“Integrity is at the core of what we teach at UC San Diego.”
Integrity is the quality of being honest and demonstrating strong moral principles such as empathy, compassion, and respect. A person who possesses integrity understands these principles and practices them daily.
In June, at our first-ever online commencement ceremony, I reminded the Class of 2020 that integrity is what sustains our collaborative learning culture. It compels us to look deeper at the world around us. It reminds us to recognize that every human being has inherent value. And it drives us to listen closely, partner with people everywhere, and find solutions that benefit the many and not just the few. This is what it means to be a Triton.
All 200,000-plus of you once came to UC San Diego, stepped into a great unknown, explored boundaries you didn’t even know you had, and stretched yourselves to learn and grow. You left with a degree from one of the nation’s top universities. You left having become a well-rounded, critical thinker with big ideas and excellent new tools. And most importantly, you left with integrity. To this day, you carry the power of our guiding principles, which have become the hallmark of our indelible character as Tritons.
Beyond its principle, integrity can also be defined as a state of being whole. It is this meaning that is so important today. As a university and as individuals, we are navigating unprecedented challenges. We have spent months physically distancing ourselves from one another for the safety of one another. And yet, we are united in purpose and promise, taking a long view of the future of UC San Diego by continuing to position the university, our faculty, our students and our community for success.
For this reason, we have paused a number of infrastructure projects, including the groundbreaking on the long-awaited Alumni Center, which was to be the centerpiece in the transformative Triton Pavilion project. While the delay is disappointing, it does not diminish our continued commitment to this vital component of our campus transformation. I believe our alumnus Sheldon Engelhorn ‘72 put it best in his essay where he calls the Alumni Center “the place where Tritons will return—after we all return.”
When that day comes, I look forward to meeting you in person on campus to celebrate the beginning of our next great chapter together.
With kind regards,
Pradeep K. Khosla