A Special Commencement Message from Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke
Description of the video:
Congratulations to you, Indiana University Kokomo's
Class of 2020.
Since IU Kokomo's 51st Commencement Ceremony has been
postponed, I wanted to take this time to tell you how proud we
are of each and every one of you for completing your degree in
these unusual circumstances.
You have proven that you are resilient and adaptable.
Attributes that will serve you well in both your profession and
I never thought that I would be congratulating our graduating
seniors on Zoom.
It is beyond anyone's imagination.
But here we are.
You are now joining 15,000 IU Kokomo alumni who are now out
making a difference in our communities, our regions, our
state and even the world.
It is my honor and privilege to deliver this message to you, the
651 members of the Class of 2020.
These students represent 41 Indiana counties, 12 states and
16 different countries.
You know, when I think about all of your individual journeys to
complete your degree, I have been inspired by your personal
And your successful outcomes.
I have learned about your -- how you have persevered and how you
have dug deep to find your passions.
All of you have a story to tell.
Something to be proud of.
I typically would ask each member of the class to stand as
I mention some of these achievements.
So, if you're at home watching this video and as I ask the
questions and you can answer, please stand.
Stand for all of the accomplishments that you have
done at IU Kokomo.
So, let's get started.
Are you the first in your family to graduate from college?
I know if you're an adult student that you have probably
struggled a little bit.
It's been a tough journey to balance school, family and work.
And I am to appreciative to all of our Veterans who served this
country while earning your degrees.
Pat yourself on the back if you overcame some obstacle, whether
it be health or the loss of a loved one while you completed
And kudos to you if you've already landed a job upon
For our student athletes, you should be proud about how you
balanced athletics with academics.
And finally, it's a big way to go for all of you who are going
onto Graduate School or professional school.
You have earned an Indiana University diploma.
Each and every one of you have worked very hard for this
prestigious degree that commands respect and instills pride.
My wish is that I will have the opportunity to actually hand you
a diploma in person sometime this fall.
But until then, please know that all of the faculty and staff at
Indiana University Kokomo are so proud of you.
Congratulations, Class of 2020.
Class of 2020
651Number of Graduates
34.3%First Generation Students
176Most Degrees Granted: School of Nursing
16# of Countries represented:
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