Neumont University honored students at their 2017 commencement ceremony on Wednesday, March 15 at the Salt Lake Masonic Temple with special remarks from Dr. Ludmil B. Alexandrov, a Neumont graduate from the Class of 2007.
President Shaun McAlmont welcomed the distinguished guest and opened the ceremony on behalf of Neumont’s administration, noting that the purpose “is to honor you with this ceremony; to motivate you go on and do great things; to remind you that the path will be tough; to listen and keep learning; to be grateful to those who got you here; and most importantly, to be proud of this accomplishment and have it serve as the foundation for the successes to come in your lives.”
The sentiment was echoed in Alexandrov’s address, as he reflected on his time at Neumont and the impact it had on his achievements and contributions to science and research. “A decade later, I have absolutely no doubt, I know for sure, the foundation that Neumont gave me was not only sufficient to make me an exceptional employee of a fortune 500 company, but this education also gave me the necessary courage and vision to apply what I have learned at Neumont into completely different fields.” He explained, “Indeed, I was able to take the project-oriented mentality and use it in all parts of my life including in my education and scientific research.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Alexandrov went on to University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England where he earned both masters and doctorate degrees in computational theory and biology. He currently works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico as an Oppenheimer Fellow furthering his cancer research.
Alexandrov also encouraged the graduates to look forward to the future with great optimism. “I want to challenge you to not be afraid to follow your dreams no matter how crazy these dreams might be and no matter where these dreams might take you,” he said.
The ceremony honored approximately 170 new alumni who have earned their bachelor’s degrees in the computer sciences. Students earn their degrees in three years by attending classes year-round.
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