Graduation Speeches

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Nico MarchThank you so much Carol .. and welcome to all of you joining us this evening.


The Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu once said: "The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Our Journey began at 2:30am on January 6, 1572 when Johannes Kepler was born.


For those of you not familiar with Johannes Kepler, he was the first man to discover and mathematically define the elliptical property of planetary orbits, known as the heliocentric theory, successfully uniting the theories of Copernicus, Plato and Pythagoras as part of his three laws of planetary motion.


In doing so, he demonstrated the essential value of mathematics in describing the processes of the cosmos, without denying their ancient empirical descriptions.

Liberal Arts and Astrology

A Speech Given at the 2004 Kepler Commencement

by

Robert Hand

“The liberal arts through the lens of Astrology.” What exactly does this mean and what does it suggest for the future role of Kepler? The phrase “liberal arts” in Latin was originally artes liberales. Unfortunately when the phrase was translated into English, it was translated into English words derived from the Latin, not into truly English equivalents. They were, to use the old term, “Englished,” but not really translated. The Latin word ars, the singular form of artes, does not mean ‘art’ in the usual English sense. It means ‘skill.’ Liberalis actually means “of or belonging to freedom, relating to the freeborn condition of a human being.” Artes liberales thus means “the skills which pertain to, and are necessary for being a free human being.” But are we not all free?

Kepler College: Where We’ve Been

A Commencement Address by Academic Dean J. Lee Lehman, Ph.D.

The last four years have been an adventure: and it would not have been the same without the Lobsters.

Just over thirteen years ago, a meeting was held that launched the effort that became Kepler College. On March 10 th , 2000, the Higher Education Coordinating Board of the State of Washington authorized Kepler’s BA program. The first term began July 20, 2000, and the first symposium began August 18, 2000.

Every student has her or his first day of class at a new school. Every professor has the first day of teaching class. But normally, when a new institution opens, a portion of the faculty will be teaching the same-ol’ - same -ol’; just at a new institution. But not Kepler. Here, we had to invent the curriculum from the bottom up.

President’s Address

Carol A. Tebbs, M.A.

 

Kepler board, faculty, families and friends,

Welcome to this milestone event, the first commencement of Bachelor and Associate of Arts degree candidates from Kepler College.

Now that you have experienced some of Kepler College through our promotional DVD, you can see that our students span a wide range of ages, represent three continents, and many more nationalities, ethnicities and cultures. We have students from Japan to Mexico, from Canada to Sweden, and in the U S, from New York to California, from Florida to Washington and everywhere in between. Distance learning with a six-day symposium each term expands educational opportunity to everyone, especially to those living in remote locations or to others who balance education with work and family responsibilities.

No longer is college a rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood, but a vehicle for continuing education and life-long learning.

 

Kepler Graduates’ Influence in Academia
Mark Urban-Lurain PhD

A Commencement Address by Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain

Welcome Kepler students, families, friends, board members and faculty.

It gives me great pleasure, and pride, to be part of this celebration in honor of the Nereids, Kepler’s second graduating class.

As Carol, Dennis and I discussed this evening’s theme – Expanding our Sphere of Influence – one of the images we had was that of ripples on water. The idea that each of you is a ripple in the river that is astrology – and life. Each and every one of you, through your hard work, sweat, tears and perseverance, arrives here today a different person than you were when you started your studies just a few years ago. The flow of your each of lives has been altered in ways you may not yet perceive. And will take you in directions you cannot begin to imagine.

Kepler College
President’s Address
October 13, 2006

Welcome students, faculty, board of trustees and honored guests to Kepler College’s third commencement ceremonies.Tonight we honor the hard work and dedication of our students. We have three students here on stage tonight and one who is not with us, Johnathan Edwards, who only just completed the last requirements for his AA degree this past week.

Kepler College continues to change and grow into a strong academic institution. Each year since our opening in 2000, we have seen additions or improvements in our academic programs so that we can join the family of accredited colleges. Each year for our first four years, we had a new year added to our BA program. In 2005 we saw the start of our AA program and last year saw the start of our MA program, and this year we complete that program.

Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries:
By Carol A. Tebbs, MA

Welcome Kepler College trustees, faculty, friends and students,

The group of graduates who sit before us are the true embodiment of our 2006 theme, “Opening Borders and Challenging Boundaries”. The two women are Canadians, one born in Argentina, and our “alpha-male” is a local Washington resident. Though a small group, they represent the world-wide diversity of the students at Kepler College by nationality, age and gender. In case you are wondering at the term, “alpha male”, Roland Matthews is the first male graduate of Kepler College in three (3) classes. Fortunately, other men have taken up the gauntlet to study at Kepler College, and our first and second year classes are now equally men and women.

To expand on, “Opening Borders”, in the nearly seven (7) years Kepler College has been in operation, our students and graduates represent three (3) continents, eleven (11) nations, and many more ethnicities and cultures. They come internationally from countries spanning the globe, and in the U. S. from nineteen (19) states across the nation. The ages of our students have varied from seventeen (17) to (71), not possible in most other colleges that cater to youngsters away from home for the first time. Distance learning opens borders and is the key to the great student diversity we cherish so dearly here at Kepler College.

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