Meet the New President
Congratulations Class of 2013!
Together with the Board of Trustees, the faculty, and the entire University community, we honor your academic accomplishments and cherish the opportunity to celebrate with you at the 104th commencement of the University of Redlands. And, while we know firsthand what kind of perseverance and hard work you devoted to this achievement, we also share our gratitude and appreciation for the incredible support and sacrifice from your parents, friends, family, professors, mentors–everyone who has been there for you, and helped you reach this significant milestone. In Aristotelian language, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”
Just as the word implies, however, commencement marks a beginning. As a graduate of the University of Redlands, you have the intellectual foundation to make the key and often difficult decisions that lie ahead of you. Today’s world is hungry for courageous leaders with vision and integrity. Accept the challenge and become the architect of your experiences, not just the object of them.
Graduates, let me speak frankly and with a loving heart. We may sometimes feel saddened, or be rendered anxious by the troubles of our times, whether recessionary forces that vex our communities and schools, or terrors in the streets that take the lives of even young students and those who protect us. But let me reassure you. No matter the time, our graduates have made a difference in the world. I have complete faith in you. The world needs what only you can offer. The gifts you bring will be passion, ethics, and service. You must realize there is no perfect time to do what you really love. So don’t wait to make the impact for which we helped prepare you. Do it now, no matter the times. In fact, the challenge of this moment is your opportunity.
And, just as we have celebrated your graduation, we will celebrate your successes. As alumni and alumnae, Bulldogs for Life, forging new paths into your future, your success will inspire and motivate your peers and future alums for generations to come. I wish you Godspeed.
Dr. Ralph W. Kuncl