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Skorton Presides Over Final Commencement
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On Memorial Day weekend, outgoing President David Skorton gave the traditional address at the University’s 147th Commencement, his last before departing to become head of the Smithsonian Institution. Some 6,000 students received their degrees on a gorgeous Sunday at Schoellkopf Field. “I hope you leave with a renewed commitment to direct your talents toward the world’s deep needs,” he told the graduates, “and a generosity of spirit that will guide your activities and your interactions with others wherever in the world you go next.”

The previous day, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, MRP ’96—who left Congress after suffering a head wound in a 2011 assassination attempt—gave the Senior Convocation address with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly. “Gabby and I hope and pray that your lives after Cornell will be free of tragedy,” said Kelly, who delivered most of the speech. “But know this: the road ahead will bring you some unpredictable moments. And at times it will challenge you beyond what you ever imagined. So prepare yourself for tough times the best you can. And in those tough moments, I want you to think about my wife, Gabby.”

The weekend's Commencement festivities also included a tribute to President Skorton by the Board of Trustees, who gave him a special gift in honor of his passionate devotion to music: a hand-crafted flute.

 

 

 

 
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