Commencement 2011

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On Campus

Words of Wisdom from Class Days of Yore

With the recent announcement that Soledad M. O'Brien '88-'00 is slated to take the stage at Class Day this year, we at the Flyby thought we'd seize this opportunity to reflect upon some words of wisdom from previous Class Day speakers. Here are some salient snippets of their stirring speeches. Added bonus: watching these will help you with tonight's procrastination, guaranteed.

Commencement 2011 Morning Exercises
Commencement

The Crimson's Commencement Coverage

As the Class of 2011 graduates from Harvard, The Crimson publishes its annual Year in Review issue. In this special section, we discuss the events and trends that have made this school year memorable.

Drew Faust

Faust Confers 9 Honorary Degrees

Commencement speaker and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was among nine recipients of honorary degrees at the morning exercises of the Commencement ceremony Thursday.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Commencement 2011

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Kennedy School of Government alumna and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was awarded an honorary degree during the morning exercises of Commencement on Thursday. In the afternoon she delivers a speech to the Harvard Alumni Association in which she encourages its newest members to "resist cynicism."

Commencement 2011

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Members of the Class of 2011 take photos in front of the John Harvard statue before processing into Tercentenary Theatre for Harvard's 360th Commencement exercises.

Commencement 2011 Morning Exercises
Commencement 2011

Commencement 2011 Morning Exercises

Thousands of Harvardians fill Tercentenary Theatre for the morning exercises of Commencement Day, 2011.

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Harvard Law School students celebrate the conferral of their degrees, shaking gavels in the air as symbols of their area of study.

Commencement 2011 Morning Exercises
Commencement 2011

Commencement 2011 Morning Exercises

Minutemen players in costumes walk past volunteer alumni organizers in the Old Yard after leading students to their Commencement morning exercises on Thursday.

Commencement 2011 Morning Exercises
Commencement 2011

Commencement 2011 Morning Exercises

Malik Ahmad Jalal holds up an inflatable globe and cheers with his fellow students as they become Kennedy School of Government graduates during Commencement.

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Soon-to-graduate seniors doze off in the back of Memorial Church before the 8:00am senior church chapel service on the morning of Commencement.

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Joseph C. Higgins '11 and his friends celebrate the conferral of their degrees near the close of Morning Exercises.

Si Se Puede
Commencement 2011

Si Se Puede

Dianne Sánchez and Silvia Rodriguez Vega received their Master's degrees in Arts in Education. Silvia is undocumented and an immigrant rights activist. Her mortarboard borrows the dictum of Cesar Chavez.

Commencement 2011

Harvard University Commencement 2011

Commencement 2011

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (center) is congratulated after being serenaded by opera singer Plácido Domingo (left) after both were awarded honorary degrees. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (right), Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, Dudley Herschbach, James R. Houghton, Rosalind Krauss, J. G. A. Pocock, and David Satcher also received honorary degrees during Thursday's Commencement Exercises.

Latin Salutatory
Commencement 2011

Latin Salutatory

Graduating senior Charles Bridge delivers the Latin Salutatory address during the morning exercises of Commencement in Tercentenary Theatre.

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