As dean of SJSU's College of Applied Sciences and Arts, I am proud of the School of Information and every one of you. Today, you also deserve to be especially proud of yourselves.
You chose an innovative program that serves as a model for the university and for educational institutions around the world. Your school has won awards from the Online Learning Consortium, coached international universities on the development of online programs, and attracted students from 47 U.S. states and 18 countries. You're in good company.
You chose challenging coursework that has prepared you for a wide variety of information professions. Some of you will work in schools or universities, others will join public libraries, and others will find roles in corporations, nonprofits or government agencies. As your director, Dr. Sandra Hirsh, often points out, the career possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
You chose a dynamic profession, one that will continue to change as new technologies emerge and society evolves. I encourage you keep on learning, both on the job and through postgraduate programs, and to foster the learning of others as you move forward in your careers. You can support the future of the profession by hosting interns, mentoring tomorrow's students and sharing your experiences with colleagues. Your education won't end with a degree, and the value of your learning will continue to grow as you pay it forward.
You chose a vital, 21st century profession, and today it is my honor to recognize your dedication to such critical work. Though today you are graduating, we hope you will always stay connected to SJSU. Please keep in touch.
Alice Hines, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Applied Sciences and Arts
San José State University