2007 Commencement

Honorary Degree Address
By Eleanor Reed Adair '48
May 27, 2007

Good morning. I stand here as an 80-year-old member of the class of 1948; you have to understand that we were 59 years ahead of you and many of our classmates are still in fine fettle! I am so proud to be able to give hearty congratulations to all of the members of the 2007 Mount Holyoke College graduating class. I am certain that, after four years on campus, you have come to realize that this college is the very best. All of you are wonderful, and my expectation is that each of you will go forward to continue your education, or create a business, or build a family, or travel far and wide, or provide essential services to many people. For you, as for all Mount Holyoke graduates, the sky is the limit!

I always read the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly and was so thrilled by the spring 2007 issue. The section on "Sharing Global Visions" (pp. 28-29) is fascinating. Three members of the 2007 class studied in Leipzig, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Mali. These students brought back superb photographs of the World Cup of 2006 in Germany, the Plaza de Ponce in black and white, and the Great Mosque of Djenné, the largest mud building in the world. Don't miss these pages!

I leave you with a bit of advice. Please thank your parents for all they have done to support you. By all means, do what you want to do, not what others tell you to do. And sometime soon get a backpack, fill it with essential goodies, and take off to make your contribution to the world. I did! Graduates, I salute you and send you Godspeed!

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