Smiles, tears of joy, and great advice filled the day on Saturday, May 18, as members of the Class of 2013 ended their journeys at Wheaton and prepared to start new ones out in the awaiting world.
At Wheaton’s 178th Commencement ceremony, former federal judge and attorney Nancy Gertner offered the graduates sound advice during her witty and thoughtful keynote address. In a rapidly changing world in which the best way forward is not always clear, take responsibility, she told them, do something rather than nothing, and create your own path.
Referring to the title of renowned historian Howard Zinn’s memoir, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, Gertner encouraged the 372 graduating seniors to view the world as a moving train that we are all responsible for directing, and to remain flexible about how they go about meeting that obligation. [Read more...]