Toward a brighter future for allGood afternoon! As president of the university, I am proud to welcome you to this university.Your achievement is the triumph of years of hard work, both of your own and of your parents and teachers.Here at the university, we pledge to make your educational experience as rewarding as possible.In welcoming you to the university, I am reminded of my own high school graduation and the photograph my mom took of my dad and me."Pose naturally." Mom instructed us. "Wait!" said Dad, "Let's take a picture of me handing him an alarm clock."The clock woke me up every morning in college.It is still on my office desk.Let me share with you something that you may not expect.You will miss your old routines and your parents' reminders to work hard and attain your best.You may have cried tears of joy to be finally finished with high school,and your parents may have cried tears of joy to be finally finished with doing your laundry!But know this: The future is built on a strong foundation of the past.