By Fram Virjee
Cal State Fullerton president
Over the previous five months, I have delved into myriad circumstances in which I could easily have humiliated myself. And I will admit, there were times I prospered. Hugely. Naturally, in each of those scenarios, the Titan Household was kind and also comforting, guaranteeing me that the ceremonial initial pitch at the baseball video game wasn’t “that poor,” or that my voice seemed “good” when I sang a show listen a musical comedy class.
But as fearless when faced with foolishness as I am, I prefer to believe I know where to fix a limit. So when I heard one of our 2018 graduates, Rachel Herzog, was supplying her start speech with the use of her hip hop skills, I understood much better than to test her to a fight rap or effort to emulate her imagination by rhyming my very own commencement message.
But then I saw Rachel’s performance and, well, I was influenced. Exactly how could I not be? I suggest, with lines like, “There’s been sleep deprived night, failures, stress, as well as strife/ today we have a degree, and we’ll be Titans for life,” it is tough not to discover the truth that Rachel takes care of to integrate both of our university-wide themes– “Titans Reach Greater” and also “Once a Titan Always a Titan”– in one line of hip hop gold.
Fortunately, for all of you, beginning has passed, as well as I no longer have the chance to bust a freestyle on crowds of unwary grads. However again, like so often times in my 5 months as head of state, I was inspired by among our students and really feel the have to parlay that inspiration into a chance. Sure, it might be a chance to earn a fool of myself, but as my better half will gladly tell you, that has never stopped me prior to. After all, if Alexander Hamilton can do it, after that it should be okay for the president of a “University of Importance,” right?
Therefore, in honor of Rachel and the approximately 12,000 fellow grads she wanted to motivate with her performance, I reworded sections of my very own start speech into a short rap ode, the lyrics for which I unabashedly share below:
Graduate participants/ my satisfaction in you is unlimited/ as well as I know that throughout finals dual Starbucks was your stimulant.
I am your officiant/ your level will now aid pay the lease/ yet did you recognize you finish from an University
Our professors and personnel are vigilant/ and also in regards to all the cash invested/ Titans reach finish this with the least amount of student debt.
Yes, I wager you multi-managed/ and also battled downside/ however today we’re No. 1 in graduating women as well as Hispanics.
Male it’s jubilation/ when you’re a top college in the nation/ for offering folks who are the first in their household
at college graduation.
Workforce preparation without the grade inflation/ rated high up in the country for hardest place to make an
“A” as well as one of the most technology.
Resolute by difficulty as well as reinforced by diversity/ Titan grads make 12 percent even more compared to alums of various other public universities.
You recognize I love the unity of our biggest course in history/ together we discovered consistency as well as
engaged in complimentary speech civilly.
Impressed by your capacities and also earnestness to show to me the half a million service hrs you all placed in yearly.
Now you are the future, see, of our Titan Heritage/ the vehicle drivers of economic climate and leaders of the OC/ not the show that’s on TELEVISION– the genuine one where we live as well as breathe.
As well as I see throughout our region/ that there are 275,000 reasons/ why our alums are leading points regardless
of the period.
With your level conclusion you contribute to this well-lit beacon/ enlightening expect all with comprehensive work and also mentor.
I will stop my teaching/ this is your commencement period/ however I do have one even more thing to say prior to you begin beseeching.
Your levels that you’ve acquired will constantly get you employed/ as well as change your family heritage because of those you will motivate.
Heightened by your understanding and also all that has actually taken place/ You are currently a lifelong Titan/ and also Titans constantly
Titan Prez out.
Cal State Fullerton President Fram Virjee formerly acted as the exec vice chancellor and also general advise of the California State University, along with assistant to the CSU Board of Trustees.