5 Issue # 16
|Monday, April 28,
May 10th we will celebrate an occasion that I look forward to in great
anticipation. However, it is also an event that I dread thinking about.
And yes, I realize that sounds like the ultimate contradiction. May
10th is graduation day for our senior class of 2003.
I have been in education for a number of years and have witnessed incalculable
graduation ceremonies. This coming commencement will signify the final
page in the cycle of education for our seniors and the closing of their
chapter at Ozarks. Commencement is one of those ironic words that denotes
one meaning and connotes another. To commence is to begin, and our seniors
are beginning a new and exciting stage of life. But for those of us
who remain at Ozarks, commencement signals an ending of our day-to-day
association with them.
The four years have passed quickly, and Shereé and I vividly
remember hosting many members of this class for the freshmen dinners.
They were nervous and uncertain about themselves and their capabilities
at that time. The joy of my position is watching students develop and
mature during their college years, and this class can be proud of their
individual and collective accomplishments. That is why saying goodbye
is difficult. This is a great group, and I will miss them. Ozarks is
a better campus because they were here.
Seniors, thank you for making a difference in my life. Now, make a difference
throughout the world.
Dr. Rick Niece
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