Chancellor Speech at Commonwealth Honors College

Prepared Remarks by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy
Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence
University of Massachusetts Amherst
May 11, 2018


Good afternoon! Welcome to the families and friends who join us today.  It’s wonderful you are all here, and, of course, “Congratulations!” to our members of the Class of 2018!

The university is experiencing unprecedented success. Having moved up more than 20 places in recent years, we are now ranked 29th among national public universities, one of the fastest rising in the country.

Our current momentum is fueled by pursing excellence in all we do. And the Commonwealth Honors College Class of 2018 has played a significant role in our success by advancing our reputation as a world-class university.

Consider the stellar achievements of this class.

You have won numerous prestigious national scholarships and recognition. Three of you were named Fulbright Scholars. Two won Boren Scholarships, another a Goldwater Honorable Mention and still another a Beinecke Scholarship.

Ten of you have been named 21st Century Leaders Award in recognition of your exemplary academic achievement and contributions to campus, and will be honored at Commencement this afternoon. One of you has been recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as a “29 Who Shine” honoree. And, one of you was chosen as this year’s student commencement speaker.

During this academic year, six of you were recognized as Rising Researchers for demonstrated leadership and impact in your respective fields of study.

And so many of you chose to assume the additional challenge of an honors thesis or project. Working closely with faculty, you undertook the rigors of research, scholarship or creative endeavor, creating and contributing new knowledge in your field.

Clearly, your excellence is fueling our momentum, and I know you will continue your record of accomplishment by achieve significant success in your chosen fields.

As you leave the university to make your mark in the world, I ask that you remember the opportunities the Commonwealth Honors College – and the university – gave to you. Remain an active member of the extended UMass family wherever you find yourself in the world. And visit campus as often as you can. We’ll be here, ready to welcome you back.

Congratulations to all of you! And GO UMASS!