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Stanford honors 2020 graduates with a virtual celebration

Mutliple Stanford Chorale members singing, layered onto an image of Memorial Church

Image credit: Andrew Brodhead
Jun 14 2020
Education, Stanford, Students

During a virtual celebration Sunday in honor of the Stanford Class of 2020, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne offered his congratulations to graduates and, speaking on behalf of the Stanford community, assured them that they are both resilient and essential to help address the unprecedented challenges facing our nation and world today.

“Even in the face of these uncertain and difficult times, I want to tell you today how confident we are in your ability to weather this storm,” he said.

The livestreamed event – which did not take the place of Stanford’s traditional Commencement ceremony – marked the end of spring quarter and the completion of degrees for undergraduate and graduate students. In all, more than 14,000 viewers tuned in to celebrate the graduates’ achievements and recognize their contributions to the Stanford community.

“I admire your perseverance in getting to this important benchmark in your lives,” said Provost Persis Drell. “And I admire your commitment to Stanford’s founding purpose to work for the benefit of humanity.”

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