You chose Anna Maria because you were inspired to pursue careers that serve the public good. Your experience as a student was designed to help cultivate your skills and deepen your commitment to the larger community. Your education has prepared you for a straightforward and unvarnished view of the world we live in, and will contribute to.
Together we have taken steps to finding our purpose and achieving our dreams. Everything we have done at Anna Maria College has led us up to this moment. We did not do this alone. We had help. We had the help of our awesome professors and faculty advisors, as well as our friends and family to guide us along the way.
Everyone here has been our support system. And we have chosen to celebrate with all of you because you have helped us through this journey.
Today you graduate as responsible, ethical, and service oriented leaders. There is a call for you in this ever changing and complicated world. Embrace that call as there is a vital need for you to do something greater.
We must uplift the people around us. Our friends, family, peers and coworkers. Uplift them and make genuine connections.