50th Anniversary of UCI

“All our hopes for peace depend on the kind of society we can build in the United States. And that in turn rests on our system of education. … Help us demonstrate to the world that people of compassion and commitment can free their fellow citizens from the bonds of injustice, the prisons of poverty and the chains of ignorance.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson, dedication of the UC Irvine campus, June 20, 1964

“Hope is the belief against all evidence to the contrary that there are better days ahead. I ask you to believe in yourselves and in one another and, above all, when life gets you down and somebody tells you you can’t do something, to believe in something better. … Cynicism is a choice. Hope is a better choice.” – President Barack Obama, UC Irvine’s 49th commencement, June 14, 2014