TCU: Chancellor Victor J. Boschini

Chancellor’s Remarks – COMMENCEMENT
May 11, 2013


Good afternoon and welcome to Texas Christian University's spring commencement.
This is a glorious day of celebration


  • for you, our graduates,
  • for your families and friends,
  • and for this University.

To each graduate, I offer my heart-felt congratulations.
This is your day.


Your achievement was
earned through hard work, perseverance, and, undoubtedly, a little bit of luck.


These past few weeks,
you have looked back on your college days . . . and nights . . .
recalling good friends, and favorite classes.


You have reflected on the many changes in your lives and your world
since Frog Camp and Howdy Week.


Your TCU career began with the sounds of
One Republic on the Commons,
and the roar of the crowd at ESPN's College GameDay live from TCU
when Lee Corso put on the SuperFrog head.


You cheered for a red-haired quarterback
as we earned a spot in our first BCS Bowl Game.


In your first year, TCU baseball appeared in the College World Series
and our rifle team won the national championship.


It has been a good time to be a Horned Frog.


Some of you followed the Frogs to Pasadena and a Rose Bowl victory.


Some in this class went to Havana Cuba with TCU Jazz Band and many have traveled abroad to study – what a global educational experience.


Others went on a 5-day Civil Rights Tour, bringing historic events and headlines to life.


Many of you held internships.


Worked on campus.


Played on a team.


Started a student organization.


Decided to be more "green."


Made a video.


Wrote a poem.


Learned to dance.


Who knew "learning to change the world" could be so much fun!


The soundtrack of your college days includes concerts on the Commons
by Lady Antebellum and The Fray.


In their song "Look After You,"
The Fray sings: "You've begun to feel like home."
And that's just what was happening –
You found your TCU family and the campus felt like home.


There were plenty of distractions along the way.


Since you began your TCU career,

  • 1 billion Angry Birds games have been downloaded.
  • There have been 1.5 million views of that "galloping pony dance" -- Gangnam Style.
  • And an uncountable number of "Harlem Shake" videos.
  • The campus joined the flash mob craze, performing to Tim Halperin's "We Fight Back" -- great fun for a good cause: Frogs for the Cure

Oprah said goodbye to her daily show.
And" Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."


Texas Stadium was replaced by the fabulous Cowboy Stadium.
Christina was replaced by Shakira on The Voice.
Pope Benedict was replaced by Pope Francis.
And Snoop Dog was replaced by Snoop Lion. [as an aside: I can't believe I know that!


Apple introduced the i-Pad.
Taco Bell introduced the Doritos Locos Taco.
And the A&E cable network introduced "Duck Dynasty,"
incredibly, the number one show for 18 to 49 year-olds (a truly surprising turn of events!).


While the landscape of popular culture was changing,
so was the campus.


The beautiful Clarence and Kerry Scharbauer Hall (named for the Chairman of our Board of Trustees who you heard from earlier) opened, and so did
the state-of-the-art Mary Wright Admission Center.


The Milton-Daniel Residence Hall, first opened in 1957, was renovated
and the John V. Roach Honors College moved in.


Sadler Hall was renovated as was Erma Lowe Hall – the Dance Building.
Built in 1921 as a gymnasium, this building also had a swimming pool in the basement – quite a site to see during the renovation.


The very beautiful and evocative lotus leaf sculpture was dedicated as a Student Memorial only a few weeks ago, a place of remembrance and reflection.


That is a lot of facilities!


And I haven't even mentioned the beautiful upgrade to the Amon G. Carter Stadium.
On December 5, 2010, many of you witnessed the implosion of the stadium – what a site!


The dedication concert with Blake Shelton made a great memory.


I am sure a number of you will be taking pictures today
at the bronze SuperFrog statue – a terrific addition to the Commons.


As the campus has grown, so too has the reputation of the university.

  • We've been recognized as a "Green College" and 'One of the Best Colleges in the West" by the Princeton Review.
  • We were rated a "Great place to work" by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • US News & World Report ranked us a Top 20 Up and Coming University.

TCU has grown in numbers, opportunities, and impact.


Our faculty members continue to earn distinction in their fields.


We are raising the academic profile and reputation of TCU – and you are helping us.


The members of the Class of 2013 have added to the stature of TCU.

  • From the percussion national champion TCU Drumline to our Olympic athletes
  • to those who have given thousands of hours of community service – all bring honor to TCU.

Your legacy is...

  • one of great spirit, creativity, contributions to knowledge,
  • a commitment to what defines TCU: a values-centered student experience.

Your participation in the student-led development of the Student Creed has resulted in a statement that is both an inspiration and a challenge to future generations of students.


The Student Creed calls upon students to "commit to excellence by serving with respect, learning with passion, and leading with integrity."


I maintain that these principles will serve you well throughout life.

  • I ask you to serve with respect.
  • Continue learning with passion.
  • Lead with integrity.

If you keep these touchstones with you, we will have met our goal "to educate ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community."


I can't wait to see what you accomplish.

  • Some of you are continuing your education in graduate or professional school.
  • Some are joining Teach for America and other service programs before launching into a career or another degree.
  • I know that some of you are still in the job search.

Let me share a little advice that I gleaned from a recent article in USA Today [4/30/13] about interviewing.


I was surprised that the employers found it necessary to offer these comments:

  • Never text or take a call during an interview. Duh.
  • Here's another one: Never take your father into the interview with you. Really?
  • Finally, never take your pet to the interview. The employer shared that a candidate set a crated cat on the desk and proceeded to play with it during the interview.

I am confident that TCU graduates know better. And will perform better.


Just as the graduates have spent time this week looking back on their college experience, so, too, have families marked this milestone by recalling the journey that brought you here.

  • To them, it started that first day of school when they sent you off to kindergarten with an Elmo lunch box and new crayons.
  • They recall your Pirate phase, Pokemon, driver's test, prom, choosing a college, bringing you to campus and moving you into your room.
  • And now, helping you move out.

The journey to this day was not made alone.


I congratulate the family members and friends who have stood by these graduates, supported them, maybe nagged them a little, and today celebrate with them. I know you are proud . . . and relieved. Thank you for being part of the extended TCU family.


As befits this occasion, I feel it is important to offer the graduates some advice.

  • The Wall Street Journal [5/3/13] last week solicited advice from authors on the subject of becoming a post-college "starter adult."
  • Writer Alida Nugent suggested: Pay your credit card bill every month. Let me add, don't pay it with another credit card. A zero balance will keep you out of trouble.
  • Novelist Iris Smyles recommended that you "be unfinished for a while." In other words, don't close off other options. Expect to make changes.
  • Author Smyles also advises: "no one regrets their failures, but the moments when they failed to try in the first place."
  • My advice: Try something new. Keep learning. Take a chance.
  • Be bold.
  • Be on time.
  • Remember the Neon Trees song "Everybody Talks"? Talk more, face to face, with real people. Don't do all your communicating with your thumbs.
  • Whatever you commit to, see it through.
  • Handwrite a note once in a while. It will amaze and please the recipient.
  • Gentlemen: Take Justin Timberlake's advice when dressing for success. "Suit and Tie."
  • Think before hitting send.
  • Stay close to TCU. Check the website. Friend us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Come visit. I think you will like what you see.
  • And always keep a purple shirt handy to show your Frog Pride.

I will not say "goodbye."


I offer you "best wishes" and "sincere congratulations."


And I say with great seriousness: "see you later" and "don't be a stranger." I hope to be here for many years, and I hope to see you, and your children, often.


I am so proud of each of you.


Thank you for choosing Texas Christian University.


It has been our privilege to have you on our campus.


We will continue to work hard to make you proud, and increase the value of your TCU diploma.


Godspeed on your way.