Archived Speeches

President Tripathi announcing President Obama's visit to the University at Buffalo in 2013.

Spring 2019

"Graduates, your journey as a learner never truly ends. If we have prepared you well in your UB education, you will continue to seek answers about your field throughout your career. And you will continue to seek a deeper understanding of the world throughout your life."

Fall 2018

UB has always leveraged our intellect and our creativity for a larger purpose—and we will continue to apply our knowledge, and our innovations, for the public good.

Spring 2018

It is my pleasure to have this opportunity to speak at the commencement for the WNY Academic Leadership Academy. And congratulations to all of you for successfully completing this program!
Indeed, the vision of our Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the greater Buffalo Translational Consortium is to develop, test, and share innovative approaches to improve health and reduce health disparities in Buffalo.
Your UB education—truly, the entire scope of your UB experience—has elevated your consciousness about the world around you.

Fall 2017

"Through the Malala Fund, and events like tonight’s lecture, Malala continues to advocate for girls and young women to receive an education and to become agents of change in their communities and globally. She is one of the foremost champions for educational opportunity and access."
By coming together as a community of staff, students, faculty, alumni, UB friends and community partners, we gather the momentum to act upon our boldest and brightest ideas. To lead the way in public higher education and to better the world around us.
"A decade ago, we envisioned moving the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences downtown. Today, we have realized that vision. Just a few weeks from now, faculty and staff will move into our new building. And in January, students will start taking classes there."
"Today, it is my distinct pleasure to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of the honored graduates gathered here. Your attainment of a twinning degree from Amrita and the University at Buffalo is a great achievement indeed."
We have never been content to stand still. And this magnificent new building in the heart of the Buffalo medical corridor symbolizes our pursuit of enduring excellence.

Spring 2017

As a UB graduate, what you have learned and discovered here—and what you will do with this knowledge—has tremendous significance for the communities that you are part of.

Fall 2016

It is exciting to envision the innovative and collaborative work our students will be able to achieve in this re-imagined space. The Silverman Library is a shining example of the 21st century learning environment we are providing for our students so they are prepared to making lasting contributions to society.
The completion of this renovation is another tangible result of the strategic planning we have envisioned for our university as part of UB 2020. As a leading 21st century public research university, we have imagined our future, planned for it, and working together, we are building it.
Building on our strong foundation, we never stop reaching toward the horizon.
On behalf of the entire University at Buffalo community, I am delighted to welcome all of you to today’s town hall meeting with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations and a Member of President Obama’s Cabinet, Samantha Power.

Spring 2016

Thank you all for joining us as we celebrate the grand opening of this truly exciting educational resource, the Blackstone LaunchPad at UB.
One of the most important and influential American poets of the 20th century, Robert Creeley’s legacy has had a profound impact on our English Department, on our broader university community, and upon a generation of poets and scholars.
Your leadership and commitment are a source of inspiration to our broader educational community, and I thank you for all that you have contributed—and will contribute in the future—for the benefit of the academy at large.
Class of 2016, as you prepare to take up the next great challenge in your lives, know that your alma mater is deeply proud of you. And we look forward to all that you will achieve and contribute in the future.
Greetings! It is my great honor to take part in the annual Convocation celebration of this distinguished institution.

Fall 2015

With today’s launch of the free Buffalo Connect Wi-Fi we mark the beginning of a new era of connectivity and opportunity in our city. The University at Buffalo is proud to be a partner in the development of this regional fiber network for our great city.
We are so pleased to have the opportunity to celebrate this very exciting announcement from the National Institutes of Health—a 4-year, $16 million Clinical and Translational Science Award.
In honor of Jeremy Jacobs and the Jacobs family’s tremendous service and generosity to the University at Buffalo over the past 30 years, the university is proud to name the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in their honor.
Our vision has served us well for nearly 170 years because it is both enduring and evolving.
Today, we are pleased to announce that the foundation has chosen to build on that legacy with a second generous gift continuing the important work of our sports medicine doctors. The Wilson Foundation will give $4 million to establish the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Center of Excellence in Sports Medicine at the University at Buffalo.
Indeed, David Anderson has left a remarkable legacy at UB through his generosity. His influence will be felt for generations to come because he gave so much more to UB than this beautiful museum we are in tonight.

Spring 2015

Together, we created a plan that not only imagined what our region could become, but created a pathway to make it so.
UB is strongly committed to increasing MWBE participation by fostering the growth and sustainability of minority and women-owned firms.
Today we celebrate your achievements, and your future. As graduates, you take with you a considerable body of knowledge accumulated through countless hours of study, debate, and research.

Fall 2014

We need to ensure that we remain a magnet for the best global talent—and the businesses and industries they help to drive.
We are a great university. But great universities don't stand still.

Spring 2014

We are proud of the remarkable achievements and contributions of our alumni and university friends.
This program is a perfect example of what is possible when our region’s educators and scientists work together to create new opportunities for our area’s students.
The opportunities created through knowledge, discovery, and shared ideas are the truest path to building community.
Our students across the disciplines are developing and shaping ideas that will make a positive and lasting impact on the world.
As UB graduates, you are ready to take what you have learned—and how you have learned—and use it to open new doors, for yourself and for those around you.
Our university and our community are inspired by the legacy and leadership of Arthur Eve, and we will continue to work together to build on this legacy.

Fall 2013

We are thrilled to host President Obama, and we applaud his leadership in championing student success and access to educational opportunity.
This is a time of great excitement, momentum, and change. Through it all, our vision remains steadfast.
The students we educate, and the discoveries and treatments generated here, will improve the quality of life for people around the world.
Scholarship support for students is one of the most effective ways to give them access to a world-class college education.

Spring 2013

UB graduates will bring their ideas, knowledge, and discoveries to their local and global communities, greatly benefitting the public good.

Fall 2012

Today, we begin the next evolution of UB 2020. We are fully prepared to take another big leap forward.

Spring 2012

For UB President Satish K. Tripathi, Wednesday’s “Conversation with the President” was an opportunity to reflect on major moments of the past 12 months while looking ahead to the excellence UB will achieve in the coming years.
Global challenges offer UB graduates timely lessons in contributing to the public good.

Fall 2011

On Sept. 23, Satish K. Tripathi delivered his inaugural address to mark the beginning of the exciting work to expand our reach, strengthen our impact, and set our sights even higher.
With the approval of UB's NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant, UB now has all the critical tools to move forward with its strategic vision.

Spring 2011

Chancellor Zimpher and the SUNY Board of Trustees formally appointed Satish K. Tripathi as UB's 15th President on April 18, 2011.