Witness some of the sights and sounds of Appalachian State University's 2019 Spring Commencement ceremonies that took place May 10 and 11 on Appalachian's campus.
Voice 1: Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the processional.
Chancellor Sheri Everts: This is a wonderful day of celebration for our campus. Today we celebrate as our students leave Appalachian prepared to make real and powerful differences in their communities and beyond. Students come to this place, continue to develop and grow into amazing individuals who go on to touch hundreds and thousands of lives through their professions, civic engagement and service. Please know you will always be a part of Appalachian as you are our most enduring legacy.
C. Philip Byers ’85: As a graduate of this institution, you now wield something even more powerful than the diploma you will receive — and that is the power of your example. You are ambassadors of this institution. Your futures are beckoning you. Take heed of your callings but I ask that you remember the invaluable education that you have received from Appalachian State University.
Alex Trejo-Sanchez: The way I look at it, I was given an opportunity. We don’t all have equal opportunity. However, we all have the opportunity to be and do better. We all have the opportunity to learn more today than we did yesterday. Remember that each individual has the opportunity to learn, to function, to grow and most importantly to succeed.
Carmen Gray: To my fellow graduates...this is it y’all! We made it! Sitting here means we made it through every paper, test, project and late night. So take a moment right now to bask in the fact that you’ve overcome every obstacle that has been put in your way thus far. You should be proud of yourselves. I know I am.
Alex Trejo-Sanchez: Thank you everyone, and congratulations to the class of 2019!
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About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.