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RN 2024 Steve's Video

RN 2024 Steve's Video

Published on 29 May 2024
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Natacha Rivera-Ruiz
Natacha's Personal Gallery
Transcript
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Bienvenidos,
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welcome, and good evening!
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Many of you have no idea who I am, which is completely fair. You've spent your college years working closely with our amazingly talented and caring
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Bottom Line Advisors.
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Those are the faces and names I know you will remember for years to come...
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and rightly so.
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My name is Steve Colón, CEO of Bottom Line.
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And like most of you a proud first-generation college graduate.
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When I graduated from St. John's University, there were just so many people I wish I could have invited,
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and thank for both the big and the little things they did to help me finish.
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But that was a really, really long time ago.
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We're talking back in the 1900s,
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a time before Tik Tok, Instagram or smartphones could carry the festivities to my friends and family in New York or Puerto Rico.
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These are also times before Bottom Line Advisors, or Bottom Line care package, or even nights like tonight,
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Bottom Line Recognition Nights.
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But regardless of how many decades have passed for me,
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I know firsthand that for first-generation students like us, a
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graduation ceremony is not just a celebration of our individual accomplishments,
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but a momentous occasion for our families, and the many relentless allies in our lives who helped us get here.
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And I hope that this Recognition Night is a chance for you to thank them and for us to thank them, together.
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So let me start by congratulating you -  the graduating Class of 2024!
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It's amazing.
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As you stand on the threshold of a new chapter,
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it's a time to celebrate your hard work, perseverance, and dedication.
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This moment is a testament to your resiliency, especially considering the unique challenges you faced over the past few years.
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As you move forward,
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remember that education is just not about acquiring knowledge. It's about applying that knowledge and making a positive change in society.
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The world needs your fresh perspective, your innovative ideas, and your unwavering commitment to progress.
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Always remember,
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tu eres nuestro futuro, 
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you are our future! Step confidently into that reality.
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Today.
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Today you join a distinguished group of thousands of Bottom Line alum who have gone on to achieve great things.
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You have the potential to lead, inspire, and create change.
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Embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and don't be afraid to take risks.
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Believe in your abilities, and trust that you're well equipped to navigate whatever comes your way.
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Words just can't express how honored and humbled I feel to be able to say a few words here tonight.
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It's both professionally and personally special to me.
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I really wish I could have joined you in person.
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But I want to thank you.
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Thank you for allowing me to share in your special moment.
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And one more time. Congratulations to the Class of 2024! You're gonna do great things.
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Thank you.