Congratulations to the CST Class of 2020
Congratulations! Today, you are graduates of the College of Science and Technology and alumni of Temple University.
2020 has tested all of us as we study and work online, stay connected virtually and plan for the future during a time of so much change. I know that you are ready for whatever lies ahead.
As students, you searched for new challenges. You conducted real-world research with world-class researchers. You interned with top companies, working in pharmaceuticals or data services. You sought out mentors in environmental services or teaching. You created your own opportunities on campus and across Philadelphia.
During your years at CST, you learned from your triumphs and you learned even more from your missteps. That experience—of working hard, trying new things and not being afraid to fail—means you will succeed.
At CST you also built a strong network of friends, colleagues and faculty members who share your commitment to innovation and discovery. Stay connected to them. To your parents or guardians, siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends and partners, thank you for your steadfast support of our graduates.
Members of the Class of 2020 will go on to top graduate programs and professional schools. You will thrive in business and in public service. You will become skilled researchers and launch successful businesses.
Science and technology are potent engines for economic growth. But they are also powerful tools for addressing societal challenges in, yes, public health and access to life-saving drugs, but also in energy, the environment and privacy in a data-driven world.
Whether you take your CST training into academia or business, teaching or research, you will make a positive impact in your home towns, big cities across the country and in the global community.
You will invent and innovate. You will explore and discover. You will be leaders. And, because you are the Class of 2020, you will be unstoppable. Perseverance conquers!
Again, congratulations and I wish you the very best.
Michael L. Klein, FRS
Dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Science