Computer Engineering Programs Director Barry W. Johnson Congratulates the Class of 2021

As the class of 2021, you can now go forward and make the world a better place.

Congratulations, Computer Engineering class of 2021. 

The past year has been a challenging one, but despite the difficulties we have faced, you have persisted and reached your goal. I am proud of each one of you. I wish you the very best as you enter the next phase of your life.

I also encourage you to stay connected with us and share with us your many experiences, including any feedback that we can use to make our programs even better.

As the class of 2021, you can now go forward and make the world a better place. You have technical knowledge, but you also understand the broader impact that your work can have on society. You have developed the ability to communicate effectively, and that will serve you well. You also care deeply for each other and for the world in which we live.

I am continually impressed with your thoughtfulness, sense of responsibility, and care for your fellow students. I have witnessed the professionalism and ingenuity you have exhibited when you have asked questions about your courses, graduate school or future careers. These characteristics and values will serve you well in all your future endeavors.

As you enter this next stage, building upon your experiences to date, I ask you to:

  • never stop learning so that you can continuously acquire new knowledge and skills;
  • consider carefully and thoughtfully the impact of your work on others, including your colleagues and the broader society;
  • give credit where credit is due;
  • use the lessons of history to evaluate the benefits and risks of any project;
  • never be afraid to admit that you’ve made a mistake and then dedicate yourself to learning from that mistake; and
  • always give thanks to those in your life who have helped you along the way.

You have earned our respect and admiration in addition to your degree. Congratulations again, and we wish you the very best.