Stanford Commencement 2016

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Video by Kurt Hickman

Stanford celebrated its 125th Commencement weekend June 11-12, 2016. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns encouraged graduates to discover the wisdom of history and understand how it shapes their lives in the Commencement address Sunday in Stanford Stadium. The occasion was also a farewell for outgoing President John Hennessy, who began the ceremony with a moment of silence for victims of sexual violence and of Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Saturday’s Baccalaureate speaker the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori told graduates that by fully investing in their passions they would define their true worth.

Filmmaker tells Stanford grads to appreciate the power of history

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told graduates at Stanford’s 125th Commencement to discover the wisdom of history and understand how it shapes their lives today.

‘Let your passion lead you,’ speaker tells graduating Stanford students

Baccalaureate speaker the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori told graduates that the key to lifelong joy is devoting oneself to activities worthy of their full energies.

Stanford Commencement Weekend 2016 in pictures

With speeches, sermons, songs and smiles, festooned mortar boards and crazy costumes, the Stanford community celebrated the Class of 2016's farewell to the Farm. University photographer Linda A. Cicero captured some of the festivities.

Stanford Class of 2016 in a box

A tradition since Stanford’s earliest years, seniors bury a time capsule under their bronze class plaque in the Quad arcade with items that form a collective memory of their time on the Farm.

Watch the ceremony

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Stanford’s 125th Commencement Ceremony