Reflecting on the pandemic and the response to racial injustice in the last year, University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said how proud he was of the graduates and that he hoped this year helped clarify what was truly important to them. "You have gained the knowledge and the skills to pursue a life that conforms with your values," said Tessier-Lavigne at Saturday’s event. "The strength and tenacity that have brought you through the last year will help you in that pursuit."
Issa Rae encourages the Class of 2021 to be a VIP in the club of lifeIssa Rae, a writer, actor and producer known for her wit, wisdom and creativity, said the community she built at Stanford was the reason she was able to pursue her dreams.
Say yes to everything, Atul Gawande tells Stanford’s advanced degree graduatesStanford graduate Atul Gawande, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital surgeon, Harvard professor and best-selling author, encouraged advanced degree recipients to be open to trying just about everything.
Celebrating Stanford’s Commencement Weekend 2021 in photosThe graduates of 2021 were feted by the university community, family and friends during the weekend’s Commencement ceremonies.
Wacky Walk at Stanford’s 2021 CommencementStanford’s 2021 Undergraduate Commencement began with Wacky Walk, the university’s nontraditional procession of graduates into Stanford Stadium.
"Joy is to be sought and treasured. Go forth and lead a life steeped in gratitude." Words to the Class of #Stanford2021 from @StanfordMed ’s Odette Harris, who became one of the first black female neurosurgery professors in America when she was promoted in 2018.
Stanford announces 2021 Cuthbertson, Dinkelspiel and Gores awardsStanford has announced the winners of the 2021 Cuthbertson, Dinkelspiel and Gores awards honoring faculty, students and staff. The winners, including Cuthbertson awardees Jan Barker-Alexander and Thomas Fenner, will be publicly recognized on June 13, during the Commencement ceremony for the Senior Class of 2021.
"Go out and change the world, we’ll be cheering you on." Words from Tara VanDerveer to the Class of #Stanford2021 . VanDerveer claimed the record for all-time wins by a women’s basketball coach in December 2020, during her 35th season leading @StanfordWBB.
"Growth is not always glamorous." @GirmayZahilay , ’09, to the Class of #Stanford2021
"Do your best to slow down." Words from one of the fastest distance runners in America to Stanford’s 2021 graduates. #Stanford2021 @sarahall3
"An essential element of a happy life is knowing your worth." Words from Yvette Lee Bowser, ’87, to the Class of #Stanford2021 . Bowser, showrunner for Dear White People and Run the World, is the first African American woman to have developed her own primetime series.
"I wasted so much time and energy feeling like I didn’t measure up. Invest instead in improving intangibles." Words from @JujuChangABC to the Class of #Stanford2021 . Chang, ’87, is the first Korean American to have played a prominent role on a U.S. morning news show.