Good afternoon,

I am honored to be able to join you today to celebrate the beginning of an incredible journey.  

I have been a student at SUNY Oswego for over four years and in this time I have seen many changes to our campus.

When I started in the fall of 2006, the Campus Center had yet to be finished, Lakeside Dining Hall had just closed for renovations, and Riggs Hall was nearing its completion.

Only four years later, we have gained both, stunningly renovated and newly constructed buildings that add to the natural beauty that Oswego has to offer.

Now, a new vision; a state-of-the-art, leading-edge science complex that will provide our college the ability to not only attract outstanding future students, but enable us to contribute, both economically and educationally, to the greater community.

The extreme size of this new project has somewhat taken over the central part of campus and has displaced a few departments, but we all know the final result will be worth it.

Today, we stand here celebrating a new beginning, a new venture.  We recognize the opportunity that will come from this addition to our beloved campus.

Oswego has become one of America’s best colleges and this is because of the ongoing improvements to our facilities and programs, such as this one, that make us superior to other institutions.

As President Stanley said, we are “boldly reaching into the future with lasting achievements for generations to come.”

Think about this; ten years from now, what will students see when they enter this new building?  I can guarantee they will appreciate the extraordinary amount of time and resources that were invested into this project to provide them with the prestigious education that Oswego is known for.

As the Student Association president, I can tell you that the conversations with my fellow students prove that we all know how privileged we are to be able to attend such a reputable institution.

Our reputation not only encompasses the outstanding academic programs we offer, but the commitment to become a sustainable campus.

The “green initiatives’ that the college has launched over the last year have greatly impressed the Oswego community.

I am proud to see newspaper articles and TV news clips displaying our new wind turbine to the Central New York area, and possibly even farther.

The plans for this great complex include implementing some of the best technology available that will help us reduce our carbon footprint and provide a cleaner, healthier environment for ourselves and for the future of Oswego.

As I near graduation this May, I think about the experiences I’ve had during my time at SUNY Oswego.  I think about all of the friends I’ve made, the lessons I’ve learned, and the knowledge I’ve gained.  But most of all, I think about the changes I have observed, and the growth of this campus that I have been part of.

I stand here today, representing the students of SUNY Oswego, and I am sure that I can speak on behalf of all of us; we are very proud to be part of this remarkable community and we thank you for equipping us with the necessary skills to become the successful people we are meant to be.