Jasmine Singh

Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering

Good afternoon, President Daniel, deans, members of the faculty, family, friends and, above all, graduates. Can you believe it’s over? If it hasn’t sunk in yet: We are graduating. Take a big sigh of relief and pat yourselves on the back. We finally did it.

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Graduation is a time of reflection. When we look around us today, we see this auditorium filled with people who have scolded you, said you are crazy, some more than others, and most important, people who believed in you. These are the people without whose unwavering support we could not have made it here today. As we celebrate this momentous occasion to commemorate the past four years of our college life, I want you to turn to your loved ones and say thank you. Thank you for those care packages that reminded us of great memories of being home. Thank you for those midnight phone calls that comforted us and relieved us of our stress. Thank you for your stubborn confidence in our abilities and telling us that we would ace those exams when, frankly, you had no idea how they would go. And most of all, for those online tuition payments that kept us here at UT Dallas. Parents, friends and loved ones who are here today, for all the things that you have done for us and for all the sacrifices that you have made for us these past years, we thank you. And for enabling us to be here today, we congratulate you.

I know everyone has had someone ask, “What is your major?”, and when you say engineering, they say one of these three things: “Dang that’s tough” or “Wow you must be really smart and will make a lot of money after college” or “I feel sorry for you.” They say college is the best four years of your life. These last four years, we have had to learn a lot of theory, make a million different assumptions and write a lot of papers to prove to our professors that we know what we are doing. I know we have all had this experience: When we walk into a class and see more than three female students in there, we know that we are definitely in the wrong class. All those late-night study sessions at the computer science lab trying to find our assignment answers on Google – and being totally unsuccessful; those all-nighters to complete four homework assignments all due on the same day because we procrastinated the whole time; making 50 percent averages on tests and hoping for the curve to be in our favor. Yeah we know all about that. But as a result of these various challenges that we have faced, we have become stronger and more intelligent versions of ourselves, ready to go out in the world and make it a better place.

“Deep within each one of us, there is a longing to live a life of greatness and contribution, to really matter and make a difference. It’s a desire that brought you here today. As a UTD graduate, you now have a privilege and responsibility to see every challenge as a chance for success and make your own impact on our society.”

I still remember my first day at UTD, going to orientation and meeting people who are as clueless as you are. Four years later, those clueless people turned out to be your best friends. The friends who accepted you for who you are, not because of your race or skin color. We have learned and grown together as a community, and it is one of the things I love best about UT Dallas. UTD has provided us with a college experience that challenged us and changed us for the better. I am extremely privileged to have had the experiences and opportunities here at UTD that would have never been possible at any other school. Several of us have had the chance to be involved in different student organizations with incredibly talented student leaders and mentors. Whether it was in the Student Ambassador program meeting prospective donors, or serving as a senator in Student Government, we were given the opportunity to make a direct impact on student life at UTD and serve as the face of the University. We are all blessed to have been a part of this remarkable University, being taught under the guidance of world-class professors. The UT Dallas experience has truly been top-notch.

These last few years at UTD, we have built the foundation for our future, put up the courage to follow our hearts and do what we believe is great work, the work that will someday change the world. Deep within each one of us, there is a longing to live a life of greatness and contribution, to really matter and make a difference. It’s a desire that brought you here today. As a UTD graduate, you now have a privilege and responsibility to see every challenge as a chance for success and make your own impact on our society. So follow your passion and stay true to yourself. Never follow the path set by someone else, unless of course you get lost in the woods and see a path, then by all means you should follow that.

Today, we say goodbye to everything that was familiar, everything that was comfortable. We are moving on. When we are all done here today, I hope each of us can look back at our four years at UTD and smile. Because they happened. Because though we will miss the people and places that we have grown so fond of and come to rely on, we are grateful for having had this experience. For having met the people we met and having done the things we did that will always be a part of our lives. Because once a Comet, always a Comet.


Jasmine Singh graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. She served in Student Government as a senator and a treasurer for the past two years. She is the recruitment chair for the Student Ambassadors and a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota honor society. After graduation, she plans to work as a testing engineer at Dell.