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Commencement Message from Dean Benoit

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Success by Many Measures … You Decide

On a day that The Graduate School awards the University of North Dakota’s highest degrees to a most deserving group of students, we have much to be proud of. It is important that we celebrate their accomplishment of becoming a relatively small group of individuals to earn an advanced degree.

Frequently, we lose sight of the significance of advanced degrees and focus only on statistical measures — those commonly found in the tables produced by government agencies and research groups. Yes, it is important to point out what the statistical data shows. Simply stated, people with advanced degrees possess characteristics that facilitate career advancement and work in jobs or professions that result in higher compensation.

As Dean of The Graduate School, I often look to other characteristics of our students and graduates, which, in my estimation, are better measures of a graduate’s success. Many of these are not statistically based, but nonetheless important. The receipt of an advanced degree, master’s or doctoral, brings with it a responsibility for leadership. Advanced degree holders are lifelong learners who are more likely to be engaged in community service, matters of social justice, and key agents of change in society.

Today, The Graduate School awarded 131 degrees to students in fields ranging from anatomy to visual arts. Each of these graduate degree recipients have already made significant contributions that somehow advanced their respective field of study.

For these contributions, I congratulate our newest graduate school alumni. I am confident that you are fully equipped to succeed in your respective fields. I am optimistic that you will use what you learned in graduate school to make a difference in our world.

Good luck in all that you do, and best wishes for a happy, productive career, and a meaningful contribution to life.

Written by School of Graduate Studies

December 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

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