BUFFALO, N.Y. — The remarks that University at Buffalo
President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver to the audience at Alumni
Arena prior to President Barack Obama’s speech today are
Satish K. Tripathi's Welcome Remarks:
President Obama’s Address at UB
- Good morning! Thank you all for joining us to welcome
President Barack Obama to the University at Buffalo. What an
amazing way to kick off the fall semester!
- You may know today is “move-in day” for more than
5,000 new University at Buffalo students. I can’t think
of a better introduction to UB campus life!
- It’s great to see so many new and returning students here
today, as well as faculty, staff, and neighbors from across Western
- We are thrilled to host President Obama, and we applaud his
leadership in championing student success and access to educational
- We strongly share this commitment, and we are also honored
today to host a member of the President’s cabinet, U.S.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
- At UB, we are heeding the Secretary’s call to be
innovators in our classrooms, our research laboratories, and our
overall student experience.
- We’re also delighted to have several special guests with
us this morning to welcome President Obama, including:
- SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and SUNY Trustees; and
- Our Western New York government officials
- Together, all of us in this room are making history.
- Over the years, UB has had the honor of hosting several former
U.S. Presidents and other distinguished heads of state.
- But today’s visit by President Obama marks the first
time since 1853 that UB has hosted a
sitting U.S. President.
- So you can imagine how proud we are today.
- As a major public research university, UB is a leading voice in
the national higher education conversation.
- UB is proud to partner with a consortium of 20 other excellent
colleges and universities in Western New York. Many
colleagues and students from those institutions are with us
- Our 29,000 UB students come to us from across the state and
nation, and around the globe, to pursue a world-class education at
- As a young student in India with dreams of becoming a teacher,
I knew that U.S. higher education was the best in the
- Today, as president of a major public research university, I
want to ensure that US higher education continues to be the
destination of choice for students from across the globe for
generations to come.
- At UB, we create spaces where people of diverse perspectives
and backgrounds can come together to discuss the critical issues we
face as a society.
- This is one of the things that major public research
universities like UB do best.
- And that’s exactly why we’re here today.
- We are especially honored to host this discussion
about a topic of great significance:
- Ensuring our U.S. system of higher education remains the best
in the world,
- And ensuring we all have access to a superb education at a
world-class institution like UB.
- These issues matter deeply, not only to our nation’s
colleges and universities, but to all of
- UB is deeply proud to host President Obama today as he begins
this important conversation about higher education
opportunity…here at our great university.
- On behalf of the entire University at Buffalo community, thank
you all for joining us today. You are part of history in the