ICYMI: Chairman McCall Shares a Message of Celebration, Encouragement, and Inspiration to SUNY EOP Students

March 6, 2017

Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall celebrated the success of SUNY’s Educational Opportunity Program at the University at Albany’s EOP Spring 2017 Student Assembly, delivering an encouraging and inspirational message based on his journey and the efforts of many.

Excerpts from the Chairman’s message are as follows:

…It is extremely important that we expand the resources of this program [EOP] so more phenomenal students can have the opportunity to receive a stellar education…

…Opportunity programs are important to me because of my own journey through higher education…

…I never thought I’d make it to college. …I was poor…my chances to succeed were slim…but I had a lot of good people fighting for me.

…With their help and guidance, I made it to college…and that college degree was the ticket to a life of tremendous opportunity for me…

…When I was the State Comptroller…I used to tell people that I used to receive a welfare check…but with my college degree as my ticket…I then signed every check issued by the State of New York…

…That is what education means to me…it is the opportunity to change your life for the better …You all have that opportunity…

…Take hold of your opportunities. Seize them. Use them for all they are worth…

…However, you must remember that every opportunity comes with a responsibility…It is your responsibly to use the advantages that you will gain from your education to improve your communities back home…

…Many people, some that you know and some that you do not, sacrificed a lot so that you could be here…

…We are responsible for not forgetting that…We are responsible for honoring that by making our best effort to improve the lives of those that worked on our behalf…We are responsible for improving our world…

To learn more about SUNY’s EOP, and to read the Chairman’s complete remarks, please click here.

 

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.


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