President Bacow praises students in his final Baccalaureate address

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 06:12 in Psychology & Sociology

President Larry Bacow saluted the strength and mettle of the Class of 2023, whose years at the College were marked by the far-reaching disruption of the pandemic, in his final Baccalaureate address Tuesday at Tercentenary Theatre. “The last four years tested my most basic assumptions about our mission and our community — how both are sustained and strengthened in the face of incredible upheaval,” Bacow, who will step down next month after five years leading the University, told graduates. “Every stepping stone I assumed would be there was swept away. Every predetermined outcome I took for granted was reconsidered. And, in turmoil, I rediscovered the point of this place — and how very much it is the people who define the University — our students, faculty, and staff. “I hope that no other Harvard College class will ever have to experience what you did. But I also believe — and I know...

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