Undeterred by the threat of rain, hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Merion Green on Saturday, May 18, to celebrate Bryn Mawr’s Class of 2013.
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Prior to receiving their degrees, the Class of 2013 heard from Commencement Speaker Meenakshi Gopinath, president of India’s Lady Shri Ram College.
In her speech, Gopinath talked about the lessons learned from the lives of the Nobel Peace Prize winners Emily Greene Balch, Bryn Mawr Class of 1889, and Lady Shri Ram College graduate Aung San Suu Kyi.
“They spoke a shared language,” said Gopinath. “A language that gives utterance to aspirations of human dignity, a language that gives voice and hope to the oppressed and marginalized the world over, a language that seeing the vital interconnectedness of all beings envisions a kinder world of true sanctuary where an ethics of care recognizes that the ‘peace of our world is indivisible’ and our own well being cannot be pursued in isolation of others. Above all, it is a language of leadership that offers an alternative, more inclusive vocabulary of power and highlights the courage and resilience that women can bring into the public sphere. I wish for you that the music of their language resonates with you in your journeys ahead.”
Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe also addressed the class.
McAuliffe spoke to those assembled about the enduring value of a Bryn Mawr education and of the liberal arts.
“A Bryn Mawr education instills in you the intellectual capacities and skills that prepare you not simply for that first job but for the multiple jobs and careers that you will assume during your professional lives,” said McAuliffe. “It lays the foundation for the lifelong learning that will characterize you as a truly educated person—as a Bryn Mawr graduate.”
To see both speeches in their entirety, go here and click on the “On Demand” tab.