ALAMOSA – Armando Valdez showed positive energy and shared encouraging tips at the Adams State University Fall Gala on Saturday, December 18th.
“Today’s joy is to you and your hard work, leadership, and follow-up on your journey of learning, growth, enhancement and refinement,” Valdez said.
Valdez, assistant professor of marketing, crowned his stint at the university as a senior speaker before continuing his career as USDA’s state director for rural development in Colorado. Talk to students about their responsibilities to share their new skills and knowledge to support family and community.
“Part of your responsibilities is to be ambassadors to the world on behalf of Adams State University,” Valdez said. “Consider this as additional confidence in your talents, skill sets, ideas, creative approaches, logical and analytical evaluations, and your ability to help others and cultivate relationships.”
Valdez spoke from his background in business, and as a ranch and ranch owner he encouraged the 2021 class to be strategic, conceptual and entrepreneurial.
“Being an entrepreneur is not just about business functions,” he said. “It’s about implementing the idea. Get creative, develop ideas and work on action plans to put your ideas into tangible outcomes that benefit you and others. It’s okay to be a dreamer. Dreamers advance progress and lead to the evolution of our collective success. We all need creative dreams, but we need to find Ways to make your dreams a reality. Focus on the big dreams and the big ambitions… What matters is your pursuit and your ambition.”
He has sent Adams State’s newest alumni to continue their exciting journey, “which will lead to achievement and contribution.”
Adams State President Sheryl D. Lovell welcomed the graduating class and guests, commenting on the importance of ending the university’s 100th anniversary at the Richardson Hall Auditorium.
“The founding of Adams State began in this one building, named in honor of the first president, Ira Richardson,” Lovell said.
The intimate space filled with cheers as the students crossed the stage to receive their diploma.
Among them, Matthew Bursen, a molecular and cell biologist, delivered the class message. Eagle Scout, Bursen graduated with highest honors in three and a half years. Compare the difficult ascent of Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States, with his academic trek at Adams State.
“Now my Whitney climbing story represents our academic story, you all can climb with me to the top,” Bursen said. While driving, he remembers approaching the top.
“…we can see where we started but the top of the mountain is still too far away. The semester is coming to an end, we make the last push up the mountain, we see the summit, we touch it, and we sound a relief,” Bursin said.
Bursin inspired the audience to continue their great story.
He said, “…every moment I wanted to quit, I just shrugged it off, kept walking and had an amazing feat.” “You have learned a lot, you have matured, and you now have the skills to conquer the next mountains you face… As our time ends here at Adams State University, more and more mountains will come. But now we are ready, we have the tools to succeed. Our strength is all difficulties and challenges. We are certified climbers. “.
Photo by Linda State students Relia Adams taking their diplomas and crossing the stage at the Richardson Hall Auditorium. Few noticed the near-freezing temperatures as they gathered after the opening ceremony on the front lawn of Richardson Hall for flowers, hugs and smiles for the 2021 class.