Stanford Commencement 2017
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Stanford celebrated its 126th Commencement weekend June 16-18, 2017. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, associate justice of the Supreme Court of California, encouraged graduates to bridge divides and engage in public service in the Commencement address Sunday in Stanford Stadium. University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne included a special moment of recognition for his predecessor, President Emeritus John Hennessy, hailing his 17 years of leadership, and described the graduates’ journeys and futures through the story of astronaut alumna Sally Ride on the anniversary of her first mission. Saturday’s Baccalaureate speaker Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund urged graduates to use their talents and skills to shape a better future for the disadvantaged.