2009 UCLA Pathway Program
from Director Eric Latham
will be on CBS news shortly regarding his experiences at UCLA
One of the
definitions of a scholar is someone who educates themselves for
their whole life. Though he is still young Andrew Kramer is
definitely a scholar.
The other day as
we were walking to class and Andrew was asking me questions,
after a few dozen questions I told him I was going to have to
cut him off for the day. He said well you know that my initials
are A.S.K Andrew S. Kramer. Yes, Andrew has incredible
curiosity and has a wonderful ability to absorb information. In
his time here, Andrew has pushed and challenged himself in all
areas academically, socially, and his internships.
In the academic
arena Andrew has led the way taking additional classes outside
of his regular course load. There was a time last year when he
was signed up for additional recreation classes as well as a
Saturday math class. Andrew also routinely scheduled himself for
individual tutoring sessions when he felt that there was
something that was not being addressed in class or something he
felt he needed to work on.
Were we to have
a valedictorian, it would be Andrew. I know that given his drive
to excel, Andrew will be a great success.
Two years ago at
our initial orientation, I said these words
that going to
college, even taking just one class, has a positive impact on
the employability and lifetime earnings of all Americans. There
is no reason why this does not apply to these students. There
are many that say that these students will not benefit, that
these students do not belong here.
Well Ill tell you that, the
young people in this room are going to prove them wrong.
And you the members of the class of 2009 have proven them
wrong. You have made it you have survived! I know that many of
you are sad to leave, and are frightened by what is ahead of
you. You now join millions of other young people setting out on
their life journeys. What you do from here will truly be the
proof of what you are capable of this is just a beginning. You
have accomplished a great deal and I know that you will
accomplish even more.
Your success in
life will not come because you came to school here it will
come because of your willingness to be pioneers your
willingness to take risks and your willingness to challenge the
status quo. It is not the school that makes the graduates it is
the graduates that make the school. You are and always will be
great ambassadors for Pathway and even more importantly you are
great ambassadors for UCLA and UCLA Extension.
Sincerely, Eric Latham, Director
Pathway Program at UCLA.