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Zero Year Reunion

Category: Regional
May, 2019
Heffner Alumni House
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Good afternoon, Class of 2019! I hope that you are enjoying Senior Week. I would like to begin by congratulating the newly elected Alumni Class President, Ms. Stefanie Warner ’19, and Alumni Class Council members:

  • Ms. Nancy Bush ’19;
  • Mr. Justin Etzine ’18, ’19G; and
  • Mr. Bryan Johns ’19

I also would like to congratulate you on a unique and creative banner design. By incorporating your class year into the iconic City of Troy logo design, you accentuate the interconnected nature of your educational experience with the larger community.

From the first day you arrived in the summer of 2015, your education has been grounded in the challenge of navigating Rensselaer— and beyond.

At the start of each year, this connection is reinforced subtly by meeting and greeting each and every freshman at the Approach, as each makes his/her way down the staircase which unites the university with the city of Troy.

Four years later, the beyond that awaits you is the entire world itself.

So, this truly is a wonderful banner, and it will be displayed prominently whenever you return to campus.

Do return often, whether for Reunion & Homecoming (scheduled this year for September 26-28, by the way) or to the Houston Field House to watch a hockey game with old friends.

When you return to campus as Rensselaer alumni and alumnae, you do so as members of the generations of distinguished individuals who, armed with a Rensselaer education, also have changed the world.

And we look forward to celebrating your accomplishments.

Thank you, Kareem Muhammad of the Class of 2001, for joining us today and for your leadership as President of the Rensselaer Alumni Association.

Congratulations to our students graduating with a 4.0-grade point average. Given the intellectual rigor of the coursework at Rensselaer, such perfection truly is a remarkable achievement.

Finally, I thank all of you, the Class of 2019, for enriching our community, and our lives, during your time here.

Now, please take your champagne flutes and raise them in the air, as I provide the traditional toast.

To you, the members of the Class of 2019: I thank you for all you have done for Rensselaer during the past four years, and for all that you will do in the years to come.

As new alumnae and alumni of this great university, it is now your turn to make your mark, and change the world.