(Boston) – Speaking to over 6,700 Boston University graduates and 20,000 guests at today’s 139th commencement at Nickerson Field, Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, encouraged the class of 2012 to identify and connect as “they shape our times, define the human condition.”
“Boston University has built the platform from which you can do that,” stated Schmidt, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by BU President Dr. Robert A. Brown. “I know it’s daunting. I know it’s not a great economy to be walking off this stage into. I know all this.
“But I know you have an advantage–a competitive edge–you have an innate mastery of technology, an ability to build and foster connections that no generation before you ever possessed. The fact that we are all connected now is a blessing, not a curse, and we can solve many problems in the world as a result.”
Schmidt concluded his address by telling the BU class of 2012 “I for one am happy to have you join us as adults, and the quicker we can have you lead, the better. Time to throw out all us aging baby boomers and replace us with those best-equipped to lead us into a new age, march us all to a better day.
“The power and possibility–the intellectual energy and human electricity–seated in this stadium, and in stadiums and auditoriums like this around the country–your generation will break a new day.”
The Honorable Sandra Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals First Circuit, kicked-off today’s formal commencement events at New England’s largest graduation ceremony, by delivering the Commencement Day baccalaureate address at Marsh Chapel. Lynch later received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the main service.
Also receiving honorary degrees at Commencement were: former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Norman Augustine (Doctor of Science); Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient, Thomas G. Kelley (Doctor of Laws); and noted actor, Leonard Nimoy (Doctor of Humane Letters).
Leila Belmahi (CAS’12) delivered the student address.
High-resolution digital photography:
– 2012 BU Commencement participant photos can be downloaded at the following URL (password: BostonU, case sensitive): http://buphotos.photoshelter.com/gallery/Boston-University-Honorary-Degrees-2012/G00002j6WoNuFrm0
– 2012 BU Commencement ceremony photos can be downloaded at the following gallery (password: buphotos): http://buphotos.photoshelter.com/gallery/2012-Boston-University-Commencement/G0000ihNV75nBBwE (Note: this link will lead to a blank page until BU Photography populates it, beginning Sunday afternoon.)
Complete info on BU’s 139th commencement weekend, including individual convocation ceremonies, can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/commencement/2011/index.shtml. You can also follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook for continuous updates.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.