Thank you, Dr. Combs. Honorable President Wright, Members of the Board of Trustees, Distinguished Faculty, Guests, Friends, Families, Fellow Graduates, and my Dearest, Angelic Mother! Aloha and thank you all for being here to celebrate this special evening, to celebrate our graduation, a dream come true for many of us.
The American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson stated: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” We are the people and we can do anything we want in this world. We carry an infinite potential inside of us anywhere we go. Fellow graduates, please believe that we have a rare chance to do magnificent things in this world. Seize this opportunity!
We are already academic heroes. After all, we have come this far, haven’t we? While at HPU we learned to be better global citizens, empathic and friendly classmates, analytical thinkers, professional writers, and much more! However, the goals we have achieved and the hopes we have realized would have been unattainable without genuine support and help from many people.
We are immensely grateful to our professors. In my case, I wish to thank my Diplomacy and Military studies Ohana: Program Chair Dr. Russell Hart, Dr. Pierre Asselin, Dr. Patrick Bratton, and the rest of the faculty. Because of you I had an opportunity to grow and blossom. Your outstanding teaching methods and sincere dedication to the personal and professional advancement of your students have prepared me and many others well for the future.
All of us should never forget our friends and family who believed in us, who stood by us no matter what. I would like to thank my beloved friends who are here tonight, and who are all over the world. We are as the musketeers: one for all and all for one. I would like to thank my family, my sisters Diana and Kristina, and my father, who is no longer with us, but whom I know is watching over me. But most of all, I thank my idol, my Mother. She came all the way from Lithuania to be here with me on my special day. Mommy, could you please stand up this way everybody could see my angel? You never said no to my dreams. Instead, you encouraged me to dream more, and even worked longer hours to support me. I am so proud to have a mother like you. Aciu Jums uz viska, Mamyte! (Thank you for everything, Mommy!) All I am today, I owe to you. You gave me wings to fly.
We can all fly. My dear fellow graduates, I bet we will meet in 15-20 years as the heads of state, as influential corporate executives, as founders of NGOs, as people who have achieved great things in this life, thanks to our education, thanks to our families.Honor your destiny and cherish what HPU has given to you. Enjoy this special accomplishment. Congratulations, Class of 2011. Mahalo.