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May 19, 2014
Commencement weekend offers a tremendous opportunity for celebration and reflection. Our student speakers and performers, at event after event, made it clear to everyone in attendance that they are exactly the leaders who we hope for – inspiring, committed, passionate, and brilliant.
I must admit that, from Rachel Benjamin’s beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, to Ari Boltax’s INCREDIBLE student commencement address, I was choked up through nearly the entire event. They reminded me of how grateful I am for the opportunity to witness the moments of shared success from students, faculty, alumni, and administration throughout the year. It gives me great pride to be part of this wonderful Brandeis family.
We each hold a significant role in building the future of excellence through commitment and pride in what we contribute to this family. While we embrace the Class of 2014 one last time, I know that we will have many more opportunities to share in their next steps, cheer them in moments of victory, and remind them that while they’ve changed their forwarding address Brandeis will always welcome them back home.
Most especially, I want to thank all of you – Staff and faculty members, students, parents, alumni and friends of Brandeis, who make all of this possible. In particular, I want to recognize the tireless staff members of our Students and Enrollment division. I am incredibly lucky to have colleagues who love this campus and believe in the success of our students with every fiber of their being. Your efforts and selfless dedication are instrumental in the change these alumni have already begun to make in the world.
Thank you for believing in the infinite potential of our students and for being part of the Brandeis family.
Andrew Flagel, PhD
Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment
and Senior Lecturer