Commencement Address from Quaver’s Dave Mastran

by Abby @ Quaver on June 3, 2013

in Music Education News,Music Matters

Quaver Co-Creator and Executive Producer David Mastran was the honored speaker for the 2013 College of Health and Human Services Commencement at George Mason University.

The May 16th event saw 625 students graduate at George Mason’s Patriot Center. It was attended by close to 6,000 family and friends.

Mastran gave the audience the benefit of his own experience as he encouraged them to make a difference in their post-graduate pursuits. He shared his story and the lessons he learned in both academic and professional environments since graduating from West Point 48 years ago.

David & Dean of George Mason

His success and growth, he told the graduates, “occurred not because of a desire for money, but from a strong desire to be of service to my country and to help people – exactly the same desire you have.”

He encouraged the graduates to focus on their value system – the foundation of who they will be in the future – by committing themselves to continual learning, setting high standards for their lives, and maintaining compassion, integrity, and honesty in their relationships and efforts.

“So far in my life,” Mastran told the crowd, “I have been a military analyst, a director of research for federal health and human services programs, a CEO of a New York Stock Exchange company, a composer of all kinds of music, an educator for music, and so on . . .

Your life will have many facets. In the end, I think it is really about making a difference.  Adding something to this world. We all will be expecting and waiting for you to do so.”


Photo: Dr. David V. Mastran (pictured right) with Thomas Prohaska, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ben Sexton June 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Way to go, President Dave!


2 Rudene Jones June 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm

One of my 4th grade students came to music class recently and announced that someone from Quaver spoke at his mother’s graduation at George Mason University. We almost called the Quaver office to verify that. Now, I will be sure to show him AND his class this article when they come to my class. He was pretty excited, and I’m proud that he was actually paying attention!


3 Abby @ Quaver June 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

That is so exciting Rudene! Congrats to your student’s mom and to him for paying attention!


4 Tammy Thiele June 4, 2013 at 6:36 am

What A Great Story To Share. Congratulations, Dave On All Of Your Accomplishments, And Thank You For Your Service In Both Our Military And In Music Education.


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