Stanford Commencement 2019

Students applaud as their undergraduate degrees are conferred at the main Commencement ceremony at Stanford. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

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Stanford University’s 128th Commencement weekend, June 15-16, 2019, featured a speech by Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he noted some of the challenges the high-technology industry faces as he encouraged graduates to learn to take responsibility for that which they take credit and to temper their ambition with humility of purpose. Evoking Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement address in 2005, Cook told the graduates, "Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t try to emulate the people who came before you to the exclusion of everything else, contorting into a shape that doesn’t fit." University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne cited the legacy of the university’s founders when he urged graduates to use their gifts to change the world for the better and to engage in an ongoing "process of examination and a continual return to your guiding values." Saturday’s Baccalaureate speaker, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, told graduating students to never allow fear to override a commitment to faith.

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