Commencement 2013 Remarks

President Conwell -Commencement SpeechThank you, Chairman Fenoglio. I am excited to be here today and offer my greetings to everyone in the Rose-Hulman family gathered here. To the Class of 2013, congratulations on your accomplishments! Whatever the next stop in your journey might be, I am confident that you’ll make a remarkable contribution.

We’ve been talking about transitions today, and I, too, am making an exciting transition. I’m returning to the world of education following a fulfilling career in the business of engineering. For those of you in the Class of 2013 who are preparing to enter that world, I can tell you that the knowledge and problem-solving skills you bring with you are very much in demand. For those of you who plan to spend a little more time in the academic world, I am thrilled to be joining you!

While we’re on the subject of transitions, I want to offer special recognition and thanks to the leader who directed this great institution through a difficult period of transition. Rob Coons has served Rose well as interim president following the passing of President Branam just over a year ago. Rob’s steady hand guided the Rose-Hulman family through this very sad and challenging time, and he helped the institution to not only stay on track, but also to make great strides toward our future through a successful and inspirational strategic planning process.

Thank you for your dedication, and know that your service has made Rose-Hulman a better and stronger institution.

I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this amazing institution, and look forward to offering many more students the chance to experience the happy transitions that members of the Class of 2013 are celebrating today. Thank you for the warm welcome, and once again, congratulations to today’s graduates!