During his Dec. 18 commencement address, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond told University of Missouri Rolla (UMR) graduates that they are society’s problem-solvers. He thanked them for the contributions they will make to every sector of the economy, particularly to our nation’s defense systems. Bond also received an honorary engineering degree from UMR.
"As scientists and engineers, you will have a direct hand in improving human health, the economy, safety and the quality of life," said Bond to the Rolla graduates. "Advances in technology will continue to reach far into every sector of our economy. Future job and economic growth in industry, defense, transportation, agriculture, health care, and life sciences is directly related to scientific advancement. Rolla has given you a tremendous education, and has prepared you to take advantage of this technological revolution.
Bond also thanked UMR for the Honorary Doctorate of Engineering he received at the ceremony. The honorary degree is his first from the University of Missouri System.
"Today’s degree is a real honor. I am a true believer in this institution and what you do here. I look forward to seeing the technology solutions of the future produced right here in Missouri by many of you graduating today."
Bond visited the UMR campus this past August to announce new funding for the Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies. He secured $3.5 million for the center in the fiscal year 2005 Defense Appropriations bill.
The research and development conducted at the center will enable the Air Force and Department of Defense to improve the quality, reliability and safety in the manufacturing of aerospace components.