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California Military Institute 2020 Virtual Commencement
Dr. Milosavljevic Graduation Speech
Class of 2020
I was only 14 years old when my family and I crossed the Atlantic ocean and moved to Chicago back in 1989 from the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. My childhood was filled with joy as I swam and fished in the beautiful Adriatic Sea over summer and enjoyed skiing and sledding with family and friends over winter.
My father and mother wanted to take a year off and pursue higher education and for myself and my sister and brother to learn English. We were going to return home after the year was over. But shortly after landing in Chicago I watched on tv as tanks rolled through the streets of my hometown. My school was being used to shelter the
refugees and the wounded. Our family home in Croatia was bombed and looted. My world came crashing down in an instant much like yours did when our school closed on March 13.
Everything I had known, everything that was secure and familiar had changed in a blink of an eye. I had lost my friends, family and my home. For a moment I felt hopeless and helpless. But then, my father who is a paragon of courage, optimism and resilience stepped up to the stage and showed me how to move forward and succeed in life despite the obstacles.
I wish to share with you what my father taught me in hopes that it will help you deal with the situation you find yourself in today and show you that you can find success, meaning and happiness despite the obstacles set before you.
#1. Happiness: It doesn’t just happen. You must intentionally engage in behaviors that promote the experience of joy, commitment, positive wellbeing and the sense that your life is good and worthwhile. For me that means playing basketball or soccer or tennis, playing my trumpet or guitar, swimming, playing hide and seek with my kids, going hiking to experience nature, reading or sneaking out to go rock climbing so my wife does not find out cos I would be in a lot of trouble if she did. What activities give you joy? Be intentional about doing things that make you happy.
#2. Focus on developing a growth mind-set which is the belief that you can use your God given qualities and talents to learn or master any new skill or science if you put the time and effort in to it, and that includes fractions by the way. It is this mindset that propelled me to become a Chemistry Teacher and then Principal and to finish my Ph.D this year. What do you want to accomplish? Whatever it is, you have it in you to do it, but first you must believe and then you must get to work! Your step one is to sign up for college classes in the fall or sign up with a branch of the military or get going with starting that business you always wanted to start. Don’t delay and don’t procrastinate. Yes you can and yes you will!
#3. Nurture positive relationships with others. During the difficult years of learning a new
language and finding work in a foreign country my family and I learned to rely on each other but also created new supporting friendships. These friendships created a support system for us that helped us make it through some very difficult times. So celebrate with your friends, meet often even if its over facetime or zoom or google hang out but definitely hang out and enjoy your time together. Some of you have been together since fifth grade (our legacy students) and you are a family now so stay together and love one another. However, you also must be open and make space for new friendships and new relationships. Seek friendships that will be positive, seek people who can teach you something good and help you be your better self.
Class of 2020, you know how important it is to never stop learning so allow me to conclude with two amazing facts. First of all your class of 2020 is the largest Senior Class in the history of CMI with 116 Seniors Graduating! You are already making your mark on history. Second, today is June 5th the day of your graduation. On June 5th 1752 Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity. Today on June 5th we are setting you free to demonstrate that you the Class of 2020 will electrify the whole world with your Happiness, Growth- Mindset and Power of your Positive Relationships.
Class of 2020, I charge you one last time with these words I shared with you during our morning formations: Never forget that We love you, You are Safe now go and do something Great! Go Rough Riders!
2020 Virtual Commencement - Nuview Bridge Early College High School
Congratulations to Nuview Bridge Early College High School Class of 2020!!!
Oh 2020…. Can we please just get a do over? Seniors, you may look back at these last few months of your senior year and think about how much you missed out on. But instead, I want to focus on what you didn’t miss out on this year.
How about the obvious?
This is the first class and possibly the last class that will probably ever have a virtual graduation.
The first class and possibly the last class to receive custom senior banners and had the community come together to deliver it to you.
The first class and possibly the last class to have a panoramic banner displaced high and proud in front of our school.
And then there’s the obvious: this is the first Bridge graduating class in the middle of a pandemic.
Seniors, of all of my years in education, this is the first time I have had the reward of having the entire communities come together to rally for a graduating class.
Class of 2020, you created many firsts for all of us.
This year we have 140 students in the class of 2020. Twenty seniors are earning at least one Associates degree and 33 have completed their IGETC. We have 126 seniors going straight to college, 46 of those CSUs, 17 UCs, 8 private colleges, 7 out of state, and 47 community colleges. Of those, we have seniors going as far as Arizona, Pennsylvania and Texas. Collectively, our class of 2020 completed 5,373 college units since Fall of 2016. Then we have our 6 seniors joining the armed forces, 5 going into the workforce and 4 into trade school. In addition, our seniors completed over 28,000 community service hours.
And what about sports? 70 of you participated in a sport this year and 101 of you participated in at least one sport in the last four years. 9 of you were tri sport athletes, one of you played 5 sports and 10 plan on pursuing college athletics. Then 9 of you were awarded First Team in sports and 6 in the Second team.
Seniors, today is about celebrating you. Look how much you accomplished wearing pajamas and unbrushed hair. Come Fall, you will all move on to do your next step of life and I know the rest of us are grateful, because we need you. We need our Kinesiologists, Nurses, Engineers, our firefighters, psychologists and Armed Forces.
I wish times were different for you. I wish I could give you a traditional graduation and give your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles a chance to see your procession with Pomp and CIrcumstance. But maybe there is something more important than that. Something that says so much more about the class of 2020. You have been tested and you didn’t give up. You kept going and now you are a high school graduate.
Go on and let your family know - you are ready for what lies ahead in this very different world. Because you are the amazing class of 2020 and you are ready.
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Jasper Lucas - Principal
Nuview Bridge Early college High School
Perris Lake High School, Perris Community Adult School & Scholar+ 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony
The mission of the Perris Union High School District is to provide quality educational programs and meaningful opportunities which encompass the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical aspects of all students within the district and which will enable them to become productive members of society.
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2018 La Sierra University Commencement
Thousands descended on La Sierra University on Sunday, June 17, 2018 to see the annual turning of the tassels. Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
About 500 degrees were awarded at the ceremony. Two honorary degrees were given to individuals with longtime connections to the university.
Rose Mayes, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, received the honor. She’s been a board member with the university’s foundation since 2002. Also honored was Robert Krone, president and co-founder of the Kepler Space Institute. Krone was a professor at the university between 1992 and 2007.
A Message from the President of La Sierra University
Congratulations! We rejoice with you as you achieve your degree goal. Now is the time to celebrate all of your hard work, and to look forward to the next chapter of your life. I share your sense of accomplishment.
I assure you that your time studying here at La Sierra University was a wise investment in your future. You are now part of La Sierra’s legacy of leadership and service. Since our founding in 1922, our alumni have distinguished themselves as thinkers, teachers, researchers, lawyers, judges, healthcare professionals, public servants, entrepreneurs, ministers, and activists. Now is your time to make an impact on the world.
I would like to extend a warm invitation to you and your family to participate in the 2018 La Sierra University Graduation Weekend. Graduation is a highlight for the University, and this year we are looking forward to another memorable occasion. Graduation weekend is June 15-17, with services in the La Sierra University Church on Friday and Saturday, and on our historic Founders’ Green on Sunday morning.
La Sierra has prepared you well and now it is up to you to grasp new opportunities, define yourself and your place in the world, and make a difference to those who will look to you for leadership and support. I wish you God’s richest blessings for a fulfilling and rewarding future.
La Sierra University Commencement - Class of 2019
In the final tally, La Sierra University’s graduating class was 507 strong on June 16 surpassing last year’s record number of 501 students to receive degrees from the institution.
This year’s commencement served as La Sierra University President Randal Wiseby’s last in his leadership role. He heads into retirement as of June 30 following 12 years at the university’s helm. On May 30, university trustees announced the selection of Provost Joy Fehr to serve as president beginning July 1.
In his welcoming remarks to the graduates, Wisbey noted their contributions to the campus and the world around them, some while enduring significant hardships. “You have looked for ways to extend the reach God’s kingdom, God’s justice and grace to members who have been underserved and have little or no voice. … You have helped to bring our university national and international attention through your service and through your leadership. The Class of 2019, you have left your mark upon each of us who serve at this university and we are more focused and faithful to our mission because of you.”
Wisbey also introduced commencement speaker Kendra Haloviak Valentine, author professor of New Testament Studies who was a freshman at Washington Adventist University, then Columbia Union College, when he arrived to serve as campus chaplain. Haloviak Valentine gave a commencement address titled “Just Moments.” In her message to the students and about 6,000 of their excited family members and friends, she urged graduates to not only savor their graduation moment, but asked, “…what is the relationship between here and where you want to be?” She advised, “if you want this moment to shape your life significantly, make it more than just a moment, make it a just moment.”
Haloviak Valentine illustrated her point through an analysis of the biblical account of Simon of Cyrene, an immigrant from Northern Africa whom the Romans commandeered to carry the cross of Christ. She noted how Jesus had previously told Simon Peter, the same disciple who later abandoned Christ along with the others, “If anyone wishes to follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross.” (Mark 8:34)
“But Simon of Libya does what Jesus asked: he literally took up his cross and followed,” Haloviak Valentine said.“The immigrant forced to participate in a system of oppression and torture and death, is the one person in the whole story who is literally doing the will of God,” and in so doing, subverting the regime.
“In an America today where many people of faith claim that their God works with the powerful, Simon of Libya’s story proclaims a counter narrative. God acts in solidarity with the weak of our world, the voiceless, the powerless, the poor, the stranger. Such acts proclaim no person is non-human, sub-human, less human,” she said.
She cited other notable individuals whose lives have been dedicated to opposing injustice by identifying with strangers in need, such as Mary Brewer, a 1929 graduate of La Sierra when it was Southern California Junior College and who became the college’s first missionary. At age 21 she travelled to Pakistan to serve as principal of a girls’ school where she learned the language and recruited students.
The Conferring of Degrees ceremony kicked off with a special recognition of one of Riverside’s chief community and economic development advocates. Wisbey, together with Fehr and John Thomas, dean of the Zapara School of Business, presented Cindy Roth, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa for her wide-ranging contributions to the business community, impact on government and public policy, and support of the city’s higher education institutions.
“Honorary doctoral degrees are the highest recognition a university can bestow. This morning La Sierra University has the honor to recognize an extraordinary individual who represents the deepest values of our university’s mission,” said Wisbey. He noted Roth’s crucial role in encouraging economic development such as the investment in the California Air Resources Board emissions testing facility in Riverside and the establishment of the School of Medicine at UC Riverside. He also cited her contributions to myriad community organizations as well her involvement and support of La Sierra University by serving on the university’s foundation board, support of La Sierra’s students through internships, employment, and chamber grants aiding the university’s Enactus team. Roth is a lifelong resident of Riverside where she lives with her husband, California State Senator Richard Roth who attended La Sierra’s commencement for his wife’s honorary degree ceremony. In 1999 she was selected to lead the chamber, following in the footsteps of her predecessor, mentor, and iconic Riverside supporter Art Pick who also served as a La Sierra trustee.