Good afternoon. Many of you participated in the panel conversation this morning. We now welcome you to the second part of today’s program, where we will award the 2018 Georgia Tech Ivan Allen Jr.
To understand the strategic priorities of Georgia Tech, we invite you to review some of Dr. Peterson's key speeches and select public appearances. These and other presidential documents are housed in our institutional repository, SMARTech.
On Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 President G.P. "Bud" Peterson presented his 10th annual Institute Address. The address highlighted recent Institute achievements and his vision for the upcoming academic year. Specific areas of focus included an update on ethics and compliance initiatives, "A Path Forward Together" efforts, and the Commission on Creating the Next in Education (CNE), among others.
When I speak to the graduates, I often tell them a story that the late Gov. Zell Miller used to tell. It was about a turtle. He said that if you are walking down a country road and you see a turtle on a fence post, you can be pretty sure that it did not get there by itself. You are not a turtle on a fence post, but you should remember to thank all of the friends, fellow Scouts, and family members who were part of your journey to this great day of recognition. They share your pride at having reached this pinnacle of Scouting.
Thank you. When I received my degrees from Kansas State more than 40 years ago, I never dreamed that one day I would be back to speak at Commencement and receive an honorary doctorate. It is a privilege to come back home and be recognized by this outstanding institution, and I am especially honored to join you on this special day in your lives.
On Sept. 6, Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson gave opening remarks at the Institute’s Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium.