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“Once again, we express a sincere welcome to the class of 2004 - all 169 of you.”

“Nuclear Engineering is the advanced degree of one of you who has lived in 35 locations worldwide during his career in the navy. Don't you think it would have been fun to be a speechwriter and Campaign Coordinator for a member of parliament in the British House of Commons ... see if you can figure out who that was. Our gain is the Citadel's loss as amongst you is the former Ass't to the President of The Citadel. I need to speak to the licensed Veterinary Technical who sits with you today .... I have a dog she'd love to meet. Of course, I'd also like to meet the fellow who has worked long and hard at the Buddhist Biker Bar and the one who has just left the Army who is a horn player with the Richmond Symphonic Winds and the Brass Consort. I hope I don't need the services of the registered operating room nurse out there but I'm awfully glad she's here.”