The university’s 62nd commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19.
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Leading advocates for social justice gave graduates a grim overview of the world they face and a spirited charge to go out and fix it as the university observed its 61st commencement.
Deborah Bial of the Class of 1987, the principal commencement speaker, told about 8,000 graduates, family members and well-wishers in Gosman Sports and Convocation Center that “the United States has made great progress in terms of civil rights and women’s rights. But the progress we’ve made has been too slow. This country is forgetting its way.”
“The people who have come before you have made a mess of things,” declared Bial, the president and founder of the Posse Foundation, which has been highly successful at creating opportunities in higher education for youth from America’s urban public school systems. “Now it’s up to you.”
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