge step in your life
and I wish you nothing but the best.
[00:24:52.850]I wanted to say congratulations
to our graduates.
[00:24:55.701]You're doing big things.
[00:24:57.514]Go Big Red!
[00:25:31.850]I hope you've enjoyed your
time here in Nebraska
[00:25:35.030]and will always feel that
this is your second home.
[00:25:37.970]We will be delighted to welcome you back.
[00:25:39.980]You'll always be part
of the Nebraska family.
[00:26:01.100]Congratulations to all of our
graduating global Huskers.
[00:26:04.550]I am so proud of each one of you.
[00:26:06.620]And thank you so much for everything that
you have brought to the University of
[00:26:11.000]Nebraska and to our Lincoln community.
You've made a huge impact on my life
[00:26:16.010]and I am so excited that you've achieved
your goal of earning your degree
[00:26:40.670]I wanted to take a moment and
congratulate our international scholars
[00:26:44.160]on your graduation. I'm so thankful
for the time we've had to get to
[00:26:47.660]know you over these past years.
Remember: Go Big Red and Go Big Grad!
[00:27:20.660]From the staff on the International
Student and Scholar Office,
[00:27:23.720]we want to say to our graduating
international students, thank you.
[00:27:27.620]Our campus is so grateful
for your engagement
[00:27:30.501]and we wish you all the
very best in the path ahead.
[00:27:33.306]Congratulations on graduating!
[00:27:39.620]Before we conclude our 2021 International
Student Graduation Reception,
[00:27:44.450]we want to emphasize how proud the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln is
[00:27:48.630]of all of you.
[00:27:49.880]Please take a moment to recognize all
of our more than 700 international
[00:27:53.840]graduates from this past year as each
alum name and their degree is shared in
[00:27:58.670]alphabetical order by commencement cycle.
[00:33:26.860]Thank you, 6nce again,
[00:33:28.030]for joining us for our 2021 International
Student Graduation Reception.
[00:33:32.830]We hope you know how proud we are to
count you in our Husker alumni family.
[00:33:37.150]Congratulations once again to each
of you. And remember --
[00:33:40.188]Once a Husker, always a Husker.
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