Vir Das ’02
Photo by Emma Fabert ’21

Be dramatic. Be bold. Be stupid.

Vir Das ’02, Commencement Speaker

The members of the Class of 2018 likely received more advice over Commencement weekend than at any other time of their lives. Whether it be Commencement speeches or toasts, mortar board decorations, or good old well wishes from family and friends, you couldn’t attend any of the weekend’s festivities without receiving words of wisdom. Here’s just a small sample (that all of us can put to use as well).

Reach for the Stars
Photo by Elena Iatropoulou-Bannat '19

“Embody the astonishing range of things we all feel at moments like this.”

—Catherine Denial, Bright Distinguished Professor of American History & 2018 Senior Toastmaster

Take a Moment to Think of Just Flexibility Love and Trust
Photo by Ethan Crow

“Embrace what makes us different.”

—Jaime Alejandro (Alex) Contreras, Senior Class Speaker

“Enjoy your last days on campus.”

—Facebook comment

Keep Running
Photo by Brea Cunningham

“Follow the example of this year’s honorary degree recipients. Like Vir Das, laugh fearlessly, live in brave spaces. Like Michael Young, ask hard questions and discover new answers. Like Mary Meg McCarthy, seek justice for all.”

—President Teresa Amott

Class of 2018 Honors


seniors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa


seniors graduated with Latin honors


seniors earned College Honors