Stepping into the future

Indiana University students from all campuses and IU Online share what it means to be an IU graduate

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[Video: Background music begins.]
[Video: Words appear: Roger Howard, IU Southeast]
[Video: Wearing his cap and gown, Roger walks in a procession of graduates at the IU Southeast Commencement ceremony. He waves to the crowd. A color guard presents the U.S. and state flags.]
Roger speaks: You can start off as someone not knowing what you want to do at all, but you've come here, and your door is wide open to limitless opportunities and you become a limitless person.

[Video: Words appear: Bailey Troutman, IU Kokomo]
[Video: Bailey's mother helps her put on her gown before the IU Kokomo Commencement ceremony. She greets fellow graduates as they line up for the procession.
Bailey speaks: My time at IU has meant a lot. It allowed me to grow and develop as a well-rounded citizen that will enter the world now.

[Video: Words appear: Desmond Atem, IU South Bend]
[Video: Desmond gathers with his family at the IU South Bend Commencement ceremony. A woman helps Desmond adjust his gown, then he helps a fellow graduate put on her stole. He hugs a friend. He walks in a procession of graduates as the ceremony begins.]
Desmond speaks: IU South Bend has made a great impact on me. This campus was very welcoming to me. It makes a huge difference, that feeling of welcome. I made very good friends on this campus, lifelong friends.

[Video: Words appear: Naqeeb Rahman, IUPUI]
[Video: Naqeeb and his family pose for a photo outside of Lucas Oil Stadium before the IUPUI Commencement ceremony. He takes a selfie with friends. He stands in front of the stadium by himself.]
Naqeeb speaks: IUPUI has helped me with learning how to connect with people. I got a lot of different perspectives on different cultures and different religions.

[Video: Words appear: Emily Edwards, IUPUC]
[Video: Emily puts on her stole before the IUPUC Commencement ceremony, and a fellow graduate helps her adjust her cap. Outside the Commencement venue, she poses for a photo with a faculty member. At the ceremony, she moves her tassel from right to left.]
Emily speaks: When I came to IUPUC, I only planned on staying for a semester and I fell in love with the small campus and the faculty. I've been able to develop professional relationships and friendships.

[Video: Words appear: Lucas Huffman, IU East]
[Video: Lucas bows his head as his mother drapes his honor cords around his neck before the IU East Commencement ceremony. He poses for a photo with a faculty member. During the ceremony, he sits with the platform party.]
Lucas speaks: IU has done tremendous things to prepare me for my future, not only academically, but as a man. The people, the community, the professors, the coachesóthey all just support everybody.

[Video: Words appear: Maya Caine, IU Bloomington
[Video: Maya and her twin sister Mica talk with fellow graduates before the IU Bloomington Commencement ceremony. Maya and Mica walk into Memorial Stadium.]
Maya speaks: I'm gonna remember all the people who've helped me and built me to be the person that I am today. Everyone has helped me to be a better leader and a better communicator and a better collaborator.

[Video: Words appear: Gabriela Jaimes, IU Northwest]
[Video: Gabriela walks in procession of graduates at the IU Northwest Commencement ceremony.]
Gabriela speaks: That pride of getting an IU education and knowing that you're from IU is just incredible.

[Video: Words appear: Mica Caine, IU Bloomington]
[Video: Mica takes a selfie with a fellow graduate before the IU Bloomington Commencement ceremony. Mica and her twin sister Maya pose for a photo at the Sample Gates. Mica and Maya walk into Memorial Stadium. Mica talks with a fellow graduate at the ceremony.]
Mica speaks: Earning an IU degree means a lot of things to me, but most importantly I think IU has given me a capacity to lead. It inspired me and empowered me to take my own route.

[Video: Words appear: Justin Westfall, IU Online]
[Video: Justin's mother helps him adjust his gown before the IU East Commencement ceremony. He smiles as he sits with fellow graduates during the ceremony. He moves his tassel from right to left.]
Iím really excited to actually accomplish this and hang that diploma on my wall and just look at that and think, ìWow, look at all that hard work that came into that, and whereís the next place that this can get me?"

[Video: Desmond and his fellow classmates stand at the IU South Bend Commencement ceremony.]
Desmond speaks: I feel like an IU degree is going to get me far and beyond.

[Video: Maya and Mica enter Memorial Stadium together for the IU Bloomington Commencement ceremony.]
Maya speaks: Earning an IU degree has given me a lot of confidence. Itís been able to shape me into someone I never thought I would be.

[Video: Roger waves to the crowd at the IU Southeast Commencement ceremony. He turns his tassel from right to left.]
Roger speaks: Hopefully, people see, ìThere's Roger Howard. He went to IU Southeast and look what he's done.î

[Video: Gabriela walks in a procession of graduates at the IU Northwest Commencement ceremony. During the ceremony, she turns her tassel from right to left. She hugs a faculty member as she receives her diploma.]
Gabriela speaks: The legacy that I want to leave here is that with dedication, you can impact others. You can definitely empower others, and you can make them grow.

[Video: Mica and Maya turn their tassels from right to left at the IU Bloomington Commencement ceremony.]
Mica speaks: I just would like to be remembered as someone who always gave back because that's my passion, that's what keeps me going.

[Video: Bailey stands with the platform party at the IU Kokomo Commencement ceremony. During the ceremony, she stands at a podium and gives a speech.]
Bailey speaks: I will always remember just how much I was cared about here, how much people really invested in me, and how I will be successful because I know that so many people have believed in me.

[Video: Lucas walks in a procession of graduates at the IU East Commencement ceremony. During the ceremony, he stands at a podium and gives a speech. He smiles as he stands with fellow graduates. ]
Lucas speaks: I will remember my time at IU forever. And hopefully Iíll always be able to be a part of this university and continue the tradition.

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[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]
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[Video: Background music fades in as Maya, wearing an Indiana sweatshirt, walks through the hallways of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Now climbing the stairs, she smiles softly as she heads to her class.]

Maya speaks: My name is Maya Caine. I’m from Columbus, Ohio. I'm a student at Indiana University Bloomington majoring in information systems.

[Video: Mica, wearing a backpack, walks through Indiana University’s campus to class.]

Mica speaks: My name is Mica Caine. I attend Indiana University Bloomington and I'm an information systems major from Columbus, Ohio.

[Video: Maya sits in a TV studio. A green screen and teleprompter serve as the backdrop.]

[Words appear: Maya Caine, IU Bloomington]
Maya speaks: I chose to attend IU because of the William R Frye Scholarship…

[Video: We follow Maya through the hallways of Kelley and into her class. She sits down next to a peer and begins chatting with him.]

Maya continues: …which is a full-ride scholarship through the Kelley School of Business for direct-admit minority students. I also came because of the prestigious business school.

[Video: Mica continues to walk through campus, heading toward Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.]

Mica speaks: I chose to attend IU because of the…

[Video: Mica walks into her classroom at Kelley, wearing a backpack with the word “KELLEY” printed boldly on the back. She laughs with her peers as they catch up before class.]

Mica continues: …William R. Frye Scholarship. I was recruited and brought to campus and introduced to this big loving family…

[Video: We see a close-up of Mica as she looks at her computer, focusing on her work.]

Mica continues: …which has ultimately been my support system while I was here.

[Video: Maya, smiling broadly, walks into a sorority event wearing a winter coat with a black blazer and red dress underneath. She greets her sorority sisters, who are dressed similarly, as she takes off her coat.]

Maya speaks: One of my biggest involvements was being chapter president for my sorority for two years, the Gamma Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

[Video: Maya walks through tables of people to hang up her coat.]

Maya speaks: It's been one of the most rewarding experiences.

[Video: We see a wide shot of the sorority event. Several round tables are filled with people chatting and laughing. Sorority members walk around and mingle with the people at the tables. A close-up shot shows Maya walking among the tables at the event. ]

Maya speaks: IU was a bit of a culture shock because I didn't see as many people like me and so when joining my chapter specifically…

[Video: Maya mingles with the people at the event, talking and laughing.]

Maya continues: … I was able to find comfort in just being able to be myself.

[Video: Mica sits in the TV studio.]

[Words appear: Mica Caine, IU Bloomington]
[Mica speaks: I think there's a lot of power in that to be around people that you don't have to explain as much to but…

[Video: Mica, a member of the same sorority, wears a black blazer and a red dress. She nods at what two of her sorority sisters are saying.]

Mica continues: …they kind of already have similar struggles and similar life experiences.

[Video: Mica smiles and laughs with a sorority sister.]

Mica speaks: It gives me that community. It really means community and sisterhood.

[Video: Maya and Mica both sit in the TV studio. They are recording a video for their YouTube channel, MC Tech Twins. They wave and greet their viewers, speaking to a camera off screen.]

Mica speaks: MC Tech Twins is a platform to support and interact with black women interested in technology. We do have a series of videos on our YouTube channel.


[Video: We see footage from past MC Tech Twins videos.]
Maya speaks: It's a really great thing to get more women of color to be a part of this, to empower them to be a part of the next wave of innovation.

Mica speaks: We’re really trying to broaden the scope for it to be of service to the community.

[Video: In a parking lot, Maya and Mica climb out of a red car. Mica carries a box holding engineering-related toys and games. The walk side-by-side on the sidewalk towards an building where they are welcomed by another woman.]
Mica speaks: We hosted the Tech Toy Drive which was a holiday toy drive for young girls of color to not just get like a baby doll for Christmas or the holidays, but getting them something that's engineering-related or something that would spark that interest in STEM.
[Video: Maya and Mica walk outside side-by-side in their caps and gowns, their fellow graduates trailing behind them. Indiana Memorial Stadium can be seen in the background. When they reach their seats, Maya chats with a few other graduates.]

Maya speaks: After graduation I'll be working at Salesforce as a solutions engineer in the Dallas, Texas office.

[Video: Maya and Mica walk down the steps of the Indiana Memorial Stadium. Crowds of people are seated waiting to watch the IU Bloomington Commencement ceremony.]

Mica speaks: I will be joining Deloitte Consulting as a business technology analyst in New York.

[Video: Now on the field, Maya and Mica are standing in a crowd of graduates. Maya claps and Mica waves.]
Maya speaks: Earning an IU degree has given me a lot of confidence.

[Video: Maya and Mica walk across IU’s campus together on a sunny day, laughing.]

Maya speaks: It's been able to shape me into someone I've never thought I would be. It's really pushed me to consider new things and put my time in areas that are really beneficial for my own success. When I came to IU, I never really saw…

[Video: Maya and Mica sit side by side at their sorority event. Mica speaks to another sorority member while Maya looks on.]

Maya continues: …specifically a black woman, like, being into sorority life but also being in…

[Video: Maya sits in her classroom at Kelley, looking intently towards the front of the room.]
Maya continues: …Kelley and then also starting her own organization.

[Video: Maya and Mica film a video for MC Tech Twins.]

Maya speaks: So, I really feel like my impact has allowed other people to see, “Wow, you can really do everything you want to do.”

[Video: Graduates celebrate on the Indiana Memorial Stadium field. Maya and Mica stand side by side cheering.]

Mica speaks: Earning an IU degree means a lot of things to me, but most importantly I think IU has given me a capacity to lead not just as Maya and I as a unit…

[Video: Maya and Mica move the tassels on their caps from right to left.]

Mica continues: …but it inspired me and empowered me take my own route. I just would like…

[Video: Maya and Mica celebrate with their family outside after commencement. Mica hugs her mom.]

Mica continues: …like to be remembered as someone who always gave back because that's my passion, that's what keeps me going.

[Video: Maya and Mica stand side by side in front of the Sample Gates in their caps and gowns, smiling broadly.]

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[Words appear: FULFILLING the PROMISE]

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Mica and Maya Caine, IU Bloomington

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[Video: Background music begins.]

[Video: Naqeeb walks across the IUPUI campus on a sunny day.]

Naqeeb speaks: My name is Naqeeb Rahman, I go to IUPUI, and my major is health services management.

[Video: Naqeeb continues walking on campus.]

Naqeeb speaks: I am originally from Fishers, Indiana. My parents are from Bangladesh.

[Video: Naqeeb sits in a conference room. We then see him crossing a street on the IUPUI campus and walking on a sidewalk in front of a building.]

[Words appear: Naqeeb Rahman, IUPUI]
Naqeeb speaks: I decided to choose health services management as my major because at a young age I was exposed to hospitals, whether it being family, friends, a newborn baby, somebody being injured, anything like that. I became appreciative of the environment and the professionalism of the staff and doctors there.

[Video: Naqeeb sits behind large desk with a computer in the IUPUI Testing Center. A male student walks up, and Naqeeb greets him with a smile. The student brings Naqeeb a large, secure red bag, which Naqeeb unlocks. Then Naqeeb looks at some information on his computer screen.]

Naqeeb speaks: So I knew that I wanted a career in that kind of field. I realized that most of the professions, the careers, and the people that I needed to get to know, they were all in downtown Indianapolis, so I chose to go to IUPUI.

[Video: Naqeeb leans back in his computer chair, smiling and speaking to someone off screen. We then see him sitting in the conference room again.]

Naqeeb speaks: One thing that I'm very proud of about IUPUI is the chance I had to make connections with some of the professors here.

[Video: Naqeeb sits in a classroom, having a discussion with his instructor and classmates.]

Naqeeb speaks: When I first got to IUPUI, I wasn't a very outgoing person. I decided it can only be beneficial for me to talk to my professors and get to know them and let them know that I'm interested in the field that I'm in and I'm actually interested in what they're teaching.

[Video: Naqeeb sits down in the classroom, picks up his mobile phone, and looks at something on his computer. He continues to work on his laptop during class.]

Naqeeb speaks: After I decided that I could talk to them, I created relationships with most if not all of my professors, and they helped me with my letters of recommendation, they helped me with internship searches, with job opportunities.

[Video: Naqeeb walks across a skybridge with a group of his friends, one of whom is holding some pizza boxes. Naqeeb playfully tricks his friend into looking away so that he can take a piece of pizza as they walk, but his friend catches him and closes the box. The group is shown sitting down at a table inside and eating, and another friend arrives. Naqeeb offers her some of the pizza.]

Naqeeb speaks: Outside of the classroom, I attend events like the the ISCA, the Indian Student Cultural Association, the African-American Student Association, and Asian Heritage Student Association.

[Video: Naqeeb and his friends eat pizza and play a card game. Then the group gathers together around the table so that one of Naqeeb's friends can take a selfie of the whole group.]
Naqeeb speaks: With that I got a lot of different perspectives on different cultures and different religions. It made me feel at home because since I was exposed to all of the different religions and perspectives and cultures, I was able to connect with a lot more people on campus, and because of that, I felt, like, a strong, genuine connection.

[Video: We see the exterior of Lucas Oil Stadium. Naqeeb and his family pose for a photo outside of the stadium before the IUPUI Commencement ceremony begins. Then we see Naqeeb by himself in his cap and gown in front of the stadium, and then taking a selfie with some friends.]

Naqeeb speaks: After graduation, I plan on getting my master's in health administration. I'm interested in long-term care, so I would like to work in retirement facilities, nursing homes, assisted living homes.

[Video: Naqeeb receives his diploma at the IUPUI Commencement ceremony. Then we see him playing cards with his friends, and then in class laughing with his instructor and classmates.]

Naqeeb speaks: IUPUI has helped me with preparing for my future in various ways. One of the best ways they've prepared me is learning how to connect with people. All of the professors actually encourage you to go out and talk to bosses and talk to your coworkers and form relationships with them.

[Video: Naqeeb turns the tassel on his cap from right to left. We see him walking into the stadium and observing the crowd.]
Naqeeb speaks: Because of all of that, I can see myself excelling.

[Words appear: Indiana University]
[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]
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Naqeeb Rahman, IUPUI

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[Video: Background music begins.]

[Video: Emily walks across a skybridge and then down a hallway in the sunshine.]

Emily speaks: I'm Emily Edwards. I'm from Greensburg, Indiana. I attend IUPUC, and my major is psychology.


[Video: Emily is sitting in the Office of Women's Studies on the IUPUC campus.]

[Words appear: Emily Edwards, IUPUC]
Emily speaks: I am pursuing a career in counseling psychology.

[Video: We see photos of Emily playing ukulele and guitar with her younger siblings.]

Emily speaks: When I was a teenager, my family adopted my younger siblings. I developed this passion for adoptive families and evaluating the foster care system.

[Video: Emily walks down a hallway into a classroom with lab benches. She takes her seat.]

Emily speaks: I was nearing the end of high school and trying to figure out a career that I wanted to do, and I didn't know what it was called or what it looked like or what I had to do to get there, but I knew that I wanted to work with families and promote family preservation.

[Video: Emily sits in class with her textbook and notebook open in front of her. She flips through some pages in her textbook. We see a close-up of her taking notes in her notebook.]
Emily speaks: So I went into college and I didn't settle on a major right off the bat, and I took an intro to psychology class and I actually didn't like it, but I took another psychology class the next semester. After the second class I realized that psychology would get me to the career that I wanted to do.

[Video: Emily approaches the instructor with a piece of paper in her hands. He demonstrates the use of a pipette, and Emily uses the pipette to collect liquid from a small vial.]

Emily speaks: When I came to IUPUC, I only planned on staying for a semester and I fell in love with the small campus and the faculty.

[Video: Emily walks down a hallway into a professor's office holding a binder, speaks to him, and then leaves the binder on his desk. Emily walks into another room and sits down. She gets out a laptop and begins typing.]

Emily speaks: In psychology I think there are around five core faculty members, so I've been able to work really closely with all of them and develop professional relationships and friendships, and I think that's one of the reasons I love IUPUC the most.

[Video: Emily picks up a ukulele and begins to lead a small group of people playing ukuleles.]

Emily speaks: The IUPUC Ukulele Players is the first group that I've been involved with on campus.

[Video: We see photos of Emily playing music with her family in church and Emily tuning a ukulele.]

Emily speaks: When I was ten, I started singing with my family in church. Through singing with my family I developed this passion for music.

[Video: The members of the IUPUC Ukulele Players play a song together.]

Emily speaks: The ukulele class consists of both students, faculty, staff, even just people in the community. We meet every other Thursday, and every other Thursday is probably my happiest day. Playing ukulele together, with all of us, it brings joy.

[Video: Emily smiles broadly as she walks into Columbus East High school for the IUPUC Commencement ceremony. Her mother and younger siblings are with her. We then see her receive her honors medallion at the Honors Program graduation celebration.]

Emily speaks: I just got accepted to a Master of Education in counseling psychology program at the University of Louisville. A degree in counseling psychology will allow me to do research, practice, consultation, teaching.

[Video: A fellow graduate helps Emily adjust her cap and gown, then we see her walking in the procession of graduates as the ceremony begins.]

Emily speaks: I don't know if I'll incorporate music into my career, but I definitely want to keep playing music, keep singing, keep writing music.

[Video: Emily turns the tassel on her cap from right to left.]
I want to make an indentation in the work of family preservation.

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Emily Edwards, IUPUC

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[Video: Background music begins]
[Video: Desmond walks through light snow on the IU South Bend campus on a cloudy day, looking at his cell phone.]

Desmond speaks: My name is Desmond Atem. I attend IU South Bend. My major is nursing and I'm doing a minor in health promotions.

[Video: Desmond sits in the IU South Bend nursing simulation lab. In the background is a medical manikin lying in a hospital bed.]

[Words appear: Desmond Atem, IU South Bend]
Desmond speaks: Growing up in Cameroon, life was a struggle. We struggled, but my parents did all they could to make sure we had food on the table.

[Video: Desmond walks across campus and enters the IU South Bend library. He walks up to a bookshelf and pulls a book off it.]

Desmond speaks: One thing that made me focus on health care a lot is because we didn't have that much in Cameroon. No, we have one big general hospital and there's very limited medical providers there. So people had to wait long hours to get to see a medical doctor or to get a procedure done.

[Video: Desmond sits at a computer wearing headphones and typing on the keyboard. He then looks at a textbook before returning his attention to the computer.]

Desmond speaks: So I feel like, "Where am I going to be the most useful? Where can I influence society the most?" And I feel like health care was the one I felt was a passion for me then.

[Video: Desmond walks through a food court and approaches a table of his friends. They wave, and Desmond waves back.]

Desmond speaks: My wife is from Goshen. We met in South Africa. I was doing a mission trip in South Africa. So I moved to Goshen in 2013 and decided to go back to school. I was just looking for nursing schools and I saw that IU South Bend was the most affordable and one of the best campuses around the area.

[Video: Desmond and four friends, all dressed in red scrubs, sit at a table in the food court and study together.]

Desmond speaks: IU South Bend has made a great impact on me. This campus was very welcoming to me. It makes a huge difference, that feeling of welcome.

[Video: One of Desmond's friends looks at him and says something that causes Desmond to laugh.]

Desmond speaks: I made very good friends on this campus, lifelong friends. We sit together, have a meal, study together, do homeworks together.

[Video: Desmond and his friends continue to study in the food court.]

Desmond speaks: Having an international background I think made a huge impact, both to me personally and to some of my classmates. During classroom discussions, I feel like I present a more broader or international perspective on things. It's been good because people get to understand things from a different mindset and myself, I see things, too, from a different mindset.

[Video: Desmond, a fellow nursing student, and an instructor are in the nursing simulation lab. They practice performing procedures on a medical manikin.]

Desmond speaks: I accepted a new job at a local hospital, a full-time position at the E.R. So I'll be an E.R. nurse shortly.

[Video: Desmond cleans the arm of the manikin so he can practice starting an IV. He then shines a small flashlight across the manikin's face.]

Desmond speaks: My long-term career goals would be to work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service medical provider. Or for the United Nations in one of their agencies overseas.

[Video: We see Desmond in his cap and gown before the IU South Bend Commencement ceremony. A woman drapes honor cords around his neck.]

Desmond speaks: To earn an IU degree means a lot to me. I feel like IU is one of the most prestigious universities around the area.

[Video: Desmond talks with a fellow graduate before the ceremony, then takes a selfie with a friend. He poses for a photo with a large group of nursing graduates, and then we see him walking in the procession with his fellow graduates as the ceremony begins.]
Desmond speaks: With my ambitions of traveling overseas and working for an international organization, I feel like an IU degree is going to get me far and beyond.

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Desmond Atem, IU South Bend

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[Video: Background music begins.]
[Video: Gabriela walks on Indiana University Northwest's campus on an overcast day.]

Gabriela speaks: My name is Gabriela Jaimes. I go to IU Northwest and I'm currently majoring in Chemistry and Spanish and minoring in biology. My hometown is Cedar Lake, Indiana.

[Video: Gabriela sits in a chemistry lab on campus.]

[Words appear: Gabriela Jaimes, IU Northwest]
[Gabriela speaks: My story actually doesn't start in Cedar Lake, Indiana. It doesn't start even in the U.S.

[Video: Gabriela walks out of the front door of her family's home in Cedar Lake. She crosses the street to greet her father, who is stepping out of the cab of his semitruck. She hands him a bottle of water, and they walk back to the house together.]

Gabriela speaks: It actually starts in Mexico. My father came over when he was 14 years old, along with my uncle. That courage that he found to progress and to just get out of poverty, is just inspiring for me.

[Video: Gabriela walks into a chemistry lab on campus. She prepares to work in the lab, donning blue latex gloves, a white lab coat, and a pair of safety goggles.]

Gabriela speaks: I come from generations of uneducated people. Most of them don't even have an elementary school education. I want to see something different. I want to make a difference and an impact.

[Video: Gabriela pours a blue liquid into a burette as her instructor watches.]

Gabriela speaks: And so I decided that that chain of uneducated people in my family has to stop somewhere.

[Video: Gabriela releases the liquid from the burette into a flask. She then checks the solution in the flask, swirling the flask and holding it above her head to look at the reaction from below.]

Gabriela speaks: I chose IU Northwest because it was very close to home. Going away from home was really something really tough for me...

[Video: Gabriela's instructor pours liquid nitrogen on the lab bench and into a beaker containing a blue liquid. Gabriela marvels at the chemical reaction.]

Gabriela continues: ...and I saw the opportunities at IU Northwest are pretty much the same or even better than at other universities.

[Video: Gabriela sits at the head of a long table with several other women and men. She wears a blue dress and pearls. The words Indiana University Northwest are emblazoned on the wall behind her.]

Gabriela speaks: That pride of getting an IU education and knowing that you're from IU is just incredible. I've made connections that will definitely last a lifetime.

[Video: We see an aerial shot of IU Northwest's campus at sunrise.]

Gabriela speaks: I think and I hope that I left a legacy of empowering others, empowering in the fact that if you feel like you can't continue on with your education...

[Video: Gabriela walks across campus, wind blowing her hair.]

Gabriela continues: ...or you see yourself in such a tight situation...

[Video: Gabriela walks through the hallway of a campus building, moving from the shadows of the hallway into natural light.]

Gabriela continues: ...that there always is a light at the end of the tunnel. There's been so many, numerous amount of times where I would just sit down and just cry and be like, "Why? Why am I doing this? Is college really for me?"

[Video: In a meeting, Gabriela explains something animatedly.]

Gabriela continues: But it is, because that's the way...

[Video: Gabriela burns a pipette.]

Gabriela continues: ...that I will be able to get to that point-to get to the point of success...

[Video: Gabriela walks into a building on campus and walks through the hallways with a soft smile on her face.]

Gabriela continues: ...and to get to the point where other students or other Latinos around me will be able to see that and also join into that trend.

[Video: Gabriela and her family prepare for a meal in their home. She and her family members bring dishes into the dining room, then the family stands around the table and says a prayer before eating.]

Gabriela speaks: I am thinking about going to medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico. When I become a full doctor, I am thinking about opening up a clinic...

[Video: Gabriela plays with young children in her family's yard, kicking a soccer ball around with them.]
Gabriela continues: ...for women who've experienced domestic violence, children who are impoverished, even underage pregnancies.

[Video: Gabriela adjusts her cap and gown and walks with her family into the Genesis Center for the IU Northwest Commencement ceremony. Her mortarboard is decorated with large red, white, and green flowers. She stops to talk with a woman on the way in.]
Gabriela speaks: As the first person out of my whole family to graduate from college, it is a moment of just celebration.

[Video: Gabriela walks into a room with a sign that reads "Platform Party." We see her talking with a member of the platform party.]
Gabriela speaks: It's a moment that is so meaningful and so symbolic...

[Video: Gabriela looks at the crowd before the ceremony begins. IU President Michael McRobbie stands behind her. Then we see her in the staging area with fellow graduates. She takes a selfie with some of them and then hugs someone else. She and her fellow graduates process to their seats as the ceremony begins.]
Gabriela continues: . . .because all the work that my ancestors have put through, my parents have put through, the people around me have put through, the people who have shaped me to be the person that I am today, it's all going to be something for good and it's going to be used to impact others.

[Video: Gabriela sits with fellow graduates during the ceremony. She looks at the stage intently and nods.]
Gabriela speaks: To me, that point of graduation isn't my end point. It's actually a beginning.

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Gabriela Jaimes, IU Northwest

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[Video: Roger walks across Indiana University Southeast's campus on a sunny day, smiling broadly.]

Roger speaks: My name is Roger Howard. I'm a senior here at IU Southeast in New Albany, Indiana...

[Video: Roger sits in the campus library.]

[Words appear: Roger Howard, IU Southeast]
Roger continues: ...and I am studying political science and economics.

[Video: Roger continues to walk through campus, ascending a set of stairs.]

Roger speaks: I'm from the town of Sellersburg, Indiana.

[Video: We see an old family photo and Indiana University diplomas received by Roger's family members.]

Roger speaks: I have a long lineage of family ties to this campus. So that's what really drew me in, because I see how successful my grandparents, other family members, and of course my parents are in their lives. I knew the university could do this for me.

[Video: We see an aerial view of IU Southeast's campus.]

Roger speaks: The campus here has given me so many opportunities.That's why I'm glad to be here, glad to be graduating from here, and proud to say I go to Indiana University Southeast.

[Video: Roger walks through the hallway of a campus building and into a classroom where a College Republicans meeting is being held. He stands at the front of the room and speaks to the club's members.]

Roger speaks: I think it's truly important to get involved on campus. You make new friends that way, you get to know the campus better, and you really get to build some life skills up that way. College Republicans, it's been on campus for some time now and I came in as a freshman, got involved. It was a very small organization, and I was a member for two years and then I ran for chairman of the organization. When I took over the organization, it was me and four other people at the time and now we've grown it to about where we have 25 to 30 at meetings regularly.

[Video: Roger looks on at his club members, nodding proudly. Then he continues to lead the discussion.]

Roger speaks: I've been very proud to see where that group has reached new heights, and hopefully after I leave it will continue to grow and take off.

[Video: Roger walks on the sidewalk in front of the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He wears a suit and tie.]

Roger speaks: I currently work at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

[Video: Roger walks through the metal detector at the front of the building, greeting the security guard.]

Roger speaks: This was an opportunity for me to see criminal law at work...

[Video: Roger hands a document to a colleague, greets another, then sits at his desk and starts to work.]

Roger continues: ...and I've been seeing that. I've been able to, of course, work with all the prosecutors in the office but also different attorneys in the community, as well, and get their feel on what their law degree has done for them.

[Video: Roger walks into the gym on campus, passing a sign that reads, "IU Southeast Grenadiers"]

Roger speaks: I am going through the process right now to do service for the United States Navy. I've always been interested to serve. The United States is a country that has just provided..

[Video: Roger lifts weights at the gym.]

Roger continues: ...so much for me and opportunities to forge my own path. I feel like it's always been my duty to give back.

[Video: Roger, in his cap and gown, walks into the building where the IU Southeast Commencement ceremony is being held. He talks with his fellow graduates as they line up for the procession.]

Roger speaks:
This campus has been truly so impactful in my life and I can truly say that I'll always carry the lessons and the academics I got here at IU Southeast.

[Video: Roger and his fellow graduates begin processing toward the auditorium. As they pass through a hallway, faculty members in caps and gowns line up and applaud. The graduates enter the auditorium and walk to their seats.]

Roger speaks: You can start off as someone not knowing what you want to do at all, but you've come here, and your door is wide open to limitless opportunities and you become a...

[Video: The color guard presents the U.S. and state flags. We then see Roger move the tassel on his cap from right to left as he smiles broadly.]

Roger continues: ...limitless person. Hopefully, people see, "There's Roger Howard. He went to IU Southeast and look what he's done."

[Video: Roger receives his diploma.]

[Words appear: INDIANA UNIVERSITY]

[Words appear: FULFILLING the PROMISE]

[Words appear: iu.edu]

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Roger Howard, IU Southeast

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[Video: Lucas walks out of an academic building carrying a notebook as background music begins.]
Lucas speaks: My name is Lucas Huffman. Iím from Indianapolis. I go to Indiana University East and I'm a biochemistry major.

[Video: Lucas sits in a chair on the IU East basketball court.]
[Words appear: Lucas Huffman, IU East]
Lucas speaks: Being the first one to go to college in my family was a goal and basketball really helped me get there.

[Video: Lucas shoots a basketball on the court.]
Lucas speaks: I played probably 12 years before coming to college.

[Video: Lucas sits in a chair on the court.]
Lucas speaks: I started pretty young. I actually started playing on a little plastic goal. My dad would pick me up you know and play basketball.

[Video: We see a close-up shot of Lucas bouncing the ball against his fist. Then he drives to the hoop and dunks the ball.
Lucas speaks: I stuck with it and ended up loving the game and it got me here.

[Video: Lucas watches as someone off screen passes his teammate the ball.]
Lucas speaks: When I'm out there on the court, I'm relaxed, I focus in on the game. I don't really focus on the crowd.

[Video: Lucas shoots a free throw.]
Lucas speaks: Junior year, tenth game in, playing the number three team in the nation...

[Video: Lucas and his teammates play a pick-up game. Lucas dunks the ball.]
Lucas continues: ...and I did a move I've done probably a thousand times before that and my left knee just didn't move with me and I tore my ACL and had to sit out for about six months.

[Video: Lucas sits in a chair on the basketball court]
Lucas speaks: That was my first real injury in sports and that was a huge eye-opener for me, and I think the team.

[Video: Lucas stretches with his teammates on the court.]
Lucas speaks: I just wanted to do anything I could to get back out there and they pushed me to do better in my rehab. Coach kept pushing me, family kept pushing me, and I just wanted to get back out there to help everybody, not just myself.

[Video: Lucas runs down the court with members of his team, passing and shooting the ball.]
Lucas speaks: Something that's really cool about this program and what this basketball program has to offer is the family aspect of it. It's, you play four years here, but you also have a lifelong family and lifelong friends and it's really fun to be a part of.

[Video: We see aerial footage of the IU East campus.]
Lucas speaks: Balancing school and basketball hasn't been easy. It's been something that's been a challenge from the time I walked on to campus to the time I'm gonna leave campus.

[Video: We see footage of Lucas playing in an IU East basketball game, receiving an award on the court, and speaking to teammates and fans on the court.]
Lucas speaks: But it's definitely something I haven't done on my own. The professors, the coaches, the faculty have definitely been there to help. And I think that those are some lessons I've learned that I can take on with me for the rest of my life.

[Video: In a chemistry lab, Lucas puts on green safety goggles and works on a project with his instructor.]
Lucas speaks: Hopefully, my next step academically would be med school. That's always been a dream of mine and I feel like IU East here has helped me get to that point. So, I've applied to a couple of schools and med school is definitely the end goal, and I'm gonna do anything I can to get there.

[Video: Lucas uses a pipette to measure a pink liquid.]
Lucas speaks: Medicine is something I was introduced to at a young age.

[Video: Lucas records notes in a notebook as he makes measurements in the lab.]
By the age of 15, I had lost quite a few family members, so I was motivated to do something to help another 15-year-old from experiencing what I went through.

[Video: Lucas sits in a chair on the basketball court.]
The power of medicine and the power that a physician, the power of closure that medicine can provide to a community, a family, individuals, is something that I really fell in love with, Iíd say.

[Video: Lucas's mother helps him put on his cap and gown at Commencement.]
Lucas speaks: Iíll remember my time at IU forever.

[Video: We see Lucas's parents in the audience at the Commencement ceremony. His dad is taking a photo. Then we see Lucas sitting in his seat at the ceremony.]
Lucas speaks: IU has done tremendous things to prepare me for my future, not only academically, but as a man.

[Video: Lucas works in the chemistry lab with his instructor.]
The small campus has really allowed me to get close to my professors, my coaches, and it's really a family here.

[Video: Lucas shoots a ball on the basketball court and then dribbles the ball and laughs.]
Lucas speaks: And hopefully Iíll always be able to be a part of this university and continue the tradition.

[Video: Lucas speaks at the IU East Commencement ceremony.]

[Words appear: Indiana University]
[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]
[Words appear: iu.edu]

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Lucas Huffman, IU East

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[Video: Bailey walks down a staircase as music begins to play. She walks down a hallway, waving to friends, and then stops to talk with them.]
Bailey speaks: My name is Bailey Troutman. I am from Lapel, Indiana and I attend Indiana University Kokomo and I'm majoring in communication arts.

[Video: We see an aerial view of the IU Kokomo campus, and then a close-up of a building on campus. Bailey walks to a golf course clubhouse while carrying her golf clubs. In the clubhouse, she gathers yellow golf balls into a basket.]
Bailey speaks: I chose IU Kokomo for a variety of reasons. Initially it was their opportunity to play golf here because I wanted to play golf in a collegiate atmosphere so that was a big thing.

[Video: Bailey swings her golf bag onto her shoulder and heads out to the golf course. We then see Bailey sitting in a classroom in a campus building.]
[Words appear: Bailey Troutman, IU Kokomo]
Bailey speaks: I really liked the idea of actually founding a golf program, because how many athletes really get to have that opportunity in college? So that initially was like my first huge draw.

[Video: While on the golf course, Bailey stretches with her golf club, and then swings at the ball.]
Bailey speaks: Being a college athlete has prepared me well for the next steps in life in a variety of ways.

[Video: Bailey swings, changes golf clubs, then putts a golf ball emblazoned with the words "Indiana University Kokomo."]
Bailey speaks: You're out there for sometimes eight to ten hours just playing golf straight through, and so mentally it was really challenging.

[Video: Bailey grabs the red flag out of the hole, putts again, and the ball goes into the hole. Then we see Bailey making another big swing at the ball.]
Bailey speaks: All of the energy that you put into something may not always turn out exactly how you wanted it to. It just means that it just was a bad day for you on the golf course, and guess what, you can go out tomorrow and try again and you'll probably do better.

[Video: We see an aerial view of the IU Kokomo campus. Bailey walks into a campus building.]
Bailey speaks: The Kokomo campus, it's small enough that you get to really get involved and invested very quickly. That meant having tons of student organization involvement, taking leadership positions.

[Video: We see Bailey sitting in a classroom in a campus building, and then sitting at a table as she leads a meeting of the Student Government Association. We see a close-up of her planner and a piece of paper with her meeting notes.]
Bailey speaks: I was selected to serve on the IU Alumni Association Board of Managers as a student representative this year as well as student body president and I was also golfing and then working part time

[Video: Bailey has a discussion with fellow students as she leads the Student Government Association meeting.]
Bailey speaks: All of those experiences, I wouldn't trade them for the world. Every single one of them taught me something that Iíve either used already or I know I'm going to use.

[Video: Bailey walks into the Cole Fitness Center on campus to meet her two sisters. They walk down the stairs, put their belongings in cubbies, then work out on exercise machines and run together on an indoor track.]
Bailey speaks: When my sisters came to IU Kokomo I was initially probably pretty nervous because I knew for me when I came here I got to have the chance to really explore and get to know the campus on my own, and I was worried that they may just fall into my footsteps. But it's actually kind of happened in a good way.

[Video: Bailey and her two sisters do walking lunges with weights and work out on exercise machines together.]
Bailey speaks: So thatís been really special for me to kind of be their sister and be also like a peer mentor as well, and help them along and watch them develop into their own person, and find their unique interests.

[Video: Bailey's mother and sister help her put on her cap and gown just before Commencement.]
Bailey speaks: The next step for me after graduation will be Clemson University. I was accepted into their Master of Arts in communication, technology, and society program.

[Video: At the IU Kokomo Commencement ceremony, Bailey hugs a fellow graduate as other graduates look on. Then we see her on stage with the platform party.]
Bailey speaks: I think my career path will either include becoming a professor one day, or kind of going back into industry after my master's degree and working in a communications department.

[Video: Bailey gives a speech at the Commencement ceremony and then stands on stage with the platform party.]
Bailey speaks: It'll be a challenge, but I feel really well prepared and I'm thankful for all of opportunities I've had here that that make me feel that way.

[Video: Bailey swings her golf club on the course. Then we see her and her sisters carrying their workout equipment out of the gym, and then her talking with friends in the hallway of a campus building.]
Bailey speaks: I will always remember just how much I was cared about here, how much people really invested in me, and how I will be successful because I know that so many people have believed in me.

[Video: Bailey talks with friends in a hallway. Then we see her walking away from the golf course with her bag of clubs slung over her back.]
Bailey speaks: I want to make sure that I leave people better than I found them and I really hope that that's the kind of impact that I've made here.

[Words appear: Indiana University]
[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]
[Words appear: iu.edu]

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Bailey Troutman, IU Kokomo

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[Video: Background music begins]
[Video: We see Justin in his kitchen gathering the ingredients for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.]
Justin speaks: My name is Justin Westfall and I am an IU Online student. I'm from the small town of Greenville, Ohio, and my major is a bachelorís of science in business administration with a minor in entrepreneurship.

[Video: Justin sits in his apartment with a view of downtown Greenville behind him.]
[Words appear: Justin Westfall, IU Online]
Justin speaks: I actually started at Wright State University and I went there for three years and I got heavily involved on campus.

[Video: Justin makes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and grabs his coffee cup from the kitchen counter.]
Justin speaks: And it was really hard for me to balance everything on my plate at the time and thatís what led me to online classes.

[Video: Justin walks toward his desk.]
Justin speaks: The biggest thing for me is itís at my convenience, at my pace.

[Video: Justin sits at his desk, opens his laptop, and starts looking through papers on his desk. He begins to write notes in his notebook. Then he walks out the door of his apartment wearing his backpack.]
Justin speaks: If I want to spend more time on a chapter, I'm not pressured by my peers because everybody else is getting a concept and I'm not. So I can spend more time on that and I can fly through the concepts that I get really quickly.

[Video: Justin walks down the stairs with his backpack.]
Justin speaks: I am a DJ on the weekends.

[Video: We see footage from a party at which Justin was the DJ. He operates a mixing board as people dance on a crowded dance floor.]
Justin speaks: It's pretty much an entire full-time gig every weekend.

[Video: Justin walks down the sidewalk in his town, and then walks into the Coffee Pot, a local coffee shop.]
Justin speaks: By the time that I started online classes, I was able to pick up a full-time job, and I was also able to really focus on my DJ business as well and grow that.

[Video: Justin sits down with a friend at a table in the coffee shop and begins to review an assignment.]
Justin speaks: Without IU, and without the online flexibility, I would have never have gotten that opportunity.

[Video: Justin walks into a storage closet at Brethren Retirement Community and pulls out a walker.]
Justin speaks: I also work part time at the place called Brethren Retirement Community.

[Video: Justin walks down a hallway at the retirement community carrying a walker. Then we see Justin walking into a room with a clipboard and preparing physical therapy equipment for residents.]
Justin speaks: I love taking care of the patients, I love giving them the care that they need, but at the same time, I love the business aspect of health care. So, that's what really got me interested into a business degree.

[Video: Justin untangles an exercise band.]
Justin speaks: My long-term career goal is to be a health care administrator.

[Video: A fellow employee of the retirement community walks up to Justin and review the materials on the clipboard with him.]
Justin speaks: I've really gotten a well-rounded knowledge of nursing homes and health care and just kind of how they run and operate. So, master's in health care administration is really what I want to focus on in the future.

[Video: Justin works on his homework at the coffee shop, then gathers his things and prepares to leave.]
Justin speaks: IU has helped me prepare tremendously because of the professors. They have been right at my fingertips with everything I need.
My biggest concern with online classes was, ìWhat happens if I don't understand a concept? Or, what happens if I need to contact my professor and they don't get back with me and then I can't submit my assignment because I don't know what I'm doing?î But that has been the complete opposite of my experience.

[Video: Justin sits in his apartment.]
My professors email me back within sometimes hours; itís incredible. They are always willing to help and give me multiple resources.

[Video: We see Justin working on an assignment with his friend at the coffee shop, then working at the retirement community, and then walking down the street in downtown Greenville.]
Justin speaks: This program was perfect for me because I was able to get the college experience that I needed as well at IU and also still work in the field to gain field experience and also pay off all my school debt.

[Video: We see Justin walking to the Commencement ceremony. His mother helps him put on his cap and gown. He processes in to the ceremony with his fellow graduates and then turns the tassel on his cap from right to left. ]
Justin speaks: And I'm really excited to actually accomplish this and hang that diploma on my wall and just look at that and think, ìWow, look at all that hard work that came into thatî and ìWhere's the next place that this can get me?î

[Words appear: Indiana University]
[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]
[Words appear: iu.edu]

[END OF TRANSCRIPT][Video: Background music begins]

[Video: We see Justin in his kitchen gathering the ingredients for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.]
Justin speaks: My name is Justin Westfall and I am an IU Online student. I'm from the small town of Greenville, Ohio, and my major is a bachelorís of science in business administration with a minor in entrepreneurship.

[Video: Justin sits in his apartment with a view of downtown Greenville behind him.]
[Words appear: Justin Westfall, IU Online]
Justin speaks: I actually started at Wright State University and I went there for three years and I got heavily involved on campus.

[Video: Justin makes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and grabs his coffee cup from the kitchen counter.]
Justin speaks: And it was really hard for me to balance everything on my plate at the time and thatís what led me to online classes.

[Video: Justin walks toward his desk.]
Justin speaks: The biggest thing for me is itís at my convenience, at my pace.

[Video: Justin sits at his desk, opens his laptop, and starts looking through papers on his desk. He begins to write notes in his notebook. Then he walks out the door of his apartment wearing his backpack.]
Justin speaks: If I want to spend more time on a chapter, I'm not pressured by my peers because everybody else is getting a concept and I'm not. So I can spend more time on that and I can fly through the concepts that I get really quickly.

[Video: Justin walks down the stairs with his backpack.]
Justin speaks: I am a DJ on the weekends.

[Video: We see footage from a party at which Justin was the DJ. He operates a mixing board as people dance on a crowded dance floor.]
Justin speaks: It's pretty much an entire full-time gig every weekend.

[Video: Justin walks down the sidewalk in his town, and then walks into the Coffee Pot, a local coffee shop.]
Justin speaks: By the time that I started online classes, I was able to pick up a full-time job, and I was also able to really focus on my DJ business as well and grow that.

[Video: Justin sits down with a friend at a table in the coffee shop and begins to review an assignment.]
Justin speaks: Without IU, and without the online flexibility, I would have never have gotten that opportunity.

[Video: Justin walks into a storage closet at Brethren Retirement Community and pulls out a walker.]
Justin speaks: I also work part time at the place called Brethren Retirement Community.

[Video: Justin walks down a hallway at the retirement community carrying a walker. Then we see Justin walking into a room with a clipboard and preparing physical therapy equipment for residents.]
Justin speaks: I love taking care of the patients, I love giving them the care that they need, but at the same time, I love the business aspect of health care. So, that's what really got me interested into a business degree.

[Video: Justin untangles an exercise band.]
Justin speaks: My long-term career goal is to be a health care administrator.

[Video: A fellow employee of the retirement community walks up to Justin and review the materials on the clipboard with him.]
Justin speaks: I've really gotten a well-rounded knowledge of nursing homes and health care and just kind of how they run and operate. So, master's in health care administration is really what I want to focus on in the future.

[Video: Justin works on his homework at the coffee shop, then gathers his things and prepares to leave.]
Justin speaks: IU has helped me prepare tremendously because of the professors. They have been right at my fingertips with everything I need.
My biggest concern with online classes was, ìWhat happens if I don't understand a concept? Or, what happens if I need to contact my professor and they don't get back with me and then I can't submit my assignment because I don't know what I'm doing?î But that has been the complete opposite of my experience.

[Video: Justin sits in his apartment.]
My professors email me back within sometimes hours; itís incredible. They are always willing to help and give me multiple resources.

[Video: We see Justin working on an assignment with his friend at the coffee shop, then working at the retirement community, and then walking down the street in downtown Greenville.]
Justin speaks: This program was perfect for me because I was able to get the college experience that I needed as well at IU and also still work in the field to gain field experience and also pay off all my school debt.

[Video: We see Justin walking to the Commencement ceremony. His mother helps him put on his cap and gown. He processes in to the ceremony with his fellow graduates and then turns the tassel on his cap from right to left. ]
Justin speaks: And I'm really excited to actually accomplish this and hang that diploma on my wall and just look at that and think, ìWow, look at all that hard work that came into thatî and ìWhere's the next place that this can get me?

[Words appear: Indiana University]
[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]
[Words appear: iu.edu]

[END OF TRANSCRIPT]

Justin Westfall, IU Online