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Michael Tubbs, the former mayor of Stockton, California, told graduates and guests at Commencement that the most valuable lessons would come from periods of struggle. Graduates should learn, he said, to turn pain into purpose and use rejection as redirection, to make the world a better place 50 years from now.
President Robert C. Robbins will confer about 8,000 bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees at the university's 159th Commencement on May 12. The 90-minute ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium and will be streamed live on YouTube.
Nominated by faculty and peers, this year's seven student award winners were selected based on their determination, notable achievements and positive contributions to their families and communities.
Michael Tubbs was 26 years old when he was elected mayor of Stockton, California, in 2016, making him the youngest mayor of a major American city and Stockton's first African American mayor. Tubbs will give the keynote address at the university's Commencement ceremony on May 12.
Agreeing to send a spacecraft to an asteroid to bring back a sample was no easy decision, Dante Lauretta, the leader of NASA's UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission, told graduates. They, too, will face daunting opportunities in their careers, he said – and they should say yes.
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Commencement will bring all graduates together in person at Arizona Stadium. Dante Lauretta, principal investigator of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, will deliver the keynote address.
Lauretta is principal investigator of the UArizona-led OSIRIS-REx mission, NASA's premier mission to visit a potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroid and bring back a sample.