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).
“Embody the astonishing range of things we all feel at moments like this.”
—Catherine Denial, Bright Distinguished Professor of American History & 2018 Senior Toastmaster
“Embrace what makes us different.”
—Jaime Alejandro (Alex) Contreras, Senior Class Speaker
“Enjoy your last days on campus.”
“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