Message from the President
On behalf of the University of Florida administration, faculty and staff, I want to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to you, the Class of 2013, and to your family and friends.
Your commencement ceremony celebrates your hard work and achievement in completing a demanding and rigorous course of study at a great public research university. You should be proud, as should all who supported and assisted you in your efforts.
Commencement is a day of celebration, and it also is a day of reflection on what lies ahead. Whatever path you choose, I am confident you have acquired the skills you need to be successful. Whether you pursue a career in public service, private industry, academe, the sciences or the arts, I know you will make a difference.
It has been a privilege and a pleasure to host you during your academic career. You have learned much, and this university has benefited in turn from your presence. I hope you will recall your years here with a sense that they were both happy and productive. As a member of UF's distinguished alumni, you will always be cherished at the University of Florida.
To the graduates of the spring Class of 2013, "Congratulations!"
Dr. J. Bernard Machen
Dr. Machen assumed the presidency in January 2004. He is the university's 11th president. Previously, Dr. Machen served as president of the University of Utah and provost of the University of Michigan.