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Chancellor outlines expectations for new Jayhawks

August 19, 2012

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Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little addresses students during the 2012 Opening Convocation held Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Lied Center.

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little addresses students during the 2012 Opening Convocation held Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Lied Center.

It would be hard for even a freshman to miss the two points stressed at Kansas University’s 147th convocation ceremony: participation and graduation.

KU students nearly filled the Lied Center on Sunday night to see Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and KU faculty formally open the 2012 school year.

“We have high expectations for you, starting with the expectation that our undergraduates will graduate in four years and that our graduate students will also graduate on time,” Gray-Little said to the crowd. “There are many distractions at a university, some of them even worthwhile. But your primary goal should be to earn your degrees so that you can walk down the hill as graduates.”

In her speech, Gray-Little stressed the importance of utilizing the opportunities the university has to offer as well as adding to the KU community.

“Our university is a community of scholars. It is a gathering of people who are all here because they want to learn and explore,” she said. “You share this common bond with each other. But our community is vibrant and diverse because you also bring your own identity and pieces of your own communities to KU.”

John Griffin, a freshman from Dallas, got the point.

“I should come into the school and strive to contribute to make myself better and to make my school better,” he said, explaining what he gained from the speech.

While the tone of the chancellor’s speech was relatively serious and reflected KU’s emphasis on improved retention and graduation rates, the ceremony did have brief light moments.

Dean of the Kansas University School of Music, Robert Walzel performs a clarinet solo  during the 2012 Opening Convocation held Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Lied Center.

Dean of the Kansas University School of Music, Robert Walzel performs a clarinet solo during the 2012 Opening Convocation held Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Lied Center.

Robert Walzel, dean of the school of music, did not give a speech but played a lengthy clarinet concerto weaving back and forth on stage in full academic dress. The performance drew possibly the loudest applause of the night.

Gray-Little said that Walzel’s performance showed that you could pursue scholarship in any field that interested you, including music.

The evening ended with the crowd linking arms, bringing together the student body in a rendition of the alma mater, followed by the KU fight song, to begin the new year.

“We’re eager to teach — and learn from — you, and can’t wait to see all that you are going to accomplish here, and as KU graduates. Welcome to your university, Jayhawks,” Gray-Little concluded.

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bootlegger 1 year, 8 months ago

Ok; now lets party; and fornicate.................!!!!

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Les Blevins 1 year, 8 months ago

In her speech, Gray-Little stressed the importance of utilizing the opportunities the university has to offer as well as adding to the KU community, but this is a two way street and she can help the university help itself compete with for-profit schools by utilizing the opportunities the public brings to KU that offers to increase the viability of the community that supports KU and helps it thrive. Gray-Little needs to understand that putting corporate interests ahead of the people's interests is a dead end street for KU. For example KU could use the technology I've offered them to double the benefits the new biofuels research lab offers to the nation but KU shuts the door on that without giving me a chance to explain my vision. Why would they do this? Because they put Archer Daniels Midland interests ahead of those of Kansas farm and ranch interests and the nation's interests.

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toe 1 year, 8 months ago

KU wants your money and when the federal loans stop they want the studentt to leave.

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