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Liberty Puerto Rico

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Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico
Liberty
Private
IndustryCable provider
PredecessorCable TV of Greater San Juan
Adelphia Puerto Rico
OneLink Communications
TCI Cable
Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition
Pegasus Cable TV
Centennial Cable TV
Choice Cable TV
Founded1998
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Area served
Puerto Rico
ServicesBroadband, telephone, television
OwnerLiberty Latin America[1]
Websitewww.libertypr.com

Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico (d/b/a Liberty) is a telecommunications company that provides broadband Internet access, VoIP, and television services covering the entire island of Puerto Rico. The company is headquartered in San Juan and has over 145,000 television subscribers and 88,000 data customers.

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(applause) - Good afternoon. And welcome to you all especially the spirited crowd in the front. (laughing) (cheering) Please remain standing if you will, for the national anthem, the singing of Veni Creator and the opening prayer. After the national anthem, Reverend Kevin O'Brien of the Society of Jesus, Vice President for Mission in Ministry will introduce the invocation. The national anthem will be led by Joseph Pearson of California. (cheering) This is gonna be a long ceremony. (laughing) Class of 2014, please join your voices with his. ♫ Oh, say can you see ♫ By the dawn's early light ♫ What so proudly we hailed ♫ At the twilight's last gleaming ♫ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♫ Through the perilous fight. ♫ Or the ramparts we watched ♫ Were so gallantly streaming ♫ And the rockets red glare ♫ The bombs bursting in air ♫ Gave proof through the night ♫ That our flag was still there ♫ Oh, say does that star spangled banner ♫ Yet wave ♫ For the land of the free ♫ And the home of the brave (applause) (cheering) - (mumbles) that was. How do you follow that up? (laughter) Thank you, Joey. The Veni Creator Spiritus is one of the the most widely used Roman Catholic hymns written about the ninth century it is sung at Pentecost and has been used for centuries at solemn, at other solemn assemblies including the beginning and closing of the academic year. In this ancient hymn, we pray that God's Holy Spirit will fill our hearts with comfort and wisdom and peace. The Veni Creator will be sung by members of the Georgetown University Phantoms. (cheering) ♫ Veni, Creator Spiritus, ♫ mentes tuorum visita, ♫ imple superna gratia ♫ quae tu creasti pectora. ♫ Deo Patri sit gloria, ♫ et Filio, qui a mortuis ♫ surrexit, ac Paraclito, ♫ in saeculorum saecula. ♫ Amen. - For the senior convocation, we have asked two members of the class who represent the Hindu and Protestant students of Georgetown to lead the opening prayer and our closing benediction. I now invite Lovika Kalra of Pennsylvania. Georgetown College, Class of 2014, to deliver the opening prayer. (cheers and applause) - As we gather here today, I offer a prayer from the Bhagavad Gita that illuminates the wisdom of all faith traditions. You have a right to perform your prescribed duty but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself the cause of the result of your activities and never be attached to not doing your duty. With this message, let us pray in gratitude. To not be attached, to the outcomes of our actions but instead to perform our duty and utilize our education to empower those in our communities. To be thankful for our personal and academic endeavors, which have taught us how to fullfill this duty. For the meaningful moments we shared with each other on the hilltop, for the courage and endurance to overcome the hardships we faced. For everyone who helped us grow to become the reflective and dedicated individuals we are today. Let us remember the divine spirit present in the professors, families, and students of this graduating class for it is this divine spirit that has shaped our Georgetown experience. It is this divine spirit that has and will motivate us to act for the greater glory of God and it is this divine spirit that unites us all. Let us embrace our Georgetown memories as inspiration to be women and men for others. This is not the end. This is just the beginning of a lifelong commitment to service, compassion, and justice. Together we say, Amen. - [Audience] Amen. - Please be seated. Members of the faculty and staff, representatives of the Alumni Association, members of the graduating class, parents and family, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Senior Convocation 2014. (cheers and applause) At noon on Sunday, August 29th, 2010, many of you were in this room. The Class of 2014 was matriculated at new student convocation. Now I wasn't there. I'm just finishing my second year here. And there were some transfer students here like me who've attended later convocations. I can tell you however, that my experience at this fall's new student convocation looked very different than this event. In the bleachers, there were red eyes, and crying, tissues abounded among parents saying goodbye to their precious sons and daughters. I saw grown men, fathers of first year daughters, with tears flowing down their cheeks. And in front of me, there were 1500 pairs of eyes of first year students all of which looked like they had just been dilated. They were frozen in the anxiety of exactly what was happening. "What is this event all about?", they were asking. What was the putting on of robes to signify? What kind of place was this, where you wore your graduation robe before you actually started. And all these other students I've met over the past few years, why does everybody seem smarter than I am? And do I really deserve to be here? Did the admissions office make a mistake? Does anyone else know about that mistake? (laughs) But today, today is very different. This is an event, a completely different book-in to the Georgetown experience. Today, on the sides I see parents looking forward to jumps in their discretionary income. (laughter) (cheers and applause) I see fathers with a gleam in their eye planning a new office where there once a bedroom. (laughter) And I can feel from all of you that pure joy of the visible signs of success of their offspring. All of us in this room, have a deep feeling that this is one of those special moments in life when preparation and sacrifice has led, have lead to an unambiguous pay-off. We are positive all of us, that we're gonna remember this moment. And in front of me, instead of deers in the headlight, I see confident, at ease, expectant, excited, and justifiably proud eyes. Well, some of the eyes are a little blood shot but they're none the less expectant and excited. You are graduates achieve this state by exposure to repeated small, stressors of incorporating new knowledge into your world view. Every course you successfully conquered made you stronger. Each person different from you that you befriended, gave you skills to navigate this very diverse world. And learning and knowing those less fortunate than you gave you the enpathy to understand others. None of this intellectual, spiritual, and professional growth was easy. We get it, but it was worth it. The time you spent in low, in faculty offices discussing a course, up late at night in dorm rooms working in groups, all of this paid off. You did it. (cheers and applause) We live in a world where stopping for a moment to reflect on one's status is a rare treasure. This fun convocation is a deliberate attempt to stop the noise of this transition in your lives. It asks you, the graduates, to look back on the years you spent here but also to look forward, to consider the enduring gift that Georgetown will be in your lives. President DeGioia, seated before you, are the graduating classes of Georgetown College, the School of Nursing and Health Studies, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, The McDonough School of Business, and the School of Continuing Studies. They represent 49 of the United States and as the flags that you see draped in front of them, they represent 67 other nations, 27 graduates of this class came from South Korea, 21 from Qatar, 15 from China, 11 from Canada, eight from the United Kingdom, six from Mexico and Sudan, five each from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, and the Philippines. I'm not done yet. Four from India, Pakistan, Singapore, Switzerland and Venezuela. Three each from Argentina, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. Two from Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Panama, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Taiwan. And finally, one student each from Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cypress, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Namibia, the Navajo Nation, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Slovakia, Sri Lankas, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago. Uzbekistan and Vietnam. (applause) At Georgetown, this group has taken 62,722 courses. Not each of them, but they've earned together 186,000 credit hours. The youngest of them is 20 years old. The oldest of them is 66. (cheers and applause) They collectively have won outstanding graduate fellowships including 11 Fulbrights. One, All Britain, one Healy scholarship, and four Pickering, Pickering scholarships. (applause) 12 of them are being commissioned into the United States military with eight into the army, three into the Navy. (applause) Eight into the Army, three into the Navy, and one into the Air Force. They contributed to more than 350 performances, staged by the academic and co-curricular programs in music, theater, and dance, plus 28 faculty-led and student-led performing arts groups. In the last four years, the seniors and performing arts experienced audience attendance of over 55,000 people. Programs over the same period took in ticket sales of nearly 500,000 dollars and I can personally attest to the professionalism of these programs. (applause) 98 of the graduates are student organization leaders, and 33 are program coordinators, and our Center for Social Justice. (applause) Across 55 student-run programs and five signature programs for service, social action, and research in the D.C. community, 151 seniors have participated in one or more of the 29 Georgetown varsity teams, and they've excelled. More than 189 receive academic honors, and 12 are seniors, senior academic All-Americans. (applause) Eight teams have won league championships and 62 seniors have participated in league championships. 31 seniors have participated in NCAA league championships. Three teams have reached their national Final Four's. (applause) So President DeGioia, here they are again, 1,746 strong, Georgetown's Class of 2014. (cheers and applause) Back to the new student convocation of 2010, at that time, the program started with a speech by that year's McTighe speaker, Yonaton Maskowitz, a senior in the college. His speech, as you may recall, is designed to offer a glimmering of what was ahead. At today's convocation, we also begin with student speakers. We have not one, but two, two of the most accomplished of your fellow seniors to share with you the richness of their Georgetown experience. The first Christian Holkabor, is graduating from the Walsh School of Foreign Service, with a major in International Political Economy and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. At Georgetown, he has been the Director of Finance for SIPS, the Social Innovation and Public Service Fund, and president of Georgetown Energy. He has published on international telecommunication issues in the journal, Kyklos. Kyklos, the article emerged from a project on which he worked with Professor James Riland of the government department and other SFS faculty. He is a John Carroll fellow and as of this afternoon, a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a finalist for both the Rhodes and the Marshall scholarships and next year, will attend Oxford University as the All Britain scholar. At Oxford, he will pursue a Masters of Science and Financial Economics. Christian. (cheers and applause) - The Provost has shared a lot of numbers with us. Numbers about ourselves. I'd like to add a few more numbers. Numbers a little bit like those President DeGioia quoted to us four years ago, when we sat here for the first time at new student convocation. Numbers about people who lead lives far different from the ones we're celebrating here this afternoon. Numbers like 67, the percentage of American fourth graders reading below grade level. Or 2.5 million, the number of refugees who have fled the deadly war in Syria as of last month. It's an even bigger number today. Or 1.3 billion, the number of people in the world without reliable access to electricity. Or, a number that means a lot to me, 42, that's the number of households in Tanzania, that I was able to help provide with electricity as a result of my four months of work there last year. 42, not a very big number, certainly not a very big number compared to that 1.3 billion. It's the gap between those two numbers, 42 and 1.3 billion that I'd like to focus on today. One of the wonderful opportunities of our Georgetown education, is the chance for international travel and meeting people from all over the world. For instance, I met Patrick in (mumbles) in Haiti, where he is a village leader. I met Gierhard in Morogoro, Tanzania, where he works for the local government. Patrick took me on a motorcycle ride from Haiti, to sneak into the Dominican Republic, and Gierhard led me hiking in the Uluguru Mountains. Despite the relative similarity of these adventures, they were both dangerous, but only one of them was illegal. There's a striking difference between my time with Patrick and with Gierhard. One has electricity, the other does not. Imagine Patrick's life, a life without electricity. In Haiti, his life effectively stops at dusk, except for when a flashlight's beam, or a kerosene lamp's flicker can illuminate. I got to experience that life firsthand in our sophomore year, when I made two trips to Haiti to work on a carbon financing project, which at that time, had been billed as the solution to both climate change and energy poverty. The government of Haiti had announced a 40 million dollar initiative for solar power, so a small team of Georgetown students set out to write the documentation under the Kyoto protocol, that would've subsidized the cost of 200,000 solar home systems in Haiti. But with an unstable investment climate, and a collapsing market for carbon credits, and despite our best efforts at the time, the project completely failed. As an ambitious Georgetown student, failure can be unexpected and hard to respond to. I had known setbacks, but I never before failed at anything I had set out to accomplish like this, nor had any of my friends. And so I spent much of my time after that frustrating adventure, scaling down, and scaling back, looking for a manageable response to the challenges of electrification. That search, what took me to Tanzania during the following spring our junior year, where I went to establish a financing program for a small, startup solar company. This time in Tanzania meant going out to rural villages outside of Darcelom, with my Tanzanian coworkers and making presentations at village meetings, or going door to door to talk to potential customers, none of whom had electricity in their homes. We work nonstop, and all that time, we succeeded in electrifying only those 42 households. So what should I conclude? That you can't really make a significant difference? At least not significant enough to compensate for the time and energy and cost involved in producing such small results? That would seem to be the conclusion of the argument from an efficiency standpoint, but that's not my conclusion. And I don't think its yours, or ours. That's not a conclusion compatible with a Georgetown education. You see, I was just one student and like the Provost shared with us, there are about 1,746 of us here today and we'll leave here this weekend, as graduates with a credibility and legitimacy that a Georgetown degree provides. Some of us graduating here, like our friends who have joined Teach for America, or the Peace Corps, or going directly in the frontiers of social justice, working in difficult, frustrating areas, like education and global health. But I would guess that a greater proportion of us are like me, going on to further study, or going to a workplace far and comfortably removed from these issues. But whatever we're going to do next, it is crucial that we all reflect over this weekend on the impact, not that we might have, but that we should have, on the lives of others. Whether we do this right away or later on, whether we do it full time or part time, we know from what we've learned here that we must use our talents and skills to serve those whose lives are so much less privileged than our own. Each of us is going to find his or her own way to achieve that goal. But I know that, in whatever way we can, we're going to bring lives into the people like Patrick in Haiti, and Gierhard in Tanzania. We've got to. We've got to push back the dusk for them and bring forward the dawn. Thank you. (applause) - Thank you, Christian. Yongle Xue, is graduating Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown College with a double major in history and economics. Before coming to Georgetown, she lived in Shanghai, China, and both of her parents have traveled from China to be with us today. Welcome. (applause) At Georgetown, she has been a John Carroll fellow and was elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa. She co-chaired the Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2014, and served on the board of Chinese student, of the Chinese Students Alliance. She was accepted to Purdue, to pursue her PhD in history at the University of Chicago, and Colombia University also, but has chosen to go on to Yale as a MacMillan Research fellow. There she will continue to focus on the study of the role of oil in international relations. Yongle (applause) - Hey, what's up? When I first came to the United States four years ago, I dreaded this question. The phrase "What's up?" had never appeared in my English textbooks back in China. (laughter) The only comparable phrase I learned was, "How are you?" And the textbook answer, "Fine, thank you, and you?" was one of the first English expressions engraved in my mind. So the question, "What's up?" always caught me off guard. Usually, I either replied with a silent awkward smile, or stopped and tried to give a detailed report of my activities that day. This was among the biggest culture shocks that I went through in my first year of college. There were many others. I kept mistaking Fahrenheit for Celsius and miles for kilometers. I constantly worried about my classroom participation grade because I didn't know how to interrupt others and jump into the discussion. And I didn't particularly look forward to my 21st birthday because my parents had already taught me to drink when I was six. (laughter) Even though I had dreamed about coming to study in the United States for years, the actual experience of flying halfway across the globe doing course work in English, and taking care of my daily life, was truly daunting for an 18 year old, who had never left her parents for more than two weeks. I was the first in my entire family lineage to actually step outside of Asia. Comfortable with the Chinese college education system, I had already received admissions offers from some of the top Chinese universities and could more or less, predict my experience in those schools. Surely, I had plenty of motivations to come to the United States. I wanted to pursue better education, to immerse myself in a different culture and to prepare myself to change China in some ways in the future. But my pathway to achieve these goals seems so different from the lifestyle that I was used to. I was excited about the endless possibilities of my life, but was constantly anxious about the risks and challenges that I would encounter. Curiously enough, today I find myself again in a similar situation, along with all of you. Together, we're embarking on the journey that none of us has truly fully experienced before. Some of us are literally going abroad. But our challenge is more than traveling to a different country. We are leaving the familiar school setting that we grew up in. Our goal is to impact social change and to serve others, have turned form short term projects, to daily jobs. Our days are no longer simply organized by academic calendars and course schedules. Even for those of us going to graduate schools, we are entering different relationships with our peers and professors. We've become their apprentices, colleagues, and future business partners. All these changes are so drastic that we will almost inevitably experience culture shocks. So let me share with you something of what I've learned in my earlier experience of dislocation. Most importantly, don't be afraid and learn to embrace uncertainties instead. It's comfortable to stick to what we're familiar to, and refuse to change, but you can only grow when you venture out of your safety zone and push your boundaries. For me, it was taking my first history course in college, organizing a large scale University event and raising my hand in class, even though I was still thinking about what to say. It was forcing myself to train with a marathon runner and learning to form a habit of running, even though I used to hate running and have never passed a single running test before college. Such experience redirected me from a career in law to one in academia and transform my shyness and cautiousness into initiatives and leadership. Is there room for change and unknowns in your future plans? What are the things that make you scared, but are essential for you to achieve your ambitions? Don't expect to plan everything out and keep it under firm control. Rather, challenge yourself, and try something that you don't know the results for sure. But as you navigate this foreign environment, don't wander alone, believing you can always sort things out on your own. At Georgetown, so many wonderful mentors have helped adjust us to college life, guided us to explore new fields of study, and supported us as we planned for post graduate careers. No matter where you're heading, seek out people there who can play similar roles, whether it is your boss, your advisor, or someone who has been through the process before you. Think about who and what resources can suggest a shortcut and help you make the most of your new experience. Finally, as you become acclimated to your new surroundings, don't lose sight of what motivated you at the very beginning. Write down what inspired you, a childhood dream, a scene that struck you when you studied abroad, a question that emerged from research, an office hour, and a late night conversation. Revisit those moments to remind yourself what triggered your passion and keep track of how your ideas have evolved or even changed completely as you keep exploring. We are running toward our future at full speed, but it is these inspirations and developments that always orient us and it is our friends and mentors, a home and this University that always anchor us wherever we go. Thank you. (applause) - Thank you. At the 2010 new student convocation, we also offered use of words and guidance from a member of the faculty. You've heard from quite a few faculty members since that day, the graduates. So, instead at this concluding ceremony, we've asked instead, a member of our extended Georgetown family, to address you. Someone who only has a few, only a few years ago, was sitting exactly where you're sitting now. He speaks on his own, and also on behalf of all those Georgetown classes who've gone before you into the world as men and women for others. Steven Silvius came to Georgetown from San Bernardino, California, where he started his first business at age 17. In 2007, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from the college where he majored in history and mathematics and played a great deal of bridge, he says. And also, taught himself how to juggle. He was a John Carroll fellow and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After Georgetown, he taught algebra and calculus and was the founding math chair at Lake View Charter High School in Sylmar, California. In 2008, Steve was awarded a British Marshall scholarship, to conduct education research at Oxford. His research there focused on discourse between teachers and students in math classes and how their talk contributed to wrote or conceptual approaches to learning mathematics. Returning to the United States, he became co founder and Chief Operating Officer of Three Ring, an education technology startup committed to providing private and secure access to digital portfolios of student work. At Three Ring, Steve combines his experience as student, teacher, researcher, and executive to build a company and product that supports great teaching and great learning. Steve. (applause) - Thank you, and on behalf of all the alums of Georgetown University, I'd like to spend the next 45 minutes speaking with you about the annual fund. (laughter) I'm teasing, but I thought you should know what the future has in store. I, I wanted to start by telling you sincerely from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you for sharing today with me. I feel truly blessed and honored. I've been looking forward to it for months and there's, there's no where, literally no where in the world I'd rather be right now than here with all of you. This is your weekend with your families and it's, it's truly a blessing, to be able to be a part of it. So, thank you. Seven years ago, I sat where you're sitting. I had on, well, I don't remember when you get all the stoles and the medals and all the fun stuff, but I had these things and you heard some of the awards and I was feeling good. I was feeling good. I was like, "Yeah, I popped the collar good." And, I hope you're feeling that way today, but two weeks, within two weeks, my girlfriend had dumped me, Ashton Kutcher had ruined my reality television career, and I moved back in with my mom and dad. So, the 20's are gonna be, we're gonna be the culture shock that you heard about. They're gonna be tough but I think also very, very rewarding. And to do what I can to help you think a little about that experience, I wanna go through three points with you. The first point, and probably dearest to my heart, is you can make your own path. This is cliche at a graduation ceremony or a commencement weekend, but you can make your own path. It's very important. I'm a true believer in Liberal Arts education and that the purpose is to empower you and liberate you. And any other purpose is sub, subpar. It's not acceptable. You can make your own path and I've lived this. I would've never gotten through anything I've done if I hadn't made the decision to become a teacher. It wasn't a life plan, it wasn't a calculated, "How can I get into next thing?" It was that I love teaching and learning and I said ,"I have to do this. "I'm called to it." And I'm gonna come back to that idea of calling. And if anyone is sitting there now and feeling some anxiety, "Do I have a calling? "Do I have any sense of that?" I wanna reassure you that you don't have to today. But what you do have to do is be open to it. Be open to it throughout the rest of your life and when those moments come, to act. I went into teaching and I saw there were some real problems. At that time, it was kind of the last throws of "No child left behind", and the hay day of that policy movement and, you know, without, without any disrespect to anyone else in politics, I was really unsatisfied with them as a teacher, with these policies and these positions. And it was that dissatisfaction that led me to Oxford to conduct research. From there, I realized that the problem was, was significant, was real, but was something that I could do something about and I decided, the method to do something about was not policy, but business and I decided to start a company. But I would've never been a startup founder if I hadn't first been willing to carve my own path and be a teacher and this was not, not through, but before the days really when (mumbles) was very large in this University. It was quite an unusual decision at the time. Less so now, but I commend all of you making those kinds of decisions. The key I hope is that you spent your time at Georgetown developing a set of values through mind on mind engagement, mind on text engagement, that you started to really get that sense where your values are and of course this will continue, but if you have a strong set of values, then when you come to make small decisions, you'll make them from that place. They'll radiate from your values. And over time, the small decisions end up having a really big impact and that creates the path. I wanna give you an interesting example. When I was a sophomore at Georgetown, I was not sure if I should be a history major or a math major. This choice now seems quite insignificant because I ended up doing both, but at the time I was very, very upset about it and I went in to see the, my advisor in the math department, Dr. Sandifer, and I said, you know, I was trying to talk to him about mathematics et cetera, and I noticed on his wall, he had a little plaque that says, "Life master bridge". And all I knew about bridge was that grandmas played it because mine did. But, I said to him, "Oh, do you play bridge?" And he look right at me and goes, oh I said to him, "You're a life master at bridge" and he says, "Yes, do you play?" And see, one of my values is I like to jump into things and say yes and do quirky activities, so of course I, and I wanted to impress him so I said. "Oh, oh yeah, oh yeah, I play bridge." Looks right at me and goes, "Good. "There's a game everyday at noon in the history department. "Come tomorrow and bring money." (laughter) I showed up, despite my thinking better, spent the night studying bridge and I had a hundred dollars in my pocket. And I somehow was able to pass myself off in that moment and it had to do with the cards and if you understand the game, I could explain it, but I remember leaving and it was more like 20 cents, and so it wasn't significant money. But that decision shaped my entire time at Georgetown and my entire life since then. I never took another class between 11 and 1. I ended up bonding with my father. This is one of the most significant activities that we shared together to this day. Became close friends with many of these professors, and I don't actually put that thing about bridge into my bio, but someone at this University loves it, because every time I'm doing anything associated with the University, They slip into my bio. And so when I was, when I was applying for the Marshall scholarship, one of the big things that like won me the scholarship was that someone at the table wanted to talk about bridge and we had like a 15 minute part of the interview where I just told that story, got the same laughs, and won a scholarship. (laughs) (applause) Over time, it's had a big impact on me and I started off, and to zoom back out, I started talking about calling and the reason it's been on my mind. I've seen over this past year, I've been living with my sister, who's Georgetown Class of 2010, and so I have lots of friends now who are graduated in the last 3-7 years, in that range, and what I've noticed, I do wanna tell you, I think the 20's can be a very, very difficult time. But the people who are feeling good and doing well, in my experience, and that's most of them, I wanna reassure you. They're doing it by not feeling like they have to stick to someone else's script. It's very difficult. We all know that you can take career path A or B and everything else is a little unknown. Relationships have a similar parallel. But, I think it's, it's really important and something that I hope you all discover, that you don't have to stick to any other script. This point was brought home to me, really powerfully over the last year. Two of my close friends who were professors at this University, passed away in the last year or so. George Vismans and (mumbles) Chaudry were both members of the Economics department and part of our bridge game and I wanna take a moment both to remember them and in the presence of the community, but also to say that I attended both funerals and the thing that was so, so clear to me and really moved me, was these were two men who had really had values and their whole life had come from that set of values and you could tell from every speaker, everyone in their family, every friend, all the different groups, that these same kinds of themes would really radiate and it struck me as really beautiful and something I hope we can all aspire to, to let our values be that known, that the people in our lives will speak about them. That brings me to the second point and I'll speed it up. Second point is, yes, you can make your own path, but don't paint over unless better. This is a motto I discovered in Dublin. I was wandering a neighborhood and there was this wall that was obviously a community art space. It's covered in the most awesome graffiti. Really, really excellent and obviously from lots of different artists. And right in the middle is stenciled a motto, "Don't paint over unless better." This is a very important responsibility, especially Christian mentioned to those of you who go to work on the frontiers of social justice. And I can assure you that the frontiers of social justice have been being colonized for a long time. And if you're going to sitting work there, don't paint over unless better. I, I got the fly. (laughs) Excuse me. I think I wanna tell a story that happened a few weeks after I found that motto. I was playing basketball in a park in England and I don't know anything about basketball accept what I've learned with my session tickets and casual reading. Wink. So, I'm playing with my friend, who was a power forward, D1 power forward in the states and though not as good as any of our Hoyas graduating today, was, that was enough experience to make him the best player in England potentially, amateur player. We'll put it that way. And we're playing at the park and these three 16 year old British teams like this tall, come up and they want to play three on three. And of course, we say yes and my friend has been trying to teach me to pick and roll and set a screen and things and so for the beginning of the game, he's just showing me how to do things, feeding me the ball, letting me try to score with our other friend. Until one moment one of those teams decides to dribble it through his legs. Right? Dribbles the ball through his legs, immediately gets a hard foul and for the next six or seven possessions a row, my buddy just calls, "Ball, ball,' as aggressively as he can and dunks on the little kid seven or eight times, knocking him over every single time. After the game, I say to myself, "Why did you do that? "That was crazy." And he just looked at me, he goes, "You don't disrespect someone better than you." Right? "You don't disrespect someone better than you." And I think that unfortunately, you are the British teams in the story. (laughs) You must go out and try and have an impact. You have to play, you have to try and you should try and do things like potentially score by dribbling through someone's legs once in a while. But when you disrespect any community or institution or the things that have come before, which I'm not suggesting you would do, but does happen, then you'll get dunked on. One of the scariest things, (mumbles) on this every Georgetown alumni I know, is frightened, frightened. Because we know how this town works. And we know that it's our friends at H22, in your position, who go out and make policy and in three months, we're gonna see some bills coming from some of you, and that should scare you as well. (laughs) So, go carve your own path. Please, please, don't paint over unless better. And for my final point today is to embrace weakness. Whenever I get really embarrassed when I hear my bio as it was said to you today, because we tend to write these bios with Hallmarks of strength and success. The experience for me was much different. As a teacher, I went home devastated emotionally at, quite often as a student at Oxford, I was for the first time in my life rather mediocre. As a start-up founder, I feel very proud but I know that at any moment my business could collapse in on itself. It's those experiences of weakness, of sleeping on the floor in my sister's apartment for 18 months because I didn't want to draw a salary of, you know, moving in with my mom and dad right after graduation, that have really made me who I am and for which I'm quite grateful. You don't have a choice but to be weak in your 20's. Right? You're used to being certainly in the education elite, potentially in the economic elite, but you're not seniors in college after this weekend. And so you will have to start over and to build and build from places of weakness. And one of the most important things to remember is, not to let it overwhelm you, not to let it trouble you, but to embrace it. It's a part of life and it's a good part. In particular, I'd like to take a moment and talk about student debt. I know many, many of you are gonna graduate with significant student debt and I want to assure you that I have not paid mine off yet, either. And that's okay. It's something that gets a lot of hand ringing and potentially justifiably so, but the thing is, student debt and any other kind of weakness that you maybe struggling within the next five to seven years of your life, is just a constraint. It's just a constraint and constraints are an opportunity for creativity. There's no artist who operate outside constraints, right? There's no creative people who do so. And so I hope you'll take that attitude towards your weaknesses. I can tell you, I've done so today with you. I mentioned at the beginning of the talk, that I was so happy and proud to be here. The other thing is I was really terrified, extraordinarily terrified. For the last three months, I've been sure I would get up and that would be the moment when everyone realize I was a phony. Right? All the accomplishments would be shown to be paper thin and this is the Imposter's Syndrome that Dr. Groves described to Freshman classes of having, and I just wanna lay out that reassurance to everyone I know whose honest about it, feels that way when they're taking risks, when they're going out and putting themselves out there. So I hope you will take those feelings, embrace them, and turn them into a really wonderful path for yourself and that's my wish for you. My new job now, (mumbles) we can be done. (laughs) I think it's a good place to stop. (laughter) (applause) - Thank you, Stephen. Thank you a lot. We come now to the moment in which you the graduates move as a class from being students to becoming alumni. To initiate that change, I invite Dr. Mary Beth Connell, President of the Alumni Association, to come to the podium. (applause) - Thank you, Dr. Groves. At the new student convocation, sitting in McDonough as you are today, you're a group of individuals, from different high schools, different states, and even different countries. You remain citizens of those states and countries but something was added to your identity during that ceremony. You put on your academic gowns in unison, to symbolize the journey you have taken together here on the hilltop. Since then, your shared experiences, have transformed you into a community of Hoyas who call Georgetown home. And even though you'll be leaving the hilltop in three short days, you exit as the Class of 2014, a tight-knit community that will remain a part of Georgetown forever. The 2014 Alumni class committee head by Andi Debellis from Arizona, School of Business Class of 2014, and Nate Tisa from New York, School of Foreign Service Class of 2014, will be your link to Georgetown and to the Alumni Association through numerous regional clubs, annual homecoming, and even those five year reunions which now seems so impossibly remote and which will be upon you sooner than you can believe. These and other opportunities supported by the Alumni Association will ensure that you maintain the bonds that you have forged here and that you will never forget what a glorious thing it is to be a Hoya. I would ask you all now to please stand. At the new student convocation, as the sign of your matriculation as students you were given the academic gowns you now wear. Georgetown's first gift to you, the first of the many gifts that we celebrate thankfully here today. As you now make the transformation from students to alumni please take out the pins you were handed as you entered. But don't put them on just yet. These are the official sign of your Induction into the Georgetown Alumni community joining the 160,000 alumni who have come before you in their commitment to Georgetown. Accept the pin then as a symbol. See it as a sign that even though you'll soon leave campus, you'll be Georgetown's sons and daughters forever. And never forget that to be in alumnus of Georgetown means a lifelong commitment to the highest ideals of leadership and service to the nation and to the world. Fellow alumni, as a sign of your continuing unity as members of the Class of 2014, please turn to a friend nearby and put on each other's pins. (applause) (applause) I now invite all of our guests to rise and join Georgetown's newest alumni class in singing Georgetown's Alma Mater. The words and music can be found at the back of your program. The Alma Mater will be lead by your classmate, Shannon Lynch from Washington. (cheers and applause) Georgetown Class of 2014. (band plays) ♫ Hail, oh Georgetown, Alma Mater, ♫ Swift Potomac's lovely daughter, ♫ Ever watching by the water, ♫ Smiles on us today. ♫ Now her children gather 'round her, ♫ Lo, with garlands they have crowned her, ♫ Reverent hands and fond enwound her, ♫ With the Blue and Gray. ♫ Wave her colors ever, ♫ Furl her standards never, ♫ But raise it high, ♫ And proudly cry, ♫ May Georgetown live forever. ♫ Where Potomac's tide is streaming, ♫ From her spires and steeples beaming, ♫ See the grand old banner gleaming ♫ Georgetown's Blue and Gray. (cheers and applause) - To inaugurate a lifetime of giving back, to an Alma Mater who has given us all so much, I now invite Elizabeth Abello of Illinois, Georgetown College Class of 2014, and Peter Brigham of Maine, School of Foreign Service, Class of 2014, to present your senior class gift. (cheers and applause) - We would first like to thank all of the members of the Class of 2014 fund board. Olivia Brukow, Matt Chung, Julia Fenalon, Nicole Florey, (cheering) Danielle Fornobio, Bailey Holts, Liz Caine, Courtney Mistrangelo, or Maz, Elise Park, and George Smith. (cheering) - Let's ask them to be seated. - Oh, they would like you all to be seated please. (laughter) Without their hard work, dedication, and passion for Georgetown, this effort would not have been possible. And thanks to Scott Chessare from the Office of Advancement, who helped the board to establish and execute our vision while serving as our most constant source of motivation and guidance. But most of all, thank you all 1,249 Hoyas of the Class of 2014 who have chosen to make their gift to the Class of 2014 Fund. (applause) You all have played a key role in the success of the Class of 2014 Fund and the effort to build and maintain our class's legacy at Georgetown. This year as a result of exceeding 1,200 donors, the Board of Regents has matched our gift on a percentage basis for an additional 73,000 dollar commitment to the 1789 scholarship imperative. (cheers and applause) We are deeply grateful to the Regents who participated in the match. And on behalf of the Class of 2014, we thank you. The total sum of their match and the senior class gift will fund the equivalent of six scholarships. (applause) - Georgetown is a living tradition of the highest commitment to leadership and service, of which all of us Hoyas are a part. For the past four years, we have taken part in that tradition as students. Now, as alumni, we begin to share the responsibility of keeping this tradition alive by living up to the principles and values of our Georgetown education and by giving back to the hilltop through our time and resources. In this spirit of profound gratitude, we now ask Dr. DeGioia to join us at the podium. (applause) President DeGioia, as co-chairs of the Class of 2014 Fund, and on behalf of our class it is our privilege and our pleasure to present to you this check for $155,640.40. (cheers and applause) Thank you again, to all seniors for their support of the Class of 2014 Fund. May Georgetown live forever. (applause) - Well, thank you very much, Liz and Peter for your leadership of the senior class fund. And thank you to each of you in the Class of 2014 for this wonderful gift to Georgetown. Your generosity demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to our University and sustains the legacy of scholarship and service that has animated our community for generations. Through your gift, you're helping to ensure that the Georgetown experience you inherited is preserved for future students coming to our University and for this, we are all deeply grateful. I also wish to thank our student speakers, Christian and Yongle for sharing with us reflections on their time here at Georgetown, and to Steve for offering inspiration on this special occasion, for our community. It's a great pleasure to be with all of you as we officially begin our commencement activities. Through the next few days, you will have had opportunity to reflect upon the remarkable journey you've traveled over these past four years, the ways in which you have grown, the knowledge you have acquired and deepened, the relationships that you have forged, many of which will last a lifetime. And of the vision that you have begun to develop for the life you wish to lead, for the impact that you hope to make. Four years ago you arrived here and we gathered together in this same place for the academic ceremony that launched your time here at Georgetown, the new student convocation. You may have been full of excitement, full of questions, even a little anxiety about what lay ahead. And you maybe feeling all of these emotions again now, here, four years later at this senior convocation. I encourage you to hold on to that excitement, to trust in all that you have accomplished and become, and to know that you have the skills and the self knowledge necessary to overcome challenges, to triumph anew, just as you have over these four undergraduate years. Your ability to have such trust, to have done your very best work, to become your very best selves, is what we seek to provide the context for as a University. Through the the engagement of our extraordinary faculty, with the support of each other, with the support of your friends and family, you've accomplished mastery of your chosen majors. You've developed the deeper knowledge of our world and your place in it, through retreats, student organizations, athletics, internships, moments of quiet reflection. You've developed a deep understanding of your strengths, how you can best meet your challenges, what brings you the most meaning, what makes you feel most authentic, what truly matters to you. Through hours spent in the library, late night conversations with friends, service work, study abroad, you've dreamt of the life you wish to lead, the contributions you wish to make, and you've started to chart a path toward these ambitions. The knowledge you've developed at Georgetown is both expansive and deep. Knowledge of self, knowledge of the arts and sciences, philosophy and theology, your chosen majors and minors, of how to engage the communities and world around you. How you envision the impact you wish to have and the change you wish to be beyond Healy Gates. Today, we celebrate this journey you've made, and the one on which you are about to embark. This is an extraordinary moment in your lives. There's nothing else quite like it. And I encourage you to cherish it, cherish those around you, in this room, and have trust in the person you have become while here at Georgetown. We're very proud of you and your accomplishments and we can't wait to see what lies ahead for you. So let's make this official. And now ladies and gentlemen of the Georgetown Class of 2014 and the culminating event of this convocation, I ask you to rise to be admitted to the ceremonies of commencement. As President of Georgetown University, it's my great pleasure to admit the members of the Class of 2014 to the ceremonies of commencement. These ceremonies beginning today continue through tomorrow and Saturday with the tripias and the conferring of degrees of the several schools and conclude on Sunday the 18th of May with a Baccalaureate mass. Ladies and gentlemen of the Georgetown Class of 2014, congratulations. (cheers and applause) (piano plays) - Hey, seniors, how long has it been? ♫ It's been so long since last we met, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down ♫ Or have you any money to bet, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down. ♫ There goes old Georgetown, ♫ Straight for a touchdown, ♫ See how they gain ground, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down. ♫ Rah! Rah! Rah! ♫ Hurrah for Georgetown, ♫ Cheer for victory today. ♫ 'Ere the sun has sunk to rest, ♫ In the cradle of the West, ♫ In the clouds will proudly float ♫ The Blue and Gray. ♫ We've heard those loyal fellows up at Yale ♫ Brag and boast about their Boola-Boola. ♫ We've heard the Navy yell ♫ We've listened to Cornell ♫ We've heard the sons of Harvard tell ♫ How Crimson lines could hold them. ♫ Choo Choo, Rah Rah, dear old Holy Cross ♫ The proud old Princeton tiger ♫ Is never at a loss. ♫ But the yell of all the yells, ♫ The yell that wins the day, ♫ Is the "HOYA, HOYA SAXA!" ♫ For the dear old Blue and Gray ♫ It's been so long since last we met, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down ♫ Or have you any money to bet, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down. ♫ There goes old Georgetown, ♫ Straight for a rebound, ♫ See how they gain ground, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down, ♫ Lie down forever, lie down. (cheers and applause) - [Audience] Hoya, Saxon, Hoya, Saxon, Hoya, Saxon, Hoya, Saxon, Hoya, Saxon, Hoya, Saxon. (cheers and applause) - If you could remain standing for a minute for the benediction which will be offered by Amy Esposito from Rhode Island. (cheering) Georgetown College Class of 2014. Amy? (applause) - Thank you. Let us pray. Gracious God, we ask you to bless the Class of 2014. For our parents and families, who provided us with strength and courage, for our professors and mentors who have challenged and inspired us. And for our friends and peers with whom we have formed countless memories, we are thankful. Together, we all seek your blessing for the future. We ask for imagination and a passion for justice so that we may continue to work for positive change. We desire open minds so that we are prepared for anything that may come and are always ready to learn something new. Grant your blessing on us for the ability to faithfully listen so that we may hear a call to truth. We pray for a constant path towards love that we may find love in teaching, in healing, in community, and in spirit. As we prepare to walk from this hilltop, may we remember that our Georgetown education does not end here but extends far beyond the front gates. So as we go forth into the world, loving God, bless us and keep us always. Amen. - Please remain standing if you will, in your places until the academic procession has recessed. We cordially invite all of you to follow the procession to the reception that's been prepared in Leo J. O'Donovon Hall. (laughs) Thank you especially to the musicians and our speakers. The exercises of the senior class convocation of 2014 are now officially at an end and commencement has officially begun. (cheers and applause) (band plays)

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History

During its existence as OneLink Communications, the company was owned by MidOcean Partners and Crestview Partners, which paid $250 million in June 2005 to buy the property from Adelphia. On June 25, 2012, it was rumored that Liberty Global might buy OneLink for $560 million USD.[2] The rumors proved true, as Liberty Global acquired Onelink.[3]

Liberty announced on December 27, 2012, that OneLink customers would no longer have a capped Internet; the previous limit was 40 GB per month, and it is now unlimited. Naji Khoury, executive director of Liberty Puerto Rico, said, "The use of the Internet has increased significantly in Puerto Rico and having access to it easy and rapidly has become a necessity in the daily life of Puerto Ricans."[4]

On November 7, 2013, Liberty Puerto Rico announced that it would phase out the OneLink Communications brand, as well as the Choice Cable TV brand in November 2013, replacing it with Liberty.

It is wholly owned by Liberty Latin America following the split of Liberty Latin America from Liberty Global effective December 29, 2017[5] and the acquisition of the remaining 40% minority stake from Searchlight Capital partners on October 17, 2018 [6]

Internet service upgrade history

  • In March 2013, OneLink Communications began offering Internet speeds up to 10 Mbit/s download and 1 Mbit/s upload.
  • In May 2013, OneLink Communications began offering Internet speeds up to 20 Mbit/s download and 2 Mbit/s upload.
  • In June 2013, Onelink Communications began offering Internet speeds up to 40 Mbit/s download and 2 Mbit/s upload.

References

  1. ^ http://www.lla.com
  2. ^ Kantrow, Michelle. "Liberty mulling OneLink acquisition". News Is My Business. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Liberty y OneLink formarán la compañía de cable más grande en PR". Noticias Liberty. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Liberty elimina límite de Internet a clientes de OneLink". Noticel. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  5. ^ https://www.libertyglobal.com/pdf/press-release/LLA-Press-Release-Completion-of-Split-off.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.lla.com/PDF/press-release/LLA-Acquires-Minority-Searchlight-Stake-in-LCPR.pdf

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