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Congratulations, graduates. Stony Brook University takes enormous pride in your success. You have earned a degree from one of the finest universities in the world — a University that boasts the best and brightest students, a University that is a microcosm of globalization, and a University that is a reflection of the society in which you will continue to live and work.

You have a strong academic foundation, and we hope your Stony Brook experience has taught you tolerance, acceptance and respect for the contributions of other cultures and traditions in strengthening our unique tapestry. You, too, are now woven into the fabric of this world-class University — a University proud of its distinction as the most diverse among SUNY’s 64 campuses, and one of the most diverse institutions in the country.

You join more than 180,000 alumni around the globe who hold degrees from an institution that continually strives for excellence; we trust that throughout your life and career you will mirror that same commitment to be the best. We hope that wherever you travel and wherever you pursue your life’s work, Stony Brook will remain a second home, and in the years ahead the bonds between us will be further strengthened.

You represent the future, and we are confident it is in good hands. You emerge from Stony Brook with the momentum to make a real difference, and we can’t wait to see how far you will go. May your tomorrows be filled with new success, happiness and the contentment that comes in appreciating the value of well-earned achievement.

We wish you the very best.