Truth is the strongest instrument, so why not embrace it? There are only two universities in the world: UVU and the rest. I am proud to be part and parcel as a pioneer student in this great institution, this being the first year of university status.

You have all heard of great learning institutions whose names do not merit repetition since they are very famous. They happen to be great and famous because of pioneering students who have set the caliber of success, since standards have been maintained and advanced.

For you and I, being here at this moment is a privilege. We are setting the standards of excellence for this learning institution. Generations to come will look back and hold us accountable.

What I am trying to insinuate is that as a university, more is required of us. As the great maxim states: to whom much is given, much is required. We have to go the extra mile to make our university fabulous. We can achieve this by getting more involved in research, intramurals and clubs, athletics, student association, general learning, socializing, arts, volunteer and services, outdoor adventure and internships, just to mention a few.

We are no longer college prodigies; we are in fact university students. This can be revealed by having both intelligence and character in everything we do. Everyone should endeavor to raise their caliber in their manner of presentation; the world is watching. And as the great maxim states, image is not everything: It’s all there is.
In areas of research, I hereby declare that discoveries and inventions be made.

The Woodbury Business School should produce the presidents of the biggest organizations in the world.

We need more successful politicians, lawyers, teachers, athletes, computer gurus,
car manufacturers and so forth. We have the chance and choice to do so. We can achieve this by committing ourselves to constant self improvement and involvement in the university.

Live your university life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Let our performance in every department do the talking. Then, like Julius Ceasar, we will look back with pride and state, “Veni. Vidi. Vici.” I came, I saw, I conquered.