2013 Commencement weekend at Stanford

More than 25,000 family members and friends gathered for Stanford's 122nd Commencement weekend. The keynote of Sunday's Commencement ceremony was an address by Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City. He spoke to the graduates who entered Stanford Stadium with the traditional Wacky Walk. Highlights on Saturday included the Baccalaureate address by alumna Valarie Kaur and the Class Day Lecture by Associate Professor Mehran Sahami, as well as graduation ceremonies at the Law School, Graduate School of Business and School of Medicine, School of Education and the School of Earth Sciences. Below are highlights of some of the events.


2013 Commencement balloons

Commencement weekend in pictures

Stanford photographers Linda A. Cicero and Aaron Kehoe prepared a slideshow capturing highlights of Commencement weekend celebrations, including Baccalaureate, Class Day, the Wacky Walk and Sunday's graduation ceremony featuring Michael Bloomberg.

Michael Bloomberg at podium

Michael Bloomberg

NYC Mayor Bloomberg tells Stanford grads: Work hard, follow your passion

On a sunny Sunday morning at Stanford Stadium, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Stanford President John Hennessy in urging graduates to be bold and innovative, and to make a difference.

Baccalaureate speaker Valerie Kaur

Valarie Kaur

Baccalaureate: Enter the whirlwind of life with your whole heart, Valarie Kaur tells Class of 2013

When facing the dangers of a courageous life, have faith, alumna Valarie Kaur told the graduates at Baccalaureate, a multifaith celebration of thanksgiving and inspiration. "Faith in God or faith in goodness, faith that love can conquer death and darkness and despair, faith in yourself, faith in each other."

Mehran Sahami holding a light saber

Mehran Sahami

Class Day Lecture: Use your 'superpower' to improve the world, Mehran Sahami says

In the 2013 Class Day Lecture, Mehran Sahami, an associate professor of computer science, encouraged students to take charge of their future and to be fearless in the face of failure. "Your education is a superpower. It's the power to potentially change the world with your mind," he said.

Dean M. Elizabeth Magill at podium

M. Elizabeth Magill

Law School grads are urged to celebrate and inspire their sense of community

At the Stanford Law School graduation ceremony, while one speaker marveled at the community forged by students coming together from around the world, Dean M. Elizabeth Magill urged the graduates to take that sense of community with them and inspire others to share it. "If you can carry some of this place with you elsewhere, you will make the world a better place," she said.

Members of the GSB Class of 2013

Members of the Class of 2013

Direction for GSB graduates: leadership, purpose, and passion

eBay CEO John Donahoe shares four key principles of leadership during Graduate School of Business graduation ceremony. He encouraged his listeners to focus on "being an authentic, purpose-driven leader, to learning throughout your life, to building character during the tough times, and to having a career and a life that is fully enriching and rewarding."

Dean Lloyd Minor with a graduate and her children

Dean Lloyd Minor hands diplomas to 3-year-old Nina Mao and 1-year-old Roy Mao, along with their mother, Shashan Tuo, who received her PhD in genetics.

Find your passion, Nobel laureate tells School of Medicine graduates

Finding your passion is key to success, Stanford scientist and Nobel Prize winner Brian Kobilka said during his speech on Saturday at the School of Medicine commencement. Medical School Dean Lloyd Minor urged the graduates not to be afraid to take chances and reach for new shores as they begin careers as researchers and physicians.

Zanette Johnson receives her doctoral hood from Professor Shelley Goldman with Dean Claude Steele looking on.

Zanette Johnson receives her doctoral hood from Professor Shelley Goldman with Dean Claude Steele looking on.

Being an educator takes 'smarts' and 'guts' Stanford scholar tells GSE graduates

Hans Weiler, a leading expert in the role of education in developing nations and a professor emeritus of education at Stanford's Graduate School of Education, told graduates of the school that the troubled world badly needs what education has to offer – reasoned inquiry, probing criticism and empathy.

Dean of the School of Earth Sciences Pamela A. Matson at podium

Pamela A. Matson

School of Earth Sciences grads urged to protect population and the planet

Noting that not only is the population expanding but also the amount that the population consumes, Pamela A. Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, said the challenge for the future is to "meet needs and protect the life support systems of the planet. To the graduates she said: "No matter which areas you have studied, you are uniquely positioned to help both today and in the future."