Graduates, members of the Board of Regents, President Benson, members of the faculty and staff, parents, distinguished guests, family and friends; it is my pleasure and honor to have the opportunity to address you today as the chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder.

I know today's graduates join me in extending a special welcome to their family and friends, whose love and support have helped to make this day possible. Please join me in showing our appreciation.

With us today, are many members of the faculty who have guided and mentored these graduates. They have shared their time, knowledge and expertise to help each student reach this important milestone and his or her full potential. Will representatives of the faculty please rise and be recognized?

To our graduates, allow me to take a moment to talk about our hopes and expectations for you as you go forth from your graduation today.

In your careers at CU you have learned valuable lessons in critical thinking, civil discourse and creative solutions.

In the meantime, as a nation, we have watched repeated stalemates in Washington. D.C. We have witnessed the inability of our nation’s leaders to find compromise for the good of the country. It is clear the world needs you to take what you have learned at CU to create civil discourse in a fractious time.

As a society we have lost touch with the American tenants to improvise and compromise. The creativity and the leadership you have been a part of during your education at CU have prepared you to go forward and take your communities, and your country, to bold new directions: to re-instill the value of productive dialogue, civic engagement, and innovative solutions.

Psychologists Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell call it "the "narcissism epidemic," in their book of the same title, when people are so immersed in themselves and their own success that they cannot see where they end and the rest of the world begins.

I hope that what we taught you at CU isn't how big you are; but rather how small you are in the world around you, and how potent you are to change it.

Examples abound of our students' individual potential to have an impact on the world. Nearly 14,000 CU-Boulder students are active in community service or service learning every year. CU graduates top the nation in Peace Corps participation this year, and are in the top three nationally every year for active Peace Corps participation.

Meanwhile, 1,000 CU-Boulder students are engaged in undergraduate research at any given time, advancing society by working on biomedical discoveries that save our lives, developing new energy to power us and producing works of music and art that inspire us.

Students taking part in undergraduate research learn the value of balancing individual pursuit with group effort to reach important goals.

You have learned valuable lessons in your education at CU. Go out and use your degree to remind your neighborhoods, your communities, your state, your nation and the world what the true American genius is: to innovate, improvise, and compromise for the common good. Thank you.

Introduction of Hazel Barnes Prize Winner Harvey Segur

Now I would like to introduce our commencement speaker and the recipient of our Hazel Barnes Prize. This award, named in honor of the late CU-Boulder Professor Hazel Barnes, is the highest faculty recognition for teaching and research awarded by the university. It was created in 1991 to recognize outstanding faculty members who exemplify the enriching relationship between teaching and research.

This year’s winner is Harvey Segur, a professor of applied mathematics. Professor Segur’s transformational teaching and curriculum enhancements in service to our students personify our goals of redefining learning and teaching for the 21st century.

Professor Segur, will you please come forward?

Professor Segur, your distinguished record in teaching, research, scholarship and service to the university embodies the spirit and intent of this award. I am honored to present this award to you today. Congratulations!

Now, it is my pleasure to invite Professor Segur to deliver the Winter 2011 Commencement Address.