ISD’s Sean Ryan, Olympic Swimmer, Provides Motivating Words at Reception

When Sean Ryan uses phrases like “relentlessly striving” and “never settling,” they are far from empty abstractions or tired clichés. Instead, they are lived-by standards.

Not only has the recent ISD graduate landed a position at Detroit Diesel Corporation, where he’ll start full-time this fall, but Sean has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, one of two American swimmers set to compete in the open-water 10km. Considering his high level of achievement, it’s no surprise that the Manufacturing Engineering alumnus delivered inspiring remarks at ISD’s 2016 graduation reception.

“All of the graduates in this room could have sat back content with a bachelor’s degree,” Sean said. “However, we all wanted to gain more knowledge and further our education, striving to become experts in our area of study. In every way.”

After graduating from U-M with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Sean—a four-year member of the varsity swim team—pressed on both in the water and in the classroom, a dogged ambition that resulted in profound athletic and professional success.

“Although I have made the Olympic team, I am continually training in an attempt to win an Olympic medal,” Sean added. “I’m ready to attack the new challenges of joining industry. I challenge each of the graduates here to join me: never settling for anything that is not your best, and relentlessly striving to be the leader and best in every way.”To watch Sean’s speech and the graduation ceremony in its entirety, check out this video of the event: