Pollack for graduates: “Have an influence that will be important”

The Class of 2022 will contribute to a world that Ezra Cornell could never have imagined when he founded the university for anyone and any studio, President Martha E. Pollack told graduates on May 28th. Schoellkopf Field Conference.

“As the 154th graduate class of Cornell, you will change the world in ways that none of us know yet – sharing the fruits of our Cornell education, like the generations of Cornelius before you, from the very beginning,” Polack said. but a joyful morning ceremony, with flags flying, echoing noises, and the graduate rushed to the podium to retrieve one high-heeled shoe.

A total of about 6,000 graduates attended two spectacular ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to reduce crowds.

A total of about 6,000 graduates attended two ceremonies, held separately at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., to reduce crowds. In the morning, constant rain during the procession left little room for drizzle until the end of the ceremony; Pollack, however, assured the audience that “every graduation day is sunny,” because she put on her branded sunglasses.

But before it continues, there is another order of business: a missing shoe.

“I know it was a long walk from the Arts Quartet,” Pollack said. “If it’s your shoes, come and get it.” The graduate committed and quickly made a personal statement with the president before returning to her place.

The rain interrupted an equally abundant afternoon ceremony under a mostly cloudy sky.

In his speech, Pollack reminded graduates that they had come to Cornell not only because of their degree but also because of their education.

In her speech, President Martha E. Pollack noted that the 2022 class was the first in which almost every member was born in the 21st century.

“And not just for any education,” she said, “but also for the unique Cornish education you knew here: one that will prepare you not only with skills and knowledge, but also with competence, ethos and mind habits. Add your contribution to influencing the world.” .

Most of 2022 class members were sophomores when a pandemic struck; they insisted on locking, transitioning to virtual learning, physical distance, observation tests, and contact tracking.

“I could say so much about the challenges of 2022. the class has faced together since the start of the pandemic. But frankly, I think you’ve got enough pandemic messages from me, “Polack said, promising there would be no words or phrases in the rest of her speech, including” unprecedented, “” new normal, “” scaling. ” ‘meeting’, ‘quarantine’, ‘transfer’ or ‘pandemic’.

“And I’m not saying ‘you’re silent.’

Pollack was introduced by provost Michael I. Kotlikoff, who praised the graduates for “an extraordinary increase in your scholarship.” According to tradition, deans presenting students for the degree sought to outdo each other in the descriptions given to their graduates: from “immersive” (university school) to “arrogant” (ILR school) to “life-changing-creating-world-a.” -better place than we found it ”(College of Agricultural and Life Sciences).

Pollack noted that in 2022. the class was the first in which almost every member was born in the 21st century. “It means you’re all digital locals,” she said. “You grew up in a world of ubiquitous technology, and your life has been shaped in many ways by the communications, services, entertainment, and careers provided by modern technology, including the Internet.

2022 at the opening ceremony, a student at Schoelkopff Field wears a decorated mortar board.

She then explicitly discussed the concept of 21st-century “influencers,” the people who curate their lives on social media to make others crave those idealized versions.

“I would like to say with confidence that your influence should not be measured by how you present your life, but by what you do with it,” she said. “Each of you, as a Cornell graduate, will have a tremendous potential to be a real influencer in the real world.

Godfrey Kemp

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