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Speeches

For the Love of Learning: Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

3:20 p.m. Sunday, April 12 – Alumni Ballroom Welcome parents and friends, and congratulations to each of our initiates. It’s an honor to be here with you today. I know that Phi Beta Kappa has a tradition of hosting very distinguished speakers. The best known — Ralph Waldo Emerson — delivered his “American Scholar” address […]

Love Your Library

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 — Strozier Library I have fond memories of the time I spent here at Strozier when I was a student. Of course, if you had talked to any of my professors, I’m sure they would have told you they wish I had spent a little MORE time here in the […]

Tiger Bay

12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 – Civic Center (Lower Level) Thank you. It’s good to be here at Tiger Bay again, this time in my new role as president of Florida State University. You know, when the FSU Board of Trustees named me president, I was thrilled. I think everyone here knows how much I […]