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“Once again, we express a sincere welcome to the class of 2003 - all 160 of you.”

“There are many of you who graduated Magna Cum Laude. Three of you were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Many, many of you have been on the Dean's List and have been inducted into ODK. You represent membership in a variety of prestigious honor societies. Two of you attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Fifteen of you are John Marshall Scholars - our most prestigious scholars selected by a blue ribbon panel amongst whom are 2 justices of the Virginia Supreme Court. Many of you received scholarships and many have lived, worked and studied abroad. You are fluent in Arabic, Czech, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. You have lived and studied in the Africa, UK, Germany, British Virgin Islands, Paris, Japan, Israel, Norway, Australia, Scotland, Hong Kong, Spain and Greece. One of you owns 2 patents to help solve the problems of pollution Three of you are Civil Engineers - one a woman. One of your classmates, who directs a Children's choir, was just discharged from active duty in the Army, a woman from the Navy, and yet another from the Marines. One of you has just left a career as a development officer at the Virginia Poverty Law Center and is a member of the City of Richmond School Board. Two of you have been on long term LDS missions - one in Paris and another in California.”