If the legacy of the Class of 2015 is a culture of service informed by Harvard’s wisdom, the graduates will have done well indeed.
Senior Gift is a way—part symbolic, part impressively tangible—to quite literally pay it forward.
The new policies Faust announced were progress, but far from perfect.
All this is to say that when you hear Polonius’s advice—and at a college commencement, I don’t see how you couldn’t—don’t think about yourself.
Harvard is a place that rewards ambition and exploration. From our first days on campus, we’re encouraged to act boldly, think globally, and travel far. Those are worthwhile traits, and we should hold onto them. And for some of us the boldest and bravest way to have an impact is to go where we are needed most: home
We forget the ones we left behind, and we push others further behind still.
For all the charges of racism that one could level at Harvard, an oversimplified call to eliminate the use of race in admissions should not be one of them.
You might be managing to muddle through, with the same determination that got you into Harvard in the first place, but it’s alright to admit that you don’t have it all together. Most people don’t.
I was a failure until I was 40, and you will be too if you aren’t careful.
There must be no safe spaces in the classroom or auditorium that protect members of the university community from dangerous, disturbing or even emotionally unsettling ideas.
I suspect that, for many of you, what will endure long after the speeches have been forgotten (if you even paid attention to them in the first place), will be memories of those moments in college when, for whatever reason, you became a slightly better version of yourself.
Somehow we have got so caught up in the pursuit of diversity that we have drifted away from the core of what it was all about, the core of liberalism: the individual.
If you don’t register to vote, you are signaling that the concerns of young people should not be prioritized—after all, you’re not voting.
This commencement season, let us put aside both success and failure, and deal with a more difficult topic: Defeat. Loss. Getting your ass kicked.
Holbrooke’s life shows us what an educated, energetic, idealistic, smart and courageous young person can accomplish by applying talent, time, and effort to the really tough problems of today.
One of the creeping signs of adulthood (other than that your year of birth slides gradually farther and farther out of reach on online forms) is the increasingly persistent worry that you missed orientation.