Hello my fellow Knights,

As we are all very aware, we have reached a pinnacle in our lives that many of us would never have thought would occur.

Although this year’s commencement ceremony will look different from years past, it is still a joyous time. I envision next year’s graduation to be a grand affair with many of our 2020 graduates joining our 2021 grads in one big celebration! If you earned your degree this year, I hope you take a moment to celebrate your hard work and commemorate your educational journey and accomplishment, even if it is not in the way you originally planned.

This year, many universities have opted to embrace online learning, albeit with a few hiccups. I am grateful that we have a dedicated support staff, faculty and administration who have made the flexibility of online learning a priority from the very beginning. My hat goes off to them, and to you, for being ahead of the curve.

Many of you are involved in your local communities, helping to overcome the day-to-day hurdles of these unprecedented times. I am heartened to see how you are all striving to make the world a better place, in uniform and public service, and to accomplish extraordinary things. Thank you. Portrait of Ralph Blessing smiling

Like many of you, my occupation requires me to travel all across the globe. I am always surprised at the number of CSU graduates I encounter on the road, and I am very proud of the camaraderie that I have found. This says a lot about CSU and the connection we all share as Knights. As we continue to forge on in this new normal, I look forward to the day that we can connect again. Until then, take care, stay safe and stay strong.


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Ralph J. Blessing
Alumni Association President
M.S. Occupational Safety and Health, Class of 2007

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