The threat of rain wasn’t enough to put a damper on Lafayette’s 181st Commencement. The ceremony went off as planned on the Quad and 568 graduating seniors eagerly accepted their diplomas.
A software engineer at Google, a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard, a Fulbright Scholar teaching English in Venezuela. Students come to Lafayette to earn a degree in a field they feel passionate about. They leave prepared to make their mark on the world.
"Lafayette and other places like it remain stubbornly committed to the notion that we must educate the whole person, and that the whole person embraces our lives in the economic order, in the political order, as members of the global order, our lives as parents and friends and spouses and partners."
"So many paths and adventures are out there for us in a world of known unknowns. We have the privilege to take risks for us and for others, to impact the world in a positive and unique way."
"We hope wherever your voyage takes you, you will continue to be sustained by the strength of the Lafayette community: by the faculty who mentored you, the staff who supported you, and the friends you have made."
Edward Ahart ’69, chair of the Board of Trustees, recognized Barbara Levy '77 as the recipient of the Lafayette Medal for Distinguished Service. The medal is the College’s premier award for volunteers, given to those who have a demonstrated record of voluntary service in a variety of areas with noteworthy achievement in each. Levy is the eleventh recipient.