Greetings to everyone, and welcome to the College of Engineering’s Class of
2020 Celebration! You have earned the right to be called alumni of the UCSB
College of Engineering. Hearty congratulations to each and every one of you,
and to our new group of Gaucho-graduate parents, who raised you and have
stood by you all the way!
Each of you has grown tremendously here, perhaps in ways you could not
have foreseen — and may not yet fully realized. You have collaborated to
complete complex lab work and capstone projects. You have presented to
large groups and stepped beyond your comfort level more times than you can
recall. You have lived and felt truly alive here. For all of those reasons, I hope
you will always cherish your time at UCSB.
You deserve to celebrate with family and friends in attendance, and you will
have that chance, as soon it can be arranged within our new circumstances.
We are tremendously proud of every one of you. You have worked hard to get
here and have persevered over the past few difficult months of the COVID-19
pandemic. One day, you’ll tell your grandchildren about this unprecedented
challenge — and how you met it and moved forward undaunted. You can
forever take pride in that. That same strength of spirit and will to succeed will
serve you throughout your life.
Now you are prepared to receive your diploma and take your place in the
world. You will go forward as disciplined thinkers with innovative ideas and
new approaches to solve the problems of the world. You are talented and
prepared, and ready to answer the call. Today more than ever, the world
needs your innovation and problem-solving abilities.
On behalf of the entire UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering, I
congratulate you and wish you great success and tremendous satisfaction in
all of your future endeavors. Please stay in touch, as you are forever a part of
our wonderful UCSB family.
Rod C. Alferness