Bachelor of Arts, Literary Studies
Fellow students, faculty, deans, President Daniel and distinguished guests:
Today is the end of a long journey and the beginning of a new tomorrow. We have worked very hard to achieve our goals, and we anticipate building a future that will be meaningful and contribute to our community. Our education is the foundation on which we have built our dreams.
Many of us have had a long journey filled with struggles and obstacles. We’ve lost loved ones, friends, children or parents. What sets us apart is how we have handled those struggles and achieved our education in spite of the hardships. We come from different cultures and economic backgrounds. Here at UT Dallas, we celebrate our differences. Multi-cultural activities for all groups and organizations are front and center, literally, on the plinth. Growing awareness of students, such as me, with accessibility issues is exciting to see. Accommodations are provided to assist with lectures and testing. In addition, the diversity in age is wonderful to see in the classroom. This proves that it is never too late to persevere and follow your dreams by getting an education.
“Fellow students, I challenge all of us to take what we have learned and make our world a better place. Where we have learned how to build strong organizations, let us create better workplaces. Where we have learned new technologies, let us be innovative and creative in their use.”
Students are encouraged to make a difference. Many organizations on campus increase awareness of serious issues of our time: Child slavery, cancer, gender differences, disabilities, and political issues, such as education. We also tutor underprivileged children online. These are just a few examples. I have experienced the encouragement and support of faculty and assistant deans at UT Dallas in a very personal way. They are always available and very glad to help. I was able to start a leadership organization on campus that set the pace for the Student Leadership Program here.
Fellow students, I challenge all of us to take what we have learned and make our world a better place. Where we have learned how to build strong organizations, let us create better workplaces. Where we have learned new technologies, let us be innovative and creative in their use. Where we have enhanced our communication skills, let us set the example of treating others with respect, and represent ourselves as experts in diversity.
As graduates of The University of Texas at Dallas, we pride ourselves on being among the best and brightest to achieve this status. We are respected in our community by our association with this university. Let us therefore become what others expect of us. Let us go into the world fully expecting to reach our highest potential. The faculty of UT Dallas has gone the distance to make sure we are successful and fully equipped to represent them. Don’t let them down. Don’t let pettiness and the insecurities of others keep you from achieving your goals. You have been well prepared for what lies ahead.
At this time, we would like to thank The University of Texas at Dallas community for allowing us to learn and grow and become better as individuals than we were when we started here. I also want to thank each and every one of you for coming to this important event that marks a new beginning in our lives. I want to thank the students for deciding that attending college is a worthwhile endeavor and will greatly contribute to our society.
Diana Miller graduated with a bachelor's degree in literary studies from the School of Arts and Humanities. Before arriving at UT Dallas, she also earned an associate's degree in liberal arts and science from Eastfield Community College and studied at Texas A&M University and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At UT Dallas, Diana was selected as an intern for the National Society of Leadership and Success and became its founding president at UT Dallas. Diana has accepted a job offer to be a sales and business development manager for a global business technology company. She also contracts as a creative blogging and web design writer and consultant for two local community businesses. Diana also plans to pursue alternative teaching certification and other graduate school opportunities.