The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Winter Commencement Ceremony 2017


Guests, please notice the
redtest Guests, please notice the red
lighted exit signs located around the Xfinity Center. In
the case of an emergency, please walk not run to those exits to
leave the building to safety. Now, introducing the College of
Behavioral Health and Social Sciences’ december 2017
graduating class. Will the class of 2017 please
be seated. Now, introducing the dean,
academic officers, faculty of the college, and the honored
speakers. Will everyone please stand for
the singing of the National Anthem by Lola Lanlokun. Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last
gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright
stars thru the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly
streaming And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in
air Gave proof through the night that our flag was still
there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave (Applause). Please be seated. Please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, the dean of the College of Behavioral
Health and Social Sciences, Gregory Ball. (Applause). Now it gives me great
pleasurehigh. Now it gives me great
pleasure to introduce the chairs and directors of the
academic departments who are participating in today’s >>And be proud of what we
do. We collect data that is often counterintuitive. It
makes conclusions that seem unusual to people and help us
understand and solve major problems. Now, one of the
biggest issues facing America today concerns the opioid
epidemic. How do we deal with this? What are the right ways
to attack it? And one proposal that’s been implemented in many
places is free needle exchange, no questions asked. You get a
clean needle. Recently, this program was being introduced in
a state that didn’t have it before, and I heard an interview
with the sheriff who said that this is sending the wrong
message. He said, look, we don’t have a one three case a
beer program for alcoholics, do we? Why should we be doing this
for drug addicts? Well, intuitively what he was saying
seemed to make sense. Free needles is going to encourage
drug sews, however, empirical studies by social scientists in
the United States and around the world is quite the opposite.
Providing free needles didn’t encourage drug abuse. It
decreases things like H.I.V. and other kinds of diseases like
help tight that can be spread. It — hepatitis that can be
spreads. It leads to a chance to deal with the people. Now,
that’s a counterintuitive seemingly contradictory finding
to try and sprefnt drug abuse which can be one of the many
tools to help us transform that. And we see this in many other
domains as well. One of the biggest discoveries of the
social sciences in the late 20th century is this whole notion of
implicit cognition. Many things we do, we process
unconsciously. These have big effects on our behavior. It’s
part of our human nature. And yet when we discuss this in the
context of bias and talk about implicit bias, people think you
are accusing people of on consciously being racist or
somehow unfair. And that’s not the case. We have an insight
into how our behavior is controlled and that insight will
help us solve problems and be aware of it and do something.
So Graduates, be proud of your degrees in barrel social
sciences. Remind people of the value they have to our society,
both from a point of view of understanding our world and in
solving problems. But most of all, go out and use these
degrees in whatever domain you choose to do good and to make a
difference and to make us all proud of you. So to the
Graduates, I say congratulations and go forth and make a
difference. Thank you!. (Applause). pleasure to introduce the chairs
and directors of the academic departments who will be
participating in today’s ceremony. These people serve
multiple roles. There are distinguished educational
leaders who give of themselves both in service and in teaching.
In addition to managing their departments. Please stand when
your name is called. Professor Cecily Hardaway,
InFirst, Professor Cecily Hardaway, In
Absence Of Professor, Oscar Barbarin, Chair Of The
Department Of African-American Studies. Professor Paul Shackel,
Chair Of The Department Of Anthropology. Professor Sally
Simpson, Interim Chair Of The Department Of Criminology And
Criminal Justice. Professor Maureen Cropper,
Chair Of The Department Of Economics. Professor Christopher Justice,
Chair Of The Department Of Geographical Sciences. Professor Irwin Morris, Chair
Of The Department Of Government And Politics. Professor Rochelle Newman,
Chair Of The Department Of Hearing And Speech Sciences. Professor Michael Dougherty,
Chair Of The Department Of Psychology. Professor Patricio
Korzeniewicz, Chair Of The Department Of Sociology. Angela Mazur-Gray, Assistant
Director Of Environmental Science And Policy Program In
The Absence Of Director Mark Carroll. Professor Yan Li, Of The Joint
Program In Survey Methodology In The Absence Of Professor Frauke
Kreuter, Director Of The Joint Program In Survey Methodology. It now gives me great pleasure
to introduce today’s speaker. An associate professor emeritus, Dr. John Pease… Dr. Pease retired on June 30 after
50 years as a faculty member in the University of Maryland
department of sociology. Professor Pease has taught
dozens of courses to thousands of undergraduate students
throughout his career, but his influence at the university
extends well beyond the classroom. He chaired the
committee that reformed general education at UMD in the 1990s:
the committee recommendations became widely known as “the
Pease report.” w h e n I f i r s t a r r i v
e d here, I thought it was some kind of war and peace. I
didn’t know it was the John Pease report. Pease has also
received numerous accolades including:
the 2009 inspire integrity award from the national society of
collegiate scholars, the Kirwan undergraduate teaching award,
the excellence in mentoring award and the faculty award for
teaching from the board of regents. He established the John Pease scholarship that
provides sociology students with need-based funding for tuition.
In his retirement, professor Pease plans to continue teaching
select courses at UMD as long as he is able. Please
join me in welcoming Dr. John Pease…. (Applause). >>The Dean should know I
have a cousin Warren. His son is Tolstoy. Anyway, we are graduates. Okay. You are
nowhere. graduates. Okay. You are
now What have you done?! College graduates. Okay. You
are now officially certified eggheads. I’m glad that people
think of us as eggheads because the egg is
pregnant. Pregnant, you remember, means fruitful, producing results, bearing
fruit that is important, significant, and full of meaning. The most
pregnant word in the English language is curious. If you
were taught well, you now have more questions than you had when you began your studies. I wish you a pregnant life. Forever pregnant is our motto, our polestar, our mantra. Forever
pregnant. What a wonderful phrase. You are smart and wonderful and
we are pleased as punch to have been your professors. But try not to get too full of
yourselves; your family and friends still have to live with you. Besides, the lion’s
share of credit for your success goes to your parents. Your credit will come from the success of their grandchildren. W r i t e t h a t down. Most people haven’t been as Most people haven’t been as lucky as we have. A O nly 7% of the adults in the
world are college Graduates, only a third of the adults in
the United States are college Graduates. A baccalaureate
degree from this campus is more rare than a strawberry moon, so
be cool, don’t flaunt it. It will only make other people I know many of you have
beenenvious. I know many of you have been
suffering from senioritis and are glad to be done. A hundred
years ago when I graduated I felt the same way. But in the days following graduation my family directed
my attention to how much I had still had to learn. It began with my Grandma Dulyea
who pointed out that commencement does not mean
finished; commencement means a beginning, a start. This
ceremony is not to praise you for what you have done. A
university education only prepares you to begin. That’s
why we call it commencement. We are here to celebrate your beginning of even more
informative, interesting, and rewarding adventure than your
formal education. There is much more to know. The
brain is an impressive resource. It has 86 billion
neurons firing 10 times second. If it were a digital
video recorder it could hold three million hours of
television shows. Imagine that. 3 0 0 y e a r s non-stop TV.
When I graduated I had one shining moment when I entertained the notion that I
actually knew a lot. That thought died in a conversation with uncle Early and aunt June. Uncle Early began asking me
questions that I couldn’t answer. “is there another Why is abbreviation such a
long five-syllable world? If we are the richest country
in the world why do Americans live in poverty? Can we create
a world without I still don’t know the
answerscar? I still don’t know the
answers to these questions. The last person who knew all
that was known was probably John Stuart Mill. I like to think that you
may be the next polymath. Aunt June told me the most difficult
questions are the questions that come from children. Who is god? Why am I sick? Where do babies come from? But where does the stork get the baby? Why don’t buildings fall down? Why are
some people mean? What is air? Imagine that. Your own children plunging you deep into questions of theology,
medicine, sex, architecture, social psychology, chemistry, and a lot more. So don’t lay
flattering unction to your ego unless you can answer the
questions of little children. My Uncle Chick told me that I
had to keep learning because knowledge is temporary.
Information is changing so fast that some of what you know will
soon be obsolete. When your parents were students Pluto was
a planet and the human genome had not been mapped. History is larded with examples of
advances in knowledge and understanding. Charles
Darwin’s explanation of natural selection is a classic example. In 1894 the Swedish scientist, Svante Arrhenius, realized that
burning fossil fuels would heat the planet by producing carbon dioxide, but centuries before the planet
would warm to any significant degree. We now know better. That moment is Indeed, destructivehere.
Indeed, destructive environmental events will be the
signature crisis of your generation. What has happened this year
in terms of environmental destruction is now going to be
commonplace. As I was feeling weighted down As I was feeling weighted
down by how much more I had to do and to learn, my Aunt Snow told
me to “lighten up.” Good advice for you too. Be open to
the human comedy, to the humor in life. It’s all around if
only you’ll look for it. Humor improves everything.
(by the way, do you have any clothes on under those robes?) The best practical advice I received came from my Grandpa
Mendel. He told me to get a job. Good advice for you too. Work is the fundamental
condition of human existence. Work is house we define
ourselves and are defined by others. It’s the train that
takes us to our station and life it’s how we make a living and
provide for ourselves and our loved ones. Work is the anchor
for daily behavior. It gives meaning to life. It’s a major
source of satisfaction. So get a job so you can pay the rent,
and if at all a job that will add
meaningpossible, a job that will add meaning
and passion to your life. The jobs that do this best are jobs
that are in service to others. If you aren’t able to
get a job in service to others make sure your charity work y o u r v olunteer work fills
the bill. Helping other, fills the bill. Helping
other people improves your sense of well-being, your
self-esteem, your outlook on life, your mental, emotional,
and physical health. It makes you happier than you would
otherwise be. s o i t ‘ s time to get
started. There is always more to learn. We also need wisdom,
humility, a moral come compass, humor to have a full and
interesting life, but most of all, remember that we are egg
heads. Our mantra is forever pregnant. Say it again, forever
pregnant, forever pregnant. Take good care of yourselves.
Let us know what happens to you. Thanks for listening. >>
>>That was wonderful, John, thank you. I just want to give
you something in recognition of your 50 years of service to BSOS
and to all of the many things you have done for the University
of Maryland as well, I’m proud to present you the college of
behavioral and social sciences Dean’s award for distinguished
service. Thank you very m uch..
(Applause). an egg I now have the great
pleasurehead. I now have the great pleasure
of introducing a remarkable student – Faiza raja. Raja is from Howard County, Maryland
and came to UMD in fall 2014. After graduation, she plans to
attend graduate school to become a physician assistant. During her time at UMD, raja
has been a member of the Muslim student association, club
softball team, and pre-p.a. Club. In addition to her work
for two semesters as a teaching assistant for cross-cultural
psychology, she also volunteered at a clinic in Silver Spring, Maryland,
where she served as a medical assistant. Please join me in
welcoming Faiza Raja. (Applause). Faiza Raja: Faiza Raja: Everyone has a
story to tell: a story of struggles, sacrifices,
hardships, achievements, and blessings. My story started off with two
parents who came to America 28 years ago in hopes of a better
life for their future children. Though they did not have a
college education, they made through with what they had- my
mom being a day care provider and my dad being a deli storeowner. With little to
give but their support, I realized that their sacrifices
alone are what drove me to be better, and do better-for them. After high school, I had
options of where I wanted to go for college, but university of
Maryland was the only choice for me. My brother, an alumnus from
here, had told me, “Faiza, don’t choose anywhere else. You
won’t get the opportunities that you’ll get at UMD”. And he was right.
University of Maryland supports diversity and allows students
from different backgrounds to engage in dialogues that widen
everyone’s perspective in a safe environment. UMD also
provides support to ensure excellence in its students. And
it definitely did so for me. Over the past four years, I have
received support from a variety of unexpected places. I have not had the typical
campus experience. For the past three and a half years, I’ve
been a commuter, coming back and forth from Ellicott City
everyday (which is about 45 minutes away from here, an hour
if there’s traffic). Being a commuter, I didn’t think I could
be a part of the UMD community, but you know what? I was wrong.
Commuter events, and my favorite, the commuter
breakfast, gave me many chances to get to know about students in
my shoes. Events such as the first look fair opened my eyes
to the different organizations you can become a part of at UMD.
With many cultural organizations, sports clubs,
professional and social sororities, and so much more,
UMD opened the door for me to discover myself. Advising was my support system
on campus. I realized I wanted to pursue a career as a
physician’s assistant, but I didn’t have any connections to
the field. I remember one day where I went around campus from
pre-med advising to BSOS advising, and to the career
center, searching for answers. All three had given me multiple
resources to reach out to, but it was my advisors at BSOS who
helped me map out how to achieve my goals. That’s another thing
I learned from this school: the value of having such a big
community and support system. With the
help of this support system, I am now honored to say I will be
attending Thomas Jefferson University for pa school next
May. But don’t get me wrong; it
hasn’t always been an easy journey. That’s where my family
played a vital role. Since my freshman year, I have been
taking 8am classes every semester-which meant I would wake up at 5:30, leave my house at 6:30 and then account
for morning traffic to make it here on time. I remember
dragging myself through the day, and finding study carrels to
sleep in between my breaks. I remember crying every other
weekend the semester I took organic chemistry, wondering if
I’d find a way to be above the curve. I’m sure we’ve all had
moments like these, am I right? Moments through our education
that made us want to just curl up into a ball and cry it out.
But do you know what else I remember? I
remember the support system that helped me through it all. I
remember my mom cutting me up fruit every night and insisting
on feeding me while I sat there doing homework late at night,
just to make sure I was maintaining a good diet. I
remember my dad and brother being there anytime I needed
advice or wanted to rant about how hard my classes were. I
remember my two best friends, Shereen and mifrah, texting me
before every exam saying, “hey I just want you to know I love
you, and that I know you can do it.” I’m sure
we all have a family and support system that have helped us
throughout our journey here at Maryland. Whether it’s your
biological family or the family you built while here in school,
there have been people in our lives that have had our backs.
And it is with the help of these people (along with our own
blood, sweat, and tears) that helped us pull through our
hardest semesters. It is because of these people that
allowed us to keep our sanity in our toughest moments. Look
around, graduates. What do you see? I see a room full of
support systems that watched their own graduate mature and
grow. Can we all just take a moment with a round of applause
and thank the people who got us here because it may not have
happened without their love and confidence in us.
(Applause). Whether you’re from Maryland, Whether you’re from Maryland,
coming out of state, or out of the country, we are one today.
Whether you’ve been here for all of undergrad or transferred in,
we are one today. We’re all here today because of our
success. On any other day throughout college, we went
about our day, minded our own business, and had our own
struggles. But today, today we are united for the same
accomplishment. We are here commemorating our hard work, our
sacrifices, and now one of our biggest blessings. I am proud to be a Terp, and
after today, I’ll be proud to be an alumnus of UMD…I’m sure we
all will. We all came from different backgrounds, and we
all have different futures. But right now, we’re all celebrating
the same achievement…and so are all our loved ones around
us. So live it up! Congratulations class of 2017,
you did it. Thank you.
(Applause). Thank you, Faiza, for that
>> Thank you, Faiza, for that
wonderful message. We are honored to have students such as
yourself in our college. Now we come to the part of our
ceremony in which the College of Behavioral Health and Social
Sciences honors each graduate, publicly recognizing their
achievements while at the university. To officiate over
the awarding of graduate degrees, I am pleased to ask associate dean of faculty
affairs, Dr. Wayne McIntosh to come forward. Will the students who are to
>> Will the students who are to
receive the degree of doctor of philosophy please stand. >>Dean Ball, in accordance
with the recommendation of the faculty, I request that you
recognize these graduates who have successfully completed all
requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy. >> I am pleased to accept the
faculty’s recommendation and am honored to recognize these
graduates who have successfully completed all requirements for
the degree of doctor of philosophy. >>Please step forward as
your name is called. The doctoral students will be hooded
by their dissertation advisers symbolizing the significant
achievement of receiving the highest academic degree awards
by the university. >>These students have worked >>These students have worked
a very long time to achieve this honor. They all deserve
our congratulations for this achievement. Will all of the
students receiving the degree of doctor of philosophy please once again stand. Everyone
join me in congratulating this distinguished group of graduates.
(Applause). >> Please be seated. Will the >> Please be seated. Will
the students who are to receive degrees of master of arts, master of science, and master
of professional studies, please stand. Each student will
cross the stage and be congratulated by Dean Ball and
the chair of their department. >>Dean Ball, in accordance
with the recommendation of the faculty, I request that you
recognize these graduates who have successfully completed all
requirements for the degrees of master of arts, master of
science, and master of applied professional studies. >>I am pleased to accept the
faculty’s recommendation and am honored to recognize these
graduates who have successfully completed all requirements for
the degrees of master of arts, master of science and master of professional studies. Would
you please approach the platform. >>Will all of the recipients
of masters degrees please stand once more. Please join me in
applauding these G r a d uates.
(Applause). >>Please be seated. And now,
ladies and gentlemen, >>
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my great
pleasure to officiate over the granting of baccalaureate
degrees. >>Now we will introduce all U ndergraduate majors. Will the
graduates in African-American studies please stand, will the
Graduates in anthropology please Will the graduates instand.
Will the graduates in criminology and criminal justice
please stand … Will the graduates in economics
please stand … Will the graduates in
environmental science and policy please stand … Will the graduates in
geographical sciences please stand … Will the graduates in
government and politics please stand … Will the graduates in hearing
and speech sciences please stand … Will the graduates in
psychology please stand … Will the graduates in sociology
please stand … >> Dean Ball, in accordance with the recommendation of the
faculty, I request that you recognize these graduates who
successfully completed all requirements for the degree of
bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. >>Dean McIntosh, I accept the
faculty’s recommendation and am pleased to recognize these
graduates who have successfully completed all requirements for
the degree of bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. >>
(Applause). >>Please be >> At this
point, eachseated. >> At this point, each
graduate will be approaching the stage and will be individually
recognized. Obviously, some students will be recognized
earlier in the process and some later. As a courtesy to
everyone in attendance, I am asking everyone in attendance to
remain in their seats until all graduates have been recognized.
In this way everyone will have the opportunity to be
individually acknowledged. This is the last step in a long
process and a special day for every student, parent, family
member and friend. Please permit each of them to enjoy
this occasion by remaining until it is completed. >> The baccalaureate graduates
will now be introduced by academic major. Will the
baccalaureate graduates please move forward to receive their
recognition. Each student will cross the stage and be
congratulated by Dean Ball and the chair of
their department. After you have been recognized, please return
to your seat. Associate dean Jeff Lucas, associate dean
Katherine Russell, and assistant dean Kim Nickerson will read
the undergraduates’ names. >>Now presenting the
graduating class in African-American studies. >>Now presenting the
graduating class in an flow polling — anthropology. >>Presenting the graduating
class in economics. >>Now presenting the
graduating class in environmental science and
policy. >>Now presenting the
graduating class in g eographical sciences. >>Now presenting the
graduating class in government and politics. >>And now presenting the
graduating class in hearing and speech sciences. >>And now presenting the
graduating class in p sychology. >>Now, presenting the
graduating class in sociology. >>Would all the baccalaureate
>> >>Would all the
baccalaureate graduates please stand once again. Let’s
congratulate all today’s graduates.
(Applause). >>This platform is not large >>This platform is not large
enough to hold everyone who has played an integral role in
making this day possible. A special debt of gratitude is
owed to the outstanding faculty of this college and to the
dedicated staff who have given so much of themselves to the
graduates. I am very proud of the faculty and staff and ask
them to stand and receive the thanks of the graduates and
their guests. And you parents, wives, husbands, and, in many cases,
children of these graduates, have shared in the achievements
of the graduates in many ways. We invite you to stand while we
thank you. As this ceremony comes to an
end, I want to extend to all of our graduates our most sincere
congratulations. On behalf of the College of Behavioral Health
and Social Sciences and the university of Maryland, we wish
you success in all of your future endeavors and we look
forward to our future evolving relationships with you as alumni. Please keep in touch.
Once again, congratulations! >>Please stand for the
recessional of the platform party.

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