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.
After graduating in the morning, Tiffany Smalley accepts a posthumous degree from the university in the honor of another Aquinnah Wampanoag, Joel Iacoomes, who died in 1665 after studying at the Harvard Indian College. Bernard Coombs, a relative, also accepts Iacoomes' degree in his honor. Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, and Cedric Cromwell, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, were also present as University President, Drew Faust, presents the degrees.
University President Drew G. Faust conferred 1,556 bachelors of arts and bachelors of science degrees on the Class of 2011 in the morning Commencement exercises.
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.
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."
Down 3-0 to Northeastern midway through the second period of the Beanpot semifinals on Feb. 8, it seemed that the Harvard women’s hockey team would suffer its second Beanpot semifinal loss ever and its first since 2007.
Harvard began its fall season with a win over then-No. 13 Stanford and ended its schedule with a victory over then-No. 18 Penn. In between, the Crimson struggled to convert its close matches into wins, finishing 5-7-5 overall and 2-3-2 in the Ivy League to tie for fifth in the Ancient Eight. But these bookend wins speak better to the spirit of the season, in which Harvard grew as a squad and competed with some of the best teams in the nation.
In her first two weekends of skiing, Rebecca Nadler established herself as one of the best skiers in the nation and arguably the greatest alpine skier Harvard has ever had.
After sweeping the Ivy League Championship Series against Cornell, the Harvard softball team (36-16, 18-2 Ivy) earned a spot in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in team history.
The Ivy League Rookie of the Year hit .444 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI, which ranked her second, second, and first in the Ivy League, respectively. She led the team in all three categories.
In 2009, after throwing 55 innings in the Cape Cod League over the summer, Max Perlman returned to Harvard with his repaired elbow well-tested. He was ready to retake his spot atop the Crimson’s rotation as the team’s ace.